TRUMP TAPS CU BOULDER PROF FOR NASA TEAM
University of Colorado Boulder professor Jack Burns has been appointed to the NASA transition team by the incoming Trump administration, according to a news release.
Burns, a professor in the Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, has longstanding ties with NASA. He served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2008-10. That included a stint as chair of the council’s Science Committee in 2009 and 2010.
Burns also directed the Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research, which is a consortium of top research institutions funded by a $6.5 million NASA grant to conduct astrophysics from the moon, including the use of radio telescopes.
Burns is a fellow at CU’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy.
He also is the principal investigator of a $250 million NASA Explorer Mission concept proposal called the “Dark Ages Radio Explorer,” known as DARE. DARE is designed to orbit the moon and look back in time, through observations of the early universe from above the moon’s far side, when it is shielded from Earth and the sun. BBB