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Science Vita

CEO and Director,
Planetary Science Institute
1700 E. Fort Lowell, Suite 106
Tucson AZ, 85719

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Educational Background


1998 Juris Doctor, 1998
University of Arizona
Admitted to the Arizona Bar and practice before the Federal District Court: 1998
1986 Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Planetary Sciences
University of Arizona
1982 Master of Electronic Science
Department of Applied Physics
Oregon Graduate Center
1978 Bachelor of Arts, Honors College
Department of Physics
University of Oregon


2004-present CEO and Director
Planetary Science Institute



Steward Observatory
University of Arizona
Associate Astronomer
Assistant Astronomer
Research Associate


2013, NASA Group Achievement Award, Dawn Science Operations Team 
2013, NASA Group Achievement Award, Dawn Science Team
2007, NASA Planetary Science Division Distinguished Service Award 
2005, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 
1991, Minor Planet 4438 Sykes
1986, University of Arizona Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award

Professional Societies

American Astronomical Society (Division of Planetary Sciences)
International Astronomical Union
American Geophysical Union
European Geophysical Union
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Geological Society of Ameria

Professional Service

2010-2013 Member, NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee (NASA Advisory Council)
2007-2014 NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group Steering Committee, Chair (2009-2013), Past Chair (2013-2014)
2007-present Editor and Founder, Planetary Exploration Newsletter
2006-2009 Board of Directors, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
2005-present Board of Trustees, Planetary Science Institute
2004-2006 Chair, Federal Relations Subcommittee, AAS Division for Planetary Sciences
2003-2004 Member, NASA-NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee
2002-2006 Chair, NASA Planetary Data System Working Group
2002-2006 Member, AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy
2001-2002 Consultative Member, National Virtual Observatory Science Definition Team
2001-2002 Chair, DPS Prize Committee
2000-2001 Chair, Division for Planetary Sciences, American Astronomical Society
1999-2000 Vice-Chair, DPS
1996-1999 DPS Committee Member
1996 Program Chair, 28th Annual DPS Meeting. Tucson, Arizona
1995 Program Committee. 27th Annual DPS Meeting. Kona, Hawaii
1993-1997 Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) User Committee
1993 Organizer and Moderator, Space Energy Resource Utilization Initiative Workshop. Lafayette, Louisiana.
1992-1995 DPS Nominating Subcommittee. Chairman, 1994-1995.
1992-1995 NASA Planetary Science Data Steering Group. Chair, Spacecraft data rights subcommittee.
1990 Space Exploration Initiative Lunar Outpost Site Selection Strategy Workshop II. Johnson Space Center. Astronomy from the Moon Committee.
1990 Space Exploration Initiative Lunar Outpost Site Selection Strategy Workshop I. Johnson Space Center. Astronomy from the Moon Committee.
1989 Lunar Science Strategy Workshop (for the Exploration and Development of the Moon). Astronomy and Astrophysics Working Group. Johnson Space Center.
1989 Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) Data Aquisition and Analysis (Pre-Flight) Review. Goddard Space Flight Center.

Numerous NASA/NSF proposal review panels, Member and Chair.


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