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Curriculum Vitae:

James Bauer

  • B.S. in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991)
  • B.S. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991)
  • M.S. in Astronomy, State University of New York, Stony Brook (1996)
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Hawaii (2003)

Research Interests
  • Studying the physical nature of Centaurs and other outer solar system small bodies to determine their histories and importance in the evolution of the solar system
  • Modeling the surface characteristics and compositions of small bodies as revealed in their spectra
  • Collection and interpretation of simultaneous or near-simultaneous spectral and photometric data from ground-based observatories to enhance spacecraft observations


Cassini-Huygens Icon Cassini-Huygens
The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is currently exploring the ringed planet, its mysterious moons, the stunning rings and its complex magnetic environment.

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The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility) was launched into space by a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 25 August 2003.

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a four-channel, super-cooled infrared telescope designed to survey the entire sky with 1,000 times more sensitivity than previous infrared missions.


The NEOWISE mission uses the WISE space telescope to hunt for asteroids and comets, including those that could pose a threat to Earth.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2003 - present)
    • NEOCAM Team Member
    • NEOWISE Deputy PI WISE Moving Object Pipeline Lead Scientist
    • Solar System Science Liaison, Spitzer Space Telescope
    • NPP Advisor to Rachel Stevenson
    • Scientist/Research Scientist (2005 - present)
    • NRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2003 - 2005)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Citrus College (2005 - 2008)
  • Research Assistant, Lowell Observatory (1992-1993)
  • Research Assistant, Earth & Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991-1992)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2015)
  • JPL Mariner Award for work on the NEOWISE Restart Mission (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: NEOWISE team (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Spitzer Cryogen Mission Closeout Team (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, WISE Science Data Center (2012)
  • Honorary Officer, NASA's First Planetary Defense Squadron (Provisional)
  • Mariner Award for work on the WISE Moving Object Pipeline for NEOWISE.
  • Mariner Bonus Award for work on HST imaging of Triton's Surface.

