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Dianne Blanco '79 MBA (2016 - current)
Dianne is a medical device executive with 24 years of experience ranging from board director to founder and CEO of a European medical device company to president of three successive Baxter International divisions. She holds an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Dianne's brother is a plasma physicist who spent his postdoctoral career at NASA.
Judith Pierpont (2016 - current)
Judith is the founder/principal of the Edinburgh Junior Executive Program and a member of the board of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Tom Imperato, Board Chair (2016 - current)
Tom is serving his second three year term on the Pelham, NY Board of Education, where he has been a staunch advocate of increased STEM / STEAM curricula. He is an active member of the Pelham Civic Association, and devotes time to Parents and Community Together (PACT) whose goal is to help youth make wise decisions and avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Prior to retirement Tom had a 40 year career in real estate development and investment. Tomís son Sam is working with CIERA as an intern through Pelhamís Science Research program.
Erin Sidwell (2016 - current)
As a child, Erin attended Space Camp at the Kennedy Space Center and dreamed of becoming a shuttle pilot. Living in Tampa, Florida at the time, she watched shuttle launches and re-entries just by stepping outside. Erin attended the University of Florida (BSPR, 2001 and MS in Management, 2002) and then entered the world of marketing and sales, first with Gartner, a company offering research and advisory services in technology, and then with Tom Lange Company International, Inc. Currently Erin is an account manager for TLCI d/b/a Seven Seas.
Chris Oh '00 MD (2016 - current)
Dr. Oh is a board-certified internist on staff at Advocate and NorthShore Health Systems. He graduated from the combined B.A./M.D. Honor’s Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University. During medical school, Dr. Oh took time off to study subatomic particle physics at Caltech, obtaining a Masters degree in physics. He is passionate about K-12 science education.
Zachary Sidwell '99 (2016 - current)
Zachary has been a leader in the Northwestern Alumni Association since graduating in 1999. His football career while at NU took him to two Big Ten Championships and two Bowl Games. Currently, he is a Global Strategic Account Manager at Infor, an information technology and services company. In this role, he connects to big data, data analytics, and STEM. Zachary's fascination with space and astronomy was enhanced by sightings of both Halley's and Hale-Bopp Comets while growing up.
     


Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

New members are actively being recruited.


Who are the CIERA Board of Visitors?
A diverse, external group of advisors who love science broadly, astronomy in particular, and are eager to see Northwestern’s Astronomy continue to thrive and expand.

What does the Board do?
Offer an outside perspective. Strategize, advise, and assist with CIERA’s mission and future growth. Serve as a bridge between astronomy enthusiasts and professionals; the Northwestern University administration, students and alumni; the State of Illinois; and wider communities.

What are the expectations when one joins the Board?
Make gifts to CIERA Circle at the Universe participation level of $5,000 (minimum) annually.
Meet two times each year in person or by teleconference.
Serve on the Board for a minimum of two years.

When was the Board established?
Winter, 2016

UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

Set Goals Understand our center and strategize for an ambitious future at Northwestern.
Network Connect CIERA researchers with contacts from your industry or social circle.
Give Donate personally and generate matching gifts.
Promote Shine a light on CIERA's cutting-edge research and education.
Guide Give expert advice and ideas on a range of activities.

CIERA Director Vicky Kalogera

Dr. Kalogera with Northwestern Vice President for Research, Jay Walsh



Dr. Kalogera with Board member Judith Pierpont at the LSST Mirror


Board of Visitors Fall 2016 Meeting with Northwestern University Provost, Dan Linzer.

Building on our recent breakthrough in the nascent field of Einstein's gravitational-wave astronomy, as well as our innovations in telescope instrumentation, high-performance computing, and data science, Northwestern's astronomy center pursues new research directions.

  • We recruit top postdoctoral researchers through nationally competitive Prize Fellowships
  • We innovate in graduate and undergraduate research and education
  • We enrich intellectual discussions with seminar series and a vigorous visitors program
  • We strengthen the STEM pipeline with K-12 advances and public outreach

Special emphasis is given to interdisciplinary connections with applied math, biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, planetary science, and statistics.

Join us!
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)


Northwestern High Performance Computing Cluster - Quest

Board members at the CIERA offices, celebrating the first detection of gravitational waves by LIGO (February, 2016)

Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

"The history of astronomy is the history of receding horizons."

~ Edwin Powell Hubble

"It has been an honor to contribute to the expansion of our horizons towards the brand new field of gravitational-wave astronomy, confirming Einstein’s predictions and advancing our understanding of black holes.

I am looking forward to more breakthroughs with my colleagues at Northwestern’s CIERA."

~ CIERA Director Vicky Kalogera