Lucianne Walkowicz

Lucianne Walkowicz

Lucianne Walkowicz

Astronomer
Adler Planetarium

Lucianne Walkowicz is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, where she studies stellar magnetic activity, how stars influence a planet's suitability as a host for alien life and how to use advanced computing to discover unusual events in large astronomical data sets. Walkowicz is  founding director of the new LSSTC Data Science Fellowship program, an initiative to provide astronomy graduate students with training in advanced computing, and coordinates the community of science collaborations for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. She  also is an artist and works in a variety of media, from oil paint to sound. Walkowicz holds a bachelor’s degree  in physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree  and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington. She was the Kepler Fellow for the Study of Planet-Bearing Stars at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Henry Norris Russell Fellow at Princeton University before joining the Astronomy Department at The Adler Planetarium. She is a 2013 TED Senior Fellow, a 2011 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow and has been internationally recognized for her advocacy for conservation of dark night skies.