Scientific Colloquium
October 17, 2018
3:30 p.m., Building 3 Goett Auditorium


Dr. Jane Rigby is a civil servant Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Lab at NASA GSFC. Her research focuses on the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time, in particular how stars form within galaxies, how the elements in the period table built up over time, and how supermassive black holes grow in the centers of galaxies. She is an author of 110 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Rigby serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for Operations for the James Webb Space Telescope. Rigby was a Spitzer Fellow and Carnegie Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, Ca. She holds MS and PhD degrees in Astronomy from the University of Arizona, and a BS degree in Physics and a BS degree in Astronomy from Penn State. She has received R. H. Goddard Awards for Exceptional Achievement in Science and for Exceptional Achievement in Diversity and EEO, as well as several NASA team awards. Outside of work, Rigby enjoys spending time with her wife and their kindergartener, windsurfing, and activism.