Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell

Work Address:
University of Maryland
Department of Astronomy
College Park, MD 20742-2421
(301) 405-8360; (301) 286-7923

Research Interests: planet formation theory, protoplanetary disk models, extrasolar planets, astrobiology

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 2004 June

A.M. in Astronomy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1999 June

S.B. in Physics with Biology minor, 1997 February Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.

Recent Honors

Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences USA 2008

Research Experience

University of Maryland, Department of Astronomy, College Park, MD and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Advisors: Prof. Lee G. Mundy and Dr. Marc J. Kuchner.
Michelson Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-present
Comparisons of observed disks to models of disks with embedded planets. Constraints on planet formation in close binary systems.

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Washington, DC.
Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow 2004-2007
Models of irraditated disks with planets including feedback from radiative heating and cooling. Signatures of planets forming in disks via core accretion and disk instability. Disk truncation in close binary systems.

Harvard University, Astronomy Dept. Advisor: Prof. Dimitar D. Sasselov. 2000-2004
Ph.D. Thesis: "Shedding Some Light on Planet Formation: Temperature Perturbations Caused By Stellar Illumination Near an Embedded Protoplanet and Their Effects on Planet Formation Processes." Studies of disk-protoplanet interactions including radiative transfer. Analysis of heating and cooling from shadowing and illumination of stellar irradiation at disk surfaces. Effects of local temperature variations on the snow line in protoplanetary disks. Slowing of Type I migration due to planet-induced temperature variations.

Harvard University, Astronomy Dept. Advisor: Prof. Lars E. Hernquist.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow 1997-2000
Research Exam: ``First Structure Formation: A Simulation of Small Scale Structure at High Redshift.'' N-body cosmological simulation of first structure formation.

Teaching Experience

Grader for ``The Physics of the Interstellar Medium'' at Harvard, a required graduate Astronomy course, taught by Prof. Alyssa Goodman. 2001 Fall

Section leader for ``Astronomy 1'' at Harvard, an introductory astronomy Course for non-majors, taught by Profs. Jim Moran & Simon Steel. 1999 Spring

Section leader for ``Matter in the Universe'' at Harvard, an introductory astronomy course in the Core Curriculum, taught by Prof. Robert Kirshner. 1998 Spring

Instructor for the Experimental Study Group (ESG) at MIT. Taught classes of 2-4 students in Electricity and Magnetism (8.02) and Multivariable Calculus (18.02). Director: Dr. Holly Sweet. 1995-1996

Counselor at PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists), an NSF-funded intensive high school summer program teaching number theory. Director: Prof. Glenn Stevens, Boston University, Dept. of Mathematics. 1994, 1995

Teaching Assistant for 6.270, a student-run class and competition in LEGO robotics during MIT's Independent Activities Period. 1995 January

Public Outreach

Coordinator of exhibit on exoplanets at the Squonk Opera's Astro-rama show at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland. 2008 Sept. 24

Exhibitor on exoplanets at LaunchFest, an open house for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). 2008 September 13

Organizer of exhibit on exoplanets at 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, for the Exoplanets & Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory of GSFC. 2008 June/July

Session leader for "Big Explosions and Strong Gravity: A Day of Exploration into Supernovae and Black Holes," a NASA E/PO event for Girl Scouts at Camp Ilchester, Howard County, MD. Led construction of spectroscopes and visual examination of spectra of a variety of sources. Taught about black holes. 2008 April 26

Volunteer for Girl Scout Day at the National Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA. Talked about the Solar System, helped visitors make planet bead bracelets. 2008 March 8

Volunteer for Family Day ("Are We Alone in the Universe?") at National Air and Space Museum, National Mall, Washington, DC. Helped visitors make hand-held spectroscopes. 2006 November 18

Professional Development

FORWARD to Professorship Workshop, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. May 18-20, 2005

``Teaching Astronomy for the First Time: A Teaching Excellence Workshop for Graduate Students and Post-Docs,'' led by Steve Pompea (NOAO) and Tim Slater (Univ. of Arizona) at the 201st AAS Meeting 2003 January

``Scientists Teaching Science,'' graduate course taught by Prof. Phil Sadler, Director, Science Education Dept., Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 2002 Fall

Successful Proposals and Travel Grants

Co-I on CARMA (Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy) observations of AB Auriga (PI: Dr. Claudia Knez). 2008

Co-I on Nulling Key Science project (PI: M. Kuchner) ``Follow-Up Observations of Circumstellar Disks with the Keck Interferometer Nuller.'' 2008

IAU Symposium 249 "Exoplanets: Detection, Formation & Dynamics." Suzhou, China. CHF 600 (declined). 2007 October 22-26

Bioastronomy 2007: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Registration fee. 2007 July 16-22

Extreme Solar Systems. Santorini, Greece. Invitation to speak, Airfare (declined). 2007 June 25-29

