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Karen Jean Meech - Curriculum Vitae

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Rice University MIT - Planetary IfA Manoa Mauna Kea Observatories Cerro Tololo Obs Very Large Telescope, Chile AAVSO Maria Mitchell Observatory Central Cusco, Peru Sacsayhuaman Macchu Piccu Inca Wall Survey

Contact Information

Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-6828
(808) 956-9580 fax
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu

Education

  • 1987 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D Planetary Science
  • 1981 Rice University, BA Space Physics, cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • 2001 Honorary membership into Mortar Board
  • 1996 Asteroid 4367 named Meech
  • 1994 Recipient of the American Astronomical Society H. C. Urey Prize
  • 1994 Nomination for UH Teaching Excellence Award
  • 1988 Recipient of the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy
  • 1986-7 NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship
  • 1981 Heaps Prize in Physics for Senior Research on M33
  • 1981 Nominee for Apker Physics Award
  • 1980 Board of Governor's Scholarship
  • 1978-9 EARTHWATCH scholarship

Professional Experience

  • 7/00-Pres Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy
  • 7/92-6/00 Associate Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy, tenure 7/96
  • 3/90-7/92 Assistant Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy
  • 8/87-3/90 Assistant Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy
  • 7/87-8/87 Postdoctoral Research, MIT
  • 9/82-7/87 Teaching and Research Assistant, MIT
  • 9/81-9/82 Research Asst. at Amer. Assoc. Variable Star Observers
  • 9/81-9/82 Research Specialist, MIT
  • 9/80-5/81 Quantum Physics Course Grader, Rice University
  • 9/80-5/81 Lab Assistant, Molecular Physics, Rice University
  • 8/80-8/80 EARTHWATCH - Archaeoastronomical Expedition - Peru
  • 6/79-8/79 Assistant at the Amer. Assoc. Variable Star Observers
  • 6/78-8/78 Research Asst. at Maria Mitchell Observatory

Professional Societies

  • American Astronomical Society
  • Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society
  • International Astronomical Union
    • Member and Organizing committee member of Commissions 15 & 51
    • Vice President of Commission 51 (Bioastronomy)
  • American Association of Variable Star Observers
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Association of Women in Science

Research Interests

  • Evolution / Aging Processes in Comets -- Relation to Early Solar System
  • Distant Comet Observations
  • Comet Astrometry
  • Comet Plasma Tails
  • Search for Kreutz Sungrazing Comets and Kuiper Belt Comets
  • Planetary Formation, Search for extra-solar Planetary Systems
  • Archaeoastronomy - Ancient Astronomy of Hawaii

Other Affiliations

  • Member of Board of Directors of Kilo Lokahi (non-profit)
  • Member of the MIT Club of Hawaii
  • Affiliate of the Bishop Museum

Publications

  • Author on over 40 refereed publications
  • Since 1987: PI and Co-I on 11 major grants totalling $4.3 million
  • Award monies and private donations since 1987: $297K

Skills

  • Familiar with Unix systems, and fortran programming
  • Expert at IRAF image processing, familiar with IDL
  • Proficient in LaTeX typsetting language
  • Proficient in html programming (raw)
  • Skills with Macintosh computers and Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Foreign language -- Spanish: good
  • NAUI Openwater 1 and 2 scuba certified (shark video)

Last modified: February 5, 2001
Karen Meech
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu