Curriculum Vitae: Alyssa A. Goodman

Personal information


Alyssa A. Goodman

Office Address

Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 495–9278

Home Address

485 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421

Home Page



July 1, 1962/New York, New York



Sc.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics Thesis: Grain Alignment in Molecular Clouds Advisor: C. Alcock


A.M. Harvard University, Physics


Ph.D. Harvard University, Physics Thesis: Interstellar Magnetic Fields: An Observational Perspective Advisor: P. Myers

Academic Experience


1999– Professor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
1995– Research Associate, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
2009–2010 Scholar–in–Residence, WGBH Boston (consultant role)
2008–2009 Scholar–in–Residence, WGBH Boston (sabbatical)
2005–2008 Founding Director, Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing
2002–2010 Principal Investigator, The COMPLETE Survey of Star–Forming Regions
2001–2002 Visiting Professor, Yale University Astronomy Department (sabbatical)
1996–1999 Associate Professor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
1995–1997 Head Tutor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
1992–1996 Assistant Professor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
1989–1992 Post–doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
1984–1989 Research Assistant, Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
1983 Summer Fellow, NASA–Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Honors, Awards and Elected Positions


2009 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2009 Collins Lecturer, Massachusetts General Hospital
2008 Inaugural “Scholar–in–Residence” at WGBH, Boston
2008– Microsoft Academic Partner
2008– Apple Science Innovator Award
2008 Chair, Astronomy Section of the AAAS
2006 NCSA Distinguished Lecturer, National Center for Supercomputer Applications
2005 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health
2004 Sturm Lecturer, Wesleyan University
1998 Bok Prize, Harvard University
1997 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, American Astronomical Society
1994–2000 National Science Foundation Young Investigator
1994 Pedagogical Innovation Award, Harvard University
1993–1995 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
1989–1991 President’s Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
1990 First Prize Paper, NATO ASI on Star Formation
1986–1989 Amelia Earhart Fellowships from Zonta International
1985 Francis Lee Freidman Award in Physics, Harvard University
1983 Sigma Pi Sigma, MIT

Society Memberships


American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Association of University Professors; American Astronomical Society; International Astronomical Union; Association for Computing Machinery; IEEE; URSI Commission J (Radio Astronomy)

Advisory & Review Committees


NASA-Infrared Space Observatory Key Projects Review (1992); Scientific Working Group for NRAO Green Bank Telescope (1992–99); Arecibo Users and Scientific Advisory Committee (1993–96); NSF Site Review for Center for Particle Astrophysics (1994); NASA Astrophysics Data Program Review (1995); Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Time Allocation Committee (1995–97); NSF–Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Review (1996); NSF Galactic Astronomy ISM Panel (1996, 2000 (chair)); M4 Satellite Science Advisory Group, Chair (1997, 2000); Harvard University Faculty Council (1997–98); AAS Publications Board (1998–2001); United States Square Kilometer Array Consortium Representative (1999–); National Academy of Science’s Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000–2003); NASA–SIRTF Legacy Review, Panel Chair (2000); AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (2000–6); NRAO VLA/VLBA Time Allocation Committee (2001–4); AUI NRAO Director Search Committee (2002); Harvard University Provost’s Committee on Science (2002–3); Task Force on Science and Technology (Harvard, 2003–4); Center for Astrophysics Director Search Advisory Committee (2003–4); Spitzer Science Center Oversight Committee (2003–6); Harvard Commission of Inquiry (2004–5, 2007–8); Harvard Subcommittee on Quantitative Reasoning (2002–); Goldwater Scholarship Selection Committee (2004–); Harvard FAS Dean Search Advisory Committee (2006–7); AAS Chambliss Award (for Textbook Writing) Committee (2006–7); Yale University Visiting Committee for Astronomy (2008); AAAS Chair (2008); AAAS Board (2009); NRC board on Research Data and Information (2009–); VAO Scientific Advisory Committee (2009–); ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee (2009–); Graduate Admissions, Chair (2011); Mentoring Committee, Chair (2011); Harvard Library Digital Scholarship Committee (2011–); Committee on Professional Conduct (2011–); HILT Advisory Committee (2012–); Astroinformatics and Astrostatitistics Working Group of the American Astronomical Society (2012–) Graduate Curriculum Committee (2012);