SPIE Member Katie Morzinski is among the five 2011 Sagan Fellows named by NASA this year.
Named after the late astronomer, the Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship takes a theme approach, in which fellows will focus on compelling scientific questions such as, "Are there Earth-like planets orbiting other stars," the announcement noted.
Morzinski's fellowship work at the University of Arizona will use high-contrast adaptive optics systems to directly image Jupiter-like exoplanets.
She is the author of several SPIE papers, includ on one "MEMS practice, from the lab to the telescope" scheduled at SPIE Photonics West 2012 in January.
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