Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer Wiseman

'New Discoveries in an Ancient Universe'


Modern telescopes enable discoveries scarcely imagined by earlier generations: black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and exoplanets. Such discoveries shed light on a universe that has been growing more mature, complex, and hospitable for life for nearly 14 billion years. In this lecture, Jennifer Wiseman, astrophysicist and director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, explores examples of the beauty, power, and mystery of the recently unveiled cosmos.


Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She is a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she serves as the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. She holds a B.S. in Physics from MIT, where she discovered comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987; in 1995 she earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University. She continued her research as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. Wiseman served as a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society, working with the staff of the  Science Committee of  the  U.S. House of  Representatives. Throughout her career, she has worked with several major national observatories. Her research interests include the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. She is also interested in national science policy and public science engagement, and she directs the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Wiseman is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in Science. She has authored several essays addressing the relationship of astronomy and faith, and frequently gives talks to churches, schools, and campus groups on the excitement of scientific discovery and the complementarity of science and faith. She grew up on an Arkansas farm enjoying late night stargazing walks with her parents  and pets.