Dr. Kenneth R. Sembach, Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, recently announced the appointment of appointment of Dr. Nancy Levenson to the position of STScI Deputy Director. Dr. Levenson is currently the Deputy Director and Head of Science of the Gemini Observatory. She provides leadership for Gemini South operations in Chile and has extensive knowledge of the technical, business, management, and public relations involved in running a major astronomical facility. She will arrive at the Institute in early November.
"I am so pleased that Nancy will be taking on the role of Deputy Director at STScI. She has a strong track record of accomplishments and leadership that will be a tremendous asset for the busy years we have ahead operating Hubble, getting ready for JWST science and flight operations, preparing for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), and operating the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes," said Dr. Sembach. "I'm looking forward to working with her to make sure that this multi-mission institute continues its long tradition of providing excellent service to NASA and the astronomical community."
Dr. Levenson earned bachelor's degrees from Harvard University and the University of Oxford before receiving a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997. After postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University, she joined the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kentucky in 2002, joining Gemini in 2009. Dr. Levenson's primary research interests are active galaxies and star formation in their nuclei, which she explores over a range of wavelengths, from the mid-infrared through X-rays.