DO: Who Does What

Charles Alcock (617-495-7100) is Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Director of the Harvard College Observatory, and Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University. Dr. Alcock is also the principal investigator for the Taiwan-America Occultation Survey.

Roger Brissenden (617-495-7387) is Deputy Director for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Brissenden is also the Manager of the Chandra X-ray Center and Associate Director for NASA's High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center.

Nancy Brickhouse (617-495-7438) is Senior Science Advisor for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Brickhouse advises the Director on major organizational issues and scientific research policy, and manages strategic planning.

Maureen Connors (617-495-2540) is the Associate Director for Administration of the Harvard College Observatory with responsibility for the HCO budget, HCO contract and grant administration, and general day-to-day operations of the Observatory.  In addition to being the Chief Financial and Personnel Officer, Maureen is Lab Director and chief liaison for the HCO with the other departments and divisions of the Center for Astrophysics and with Harvard's FAS.

Christine Pulliam (617)-495-7463) is the Public Affairs Specialist Christine conducts media relations, coordinates public events, and promotes the Center and its research to a variety of audiences.

Valerie Boyle (617-495-1490) is the Staff Assistant to the Chief Advancement and External Affairs Officer. She assists with coordinating advancement events, fundraising and gift processing. She also is responsible for administrative duties including purchasing requests, travel arrangements, calendar requests and time keeping.

Margaret Carroll (617-495-7099) is the Administrative Specialist in the Director's Office of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She serves as liaison for the Director regarding issues impacting SAO/HCO relations, and manages special projects. She is the office space coordinator for the CfA, negotiating space allocations for divisions and departments with Associate Directors, Department Managers, and Building Managers, and oversees renovations and relocations.

Debra Nickerson (617-496-7703) is the Staff Assistant to the Director's Office. Debra's responsibilities include travel arrangements, requisitions/receiving, coordination of the Colloquium Guest Speaker Series and Fellowship events, time keeping, in addition to special events within the Director's Office.

Christine Crowley (617-495-7103) is SAO's Fellowship Program Coordinator. She manages all administrative actions and details associated with fellowship awards at CfA. She also works closely with members of the CfA Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, the SAO Predoctoral Research Oversight Committee, and the Smithsonian Office of Research Training and Services. More information is available at SAO Fellowship Program Resources.

Susan Hessenthaler (617-495-7102) is the Assistant to the Director. She handles the Director's calendar, correspondence, travel arrangements, and manages the routine operations of the Director's Office.

Howard Smith (617-496-2198, Room M-219 at 160 Concord Street) is a Senior Astrophysicist and a special assistant to the Director, helping especially in communications with Washington on scientific matters.


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