Joshua S. Bloom
Joshua S. Blooms received a Ph.D. degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Caltech in 2002 after receiving an M.Phil. degree in astronomy in 1997 from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. He graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) with a double A.B. in astronomy and astrophysics as well as in Physics. Blooms is recently a Sloan Research Fellow. He is considered an expert on gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglows; he has played a leading role in seminal efforts to uncover the nature of the progenitors of long and short GRBs as well as X-ray flashes. Bloom is a Principal Investigator of the world's largest telescope project devoted to infrared transient observations (PAIRITEL, on Mt. Hopkins, Ariz, USA), commissioned in 2006. PAIRITEL was used by Bloom and collaborators to find the first contemporaneous infrared afterglow of a GRB, place the limits on Earth-mass planets around brown dwarfs, and solidify the utility of IR observations of type Ia supernovae for cosmology. Bloom is a well-rated Professor in undergraduate courses and an active lecturer in public forums in the Bay Area. Moreover, he is a Key Project Leader at the Palomar Transients Factory, the Co-I of an NSF and NASA-Sponsored Virtual Observatory project on transients, the Leader of the GRB Science Working Group for the EXIST mission, and the PI of the new Synoptic All-Sky Infrared (SASIR) imaging survey concept study .
Biography Updated on 8 February 2009