Dr. Alyssa Goodman

Professor of Applied Astronomy // Harvard University

Alyssa Goodman is the Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy at Harvard University, Faculty Co-director of the Science Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Goodman’s research and teaching interests span astronomy, data visualization, and online systems for research and education. Goodman received her undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard in 1989. Goodman was awarded the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society in 1997, became full professor at Harvard in 1999, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009, and chosen as Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation in 2015.

Goodman has served as Chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and on the National Academy’s Board on Research Data and Information, and she currently serves on the both the IAU and AAS Working Groups on Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics. Goodman’s personal research presently focuses primarily on new ways to visualize and analyze the tremendous data volumes created by large and/or diverse astronomical surveys, and on improving our understanding of the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. She is working closely with colleagues at the American Astronomical Society, helping to expand the use of the WorldWide Telescope program, in both research and in education.

My Sessions

The Past and Present of the Future

Yountville Community Center Generations Room

Since the dawn of time, humans have tried to predict their own futures.  From Mesopotamians methodically seeking signs in the entrails of sheep to modern climate simulation, societies have built specialized systems to divine tomorrow’s reality. At Harvard, scientist Alyssa Goodman and her colleagues are working on PredictionX, a new effort designed to document, discuss, […]