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Philip Solomon, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and internationally recognized for his research in astronomy. He is a pioneer of millimeter wavelength astronomy, a leader in U.S. radio astronomy, and has made important contributions to the scientific community's understanding of interstellar molecules and the Earth's ozone layer. He also was a leader in a 2003 study that identified the most distant galaxy spawning rapid star formation.

Specific areas of expertise: Rapid star formation.

Ken Lanzetta, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and a leader in the study of deep space. In 2000, he was a member of a Stony Brook team which used observations obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to identify more than 4,000 extremely distant galaxies, including the most distant objects ever identified. Working under the support of the National Science Foundation and NASA, Dr. Lanzetta and the Stony Brook astronomers combined new observations obtained with the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard the HST with existing observations to determine distances of the galaxies using a photometric redshift technique.

Specific areas of expertise: Deep space. Hubble Space Telescope observation analysis.

Frederick M. Walter, Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and an astronomer specializing in observations of stars at X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, and infrared wavelengths. His research interests include, stellar magnetic activity, star and planet formation, star clusters and associations, and neutron stars. He observes with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra and XMM X-ray observatories, as well as with ground-based telescopes in Chile, Hawaii, and Arizona. He is the Stony Brook representative on the SMARTS telescope consortium.

Specific areas of expertise: Star and planet formation. Neutron stars.