ann20003 — Announcement

Joan Najita from NOIRLab Awarded John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

15 April 2020

Joan Najita from NSF’s NOIRLab, headquartered in Tucson, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in astronomy & astrophysics for 2020. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of past achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishments. Since 1925 the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded annual Fellowships in the arts and sciences: this year they awarded 173 Fellowships, but only two in astronomy and astrophysics.

From the Guggenheim webpage: “Joan has a broad range of research interests, including planets beyond the Solar System, low mass stars and brown dwarfs, the structure and origin of our galaxy, the Milky Way, massively multiplexed wide-field spectroscopy, the nature of discovery in astronomy and its science sociology and resource allocation practices. She is actively engaged in communicating science to the public and has a lifelong interest in the power of science to inspire and in the role of science in society.”

We congratulate Joan on this award!


Peter Michaud
NewsTeam Manager
Gemini Observatory, Hilo HI
Cell: +1 808-936-6643

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Joan Najita, recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
Joan Najita, recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship