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2015 Einstein Fellows Chosen

For Release: April 6, 2015


NASA has announced the selection of the 2015 Einstein Fellows who will conduct research related to NASA's Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) program, which aims to expand our knowledge of the origin, evolution, and fate of the Universe. The PCOS Program consists of a suite of operating science missions and possible future missions that focus on specific aspects of these questions.

The Einstein Fellowship provides support to the awardees for three years, and the Fellows may pursue their research at a host university or research center of their choosing in the United States. The new Fellows will begin their programs in the fall of 2015.

"We are very pleased to welcome this talented group of young scientists as the incoming Einstein Fellows,” said Belinda Wilkes, Director of the Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory that manages the Einstein Fellows program for NASA. "We look forward to their research, which will advance the quest to better understand the physics of the cosmos in a variety of directions."

The new Einstein Fellows in alphabetical order and their host institutions are listed below:

  • Anna Barnacka (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA)
  • Simeon Bird (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD)
  • Rebecca Canning (Stanford University, Pasadena, CA)
  • Liang Dai (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ)
  • Shea Garrison-Kimmel (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, NJ)
  • Massimo Gaspari (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ)
  • Daniel Gruen (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA)
  • Maxwell Moe (University of Arizona, Tucson)
  • Philipp Moesta (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Anna Pancoast (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA)
  • Kyle Parfrey (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA)
  • Brooke Simmons (University of California, San Diego)
  • Jack Steiner (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA)
  • Nick Stone (Columbia University, New York)

NASA has two other astrophysics theme-based fellowship programs: the Sagan Fellowship Program that supports research in exoplanet exploration; and the Hubble Fellowship Program that supports research into cosmic origins.

Full biographies and other information about this year's Einstein Fellows, including each Fellow's research plans, are available at

For more information on PCOS:

For more information about NASA's Astrophysics Division, visit

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations

Media contacts:
Janet Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Megan Watzke
Chandra X-ray Center, Cambridge, Mass.