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Advisory Council

Appointed by the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council provides feedback and advice to the Board and staff on strategic questions and issues affecting the Society. It is composed of former ASP board members, leaders in the astronomy research, education, and amateur communities, and other friends of the ASP. Members are asked to serve for a term of three years, and may be reappointed.

Current Membership as of January 1, 2016


Michael Bennett
ASP Executive Director (retired)


Frank Bash
Professor emeritus, University of Texas at Austin

Bruce Carney
Provost emeritus, Distinguished Professor emeritus
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Edna DeVore
SETI Institute

Lynn D. Dierking
Oregon State University and Institute for Learning Innovation

Timothy Ferris
University of California, Berkeley

Richard Fienberg
Press Officer, American Astronomical Society

Alex Filippenko
Department of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley

Andrew Fraknoi
Astronomy Department, Foothill College

Catherine D. Garmany
National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Marc Gineris
Incyte Capital Holdings, Dallas, TX

Russ Harding
Educator (retired)

Mary Kay Hemenway
Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

Jim Hesser
Emeritus Director, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and Strategic Advisor, Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Programs, National Research Council of Canada

William E. Howard III
National Science Foundation (retired)

Cathy Langridge

Gordon Myers
IBM (retired)

Ron Rosano
Volunteer Astronomy Educator

Jeffrey Rosendahl
NASA (retired); Osher Life-Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University

Wayne Rosing
Las Cumbres Observatory

Dennis Schatz
Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center

Al Whaley
Co-Founder, Internet Travel Network (retired)