ROLF   A. JANSEN

Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Phone (work): (+1)(480) 727 7119
School of Earth and Space Exploration Fax (work): (+1)(480) 965 8102
Tyler Mall PSF-686 E-mail: Rolf.Jansen@asu.edu
P.O. Box 871404 URL: http://www.public.asu.edu/~rjansen/
Tempe, AZ 85287-1404 URL: http://www.apod.nl/


Current Research Interests:

Ground-based, space-based, & airborne observations from UV through radio in preparation for and complementary to the JWST Medium Deep Fields GTO surveys;

Design reference science program for a mid-UV–near-IR wide-field, high-resolution dichroic camera for a future 1.6–4.0 m space telescope to study star formation, near and far, and its link to formation and survival of solar systems, including our own;

Lifting the veil of dust from the stellar populations within nearby galaxies using images at far-IR, mid-IR, visible, and UV wavelengths;

The smallest galaxies in the local Universe; imaging and spectroscopy of satellite galaxies and ultra-compact dwarf galaxies;

Spatially resolved Hα and UV emission as tracers of current high-mass star formation in nearby galaxies; and the interplay between feedback by SNe on the ambient interstellar gas and dust;

Data reduction pipe-lines; removal of the pattern-noise (an electronic artefact) from all "Side-2" STIS/CCD data;

Tracking the hierarchical assembly of galaxies and the emergence of the Hubble sequence at z ≤ 1 via high-resolution UV–near-IR imaging of their stellar populations

First light: the hunt for the first QSO's and stellar populations that cleared the cosmic fog at z > 6.


Professional History:

1. Employment and Research

2017–present

Research Scientist in Extragalactic Astronomy/Cosmology at the School of Earth and Space Exploration of the Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.
Research interests: JWST Medium Deep Fields and ancillary ground- and space-based preparatory science; First Light, formation of the first galaxies and of galaxy bulges and bars; galaxy evolution; high-resolution Hα and UV–IR imaging of nearby galaxies with GALEX, HST, and Spitzer; slitless spectroscopy with JWST and WFIRST; galaxy interactions; the smallest galaxies in the local Universe; star formation and the ISM in nearby field galaxies; future UV–IR space telescopes and instrumentation.

2006–2017

Associate Research Scientist in Extragalactic Astronomy/Cosmology at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Dept. of Physics of the Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.
Research interests: high-resolution Hα and UV–IR imaging of nearby galaxies with GALEX, HST, and Spitzer; galaxy interactions; the smallest galaxies in the local Universe; formation of the first galaxies and of galaxy bulges and bars; star formation and the ISM in nearby field galaxies; and recalibration of the HST/STIS CCD data archive.

2004–2006

Assistant Research Scientist in Extragalactic Astronomy/Cosmology at the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy of the Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.
Research interests: high-resolution Hα and UV–IR imaging of nearby galaxies with GALEX, HST, and Spitzer; galaxy interactions; a cosmological census of faint and/or small galaxies; formation of the first galaxies and of galaxy bulges and bars; and star formation and the ISM in nearby field galaxies.

2001–2004

Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy of the Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.
Research interests: high-resolution Hα and mid-UV—near-IR imaging of nearby galaxies with HST; re-ionization of H I and He II in the IGM; taking a cosmological census of faint galaxies; formation of the first galaxies and of galaxy bulges; star formation and the ISM in nearby field galaxies; and data restoration techniques.
Associateship supervisor:  Dr. R.A. Windhorst

2000–2001

ESA Internal Research Fellowship (postdoctoral) at the Astrophysics Division of the Space Science Department (aka. RSSD) of the European Space Agency, at the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC), Noordwijk (NL).
Research interests: QSOs as tracers of large scale structure at high redshifts; re-ionization of He II in the IGM at z ~ 3; the expansion of the SN 1987A debris; intergalactic far-UV He II absorption; and the ionized ISM in nearby field galaxies.
Fellowship supervisor:  Dr. P. Jakobsen.

1993–2000

Ph.D. research at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the Univ. of Groningen (NL), and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), Cambridge, MA.
I obtained and analyzed UBR surface photometry, nuclear and integrated spectro- photometry for a representative sample of ~200 nearby field galaxies (see also: the NFGS homepage).
Thesis supervisors: Dr. M. Franx and Dr. D.G. Fabricant.

1992–1993

Masters thesis at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Tenerife, Spain) and at the Kapteyn Institute: a UBVRIJK' study of the interstellar dust extinction curve in 4 highly inclined galaxies.
Thesis supervisors: Dr. P.C. van der Kruit, Dr. J.H. Knapen and Dr. J.E. Beckman.

1991–1992

Undergraduate thesis at the Kapteyn Institute: reduction of a high resolution radio continuum map of M 33 at \lambda = 49 cm, based on observations with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. Supervisor: Dr. J.M. van der Hulst.


2. Education:

1993–2000

Graduate student at the University of Groningen (NL) and at the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA.
Ph.D. thesis (University of Groningen): ``The Nearby Field Galaxy Survey: a spectrophotometric study of 196 galaxies in the local field'', Nov 28, 2000.
Supervisors: Dr. M. Franx (Kapteyn) and Dr. D.G. Fabricant (CfA).

