Professor Courtney Dressing
Courtney Dressing is an observational astronomer focused on detecting and characterizing planetary systems orbiting nearby stars. Her research uses telescopes on the ground and in space to search for planets, probe their atmospheres, measure their masses, and constrain their bulk compositions. Dressing received a Ph.D. and A.M. in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University and an A.B. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. She has led observing programs using ground-based telescopes, Kepler, K2, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, and now the James Webb Space Telescope. In recognition of her work, Dressing has been awarded the Hellman Faculty Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the David & Lucile Packard Fellowship, the 2020 Harvard Bok Prize, and the 2021 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society. She is currently the Watson and Marilyn Alberts Chair in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
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