From Disks to Planets: New Observations, Models, and Theories. Pasadena, CA. Hotel, registration, and per diem. 2005 March 7-10

Winter Conference on Astrophysics: Planet Formation and Detection. Aspen, CO. $600. 2005 February 5-12


Organizer, National Capital Area Disks Workshop II, College Park, MD. A two-day local meeting on planet-forming disks. 2009 Spring

Organizer, National Capital Area Disks Workshop, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington DC. One-day meeting, 23 participants. 2007 December 3

Session chair, AAS Meetings. 2008, 2009

Co-convener, symposium on "Exploring Planets Around Other Stars" at Astrobiology Science Conference 2006 (AbSciCon), Washington, DC. 2006 March

Referee, conference proceedings ``Chondrites and the Protoplanetary Disk,'' Eds. Krot, Scott & Reipurth 2005

Referee, the Astrophysical Journal

External reviewer, NASA Origins of Solar System

Member, American Astronomical Society 1998-present

Women in Science Advocacy

Organizing Committee Member for the Women in Astronomy 2009 meeting, to be held October 21-23, 2009 in College Park, MD.

Member of Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA), American Astronomical Society (AAS) 2006-present

Blogger at the Women in Astronomy Blog http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com 2008-present

Editor of AASWOMEN electronic newsletter 2006-2009

Organizing Committee Member, Women in Astronomy 2009 conference, to be held in College Park, MD 2009 October 21-23

Member of delegation from United States to the 3rd IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, Seoul, South Korea 2008 October 8-10

Workshop: From Doctorate to Dean or Director: Sustaining Women through Critical Transition Points in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, hosted by the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine of the National Academies. Presented oral testimony from the CSWA 2008 September 18-19

Diversity and Innovation Caucus (U.S. House of Representatives) Stakeholders' Listening Meeting Participant 28 February 2008

Panelist at CSWA Session at AAS Meeting, ``When's the Best Time to Have Kids, Anyway?'' 2008 January

Speaker at CSWA Session at AAS Meeting, on (lack of) parental leave policies at universities and research institutions 2007 January

Author of ``The Balancing Act: A Postdoc's Perspective,'' appeared in the January 2006 issue of STATUS (CSWA publication) and SETI's Explorer Magazine

Invited Talks and Colloquia

University of California at Santa Cruz, Friday Lunchtime Astrophysics Seminar (FLASH), January 30, 2009.

University of California at Berkeley, Star Formation/ISM Seminar, February 2, 2009.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, February 3, 2009.

Space Telescope Science Institute, Star and Planet Formation Seminar Series, October 20, 2008.

Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, October 2, 2008.

Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, September 30, 2008.

Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea, September 29, 2008.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Astrophysics Luncheon Seminar, May 27, 2008.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Stellar and Extragalactic Astronomy Lunch (SEAL) Talk, January 30, 2008.

University of Maryland, Theory Lunch Seminar, November 26, 2007.

Univsersity of Maryland, CARMA Seminar, November 19, 2007.

Naval Research Laboratory, RIOS Astronomy Pizza Lunch Talk, June 16, 2006. "Observing Planets in Circumstellar Disks"

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department, Special Seminar, April 28, 2006.

NASA Goddard Extrasolar Planets Club, March 2, 2006.

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, Astrophysics Seminar, February 17, 2006. "Signatures of Core Formation: Planet Shadows in Circumstellar Disks" (abstract)

Northwestern University, Astrophysics Seminar, March 29, 2005. "Illuminating Ideas in Planet Formation: Shadowing and Illumination in Protoplanetary Disks" (abstract)

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Department Seminar, February 23, 2005. "Illuminating Ideas on Planet Formation: Effects of Stellar Irradiation on Protoplanetary Disks"

Harvard University, May 14, 2004. (Thesis colloquium) "Shedding Some Light on Planet Formation: Radiative Transfer in Protoplanetary Disks"

Princeton University, Wunch talk, October 15, 2003. "Shedding Some Light on Planet Formation: Radiative Transfer on Disks with Embedded Protoplanets" (abstract)

Scientific Conferences and Workshops

Solar-Extrasolar Meeting, February 4-6, 2009, NASA Ames, CA. Contributed Talk: "Planet Formation in YSOs."

American Astronomical Society, 213rd Meeting, January 4-8, 2009, Long Beach, CA. Poster: "Observing Planet Formation in Young Protoplanetary Disks" (#414.09 Jang-Condell, H., Kuchner, M. J., Debes, J. H.).

Japanese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held by the U.S. National Academies of Science and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, December 5-7, 2008, Irvine, CA.

Cool Stars XV, July 21-25, 2008, St. Andrews, Scotland. Poster: "Observing Planet Formation in Protoplanetary Disks"

Far-Infrared Astronomy from Space: A Community Workshop about the Future, May 28-30, 2008, Pasadena, CA. Contributed talk: "Imaging Gaps Created by Planets in Circumstellar Disks."