1987–1993

Undergraduate student at the University of Groningen. Majors: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics and Mathematics. Minors: Applied physics, Experimental physics, Chemical bonds and Computer science.
M.Sc. thesis: ``The extinction by dust in highly inclined spirals'', Aug 31, 1993. Supervisors: Dr. P.C. van der Kruit (Kapteyn), Dr. J.H. Knapen, and Dr. J.E. Beckman (IAC).

1981–1987

High School student at the St. Willibrord College, Goes (NL). Atheneum-β profile: exact sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology) + Dutch, English and Latin.


3a. Teaching

2018 Guest Instructor for AST 394 (P. Scowen) ``Special Topics – Astrophysics Research & Internship Opportunities'' at ASU. A 50 min section on my near-UV–near-IR extra-galactic research.
2017 Guest Instructor for AST 394 (P. Scowen) ``Special Topics – Astrophysics Research & Internship Opportunities'' at ASU. I taught a 50 min section on my near-UV–near-IR extra-galactic research.
2016 Guest Instructor for AST 598/494 (S. Malhotra) ``Special Topics – The Distant Universe'' at ASU. I taught a 3×75 min section on the Basics of CCDs and Astronomical Imaging.
2016 Guest Instructor for AST 394 (P. Scowen) ``Special Topics – Astrophysics Research & Internship Opportunities'' at ASU. I taught a 50 min section on my near-UV–near-IR extra-galactic research.
2014 Guest Instructor for AST 598/494 (S. Malhotra) ``Special Topics – The Distant Universe'' at ASU. I taught a 3×75 min section on the Basics of CCDs and Astronomical Imaging.
2013 Guest Instructor for AST/SES 598 (Ph. Mauskopf) ``Astronomical Instrumentation and Data Analysis'' at ASU. I taught the 2×75 min section on Astronomy with Charge Coupled Devices.
2009 Taught both Spring and Fall 2009 Astrophysics Seminar courses (AST/SES 494+591) at ASU.
2008 Taught the Spring 2008 Astrophysics Seminar course (AST/SES 494+591) at ASU.
2007 Taught both Spring and Fall 2007 Astrophysics Seminar courses (AST/SES 494+591) at ASU.
2006 Co-Instructor with Dr. P. Scowen for AST/SES 598 ``Astronomical Instrumentation and Data Analysis'' at ASU.   I taught the 13×50 min section on Astronomy with Charge Coupled Devices, for which I newly developed the curriculum.
2006 Taught the Spring 2006 Astrophysics Seminar course (AST 494+591) at ASU.
2005 Taught the Fall 2005 Astrophysics Seminar course (AST 494+591) at ASU.
1994 Teaching assistent for the ``Introductory Astronomy & Astrophysics II'' labs at the University of Groningen. I also wrote/updated a new ``syllabus'' for this course.
1993 Teaching assistant for the ``Introductory Astronomy & Astrophysics I'' labs at the University of Groningen.

3b. Mentoring/Advising/Training

2002–present Served as Graduate student Research Advisor at ASU for 10 students (24 when including mentoring/collaboration).
2004–present Served as Undergraduate student Research Advisor for 19 students at ASU, and as co-advisor for 1 at CTIO & Union College.
2003–present Trained ASU graduate students on the 1.8 m Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope on Mt.Graham (AZ).
2012 Supported ASU graduate student during imaging observing run at the 2×8.4 m Large Binocular Telescope on Mt.Graham (AZ).
2007,2009–2010 Supported ASU graduate students during spectroscopic and near-IR imaging observing runs at the Steward 90" (2.3 m) telescope on Kitt Peak (AZ).
2003,2009 Supported ASU graduate students during several spectroscopic observing runs at the 6.5 m MMT on Mt.Hopkins (AZ).
1996 Served as Undergraduate student Research Advisor at the University of Groningen for 1 student.

4. Support

2005–2008 I designed, created and maintained the web pages for the Cosmology Group within ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE).
2001–present Initial set-up, and part-time administration of 18 networked RedHat 9 / Enterprise AS / CentOS linux PC work stations and their periferals at ASU. I provide the specific computer support demanded within the Cosmology Group at ASU, including IRAF, SuperMongo, LaTeX support to (under)graduate students, where needed, the installation and maintenance of various proposal tools, and serve as the local Unix/Linux, Postscript, and HTML wizard of sorts.
2005,2013–2014 I wrote an introduction to Linux/Unix for undergraduate students without prior experience with this operating system; in 2013 and 2014, the list of common commands was expanded with examples.
2005–present Telescope User Support:
– I wrote IRAF scripts to quickly inspect (lbcexam.cl) and get image statistics (lbcstat.cl) of 4-CCD LBT/LBC exposures;
– I provided technical feedback and detector characterization for the 2688×512-pixel CCD of the Blue Channel Spectrograph on the MMT;
– With M. Horning, designed, built and commissioned in Dec 2008 a hybrid LED/incandescent flat-field source for the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT);
– I provide technical feedback and detector characterization for both the old 2048×2048-pixel CCD camera of the VATT (since it first displayed non-linear response behavior) and its new 4096×4096-pixel replacement (which until Nov 2008 had been plagued by another kind of non-linearity;
– I wrote an IRAF task (display4k) to bias-subtract, scale and merge the two halves of the VATT CCD read through different amplifiers into a single flat FITS image and display it;
– I wrote an IRAF/ICE control script (standards) for the VATT to automatically cycle through multiple exposures and/or filters.
2003–2007 I authored an "external layered package", rjtools, for the Image Reduction and Analysis Facility (IRAF), which was made available to the larger astronomical community via ftp://iraf.noao.edu/contrib.
2000–2001 IRAF, SuperMongo and Xfig support to research fellows at ESA's ESTEC (NL).
1995–2000 IRAF support, mainly to fellow students at the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen (NL).
1994–1995 Telescope user support: I wrote rtshell control scripts for automated observations at the F.L. Whipple Observatory's 48″ telescope — some are still in use.

