Jedidah Isler, Ph.D. | Brief CV
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Brief CV

The journey


  • Yale University Ph.D. Astronomy
    • Thesis: In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion: Probing the Disk-Jet Connection in Fermi Gamma-Ray Bright Blazars
  • Yale University M.S. Physics
  • Fisk University M.A. Physics
  • Norfolk State University B.S. Physics, Magna Cum Laude

Employment History

  • Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor of Astrophysics, 2019 – present
  • Vanderbilt University National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, July 2015 – 2018
  • Syracuse University Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow, August 2013 – July 2015
  • Harvard University-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Center for Astrophysics, Future Faculty Leaders Postdoctoral Fellow, August 2014 – present

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Kavli Fellow Frontiers of Science Symposium, November 2016
  • Curator & Host TED Conference, February 2016
  • Host TED@IBM, October 2015
  • TED Fellow, 2015
  • American Astronomical Society Roger Doxsey Dissertation Prize, January 2014
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, August 2012
  • Edward Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, March 2012
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, June 2007
  • NASA-Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, June 2007

Leadership & Service

  • Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM Host & Executive Producer, July 2015 – present
  • American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, January 2013 – 2015
  • Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, Board of Trustees, January 2013 – present
  • Syracuse University, Faculty Advisory Board Member, Women of Color in STEM Program, August 2014 – present

Selected Publications

Research (Peer Reviewed)
  • Isler, J.C., Bailyn, C., Urry, C.M., Coppi, P., Brady, M., MacPherson, E., Buxton, M., Hasan, I., A Consolidated Framework of the Color Variability in Blazars: Long-Term Optical Infrared Observations of 3C 279, The Astrophysical Journal, 2016, submitted.
  • Isler, J.C., Urry, C.M., Bailyn, C., Smith, P.S., Brady, M., Coppi, P., MacPherson, E., Hasan, I, Buxton, M, The SMARTS Multi-epoch Optical Spectroscopy Atlas (SaMOSA): An Analysis of the Emission Line Variability in Southern Hemisphere Fermi Blazars, The Astrophysical Journal, 2015, 804, 7.
  • Isler, J.C. Urry, C.M., Coppi, P., Bailyn, C., Chatterjee, R., Fossati, G., Bonning, E.W., Maraschi, L., Buxton, M., A Time-Resolved Look at the Broad Line Region in Blazar 3C 454.3, The Astrophysical Journal, 2013, 779, 100.
  • Tavecchio, F., Pacciani, L., Donnarumma, I., Stamerra, A., Isler, J.C., MacPherson, E., Urry, C.M., The Far Emission Region of the Gamma-Ray Blazar PKS B1424-418″, Monthy Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2013, 435, 24.
  • Chatterjee, R., Fossati, G., Urry, C.M., Bailyn, C., Maraschi, L., Buxton, M., Bonning, E.W., Isler, J.C., Coppi, P., An Optical-Near-Infrared Outburst with No Accompanying Gamma-Rays in the Blazar PKS 0208-512, The Astrophysical Journal Letter, 2013, 763, 6.
  • Bonning, E.W., Urry, C.M., Bailyn, M., Buxton, M., Chatterjee, R., Coppi, P., Fossati, G., Isler, J.C., Maraschi, L.,SMARTS Optical and Infrared Monitoring of 12 Gamma-Ray Bright Blazars, The Astrophysical Journal, 2012, 756, 13.
  • Chatterjee, R., Bailyn, C., Bonning, E.W., Buxton, M., Coppi, P., Fossati, G., Isler, J.C., Maraschi, L., Urry, C.M., Similarity of the Optical-IR and Gamma-Ray Time Variability of 3C 454.3, The Astrophysical Journal, 2012, 749, 191.
  • Bonning, E.W., Bailyn, C., Urry, C.M., Buxton, M., Foassati, G., Maraschi, L., Coppi, P., Scalzo, R., Isler, J.C., Kaptur, A., Corrolated Variability in the Blazar 3C 454.3, The Astrophysical Journal, 2009, 697, 81.
  • A full list can be found here.
Inclusion, Education & Engagement

Selected Presentations

  • McGill University Invited Seminar (McGill Science Institute), April 2016
  • Bryn Mawr College Colloquium, February 2016.
  • American Astronomical Society, 227th Meeting, Contributed Talk, January 2016
  • Princeton University Invited Seminar (Thunch), November 2015
  • American Astronomical Society, High Energy Astrophysics Division, Contributed Talk, August 2014
  • American Astronomical Society, 224th Meeting, Contributed Talk, June 2014
  • American Astronomical Society, 223rd Meeting, Doxsey Dissertation Prize Talk, January 2014
  • Brown University Invited Seminar, October 2013
  • Syracuse University Colloquium, October 2012
Inclusion, Education & Engagement
  • Bryn Mawr College Public Lecture, February 2016
  • Connecticut Science Center Keynote, Women in Science Symposium, February 2016
  • Lewis & Clark College Keynote, Science Without Limits Symposium, September 2015
  • TED Fellows Retreat 2015, The Untapped Genius that Could Change Science for the Better, August 2015
  • TED 2015, How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible Universe, March 2015
  • Black Enterprise, Women of Power Summit Panelist, BE Smart: Blended Learning in the 21st Century, February 2015
  • Yale University Keynote, 45th Anniversary of the Afro-American Cultural Center Gala, October 2014
  • Mayor of Syracuse, Women’s Commission, Career Exploration Series, Pushing Towards a STEM Degree in Middle School, June 2014
  • Liverpool Public Library, Public Lecture, Blazars: Nature’s Particle Accelerators, June 2014
  • Syracuse University, McNair Induction and Recognition Banquet, On Knowing Things: Leveraging Your Graduate Experience for the Greater Good, May 2014
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Pennsylvania State University, Panelist, Graduate School Life, January 2014
  • Mayor of Syracuse, Women’s Commission, Career Exploration Series, What’s it like to be an Astrophysicist?, October 2013
  • Vanderbilt University Bridge Program Research Showcase, Plenary, May 2013

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