Joel H. Kastner, Ph.D.
- B.S. Physics, University of Maryland Physics
- M.S. Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles
- Ph.D. Astronomy University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Kastner is a full professor at Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and School of Physics & Astronomy, and Director, Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics, Rochester Institute of Technology. A major portion of Dr. Kastner’s research centers on understanding the origins of our own solar system as well as the diverse assortment of planetary systems orbiting other stars. To further this work, Kastner and his research teams will seek to exploit the unique capabilities of European Space Agency’s (ESA) new Gaia space telescope. Under SAI’s Faculty Fellows program, Dr. Kastner will be able to spend the month of November working in close collaboration with Gaia experts at the Arcetri Observatory in Florence, Italy. Kastner and his Arcetri colleagues will begin to develop a framework for the broad and novel application of Gaia data to the essential task of compiling a comprehensive census of young stars within a few hundred light years of the Sun. By thus identifying a large sample of young stars right in our “back yard”, Kastner and other astronomers around the world will be able to scrutinize these “youngsters” for evidence of their newborn planetary offspring.
Virginia Lamothe, Ph.D.
- Ph.D. Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- M.A. Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- B.A. Applied Music and Humanities, State University of New York, College at Fredonia
Dr. Lamothe’s fellowship focused on the continuation of research on the politics of musical festivities of Rome in relationship to the Holy Roman Empire and the members of the Habsburg family during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Some of these festivities were very ornate and involved music for operas, parades, ballets and dances, and court processions, as well as sacred music.
Steve Visser, M.F.A.
- MFA, Industrial Design, University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana
- BA, Fine Art, Northwestern College
Steve Visser is a Professor of Industrial Design at Purdue University. His expertise is in the design and development new products. He has created designs for major corporations as well as entrepreneurs. He is regularly called upon as an expert witness in patent litigation cases. His designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and numerous countries around the world. In Milan, he explored Etruscan designs, and other historical objects, looking for inspiration in the development of new product concepts. In Milan he exhibited some of his design work and lectured on Perception: How We Identify Great Design.