5a. Professional and University Service

2004–present Served on the Doctoral Supervisory Committee for the (Astro)Physics Degree Program (Doctoral Dissertation Committee) at ASU:
T. Jiang: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Green Pea Galaxies: Physical Properties of Low-redshift Analogs of High-redshift Lymanα Emitters", Jul 16, 2018
T.A. Ashcraft: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Deep Imaging of Distant Galaxies Using the Large Binocular Telescope", Jul 9, 2018
V.Z. Golkhou: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Identifying Explosive Transients and Implications for Gravitational Wave Followup", Jun 14, 2017
M.R. Mechtley: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Markov Chain Monte Carlo Modeling of High-Redshift Quasar Host Galaxies in Hubble Space Telescope Imaging", Dec 19, 2013
K. Knierman: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Tidal Tales of Minor Mergers: Star Formation in the Tidal Tails of Minor Mergers", Apr 16, 2013
T.J. Veach: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Investigation of Star Formation; Instrumentation and Methodology", Nov 20, 2012
H. Kim: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "The Resolved Stellar Populations in Nearby Star-forming Galaxies M 83, NGC 4214, and CGCG 269-049", Nov 19, 2012
V. Sheth-Tilvi: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Luminosity Function of Lyα Emitters at the Reionization Epoch: Observations & Theory", Aug 19, 2011
C. Kaleida: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Clustering of Stars in Nearby Galaxies: Probing the Range of Stellar Structures", Aug 15, 2011
L. Xia: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Evolution of Intermediate Redshift Galaxies; Physical Properties and Mass-Metallicity Relation", Mar 29, 2012
R. Behkam: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Cosmological Aspects of Gamma-Ray Bursts", Nov 22, 2010
    (substituting for Prof. L. Krauss)
K. Tamura: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Pixel-based Dust-extinction Mapping in Nearby Galaxies: a New Approach to Lifting the Veil of Dust", Nov 24, 2009
N.P. Hathi: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "Structural and Physical Properties of High-Redshift Galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field", May 30, 2008
A.N. Straughn: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "A Study of Merging and Emission-line Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope", Jul 28, 2008
V.A. Taylor: Ph.D. Thesis (ASU): "An Imaging Survey of Late-type Galaxies: Local Benchmarks of Galaxy Evolution", Nov 21 2005
Served on the Doctoral Dissertation Committee for the oral exams of 13 graduate students
2016–present Served on the Honors Thesis Committee for Barrett, the Honors College at ASU:
B. Dotson: Honors Thesis (ASU) on a Star Tracker Development Demonstration using an off-the-shelf Active Pixel Sensor, Apr 13, 2018
C. Companik: Honors Thesis (ASU) on strong gravitational lensing to detect Dark Matter, Apr 16, 2018
J. Vehonsky: Honors Thesis (ASU) on the reduction of LBT/LBC images, May 3, 2016
2004–present Served on the Masters Thesis Committee for the Physics Degree Program at ASU:
A. Gonzalez: M.Sc. Thesis (ASU) on Hα emitting galaxies at z~0.6 in DAWNS, Mar 14, 2017
J. Russell: M.Sc. Thesis (ASU) on the nature of faint mJy radio sources, Nov 21, 2006
2015–2016 Served as reviewer for the National Science Foundation.
2011–2012 Served as reviewer for the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP).
2005–2008 Served on the Steward Observatory telescopes Time Allocation Committee, representing ASU. Periods: 2005C, 2006A–C, 2007A–C, and 2008A–C.
2007–present Served as referee for The Astrophysical Journal.
2007, 2010–2011, 2013
  2015–present
Served on the ASU/NASA Space Grant Steering Committee.
2007 Served as external referee for PPARC observing proposal (William Herschel Telescope)
2006–2007 Redesigned, implemented and maintained a new LaTeX2ε class for Steward Observatory proposals (still in use through the 2016B proposal cycle!).
2006–2007 Served on the SESE Computing Advisory Committee at ASU.
2005–2006 Served on the Academic Professional Peer Review Committee within the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at ASU.
2004–present Served as referee for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
2004–present Served as referee for the Astronomical Journal.
2004 Served as referee for Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
2004 Served on search committee for a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy at ASU.
2002 Served as referee for Science.
1996 Served on the Masters Thesis Committee for the Math & Physical Sciences Degree Program at the University of Groningen (NL):
H. Zeelenberg: M.Sc. Thesis on surface photometry of nearby galaxies, Aug 31, 1996
1992 Assistant editor for the annual report of Space Research Organization Netherlands (SRON), Groningen.
1990–1992 Student member, Astronomy Education Committee, University of Groningen.

