James Stone to become Chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences
Professor James Stone will become Chair of our department effective July 1, 2016. Jim did his graduate work at the University of Illinois, and has been on the faculty at Princeton since 2003. Jim studies astrophysical plasma dynamics in a wide variety of contexts, from protostars to clusters of galaxies, mostly using large-scale numerical computations. He has a joint appointment in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM), and is also director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE). Michael Strauss will continue as Associate Chair. David Spergel, who has been chair for the past decade, will become Director of the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute effective September 1, in addition to keeping a half-time appointment at Princeton.
David Spergel to Lead New Center for Computational Astrophysics
The Simons Foundation is delighted to announce the creation of the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) and the appointment of David Spergel as its director. The next set of advances in astronomy will require understanding complex multi-scale physics and large astronomical datasets. CCA plans to develop the computational tools needed for these calculations, simulations and analyses. CCA also plans to hold conferences and meetings and serve as a focal point for computational astronomy around the world.
David Spergel is the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the astrophysical sciences department at Princeton University. His work has been recognized by fellowships and awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship (2001), the Shaw Prize (2010), the Gruber Prize (2012, as a member of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotrophy Probe team), and the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (2015). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he currently serves as chair of the National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board.
The center will be based at the Simons Foundation headquarters in Manhattan, co-located with the Center for Computational Biology (formerly known as the Simons Center for Data Analysis). Over the next several years, CCA will be recruiting outstanding scientists from the U.S. and abroad for both junior and senior positions and will be hosting sabbatical and summer visitors as well.