Committees

Committee for the Protection of Astronomy and the Space Environment (COMPASSE)

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Alice K. B. Monet, AAS Secretary
Alice K. B. Monet
AAS Secretary

History: Name changed (April 2023), formerly the Committee for Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris (LPRISD); Name changed (January 1988, Austin)

Members: Appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Term: Three years, June - June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Charge: COMPASSE represents the interests of AAS relating to the protection of dark and radio-quiet skies, the safe and sustainable use of outer space, and related issues, and empowers AAS members to be effective advocates for the protection of US astronomy.

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Recent Materials from the Committee:

  • 2022 Webinar: From Sky Glow to Satellite Swarms: Challenges to Astronomy from Ground and Space (Video | Slides)
  • 2022 Response to Request for Information from White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on uses of Cislunar Space (Document
  • 2021: SATCON2 Report (Archive)
  • 2020: SATCON1 Report
  • 2020: The Industrialization of Space (Presentation; Chris Impey, University of Arizona) 
  • 2020: Mega-Constellations of Satellites and Optical Astronomy (Presentation | Press Briefing; Patrick Seitzer, University of Michigan)
  • 2020: Radio Astronomy in a New Era of Radiocommunication (Presentation | Press Briefing; Harvey Liszt, National Radio Astronomy Observatory)
  • 2020: Satellite's Impacts on the General Public (Presentation | Press Briefing; Ruskin Hartley, International Dark-Sky Association)
  • 2020: Starlink and the Astronomers (Press Briefing; Jeffrey C. Hall, Lowell Observatory)

Timeline of activity on Satellite Constellation Issues

2022 Satellite Constellation Advocacy Leave-Behind

Board of Trustees Liaison

Grant Tremblay (He/Him/His)

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Board Liaison

Term: Jun 2023 – Jun 2024

Lisa A. Prato

Lowell Observatory
Board Liaison

Term: Aug 2023 – Jun 2024

Committee Co-Chairs

Teznie Pugh

McDonald Observatory, UT Austin
Co-Chair

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2024

Aparna Venkatesan

University of San Francisco
Co-Chair

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2024

Committee Members

James Stuart Sweitzer (He/Him/His)

SCC

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Jonathan C. McDowell (He/They)

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

Term: Feb 2022 – Jun 2025

Jeffrey C. Hall (He/Him/His)

Lowell Observatory

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2025

Meredith L. Rawls (She/Her/hers)

University of Washington/Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Term: Feb 2022 – Jun 2025

Charles Lee Mudd, Jr. (He/Him/His)

Mudd Law

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Policy

Jessica Heim

University of Southern Queensland

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Community Engagement

Sarah Marie Michelle Bruno (She/Her/hers)

Johns Hopkins University

Term: Feb 2022 – Jun 2025

Lori Allen (She/Her/hers)

NSF's NOIRLab

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Aaron C. Boley (He/Him/His)

University of British Columbia

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Michelle Wooten (She/Her/hers)

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Samantha Lawler (She/Her/hers)

University of Regina

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Yaswant Devarakonda (He/They)

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Roohi Dalal (She/Her/hers)

Princeton University

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Ruskin K. Hartley (He/Him/His)

DarkSky International

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Savannah R. Pobre (She/Her/hers)

Princeton University

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Lucie Afko (She/Her/hers)

Duke University

Term: Apr 2023 – Jun 2024

Daniel B. Caton (He/Him/His)

Appalachian State University

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Richard F. Green

University of Arizona

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Policy

Constance E. Walker (She/Her/hers)

NSF's NOIRLab / IAU CPS

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Satcons

James D. Lowenthal (He/Him/His)

Smith College

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Light Pollution

Patrick Seitzer

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Space Debris

Douglas N. Arion

Mountains of Stars/Carthage College

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

John C. Barentine

Dark Sky Consulting, LLC

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Secretary

Bethany R. Johns

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Term: Apr 2022 – Jun 2024

Dan McKenna

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Harvey Liszt

NRAO - Charlottesville

Term: Jun 2020 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Radio Interference

Julie D. Davis (She/Her/hers)

American Physical Society (APS)

Term: Jun 2021 – Jun 2024

Vice Chair for Satcons; Consultant to the Committee

Diane E. Turnshek

Carnegie Mellon University

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Vayujeet Gokhale (He/Him/His)

Truman State University

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Joshua S. Reding (He/Him/His)

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Lindsay M. DeMarchi

Northwestern University

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Tiffany Nichols (She/Her/hers)

Princeton University

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027