5a. Public Outreach and Community Service

2018 Guest lecture at the Valley Engineering, Science and Technology club (VEST), Sun City West AZ, Jun 1.
2015 Facilitator for Young Presidents Organization (Arizona Chapter) bookclub dinner, on The End of Night (Paul Bogard), Phoenix AZ, Jan 12.
2014 Guest lecture at the Saguaro Astronomy Club, Phoenix AZ, Jun 13.
2014 Served as Grand Awards Judge for the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Los Angeles, CA, May 13–14.
2013–2015 GuideStar Magazine, APOD Rubriek editor (till its final issue in Dec 2015)
2013 Served as Grand Awards Judge for the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Phoenix, AZ, May 14–15.
2011 Guest lectures at the Challenger Space Center of Arizona, Peoria AZ, Sep 24 and Oct 8
2011 Guest lecture at the East Valley Astronomy Club, Gilbert AZ, Apr 15
2010 Guest lecture at the East Valley Astronomy Club, Gilbert AZ, Jun 18
2009–2011 Involved in the 'Dark Sky Stakeholders Group' of the Maricopa county Association of Governments (MAG)
2009 Guest lecture at the West Valley Astronomy Club, Surprise AZ, Apr 7
2005–present Dutch translator of Astronomy Picture of the Day at http://www.apod.nl/
2008 Testified before the Phoenix Board of Adjustment on the impact on Arizona astronomy of the light polution due to proposed LED billboards, Phoenix City Hall, Jan 17
2007 Guest lecture at the East Valley Astronomy Club, Gilbert AZ, Apr 20
2005 Served as Grands Award Judge for the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Phoenix, May 8–14.
2000 Lecture for amateur astronomers (HWSK), Haarlem (NL).
1999 Radio and TV interview on the SETI@home project (RTV-Noord, NL).
1998–1999 Series of lectures given to amateur astronomers throughout the Netherlands (NVWS).
1994 Cosmology talk at the Jambouree of the Int'nl Scouting Organisation.
1993 Popular Scientific publication on the newly discovered/proposed bar in our Milky Way galaxy (ZENIT, april 1993).
1993 Local coordinator `Astronomy' for the National Science Week, Groningen (NL).
1991–1992

Illustrator of two sets of slides produced for the Dutch Association of Public Observatories (LVS).

1991 Several talks on Astronomical Observatories for amateur astronomers.


6. Use of Telescopes & Instrumentation

      † Only successful proposals are listed

2019–2021

Co-I on program #20900658 to secure deep Chandra X-ray images and monitor the JWST North Ecliptic Pole (NEP) Time-Domain Field (600 ks)

2018–2019

Co-I on IRAM 30m/NIKA2 program 167-17 to secure 1.3 and 2 mm observations of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (30 hrs).

2018

Co-I on a program to monitor the evolution of an X-ray flare in the wider area of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field using Swift/UVOT (20 visits of 1.2ks, 4 day cadence).

2018

Co-I on a 6.5m MMT/Binospec program to secure redshifts within the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (2 nights).

2018

Co-I on a program to secure deep near-IR imaging with the 2×8.4m Large Binocular Telescope (LBT/LUCI+AO) in preparation for JWST (1 night).

2017–2023

Co-I on James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) IDS GTO program 1176, the Webb Medium Deep Fields, to characterize galaxy formation and evolution from z ~ 15 to the present, serving as science lead on the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (110 hrs).

2017–2018

Co-I on program #19900666 to secure deep Chandra X-ray images of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (400 ks).

2017–2019

P.I. on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) WFC3+ACS program #15278 to secure UV–visible imaging of central portion of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (36 primary + 36 parallel orbits).

2017–2019

Co-I on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) WFC3 program #15106 to study the UV attenuation in JWST target VV 191 (10 orbits).

2017–2018

Co-I on a program to obtain 3 GHz radio images to sub-μJy sensitivity with the Very Large Array in A and B configuration of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (44 hrs).

2017–2018

Co-I on a program to obtain 4.5 GHz VLBA radio images of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (48 hrs).

2017–2018

Co-I on a 6.5m MMT/MMIRS program to secure deep near-infrared YJHK images of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field (7 nights).

2016

Co-I on a Spitzer Space Telescope program to secure deep IRAC images of Lensing Galaxy Clusters in preparation for JWST (52.5 hours).

2016

P.I. on a program to obtain deep Ugriz images with the 2×8.4m Large Binocular Telescope (LBT/LBC) of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field and its immediate surroundings (2×0.5 night).

2015–2016

James Webb Space Telescope: helped out as Data Analyst with NIRCam Cryo-Vacuum testing (CV3) at Goddard Space Flight Center.

2014–2016

James Webb Space Telescope: co-I on a long-term JWST IDS GTO program to characterize galaxy formation and evolution from z ~ 15 to the present.

