Curriculum Vitae

Alan P. Boss

Education:

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. 1979, Physics
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A. 1975, Physics
  • University of South Florida, B.S. 1973, Physics

Affiliations:

  • American Astronomical Society
  • Division for Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Society
  • Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Meteoritical Society
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professional experience:

  • Staff Member, 1983-present, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
  • Staff Associate, 1981-1983, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
  • Resident Research Associate, 1979-1981, NASA Ames Research Center, Space Science Division
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 1979, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Physics
  • Research Assistant, 1974-1979, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Physics
  • Teaching Assistant, 1973-1974, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Physics

Miscellaneous:

  • Undergraduate awards: CRC Freshman Chemistry Award, Outstanding Senior Finalist, B.S. awarded with Honors (3.96/4.00 GPR), graduate of College of Liberal Arts Honors Program
  • Undergraduate honorary fraternities: Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), Phi Kappa Phi (general)
  • National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (1979-1981)
  • Minor Planet (29137) named Alanboss (1987)
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2000)
  • Benson Memorial Lecturer, Miami University (2000)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2001)
  • Fellow, Meteoritical Society (2002)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)
  • Carnegie Evening Lecturer, Carnegie Institution (2004)
  • Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Distinguished Visitor (2008)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for Astrobiology Roadmap (2008)
  • Yuval Ne'eman Lecturer & Sackler Distinguished Lecturer, Tel Aviv University (2010)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for SIM Planet Finding Capability Study Team (2010)
  • Carl Seyfert Lecturer, Vanderbilt University (2012)
  • NASA JPL STAR Award, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Astronomy & Physics Directorate (2017)

History of DTM federal grant support:

Other grant support:

  • JPL DDF -- Chemistry and Dynamics in Evolving Protostellar Cores and Disks (with W. D. Langer [PI] and M. Allen) -- $120,000 (1993-1995)
  • Carnegie Canada -- What is the Difference Between a Brown Dwarf Star and a Gas Giant Planet? (with Pierre Bastien [Co-I]) -- $40,000 (2002-2003)
  • NASA Discovery -- Kepler: A Search for Terrestrial Planets (with W. Borucki [PI] and twenty-three Science Team members) -- $577,266,000 (2002-2012)
  • Carnegie Science Venture Grant -- C-MOOR: The Carnegie Massive Open Online Research Platform (with F. Tan [co-PI], Z. Nizmai, S. Dieterich, and J. Teske) -- $100,000 (2016-2018)
  • David W. Thompson Family Fund -- Carnegie Astrometric Planet Search -- $220,000 (2015-)

Doctoral thesis committees:

  • Elizabeth A. Myhill, University of California, Los Angeles (1991)
  • Prudence N. Foster, University of Virginia (1993)
  • Yan Fernandez, University of Maryland (1999)
  • Grant M. Kennedy, Australian National University (2009)
  • Johannes Sahlman, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2012)

Professional committees:

