Alyssa A. Goodman

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Alyssa A. Goodman
Born Alyssa Ann Goodman
New York City, New York, United States
Residence Lexington, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Fields Astronomy
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Thesis Interstellar Magnetic Fields: An Observational Perspective (1989)
Doctoral advisor Irwin I. Shapiro
Notable awards Newton Lacy Pierce Prize
Official website

Alyssa Ann Goodman (born 1962 in New York City)[1] is an American professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Founding Director of the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing.[2]


Goodman's research is conducted at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she studies the dense gas between stars. In particular, her research interest is on how interstellar gas arranges itself into new stars.

Goodman is also a principal investigator of the COMPLETE Survey of Star-Forming Regions,[3] which maps out three large star-forming regions in the galaxy in their entirety.

From 2008 to 2009, Goodman was a "Scholar-in-Residence" at WGBH, while on sabbatical. She has also worked closely with Curtis Wong and Jonathan Fay on the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope project.[4]


A native of New York, Goodman attended Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, New York. She later received her B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. She then continued her education at Harvard University receiving a Ph.D also in Physics in 1989.



  1. ^ Goodman, Alyssa (February 2010). "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Harvard University. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Reid, Rosalind publisher= Harvard University. Initiative in Innovative Computing "THE INITIATIVE IN INNOVATIVE COMPUTING (IIC) ARCHIVE". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Alyssa (Monday, 19-Sep-2011). "The COordinated Molecular Probe Line Extinction Thermal Emission Survey of Star Forming Regions". Harvard University. Retrieved 14 October 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "A look at the editors: Alyssa Goodman". The Fourth Paradigm. Nov 8, 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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