2014–2015

Co-I on Hubble Space Telescope archival program #13877: ``Project ALCATRAZ''

2014

co-I on a program to obtain near-UV spectra of galaxies at z ~ 2, using the 6.5 m MMT and Blue Channel Spectrograph (Tucson, AZ). (2 nights)

2014–2015

co-I on a 8 m Gemini/GMOS survey of Nearby Galaxy Group Lenses (12 hrs)

2014

co-I on a CTIO 4 m/ISPI program to obtain deep near-IR surface photometry of nearby galaxies (3 nights)

2013

co-I on 8 m Gemini-North/NIRI program #DT-2013A-032 to image a z=5.85 quasar host (3 hrs, but lost to weather)

2012–2013

Co-observer and co-I on a 2×8.4m Large Binocular Telescope (LBT/LBC) imaging program in support of Hubble Space Telescope surveys (3.5 nights)

2012–2013

Co-I on GO program #12974 to image the host galaxies and environments of UV-faint QSOs at z ~ 6 with Hubble Space Telescope / WFC3. (25 orbits)

2011

Co-I on a program to obtain UBV photometry of candidate nearby analogs of Lyα-blobs and their hosts, using the 1.8 m VATT (Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope; Mt. Graham, AZ). (11 nights)

2010–2011

co-I on GO/DD program #12332 to image the host galaxy and environment of a z = 6 QSO with Hubble Space Telescope / WFC3. (20 orbits)

2010–2012

co-I on GALEX archival program GI 5-#15 to study the wavelength dependence of galactic structure.

2010

P.I. on a program to obtain UBVRI photometry of nearby late-type dwarf galaxies, using the 1.8 m VATT (Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope; Mt. Graham, AZ). (4 nights)

2009–2010

co-I and PI on a program to obtain deep near-IR surface photometry of nearby galaxies, using the 2.3 m Bok telescope (Kitt Peak, AZ) and PISCES. (15 nights)

2009

co-I on a program to obtain spectroscopic redshifts for satellite galaxy candidates, using the 6.5 m MMT (Tucson, AZ). (2 nights)

2009

P.I. on a program to obtain deep UVI photometry of an extremely metal-poor galaxy, using the 1.8 m VATT (Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope; Mt. Graham, AZ). (3 nights)

2007–2009

P.I. on Archival Calibration Legacy program #11258 to remove the erratic herringbone pattern-noise from all Hubble Space Telescope / STIS "Side-2" CCD data.

2007–2008

Co-I on Hubble Space Telescope archival program #11287: Fundamental Limitations in deep HST Fields: Surface Brightness, Natural Confusion & Algorithmic Biases

2007–2008

Co-I on a program to obtain Strömgren photometry of galaxy satellites, using the 1.8 m VATT (Mt. Graham, AZ). (12 nights)

2006–2008

P.I. on a program to obtain Hα surface photometry of galaxies in the Nearby Field Galaxy Survey, using the 1.8 m VATT (Mt. Graham, AZ). (25 nights)

2006–2007

Co-I on Spitzer Space Telescope IRAC+MIPS GO program #30406: Understanding the Blue-Sequence E/S0 Population: Fading Remnants and Future Spirals.

2006–2007

Co-I on Hubble Space Telescope ACS and NICMOS archival program #10974: The Unresolved Stellar Populations of Galaxies in the HUDF: Constraints on Hierarchical Formation.

2006–2007

Administrative PI, and Co-I on Hubble Space Telescope ACS GO program #10843: Deep Imaging of an Extremely Metal-poor Galaxy.

2004–2006

P.I. on Hα imaging program of galaxies within nearby voids with the 1.8 m VATT (Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope; Mt. Graham, AZ). (18 nights)

2004

co-I on GALEX SNAPshot program GI 1-#36: observations of Dwarf Galaxies imaged with HST and Spitzer.

2004

co-I on a 8 m Gemini Survey of Very Red Objects in ACS parallels

2003–2005

P.I. on optical broad-band and Hα imaging programs of nearby galaxies with the 1.8 m VATT (Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope; Mt. Graham, AZ). (38 nights)

2003–2004

P.I. on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys) program #9892: an Hα SNAPshot survey of Nearby Galaxies observed in F300W.

2003–2004

co-I on HST NICMOS (Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer) program #9824: The Remarkable Cool Stellar Population in Late-type Galaxies.

2003–2004

co-I (informal) on HST WFPC2 (Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2) program #9955 to measure the All-sky Zodiacal Background and Constrain Kuiper Belt Objects at mR > 28.

2003–2004

co-I on a JCMT/SCUBA program to image nearby irregular galaxies at 850µm.

2003

P.I. on a 6.5 m Magellan Baade (Las Campanas, Chile) IMACS program to obtain a Cosmological Census of Galaxy Structure, Assembly & Evolution at mB > 20. (4 nights)

2003

co-I on a UKIRT JHKL-band survey of hot dust and star formation in normal galaxies.

2003

6.5 m MMT (formerly Multiple Mirror Telescope; Tucson, AZ) Blue Channel Spectro graph long-slit spectroscopy of GRB030329/SN2003dh and field galaxies at z~ 0.2-0.5. (6 nights)

2002–2014

James Webb Space Telescope (formerly the Next Generation Space Telescope): as co-I on a long-term JWST IDS GTO program to characterize galaxy formation and evolution from z ~ 20 to the present.

2001–2003

HST STIS (Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph) search for the H reionization edge at z > 6 (cycle 10+11, through collaboration). (425 orbits)

2001–2002

co-I on a Hα imaging program of nearby interacting and isolated galaxies with the 1.8 m VATT, Mt. Graham, AZ. (25 nights)

2001–2002

Hubble Space Telescope WFPC2 (Wide Field Planetary Camera 2), mid-UV snapshots of nearby galaxies (cycle 9+10, through collaboration). (89 orbits)

2001–2002

co-I on ESO (Paranal, Chile) 8.2 m VLT-UT3 Melipal / FORS1 search for Lyα from QSOs reionizing He II at z = 2.8 – 3.1 (Visitor Mode; 4 nights)

2001

HST STIS (Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph), far-UV MAMA observations of high z quasars (cycle 7 and 8, archival observations).

