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Jansky Lectureship Charter

by Jessica Utley last modified May 17, 2017

The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. First awarded in 1966, the Lectureship is named in honor of Karl G. Jansky who first detected radio waves from a cosmic source.  The Jansky Lecturer will have made significant contributions related to radio astronomy, and will promote the appreciation of the science of radio astronomy through public lectures. A demonstrated ability to engage a wide audience will be a factor in determining the awardee. For a list of the recipients of this prestigious award, visit: https://science.nrao.edu/science/jansky-lecture

A Jansky Lectureship Committee comprised of NRAO scientific staff, and chaired by the Assistant Director: Science Support and Research or by the NRAO Chief Scientist, will coordinate the process. Nominations will be solicited each year from the NRAO staff and from the astronomical community, and may also be put forward by the Jansky Lectureship Committee. Current NRAO and AUI staff and Trustees will not be considered for the Jansky Lectureship. 

From time to time NRAO may choose to encourage nominations in a particular field of astronomy, and if so will include a statement to that effect in the call for nominations.

Nominations will comprise a concise justification (~1 page) addressing both the nominee’s contribution to the advancement of radio astronomy and their potential to increase public appreciation through the Jansky Lecture. The Jansky Lectureship Committee may identify a shortlist of nominations received that best match the criteria for the award. The nominations received, or the subset thereof, will be put to a vote by NRAO scientific staff. Based on the results of that vote, and any priorities identified in the solicitation, the Jansky Lectureship Committee will provide between three and five outstanding candidates, together with the rank ordering from the voting process, for discussion with the NRAO Director. The final decision on the award will be made by the NRAO Director.

The recipient of the award will present the annual Karl G. Jansky Lecture in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in Socorro, New Mexico and will be encouraged to spend 1-2 days in Charlottesville and Socorro to interact with staff and students on a more scientific and technical level. Research symposia relevant to the awardee’s interests may be hosted by NRAO during the visits. The Jansky Lecture is intended to be of interest to members of the public as well as to NRAO professional astronomers and students and efforts will be made to encourage a broad audience. The Jansky Lecture will typically be focused in the area related to the awardee’s contributions to astronomy and is intended to increase public appreciation of radio astronomy and awareness of NRAO’s presence in the Charlottesville and Socorro communities.

The Jansky Lecturer will also be invited to give the Jansky Lecture in Green Bank, West Virginia.

Lewis Ball, 3 April 2017


2017 Jansky Lectureship Committee 

Lewis Ball, Chair (Assistant Director – Science Support and Research)

Chris Carilli (Chief Scientist) 

Suzy Gurton (Assistant Director – Education & Public Outreach)

Claire Chandler (Very Large Array Sky Survey – Project Director)

Al Wootten (ALMA Project Scientist) 


2017 Jansky Lectureship – Call for Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc., to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of the man who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source. Karl Jansky's discovery of radio waves from the central region of our Milky Way Galaxy started the science of radio astronomy.

The 2017 Jansky Lecturer will have made significant contributions related to radio astronomy, and will promote the appreciation of the science of radio astronomy through public lectures at the NRAO sites.  A demonstrated ability to engage a wide audience will be a factor in determining the awardee. For a list of the previous recipients of this prestigious award, visit: https://science.nrao.edu/science/jansky-lecture

Nominations for the 2017 award should be concise (~1 page) and address both the nominee’s contribution to the advancement of radio astronomy and their potential to increase public appreciation through the Jansky Lecture.

Nominations should be sent to jutley@nrao.edu by 12 May 2017.

NRAO Scientific staff will be given an opportunity to vote on nominations received and the results will be included in the recommendation to the NRAO Director.

Lewis Ball, Science Support and Research