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Assistant Professor Courtney Dressing is Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship


Courtney Dressing is an assistant professor of astronomy who focuses on detecting and characterizing planetary systems orbiting other stars.

Seven assistant professors from the fields of astronomy, biology, computer science, economics and statistics have been named 2019 Sloan Research Fellows.

This year’s UC Berkeley recipients are Courtney Dressing, Shirshendu Ganguly, Moritz Hardt, Sergey Levine, Priya Moorjani, Philipp Strack and Gabriel Zucman.

They are among 126 scholars  from the United States and Canada whose early-career achievements mark them as being among today’s very best scientific minds. Winners receive $70,000 over the course of two years toward a research project.

Courtney Dressing is an assistant professor of astronomy who focuses on detecting and characterizing planetary systems orbiting other stars. She uses telescopes on the ground and in space to search for planets, probe their atmospheres, measure their masses and constrain their bulk compositions. She is curious about how planets form and evolve with time, the frequency of planetary systems in the Milky Way Galaxy and the prospects for detecting life on planets outside of our solar system.

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