  • CIW/Geophysical Laboratory Director Search Committee (1985-86)
  • NASA Origins of Solar Systems Workshops (1986-87)
  • NAS/NRC Committee on Cooperation with the USSR on Planetary Sciences (1988-89)
  • NASA Planetary Systems Science Working Group (1988-91,1994)
  • CIW/DTM Director Search Committee (1990-92)
  • NAS/NRC Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration (1990-93)
  • NASA Toward Other Planetary Systems Science Working Group (1991-93)
  • DDA/AAS Brouwer Award Selection Committee (1992-94)
  • NASA Origins of Solar Systems Management Operations Working Group (1994-96)
  • Chair, DDA/AAS Brouwer Award Selection Committee (1994-95)
  • AAS Warner/Pierce Prize Committee (1995-97)
  • Chair, NASA Planetary Systems Science Working Group (1995-96)
  • NASA Keck Review Team (1995-96)
  • NASA Exploration of Neighboring Planetary Systems (ExNPS) Roadmap Integration Team (1995)
  • NASA Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (1995)
  • NASA Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems Subcommittee (1996-98)
  • NASA Keck/IRTF Management Operations Working Group (1996-98)
  • NASA Space Interferometry Mission Science Working Group (1996-2000)
  • NASA SScAC Task Force on R&A and MO&DA (1997-98)
  • NASA Astrobiology Roadmap Team (1998)
  • Chair, NASA Origins of Solar Systems Management Operations Working Group (1998-2001)
  • External Review Committee, Space Science Division, NASA Ames Research Center (1999)
  • Chair, IAU Working Group on Extrasolar Planets (2000-03)
  • Co-Chair, DTM-GL Experiment Building Renovation Committee (2001-03)
  • Chair, NASA Origins and Evolution of Solar System Bodies Operations Working Group (2000-01)
  • NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Management Operations Working Group (2001-03)
  • NASA Astrobiology Roadmap Team (2001-02)
  • NASA Kepler Mission Science Team (2001-12)
  • AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee of Section on Astronomy (2002-05)
  • NASA Navigator Program Independent Review Team (2002-05)
  • Chair, OCIW Director Search Committee (2002)
  • Chair, NASA TPF Precursor Science Roadmap Advisory Group (2003)
  • Organizing Committee, Division III, International Astronomical Union (2003-)
  • Vice President, Commission 51: Bioastronomy, International Astronomical Union (2003-06)
  • Chair, IAU Working Group on Extrasolar Planets (2003-06)
  • IAU Working Group on the Definition of a Planet (2004-05)
  • NASA Navigator Program External Independent Readiness Board (2005-08)
  • President, Commission 51: Bioastronomy, International Astronomical Union (2006-09)
  • Vice President, Commission 53: Extrasolar Planets, International Astronomical Union (2006-09)
  • Co-Chair, NASA Astrobiology Institute Planetary System Formation Focus Group (2008-11)
  • NASA ExoPlanet Exploration External Independent Readiness Board (2008-09)
  • NASA Kepler Mission Science Council (2008-09)
  • President, Commission 53: Extrasolar Planets, International Astronomical Union (2009-12)
  • Past President, Commission 51: Bioastronomy, International Astronomical Union (2009-12)
  • Chair-Elect, AAAS Section on Astronomy (2009-10)
  • NAS/NRC Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, EOS Program Prioritization Panel (2009-10)
  • Chair, AAAS Section on Astronomy (2010-11)
  • NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Technology Assessment Committee (2010-13)
  • Chair, Astrophysics Subcommittee, NASA Advisory Council (2010-12)
  • NASA Science Committee, NASA Advisory Council (2010-12)
  • NASA Star and Exoplanet Database User's Group (2010-11)
  • Past Chair, AAAS Section on Astronomy (2011-12)
  • NASA Astrobiology Roadmap Team (2013)
  • Chair, NASA Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets Coronagraph Technology Assessment Committee (2013-17)
  • Chair, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Technology Assessment Committee (2013-)
  • Spanish Planetology and Astrobiology Network International Science Committee (2014-)
  • Chair, NASA Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets IR Detectors Technology Assessment Committee (2014-17)
  • Carnegie Institution Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (2014-16)
  • Chair, Carnegie Observatories Director Search Committee (2014-15)
  • NASA Astrophysics Subcommittee, NASA Advisory Council (2015-17)
  • Chair, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (2015-18)
  • Founding Member, NASA Nexus for Exoplanet System Science Network (2015-)
  • Chair, Carnegie Institution Space Earth Life Book Advisory Committee (2016-)
  • NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee, NASA Astrophysics Division (2017-19)
  • NAS/NRC Astrobiology Science Strategy Committee (2017-18)
  • Past Chair (Emeritus), NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (2018-21)
  • Chair, NASA Independent Review Team, WFIRST Coronagraphic Instrument (2018-23)
  • NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Science Interest Group on Demographics (2018-)

Conference organization committees:

  • Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium #147, Grenoble (1988-90)
  • Steering Committee, Clemson Workshop on Isotopic Anomalies (1989-90)
  • Chair, Organizing Committee, Symposium on Time Scales & Solar System Formation [in honor of George W. Wetherill] (1990-91)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, First International Conference on Formation, Evolution, and Detection of Planetary Systems (1992)
  • Organizing Committee, JPL/Caltech Summer School for Planetary Science (1992)
  • Program Committee, Workshop on Isotopic Anomalies, Washington University (1993)
  • Organizing Committee, Clouds, Cores, and Low Mass Stars, Fourth Haystack Observatory Conference (1994)
  • Organizing Committee, Chondrules as Probes of Protoplanetary Disks, University of New Mexico (1993-94)
  • Organizing Committee, Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting, Washington, D.C. (1993-94)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Workshop on Galactic Star Formation and Early Stellar Evolution, Ringberg Castle, Germany (1994-95)
  • Organizing Committee, Meteoritical Society Washington Meeting (1992-95)
  • Organizing Committee, From Stardust to Planetesimals, NASA Ames Research Center, Santa Clara, California (1995-96)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Planetary Formation in the Binary Environment, State University of New York, Stony Brook (1995-96)
  • Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems, New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire (1995-97)
  • Co-Chair, Protostars & Planets IV Conference (Co-Editor, book), University of California, Santa Barbara (1996-98)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, The International Origins Conference, Estes Park, Colorado (1996-97)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Numerical Astrophysics 1998, Tokyo, Japan (1997-98)
  • Organizing Committee, Origin of the Earth and Moon Conference, Monterey, California (1996-1998)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Euroconference on Extrasolar Planets, Lisbon, Portugal (1997-1998)
  • Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems, New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire (1997-99)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium 200: The Formation of Binary Stars, Potsdam, Germany (1999-2000)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium 202: Planetary Systems in the Universe -- Observation, Formation and Evolution, Manchester, England (1999-2000)
  • Program Committee, Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting, Pasadena, California (2000)
  • Chair, Program Committee, Second NASA Astrobiology Institute General Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2001)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Second Astrobiology Science Conference, NASA Ames Research Center, California (2001-02)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Scientific Frontiers in Research on Extrasolar Planets, Washington, D.C. (2001-02)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Protostars and Planets V, Kohala, Hawaii (2002-05)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium 219: The Stars Are Suns: Activity, Evolution, and Planets, Sydney, Australia (2002-03)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Meteorites and the Early Solar System II, University of Arizona Space Science Series (2002-04)
  • Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee, Bioastronomy 2004, Iceland (2003-04)
  • Organizing Committee, Chondrites and the Protoplanetary Disk, Kauai (2003-04)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Planet Formation 2005: Theory Meets Observation, Ringberg Castle, Bavaria, Germany (2004-05)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Fourth Astrobiology Science Conference, Washington, D.C. (2004-06)
  • Program Organizing Committee, Pale Blue Dot III: Terrestrial to Astronomical Biosignatures, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois (2005-06)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium No. 249 on Exoplanets: Physics, Dynamics, and Evolution, China (2005-07)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Nobel Symposium on Physics of Planetary Systems, Stockholm, Sweden (2006-07)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Bioastronomy 2007: Molecules, Microbes, and Extraterrestrial Life, Puerto Rico, (2006-07)
  • Science Steering Committee, Fifth Astrobiology Science Conference, Santa Clara, California (2007-08)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Exoplanets, University of Arizona Space Science Series (2008-2010)
  • Program Committee, Searching for Life Signatures, International Academy of Astronautics, Paris, France (2008)
  • Co-Editor and Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Special Session on Planetary Systems as Potential Sites for Life, IAU General Assembly, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2008-09)
  • Co-Editor and Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Symposium #276 on the Astrophysics of Planetary Systems - Formation, Structure, and Dynamical Evolution, Torino, Italy (2009-2010)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Origins 2011: Joint Meeting of IAU Commission 51 on Bioastronomy and ISSOL, Montpellier, France (2009-2011)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Frontier Science Opportunities with the James Webb Space Telescope, Jackson Lake Lodge, Wyoming (2010-2011)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, First Kepler Science Conference, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California (2010-2011)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, IAU Symposium #293: Formation, Detection, and Characterization of Extrasolar Habitable Planets, IAU 28th General Assembly, Beijing, China (2010-2012)
  • Chair, Local Organizing Committee, Sean Solomon Scientific Symposium, DTM, Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C. (2010-2011)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, IAU Special Session #10: Dynamics of the Star-Planet Relations, IAU 28th General Assembly, Beijing, China (2011-2012)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, Germany (2011-2013)
  • Co-Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee, Second Kepler Science Conference, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California (2013)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop on Microlensing in the Era of WFIRST, Pasadena, California (2016-17)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Chesapeake Bay Area Exoplanet Meetings, Washington, D.C. (2017-)
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Green Bank Observatory Meeting on Astrobiology, Green Bank, West Virginia (2019)

