Director of Finance

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Finance will be responsible for the management and oversight of all finance and accounting reporting activities of the Institute and will be involved in the preparation and presentation of financial reports to the board, finance and audit committees.  The Finance Director will be a “hands-on” member of the senior leadership team and will work closely with Human Resources, Grants administration, IT and facilities.

What’s Causing Those Mysterious ‘Bursts’ From Deep Space?

By Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer
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They are blasts from the past, shrieks from the black abyss of the universe unlike anything ever found before. And they are deeply mysterious.

Are these some new cosmic phenomenon, an odd habit of nature that we never knew? Or could they be the deliberate wails of societies howling from the farthest corners of space?

NASA Flying Observatory Makes Observations of Jupiter Previously Only Possible from Space

NASA & DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 100-inch diameter telescope. Image Credit: NASA.

For the first time since the twin Voyager spacecraft missions in 1979, scientists have produced far-infrared maps of Jupiter using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. These maps were created from the researchers’ studies of the circulation of gases within the gas giant planet’s atmosphere.

Why Are Only Americans Interested in the Hunt for Extraterrestrials?

Years ago, during a brief visit to the Dutch university where I once worked, I gave a colloquium about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Perhaps surprising to some, Holland ranks high in the quality of its scientific research. This small country produces more than beer and cheese; it also exports physicists and astronomers, some of the world's best.

Knowing this, I was hardly surprised to see that the lecture hall for my talk was laded with professors, students, and local townspeople.