Curriculum Vitae

Joshua Pepper


Department of Physics

413 Lewis Lab
16 Memorial Drive East
Bethlehem, PA 18015

phone: (610)-758-3649
fax: (610)-758-5730
joshua.pepper@lehigh.edu
Citizenship: United States

Research Interests: Theory and practice of searching for extrasolar planets. Eclipsing binary stars. Small telescope instrumentation, analysis of large data sets, and student research.

Education:

Princeton University
Department of Astrophysical Sciences  
A.B. (equivalent to B.A.) 2000
Advisor: Michael Strauss
The Ohio State University
Department of Astronomy
M.S. 2003; Ph.D. 2007
Advisor: Richard Pogge

Professional Positions:

Lehigh University, Department of Physics  
  • Assistant Professor
 2013-present
 
Vanderbilt University, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Adjoint Assistant Professor           
 2013-present
 
Fisk University, Department of Life and Physical Sciences
  • Fisk/Vanderbilt Bridge Program Mentoring Postdoctoral Researcher 
2012-2013
 
Vanderbilt University, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • VIDA Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Research Assistant Professor

2007-2013
2008-2013

Fellowships and Awards:

  • Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Ohio State Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship
2007-2013
2001-2007

Teaching:

Lehigh University - Astronomy 302: Modern Astrophysics II

Lehigh University - Astronomy 105: Introduction to Planetary Astronomy

Lehigh University - Physics 215: Classical Mechanics

Lehigh University - Physics 372: Introduction to Astrobiology  

Vanderbilt University - Astronomy 322: Methods in Observational and Computational Astronomy  

Vanderbilt University - Astronomy 307: Star Formation, Planet Formation, and Exoplanet Detection

Fisk/Vanderbilt Bridge Program – General GRE Exam Preparation

Spring 2015, 2017

Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Spring 2014, 2016

Spring 2013

Fall 2009

Fall 2010

Fall 2012

Leadership and Service:

Planet Formation Imager (PFI); Planetary Architectures Working Group, chair

NASA Time Allocation Committee of the Keck Telescope

AAS Agent for Lehigh University

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS); Target Selection Working Group, co-chair

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST); Transiting Exoplanets subgroup of T/VS Working Group, chair

MARVELS project of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III; Official Architect

Kepler Eclipsing Binary Working Group

NASA Grants Program Review Panel

NASA Grants Program Review Panel

NSF Grants Program Review Panel 

Kepler Threshold Crossing Event Review Team

Scientific Organizing Committee, 2012 Sagan Summer Workshop, Caltech

Kepler External Users’ Panel

NASA - Kepler Guest Observing program, Cycle 2

Ohio State Department of Astronomy representative to Council of Graduate Students

Ohio State Council of Graduate Students representative to the University Senate

Member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO).

Manuscript referee for The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Astrophysical Journal, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and The Astronomical Journal.

2014-2015

2014-2015

2013-present

2013-present

2012-present

2011-present

2010-present

2014

2013

2013

2012-2013

2012

 2010-2012

2010

2002-2005

2005-2006




 

Invited Talks and Colloquiums:

Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

University of Colorado – Boulder, Boulder, CO

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

University of California – Los Angeles, IPLEX group

Lehigh University, EES Department

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH
Invited Speaker at Frontiers of Astronomy Public Lecture Series

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Carnegie Institution of Washington,
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Washington, DC

University of Alabama – Huntsville, Huntsville, AL

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Pasadena, CA

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt , MD

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

University of Alabama – Huntsville, Huntsville, AL

NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA

The University of Cape Town, South Africa

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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2016

2016

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2014

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2012

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2011

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2011

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2009

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2007

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    Joshua Pepper  |  413 Deming Lewis Lab |   16 Memorial Drive East
    Bethlehem, PA 18015  |  joshua.pepper@lehigh.edu  |  (610) 758-3649