Dr. Valerie Connaughton

Dr. Valerie Connaughton

Dr. Valerie Connaughton is a Program Scientist and Discipline Scientist in the Astrophysics Division (APD) at NASA Headquarters.

She obtained her Ph.D. from University College Dublin in the area of ground-based Very High Energy gamma-ray astronomy before taking up a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. As a research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsvile, she transitioned from the Burst And Transient Source Experiment (BATSE) team to the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team on what is now the Fermi satellite. In 2015 she joined Universities Space Research Association (USRA) as associate director of the Science and Technology Institute (STI) where she oversaw STI's activities in the areas of astrophysics (x-ray, gamma-ray, and cosmic-ray science).

Her research interests include multi-messenger time-domain astronomy, gamma-ray bursts, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, and high-energy astrophysics in general.

Since joining NASA HQ in 2017, Dr. Connaughton has become Program Scientist for the X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM) and Discipline Scientist for the high-energy portfolio. She is also a member of the APD Communications team.

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