2001

co-I on ESO (Paranal, Chile) 8.2 m VLT-UT1 Antu / FORS1 search for Lyα from a QSO reionizing He II at z ~ 3 using a filtered dispersed imaging technique (Service Mode; ~2.5 hours).

2000

HST FOC (Faint Object Camera) f/96 near-UV objective prism observations of SN 1987A (cycle 5 [through collaboration], supplemented by archival FOC, WFPC2 & STIS data).

2000

ESO (La Silla, Chile) 3.6 m / EFOSC1 (ESO Faint Object Spectrograph and Camera 1) optical long-slit spectroscopy of QSO candidates (through collaboration).

1998

F.L. Whipple Observatory (FLWO; Tucson, AZ) 1.2 m telescope; co-I on a program to obtain IRCAM H,K-band surface photometry for ~125 nearby galaxies. (10 nights)

1996 α test of remote FLWO 1.2 m observations from the CfA (2 nights).
1994–1997

FLWO (Tucson, AZ) 1.2 m telescope; co-I on a long-term program to obtain U,B,R surface photometry for ~200 nearby galaxies. (51 nights)

1995–1996

FLWO (Tucson, AZ) 1.5 m Tillinghast and FAST spectrograph; co-I on long-term program to obtain nuclear and integrated spectrophotometry of ~200 nearby galaxies. (54 nights)

1994

FLWO (Tucson, AZ) 1.5 m Tillinghast and FAST spectrograph; co-I on program to obtain nuclear spectroscopy of nearby galaxies. (5 nights)

1993

Multiple Mirror Telescope (Tucson, AZ) Red Channel Spectrograph, multi-slit spectroscopy of a galaxy cluster CL0024+16 at z~0.39 (data obtained by supervisor).

1992

ESO (La Silla, Chile) 2.2 m telescope and IRAC2 camera; JHK NIR imaging of highly inclined galaxies (through collaboration).

1992

1 m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope (La Palma, Spain); UBVRI CCD surface photometry of highly inclined galaxies (data obtained by supervisor).

1991

Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT; Westerbork, NL); full synthesis radio continuum mapping of M 33 (data obtained by supervisor).


7. Computers

1991–present

Extended experience using Unix work stations (Sun's mostly; some HP and DEC) and using and administering PC's running Linux (SuSE and RedHat/CentOS; some Ubuntu\,14.04); some experience with VMS, DOS and Windows 3.1/'95/'98/ME/XP/Vista.
Extended experience with the IRAF astronomical software environment; I designed and implemented a reduction pipeline for the CCD data (both imaging and long-slit spectroscopy) obtained for my Ph.D. research, and authored two layered packages and many scripts for reduction and analysis of both ground-based and HST data.
Extended experience with SuperMongo (both for numerical analysis and graphical output), with the TeX/LaTeX typesetting language, and with Postscript.
Extended experience programming in Fortran 77, and Unix csh/awk/sed scripts.
Experience with HTML: authored the NFGS web-pages (http://www.public.asu.edu/ ~rjansen/nfgs/) (originally at the Kapteyn Institute and at the CfA), the HST-related web pages (www.asu.edu/clas/hst/) at ASU, and the web pages of the Cosmology Group within the School of Earth and Space Exploration (www.public.asu.edu/~rjansen/sese/ )
Experience with RSI/ITT's Interactive Data Language (IDL), and with the Microsoft's relational database query language (SQL).
Some experience with ESO's MIDAS and the Kapteyn Institute's GIPSY data reduction and analysis environments. Some programming experience in ANSI C, BASIC and Pascal. Also used Mathematica at some point. Presently learning Python/Astroconda.


8. Memberships:

2018–present International Astronomical Union — Member (as of 8/2018)
2006–present American Astronomical Society — Full Member (as of 12/2006)
2013–present Society for Science & the Public
1991–present Dutch Astronomical Society (Nederlandse Astronomen Club)


Other Experience:

2010 Guest pastry chef on KAET/Eight's P is for PiePecan Pear Pie, Mar 6 2010 (and repeats on Apr 16 and 17, 2010)
2005–present Dutch translator of Astronomy Picture of the Day at http://www.apod.nl/
1993,1996

Illustrator of the Faculty Information Guide (``ß-wijzer'') and of the Information Package for foreign students of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen.

1991–1992

Illustrator of two sets of slides produced for the Dutch Association of Public Observatories (LVS).

1991 Music instructor (recorder), Groningen
1987 Fresh produce assistant in a super market, Vlissingen
1987 Illustrator of the 1987 freshmen study guide, St.Willibrord College, Goes
1984–1987 Illustrator of the High School newspaper of the St.Willibrord College, Goes
1982–1986 Several musical performances as member of a recorder quartet, soprano, alto and bass recorder; Vlissingen and Middelburg
1981 Performance with the Goese Koorschool (boys choir) of E. Heijblok, recorder, at the 1981 election night CDA regional election headquarters, Kapelle
1980–1986 Various musical performances as member of the van Soest youth symphony orchestra, lead soprano recorder; Vlissingen, Middelburg, 's-Heer-Arendskerke, Yerseke
1980 Won color TV for Markus School elementary school, by securing entry in a knowledge quiz with a poem and subsequently as panel member on that quiz.


