Prof. Karen M. Leighly

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Departmental Committee and Service Activities:

Undergraduate Advisor for Astrophysics and Astronomy Majors, Fall 2001 – Present

Advise 20-25 undergraduate astronomy and astrophysics majors on course selection, graduation requirements, and professional development.  Talk with prospective students and parents.

Colloquium Chairperson, Fall 2001 – Spring 2006

Coordinate colloquium visits, set up audio-video equipment for colloquium.  Endeavor to fill colloquium schedule.

Undergraduate Studies Committee, Fall 2000 – Spring 2006

Represent astronomy group.  Determine departmental scholarships and awards.  Assisted in physics and astronomy undergraduate curriculum reform in 2002-2003.

Faculty Secretary, Fall 2005 - Spring 2006

Record and distribute minutes and attendence records for faculty meetings.

Nielsen Hall Phase III Addition Building Committee, Fall 2005– Spring 2006

Will participate in Phase III renovation of Nielsen Hall. 

Nielsen Hall Phase II Addition Building Committee, Fall 2001 – Spring 2005

Reviewed procedures and plans for new addition.  Contributed to choosing furniture and audio-video equipment. 

Faculty Marshall at Arts & Sciences Convocation, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006

One of two faculty marshals representing the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Colloquium speaker host, Fall 2000 – Present

Hosted Daniel Proga, Randall LaViolette, Joe Shields, Herman Marshall, Mike Loewenstein, Bob Becker, Fred Hamann, Mike Eracleous, Mike Corcoran, Nahum Arav, Smita Mathur, Pat Hall, Martin Elvis, Mike Crenshaw, Laura Kay, Gordon Richards

Coordinated BAAS Observatory report for Astronomy group, Fall 2001 – Fall 2004

Collected information and edited observatory report.

AMO Faculty Search, Fall 2000 – Spring 2001

Contributed to development of candidate short list and helped host candidates.

University Activities:

Participant in OU Speaker Series, Fall 2001 – present

Present on request a public lecture entitled “Looking at the Universe through X-ray Glasses: An Exploration of X-ray Astronomy” at venues throughout the state of Oklahoma.

National Committees and Activities:

Proposal Peer Review, 1994 – present

  • Reviewed proposals for observing time for satellites ROSAT, ASCA, Chandra, HST, FUSE, Astro-E
  • Deputy Chair for Chandra AO5
  • Chair for Chandra AO7

Each review panel meets for 2—3 days and reviews 35—100 proposals.

Scientific Publication Referee, 1998 – present

Reviewed papers for Astrophysical Journal, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, Advances in Space research

ASTRO-E2 (Suzaku) User’s Group, 2005 – present

Suzaku is a joint Japanese/US X-ray mission that should have provided unprecedented X-ray spectroscopy using a calorimeter.  It was launched 10 July 2005.  The panel oversees Suzaku operations and the interaction between Suzaku and the guest investigators.

FUSE Observers Advisory Council (FOAC), 2001 – 2004

FUSE (Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer) is a medium-sized satellite mission that was launched 24 June 1999 and is operated by Johns Hopkins University.  It observes in the small but critically important bandpass from 900 – 1200 Angstroms, which includes the OVI transitions at 1034 Angstroms.  The panel oversees FUSE operations and the interaction between FUSE and the guest investigators. 

HEASARC (High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center) Users Group, 2001 – 2004

The HEASARC is the largest repository of high-energy (X-ray and Gamma-ray) astronomical data in the world.  It also provides analysis tools for these data.  The HEASARC Users Group meets once per year to evaluate and monitor the performance of the HEASARC.