Prof. Andy Connolly has been appointed to the JHU Society of Scholars. Andy was a postdoctoral fellow and Assistant Research Scientist in our department from 1993 to 1999, working primarily with Alex Szalay.
He is now a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington. Among his other interests, he leads the development of simulations of what the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will soon observe. He is also interested in making the technologies that are useful in research and education. As part of this, he created “Google Sky.”
The Society of Scholars was created on the recommendation of then-university president Milton S. Eisenhower and approved by the board of trustees on May 1, 1967. The society—the first of its kind in the nation—inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff, and junior or visiting faculty who have gained marked distinction in their respective fields. The induction ceremony will be on April 9th and we hope to arrange for Andy to give a seminar while he is here.