Editorial positions:

  • Series Editor (with C. Cockell, B. Jakosky, D. Prieur, and F. Westall), Cambridge Astrobiology Series, Cambridge University Press, (2001-)
  • Editorial Board, Star Formation Newsletter (2012-)

Review panels:

  • NASA Astrophysical Theory Review Panel (1987)
  • NASA Origins of Solar Systems Review Panels (1989-91)
  • Group Chief (Observations), NASA Origins of Solar Systems Review Panel (1993)
  • NASA Lunar and Planetary Geosciences Review Panels (1993-94)
  • Chair, NASA Origins of Solar Systems Review Panels (1994-96)
  • NASA Hubble Space Telescope Allocation Committee (1995)
  • NASA Keck Telescope Allocation Committee (1996)
  • NASA Discovery 5 Mission Review Panel (1997)
  • Panel Chair, NASA Astrophysical Theory Review Panel (1997)
  • Panel Chair, NSF Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Review Panel (1997)
  • NSF Astronomy Division Career Program Review Panel (1998)
  • NSF/NASA Joint NStars/SIM Review Panel (1999)
  • NASA Michelson Fellowship Program Review Board (2000)
  • Chair, NASA Origins/Evolution Cluster Review, Office of Space Science (2000)
  • Subpanel Chair, NASA Astrobiology Institute Review Panel, Cycle 2 (2000)
  • Group Chief, NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Review Panel (2001-02)
  • NASA Explorer Mission Review Panel (2002)
  • NASA Exobiology Program Review Panel (2002)
  • Chair, NASA Exobiology Program Review Panel (2003-then schedule conflict)
  • NASA ADP/LTSA Program Review Panel (2004)
  • Carnegie Observatories Telescope Assignment Committee (2005)
  • Chair, NASA Interdisciplinary Exploration Science Review Panel (2005)
  • Chair, NASA Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development Review Panel, Astronomy and Missions Subpanel (2006)
  • Chair, NASA Origins of Solar Systems Review Panels (2006-07)
  • Group Chair, NASA SOFIA Second Generation Instrument Science Peer Review Panel (2011-12)
  • NSF Galactic Astronomy Program Review Panel (2012)
  • Carnegie Observatories Telescope Assignment Committee (2012-13)
  • Chair, Carl Sagan Fellowship Committee, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Pasadena, California (2012-13)
  • Chair, NASA Astrophysics Research and Analysis: Strategic Astrophysics Technology Review Subpanel (2013)
  • Chair, NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute: Dynamics/NEO Characterization Review Subpanel(2013)
  • Carnegie Observatories Telescope Assignment Committee (2013-14)
  • Chair, Carl Sagan Fellowship Committee, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Pasadena, California (2013-14)
  • Chair, NASA WFIRST Coronagraph Preparatory Science Review Panel (2014)
  • Carnegie Science Venture Review Panels (2016-18)
  • Carnegie Observatories Telescope Assignment Committee (2018-19)

[Last updated: 21 March 2019]

Link to main-belt asteroid 29137 Alanboss (1987 UY1)