mountain profile Institute for Astronomy University of Hawaii

Jonathan Williams

 

Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
phone: 808-956-8335
email: jw [at] hawaii [dot] edu

Education:

1990 -- 1995 Ph. D., Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley
1988 -- 1990 M.A., Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley
1985 -- 1988 B.A., Mathematics, Cambridge University, England

Professional Experience:

2012 - present Faculty Chair, Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii
2010 - present Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii
2006 -- 2010 Associate Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii
2003 -- 2008 Site director, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, IfA
2002 -- 2006 Assistant Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii
2000 -- 2002 Assistant Professor, University of Florida
1999 -- 2000 Jansky Fellow, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Tucson
1995 -- 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
1990 -- 1995 Research Assistant, UC Berkeley

Research Interests:

submillimeter observational astronomy, interferometry
formation of stars and planets
the interstellar medium
astronomical connections with cosmochemistry

Honors and Awards:

2001 -- 2006 NSF CAREER awardee
1999 -- 2000 NRAO Jansky fellow
1988 -- 1991 The Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate study
1986 -- 1988 Scholarship, Queens' College, Cambridge University
1985 -- 1986 Entrance Exhibition, Queens' College, Cambridge University

Professional Service:

External
AURA Member Representative, 2014 - present
ALMA Science Advisory Committee, 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2012
ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee, 2005 - 2008 (Chair, 2006-2007), 2010 - 2012
JCMT Board member, 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2014
SMA Advisory Committee, 2003 - 2006
CSO Time Allocation Committee, 2002 - 2006
AAS Committee for the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, 2002-2007
Editor of the Test Bank for The Cosmic Perspective. 2000-2006
Participant in AAS Congressional Visits Day, 2001
Panelist for NSF, NASA, ERC grant review committes 2002+
Panelist for HST, NRAO, and NOAO time allocation committees 2000+ (HST panel chair 2014)
Referee for Nature, Science, ApJ, AJ, A&A, MNRAS, PASJ
SOC, Transformational Science with ALMA: through disks to stars and planets, 2007
SOC, From Stars to Planets, 2007
SOC, The birth and feedback of massive stars, within and beyond the Galaxy, 2008
SOC, Outflows, Winds, and Jets from Young Stars to Supermassive Black Holes, 2011
SOC, Transformational Science with ALMA: from Dust to Rocks to Planets, 2013

Internal
Faculty Chair, 2012 - 2014
Astronomy Personnel Subcommittee, 2011 (Chair)
Graduate Research Oversight Group, 2011 - 2014
Director Search Committee, 2011
University Research Council, 2008 - 2011
Faculty Advisory Committee, 2006 - 2009
Faculty Review Committee, 2006 - 2009
Scientific Staff Screening Committee, 2009 - 2012
Graduate Admissions Committee, 2004 - 2006 (Chair, 2006), 2010-11
Qualifying Exam Committee, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2011
Telescope Time Allocation Committee, 2003 - 2005, 2011

Teaching:

Institute for Astronomy
2004 -- 2014 Astronomy 622, "The Interstellar Medium"
2003, 2013 Astronomy 739, "Submillimeter Astronomy"
2011 -- 2013 Astronomy 734, "Journal Club"
2006 Geology 669, "Formation of Solar Systems"
2005, 2010 Astronomy 110, "Survey of Astronomy"

Elsewhere
2012 STARPLAN PhD course, Copenhagen, Denmark
2008 Physics and Astrophysics of Planetary Systems Winter School, Les Houches, France
2001 Astronomy 6336, "The Physics of the Interstellar Medium", Univ. Florida
2000 -- 2002 Astronomy 1002, "Discovering the Universe", Univ. Florida
2000 Astronomy 3019, "General Astronomy II (for Majors)", Univ. Florida
1994 Astronomy 9, "Star Formation", UC Berkeley

Student advising:

PhD:
2014 -- present Megan Ansdell, "Disk Demographics with ALMA"
2010 -- 2013 Chris Beaumont, "Morphological Diagnostics of Star Formation in Molecular Clouds", (→ software development, CfA/STScI)
2008 -- 2012 Geoff Matthews, "Characterizing Circumstellar Disks at 5 Myr: a Multiwavelength Survey for Gas and Dust in Upper Scorpius", (→ postdoc at Leiden → instructor at Univ. of Hawaii)
2007 -- 2010 Rita Mann, "A Submillimeter Survey of Protoplanetary Disks in Orion", (→ Plaskett fellow at HIA)
2003 -- 2007 Sean Andrews, "Submillimeter Constraints on the Evolution of Circumstellar Disks" (→ Hubble fellow at CfA → CfA scientific staff)
2004 -- 2006 Sandrine Bottinelli, "Pre-biotic Molecules in the Hot Corinos of Solar-type Protostars" (→ eSMA postdoc at Leiden → faculty at Toulouse)
2000 -- 2004 Catherine Garland, "The Neutral Interstellar Medium in Luminous Compact Blue Galaxies" (→ faculty at Castleton State)

Masters (first or second year project):
2014 Conor McPartland
2012 Ehsan Kourkchi
2012 Will Best
2010 Nicholas Lee
2009 Chian-Chou Chen
2008 Chris Beaumont
2007 Geoff Mathews
2006 Rita Mann
2003 Sandrine Bottinelli

Undergraduate (REU):
2007 Dylan Nelson, UC Berkeley (→ Harvard)
2004 Meredith Hughes, Yale (→ Harvard)
2003 Audra Hernandez, Colorado (→ Florida)
2001 Helene Flohic, Florida (→ Penn State)
1999 Sean Andrews, Northwestern (→ Hawaii)