Awards & Grants:

2018–2019 NASA/STScI grant in support of Cycle 25 program GO-15278, to secure UV–Visible images of the JWST NEP Time-Domain Field with WFC3/UVIS and ACS/WFC (P.I.: Jansen). ($ 286,026)
2016–2020 NASA 5-year grant in support of a WFIRST Science Investigation Team (P.I. Rhoads) program to ``Study Cosmic Dawn with WFIRST''. Award total $ 1,757,925
2014–2023 NASA 10-year grant in support of multi-disciplinary JWST scientist (P.I. Windhorst) program ''Galaxy Assembly, Supermassive Blackhole Growth, First Light and Reionization Studies with the James Webb Space Telescope''. Award total ~$ 1,7M.
2016–2017 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 24 Archival Research program, to study Lyman-continuum emission from galaxies and AGN at intermediate and high redshifts (P.I.: Windhorst). (~$ 175k)
2014–2015 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 22 Archival Research program, to study Lyman-continuum emission from galaxies and AGN at intermediate and high redshifts (P.I.: Windhorst). ($ 119,903)
2012–2013 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 20 HST/WFC3 GO program, to image the host galaxies and environments of UV-faint QSOs at z ~ 6 (P.I.: Mechtley). (~$ 152k)
2012–2014 NASA/ADAP grant in support of a optical–mid-IR study of extinction by interstellar dust in Local Group galaxies (P.I.: Jansen). ($ 380,936)
2010–2011 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 18 HST/WFC3 DD program, to image the host galaxy and environment of a z = 6 QSO (P.I.: Windhorst). (~$ 58k)
2010–2012 NASA/ADP grant in support of a multi-wavelength study of Seyfert Galaxy Unification and the AGN / Star-Formation Connection (P.I.: Corbin) ($ ~328,277)
2008–2009 NASA/ASMCS grant in support of a mission concept study for a wide-field UV–near-IR camera on a 4 m class space telescope. The science focus for that camera will be a systematic study of star formation from the nearby to very distant universe. (Instrument P.I.: Scowen). ($ ~300,000 at ASU)
2007–2010 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 16 HST/STIS Archival Calibration Legacy program, to remove the highly erratic pattern-noise in all Side-2 STIS/CCD data (P.I.: Jansen). ($ 179,935)
2007–2008 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 16 Archival Research program, to study fundamental limitations in deep HST Fields (P.I.: Windhorst). ($ 85,348)
2007–2008 NASA/ADP grant in support of a multi-wavelength study of nearby galaxies (P.I.: Windhorst) ($ 69,237)
2007 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 15 HST/ACS program to image an extremely metal-poor galaxy with ACS (P.I.: Corbin) ($ 48,695)
2006 NASA/STScI grant in support of a Cycle 15 Archival HST/ACS program to study unresolved stellar populations within galaxies in the HUDF (P.I.: Ryan) ($ 50,000)
2004 GALEX grant in support of Cycle 1 SNAPshot survey of Dwarf Galaxies observed previously with HST and Spitzer (P.I.: Windhorst) ($ 30,000).
2004 NASA grant in support of the development of the HORUS Origins Mission concept (P.I.: Morse/Scowen) ($ 97,288)
2003 NASA/STScI grant in support of Cycle 12 HST/ACS Hα SNAPshot survey of nearby galaxies observed previously in F300W (P.I.: Jansen). Award total: $ 93,216
2003 NASA/STScI grant in support of Cycle 12 HST/NICMOS study of the cool stellar populations in late-type galaxies (P.I.: Windhorst). Award total: $ 89,139
2002–2014 NASA 13-year grant in support of multi-disciplinary JWST scientist (P.I. Windhorst) program ''next generation frontier studies with JWST''. Award total $ 1,290,390
2000 Kapteyn Institute grant for the printing and distribution of my Ph.D. Thesis. $ 1,100.
1995,1998 Poster prizes, Dutch Astronomers Conference (1995) and Euro-conference on ``the Evolution of Galaxies on Cosmological Timescales'' (1998).
1995–1996,1998 Smithsonian Pre-doctoral Fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge MA, twice, for a 7 month period each. Award total: $ 24,345 from US (SAO) and NL (LKBF, KAI, and NWO) sources.
1994–1999 Grants to participate in the IAU General Assembly (1994), IAU Symposium ``New Light on Galaxy Evolution'' (1995), the Euroconference on ``the Evolution of Galaxies on Cosmological Timescales (1998) and the XIXth Moriond Astrophysics Meeting on ``Building Galaxies: from the Primordial Universe to the Present'' (1999), from the Kapteyn Institute (KAI), the Leiden Kerkhoven-Bosscha Fund (LKBF), and the European Union (TMR) ($ 675 TMR; $ 1,325 LKBF; $ 1,340 KAI).

Publications:


37 publications in refereed astronomical journals, plus 1 submitted for publication, a published Ph.D. thesis, and 155 other publications (of which 46 technical reports and conference proceedings and 84 poster papers). See my list of publications. And always more in various stages of completion.
The NASA Astrophysics Data System reports (as of Mar 1 2019) an approximate total number of 3566 citations to these publications (of which 22 papers have >22 citations).


