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Dunlap Advisory Committee

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics has as its mission astronomical instrumentation, astrophysical observations and science outreach. This mission is complemented by activity in the David A. Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics Advisory Committee acts as a consultative body to the Director:

  • To provide strategic advice on the research, educational, and outreach missions of the Institute.
  • To identify opportunities for partnership and collaborations with the Institute.
  • To promote the Institute’s interests to external constituencies.
  • To increase the profile of the Institute and enhance its financial standing.


Prof. Maura McLaughlin, West Virginia University (Chair) (2019-2024)

Prof. Josh Peek, Space Telescope Science Institute (Past Chair) (2019-2023)

Prof. Bruce Macintosh, Director of University of California Observatories (Chair-Elect) (2019-2025)

Dr. Tracy Clarke, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (2020-2023)

Prof. Sara Ellison, University of Victoria (2020-2023)

Prof. David Naylor, University of Lethbridge (2021-2024)

Dr. Rachel Ward-Maxwell, Ontario Science Centre (2020-2023)

Prof. Vince Tropepe, Vice-Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts & Science

David Dunlap, Descendant of Jessie Donalda Dunlap

John Dunlap, Descendant of Jessie Donalda Dunlap

Prof. Bryan Gaensler, Director, Dunlap Institute  (Ex-officio)

Alice Chow, Business and Financial Manager, Dunlap Institute  (Ex-officio)

Kim Hunt-Rao, Executive Director, Office of Advancement, Faculty of Arts and Science  (Ex-officio)