Chief of the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman has studied star-forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes, and currently serves as Chief of the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studied physics at MIT for her bachelors degree, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987. She then earned a Ph.D. in astronomy at Harvard University in 1995. She accomplished subsequent research as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to research, Dr. Wiseman is also interested in public science policy. She was selected as the 2001-2002 Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society, and served on the staff of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. She then served from 2003-2006 as the Program Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Dr. Wiseman has also authored several essays addressing the relationship of astronomy and Christian faith. She grew up on an Arkansas farm, where she enjoyed late night star-gazing walks with her parents and pets.