Susana Deustua

Susana Deustua

has been involved in education as faculty, project director, and administrator. She taught at Case Western Reserve University for a year before joining the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as Project Director for the Hands-On Universe education project. As the Director of Education for the American Astronomy Society she was involved in astronomy education nationally before becoming the US Program co-Chair for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, and served on the IAU IYA 2009 Executive Working Group. Susana’s research interests span a broad range from dark energy and supernova cosmology, instrumentation, gas content of elliptical galaxies, precision spectrophotometric calibration, and astronomy education research. She was a staff scientist in the Physics Division as a member of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s Supernova Cosmology Project. Susana shared the 2007 Gruber Prize in Cosmology awarded to the Supernova Cosmology Project, the High-Z Supernova Team, Saul Perlmutter and Brian Schmidt for their discovery of Dark Energy. Team members were also recognized through the awarding of the Breakthrough Prize in Physics in 2014. She is currently on the staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Broadly educated, she earned her BA in Physics, astronomy and medieval history from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Michigan. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, followed by an assistant research scientist position at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the International Astronomical Union and the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Susana Deustua

Associate Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute

Publications

  • Shawl, Stephen, Byrd, Gene, Deustua, Susana, LoPresto, Michael. Discovering Astronomy.