Paula Szkody

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Paula Szkody
Born (1948-07-17) July 17, 1948 (age 68)
Detroit, Michigan
Residence U.S.
Nationality United States
Fields Astronomy
Institutions University of Washington
Alma mater Michigan State University, University of Washington
Notable awards Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy

Paula Szkody (July 17, 1948- )[1] is a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Szkody was born on July 17, 1948, in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her B.A. degree in astrophysics at Michigan State University in 1970, and her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington in 1975.[1]


Paula Szkody specializes in cataclysmic variable stars, which are binary star systems that periodically undergo energetic outbursts.[2] She is an active participant in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) searching for new dwarf novae and has worked with the XTE, ASCA, ROSAT, IUE, HST, EUVE and XMM-Newton space missions.[3]


In 2005 she became the editor-in-chief of the astronomical journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP).[4] She is also very active in professional-amateur collaboration, especially in conjunction with the American Association of Variable Star Observers,[3] for whom she has served both as an officer on the board (2003-2009) and, for the term 2007-09, as President of the organization.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 1978, she was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy by the American Astronomical Society.[6][1]

As of 1994, she is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[1]

A minor planet has been named after her.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Oakes, Elizabeth H. "Szkody, Paula." Encyclopedia of World Scientists, Revised Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2007. American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. (accessed October 20, 2015).
  2. ^ a b "Paula's Astronomy Page". University of Washington Astronomy Department. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview: Paula Szkody". Cataclysmic Variable Network (CVnet). 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Paula Szkody Appointed Editor of PASP « Astronomical Society". Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  5. ^ Saladyga, Michael; Waagen, Elizabeth O. "Professional Astronomers in Service to the AAVSO" (PDF). The American Association of Variable Star Observers. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy | American Astronomical Society". Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  7. ^ Schmadel, Lutz (2015). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names Addendum to 6th Edition: 2012-2014. Springer International Publishing. p. 209. ISBN 9783319176772. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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