Exoplanet Forum, May 29-30, 2008, Pasadena, CA.

American Astronomical Society, 211th Meeting, January 7-11, 2008, Austin, TX. Contributed talk: "Constraints on Planet Formation in Close Binary Systems" (#81.07 Jang-Condell, H., Mugrauer, M., Schmidt, T.)

National Capital Area Disks Workshop. December 3, 2007, Washington DC. Talk: ``Primordial Disks, Theory and Models: Overview.'' Workshop Organizer

Bioastronomy 2007, July 16-20, 2007, San Juan, PR. Contributed talk: "Observable Differences Between Core Accretion and Disk Instability"

Gordon Research Conference: Origins of Solar Systems, July 8-13, 2007, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

Transformational Science with ALMA: Through Disks to Stars and Planets, June 22-24, 2007, Charlottesville, VA. Contributed talk: "Core Accretion vs. Disk Instability: Observable Discriminants"

In the Spirit of Bernard Lyot, June 4-8, 2007, Berkeley, CA. Contributed talk: "Disk Instability vs. Core Accretion: Observable Discriminants"

American Astronomical Society, 209th Meeting, January 6-10, 2007, Seattle, WA. Contributed talk: "Modeling Scattered Light Images from a Planet-Forming Disk" (#110.05 Jang-Condell, H. & Boss, A. P.)

Astrobiology Science Conference 2006 (AbSciCon), March 26-30, 2006, Washington, DC. Contributed talk: "Planet Shadows in Disks as Signatures of Core Formation"

American Astronomical Society, 207th Meeting, January 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC. Contributed talk: "Observable Signatures of Core Formation" (#166.05)

Protostars and Planets V, October 24-28, 2005, Waikoloa Village, HI. Poster: "Observational Signatures of Planets in Protoplanetary Disks."

Gordon Research Conference: Origins of Solar Systems, June 26-July 1, 2005, Connecticut College, New London, CT.

NASA Astrobiology Institute Biennial Meeting, April 10-14, 2005, Boulder, CO. Contributed talk: "Effects of Shadowing and Illumination on Planet Formation."

From Disks to Planets, March 7-10, 2005, Pasadena, CA. Contributed talk: "How Shadowing and Illumination in Disks Affect Planet Formation."

Planet Formation and Detection, February 6-12, 2005, Aspen, CO. Contributed talk: "How Shadowing and Illumination in Disks Affect Planet Formation." ppt pdf

Chondrites and the Protoplanetary Disk, November 8-11, 2004, Kaua`i, HI.

Astrophysics of Planetary Systems, May 17-20, 2004, Cambridge, MA.

American Astronomical Society, 203rd Meeting, January 4-8, 2004, Atlanta, GA. Dissertation talk: "Radiative Transfer in the Vicinity of a Protoplanet" (#123.03 Jang-Condell, H. & Sasselov, D.)

The Search for Other Worlds, October 13-14 2003, College Park, MD. Poster: Jang-Condell, H. & Sasselov, D. D. "Radiative Transfer in the Vicinity of a Protoplanet," (AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 713, pp. 127-130 [2004]. (abstract))

Gordon Research Conference: Origins of Solar Systems, July 6-11, 2003, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

American Astronomical Society, 201st Meeting, January 5-9, 2003, Seattle, WA. Poster: "A Model of a Passive Accretion Disk Perturbed by a Protoplanet" (#46.17 Jang-Condell, H. & Sasselov, D.)

31st Saas-Fee Advanced Course on Brown Dwarfs and Planets, April 2-7, 2001, Grimentz, Switzerland.

The First Generation of Cosmic Structures, May 15-18, 2000, Cambridge, MA. Poster: Jang-Condell, H. & Hernquist, L. "First Structure Formation: A Simulation of Small-Scale Structure at High Redshift,"

The First Stars (MPA/ESO Workshop), August 4-6, 1999, Garching, Germany.

Computing Our Universe, June 21-July 14, 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Four-week summer school on computational cosmology.

Undergraduate Research Experience and Scholarhips

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol, UK with Dr. Jean-Jacques Moreau. Software development for the Systems Management Department. 1997

MIT, Undergraduate Thesis in Physics. ``Cluster Size Distribution and Entropy of an Infinite Range Random Ferromagnet,'' with Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam (Boston U.) and Prof. Michel Baranger (MIT). 1996-1997

MIT, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) with Dr. Shalev Gilad, MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science. Assembly of drift chambers for particle detectors at Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility in Virginia. 1994 Fall

MIT, UROP with Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab. Construction, testing, & programming of the Programmable LEGO Brick prototype. 1994 Summer

Robert C. Byrd Scholar 1993-1997

National Merit Scholar 1993


Computer Skills: C, Fortran, Java; Unix, MPI; IDL, SM, Mathematica

Foreign Languages: Spanish, French, Korean

Hannah Jang-Condell 2009-01-23