Conferences, Schools and Meetings:

2018, Sep 21 Steward Observatory Internal Symposium, Tucson, AZ.
2018, May 14–18 16th J-PAS Meeting at CEFCA, Teruel (Spain)
2018, Jan 8–12 231th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Washington D.C.
2017, Jun 6 JWST Medium Deep Fields IDS GTO team meeting, Austin TX.
2017, Jun 4–8 230th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Austin TX.
2017, Jan 6 JWST Medium Deep Fields IDS GTO team meeting, Grapevine TX.
2017, Jan 3–7 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Grapevine TX.
2016, Nov 8–11 User Training in JWST Data Analysis workshop, STScI, Baltimore MD.
2016, Aug 15–16 JWST Medium Deep Fields mini-workshop, ASU, Tempe AZ.
2016, May 17–19 JWST GTO Meeting, National Research Council/Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics, Victoria BC (Canada).
2016, Apr 20–21 WFIRST WFI meeting, Princeton NJ.
2015, Jan   4–8 225th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Seattle WA.
2014, Aug 7–8 JWST GTO SWG workshop, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD.
2014, Jul 17–19 Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Science Forum, Tucson AZ.
2014, Jan   5–9 223th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Washington DC.
2013, Jul 11 SIMAP Team Meeting at Caltech, Pasadena CA.
2013, Jan   6–10 221th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Long Beach CA.
2012, Mar 7–8 "Turbulence in Cosmic Structure Formation" workshop, ASU, Tempe AZ.
2012, Jan 25–27 ASU Origins+Cosmology workshop on "Coming Opportunities in Physical Cosmology", Tempe AZ.
2011, May 12–13 ALMA Community Workshop, Steward Observatory, Tucson AZ.
2010, Jul 21–23 STScI Calibration Workshop, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD.
2009, Mar 27 Astro2010 Decadal Survey townhall meeting, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD.
2009, Mar 26–27 AURA workshop "Beyond JWST: the future of UVOIR space astronomy", held at STScI, Baltimore MD.
2009, Jan   4–  8 213th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Long Beach CA.
2008, Nov 20–21 THEIA team meeting at Princeton University, Princeton NJ.
2008, Sep   7–12 JENAM2008 "New Challenges to European Astronomy" and the symposium on "Star Formation from Spitzer (Lyman) to Spitzer (Space Telescope) and Beyond", Vienna (Austria).
2008, Jul 15–17 SFO/SFC Science Team Meeting at Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.
2008, Apr 25 XPC/SFO/USO Team Meeting at Princeton University, Princeton NJ.
2008, Apr 21 Work visit to NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA.
2007, Jan   5–10 209th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Seattle WA.
2005, Oct 17–18 Steward Observatory Internal Symposium, Tucson, AZ.
2004, Nov 15–20 Work visit to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA.
2004, Nov   3–  4 Steward Observatory Internal Symposium, Tucson, AZ.
2004, Oct  11– 13 Maryland Astrophysics Conference on "New Windows on Star Formation in the Cosmos", College Park, MD.
2004, Jun   7– 12 International conference on "Penetrating Bars Through Masks of Cosmic Dust: The Hubble Tuning Fork Strikes a New Note", Pilanesberg National Park (South Africa)
2004, May 17 Work visit to the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen (Netherlands)
2003, Oct   6–  7 Steward Observatory Internal Symposium, Tucson, AZ.
2003, Sep 23–27 Work visit to the Steward Observatory, Tucson, AZ.
2003, Apr 28–29 Work visit to ESA/ESTEC RSSD, Noordwijk (Netherlands)
2002, Oct 17–18 HST Calibration Workshop, STScI, Baltimore MD.
2002, Oct 10–11 Lowell Observatory Workshop on "The outer regions of galaxies", Flagstaff AZ.
2002, Jan   6–11 199th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), Washington D.C.
2001, Nov   1–   2 Steward Observatory Internal Symposium, Tucson AZ.
2001, May 16–18 56th Dutch Astronomers Conference, Dalfsen (Netherlands)
1999, May   5–  7 54th Dutch Astronomers Conference, Elspeet (Netherlands)
1999, Mar 13–19 XIXth Rencontres Astrophysique de Moriond "Building Galaxies from the Primordial Universe to the Present", Les Arcs (France)
1998, Nov 30–Dec  5 Euro-conference on "The Evolution of Galaxies on Cosmological Timescales", Puerto la Cruz, Tenerife (Spain)
1997, May 14–16 52nd Dutch Astronomers Conference, Dalfsen (Netherlands)
1995, Jun  26–30 IAU Symposium no.171 "New Light on Galaxy Evolution", Heidelberg (Germany)
1995, May 18–20 50th Dutch Astronomers Conference, Rokanje (Netherlands)
1994, Aug 15–27 XXIInd General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Symposia no. 164, 168 and 169, The Hague (Netherlands)
1993, May   6–  8 48th Dutch Astronomers Conference, De Haan aan Zee (Belgium)
1993, Nov   8–12 1st NOVA autumn school on Stellar Winds, Dwingeloo (Netherlands)
1992, Dec   7–19 IVth Canary Islands Winter School on Infrared Astronomy, Playa Las Americas, Tenerife (Spain)
1992, May   7–  9 47th Dutch Astronomers Conference, Ameland (Netherlands)
1991, May   2–  4 46th Dutch Astronomers Conference, Lunteren (Netherlands)


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