Dr. Kathryn Flanagan

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Dr. Kathryn Flanagan, Space Telescope Science Institute – Dr. Kathryn Flanagan is a Senior Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, where she has served as Interim Director, Deputy Director and Mission Head responsible for the development of the science and operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope. Her research background is heavily oriented toward NASA X-ray mission and instrument development. She has been an active community contributor to NASA Astrophysics Division advisory activities, including co-chairing strategic roadmaps, serving on the Astrophysics Subcommittee, participating in the Senior Review of Operating Missions, and as a peer reviewer for NASA proposals (observing, technology, fellowship and SMEX). She is equally active in service to the astronomical community, as a panel participant in the 2010 Decadal Survey and a member of the Executive Committee of the High Energy Division of the AAS.

Dr. Flanagan is chair of the Section on Astronomy of the AAAS, and is a member of the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (CAPP) of the AAS. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching math and physics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is a strong advocate for science outreach to the public and the "next generation".

Dr. Flanagan earned her Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).