Selected Publications
  1. Bauer, J.M., Stevenson, R. A., Kramer, E., Mainzer, A. K., Grav, T., Masiero, J. R., Fernandez, Y. R. et al. 2015. The NEOWISE-Discovered Comet Population and the CO+CO2 production rates. ApJ. In Press.
  2. A. Mainzer, J. Bauer, R. M. Cutri, T. Grav, J. Masiero, et al. 2014. Initial Performance of the NEOWISE Reactivation Mission. ApJ. 792, 30.
  3. R. Stevenson, J. M. Bauer, E. A. Kramer, T. Grav, A. K. Mainzer, and J. R. Masiero. Lingering grains of truth around comet 17P/Holmes. ApJ, 787, 116.
  4. Bauer, J.M., Grav, T., Blauvelt, E., Mainzer, A.K., Masiero, J., Stevenson, R., Kramer, E., et al. 2013.Centaurs and Scattered Disk Objects in the Thermal Infrared: Analysis of WISE/NEOWISE Observations. ApJ., 773, 22.
  5. Bauer, J.M., Kramer, E., Mainzer, A.K., Stevenson, R., Grav, T., Masiero, J., et al. "WISE/NEOWISE Preliminary Analysis and Highlights of the 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko near Nucleus Environs". 2012, ApJ, 758, 18.
  6. Mainzer, A., Grav, T., Bauer, J., Masiero, J., et al. 2012. NEOWISE Observations of Near-Earth Objects: Preliminary Results. ApJ, 743, 156.
  7. Mainzer, A., Bauer, J. and 33 colleagues 2011. Preliminary Results from NEOWISE: An Enhancement to the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer for Solar System Science. ApJ. 731, 53.
  8. Grav, T., Mainzer, A. K., Bauer, J., Masiero, J., Spahr, T. et al. 2012. WISE/NEOWISE Observations of the Hilda Population: Preliminary Results, ApJ 744, 197.
  9. Grav, T., Mainzer, A. K., Bauer, J., Masiero, J., Spahr, T. et al. 2012. WISE/NEOWISE Observations of the Jovian Trojans: Preliminary Results, ApJ 742, 40.
  10. Bauer, J.M., & 24 colleagues 2012. WISE/NEOWISE Observations of Active Bodies in the Main Belt. ApJ, 747, 49.
  11. Hillier, J. K., Bauer, J. M., and Buratti, B. J. 2011. Photometric modeling of Asteroid 5535 Annefrank from Stardust observations.Icarus 211, 546.
  12. Meech, K. J. et al. (Bauer 7th of 197 authors) EPOXI: Comet 103P/Hartley 2 Observations from a Worldwide Campaign. ApJ 734, 1.
  13. Bauer, J.M. & 21 colleagues 2011. WISE/NEOWISE Observations of Comet 103P/Hartley 2. ApJ 738, 171.
  14. Bauer, J.M. , Buratti, B.J., Li, J.-Y., Mosher, J.A., Hicks, M.D., Schmidt, B.E., Goguen, J.D. 2010. Direct Detection of Seasonal Changes on Triton with Hubble Space Telescope. The Astrophysical Journal 723, L49-L52.
  15. Schmidt, B.E., Thomas, P. C., Bauer, J. M. , Li, J.-Y., McFadden, L. A., Mutchler, M. J., Radcliffe, S. C., Rivkin, A. S., Russell, C. T., Parker, J. Wm., and Stern, S. A. 2009. The Shape and Surface Variation of 2 Pallas from the Hubble Space Telescope. Science 326, 275.
  16. Buratti, B.J., Bauer, J.M. , Hicks, M.D., Mosher, J.A., Filacchione, G., Momary, T., Baines, K.H., Brown, R.H., Clark, R.N., Nicholson, P.D. 2010. Cassini spectra and photometry 0.25- 5.1 µm of the small inner satellites of Saturn. Icarus 206, 524-536.
  17. Lisse, C.M., Fernandez, Y.R., Reach, W.T., Bauer, J.M., A'Hearn, M.F., Farnham, T.L., Groussin, O., Belton, M.J., Meech, K.J., Snodgrass, C.D. 2009. Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of the Nucleus of Comet 103P/Hartley 2. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 121, 968-975.
  18. Bauer, J.M. Choi, Y-J., Weissman, P.R., Stansberry, J. A., Fernandez, Y. R., Roe, H. G., & Buratti, B.J. 2008. The Large-Grained Dust Coma of 174P/Echeclus. PASP, 120, 393-404.
  19. Tegler, S.C., Bauer, J.M, Romanishin, W., and Peixinho, N. 2008. "Colors of Centarus" in The Solar System Beyond Neptune, Ed. by A. Barucci, H. Boehnhardt, D. Cruikshank., and A. Morbidelli, University of Arizona press, Tuscon, Arizona. pp. 105-114.
  20. Burrati, B. J., Soderlund, K., Bauer, J., Mosher, J. A., Hicks, M. D., Simonelli, D. P., Jaumann, R., Clark, R. N., Brown, R. H., Cruikshank, D. P., & Momary, T. Infrared (0.83-5.1 um) photometry of Phoebe from the Cassini Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. Icarus, 193, 309-322.
  21. Cruikshank, D. P., Dalton, J. B., Ore, C. M., Bauer, J., Stephan, K, Filacchione, G., Hendrix, A. R., Hansen, C. J., Coradini, A. Cerroni, P. and 21 coauthors. 2007. Surface Composition of Hyperion. Nature, 488, 54-56.
  22. Hicks, M.D. & Bauer, J.M. 2007. P/2006 HR30: A low-activity comet in Near-Earth space, ApJL, 662, L47.
  23. Grav, T., & Bauer, J. 2007. A deeper look at colors of the Saturnian irregular satellites. Icarus, 191, 267.
  24. Bauer, J. M., Weissman, P. R., Choi, Y-J., Young, J. W., Lisse, C. M., Dekany, R., Hanner, M. S., and Buratti, B. J. 2007. Palomar and Table Mountain Observations of 9P/Tempel 1 During the Deep Impact Encounter: First Results. Icarus, 187, 296-305.
  25. Bauer, J. M., Grav, T., Buratti, B. J., and Hicks M. D. 2006. The Phase Curve Survey of the Irregular Saturnian Satellites: A Novel Method of Physical Classification. Icarus, 184, 181.
  26. Buratti, B. J., Cruikshank, D. P., Brown, R. H., Clark, R. N., Bauer, J. M., Jaumann, R., McCord, T. B., Simonelli, D. P., Hibbitts, C. A., Hansen, G. B., Owen, T. C., Baines, K. H., Bellucci, G., Bibring, J. P., Capaccioni, F., Cerroni, P., Coradini, A., Drossart, P., Formisano, V., Langevin, Y., Matson, D. L., Mennella, V., Nelson, R. M., Nicholson, P.D., Sicardy, B., Sotin, C., Roush, T. L., Soderlund, K., Muradyan, A. 2005. Cassini Observations of Iapetus: Detection of CO2. ApJL, 622, L149.
  27. Bauer, J. M., Buratti, B. J., Simonelli, D. P., and Owen, W. M., Jr. 2004. Recovering the Rotational Lightcurve of Phoebe. ApJL, 610, L57.
  28. Bauer, J. M.; Meech, K. J.; Fernandez, Y. R.; Pittichova, J.; Hainaut, O. R.; Boehnhardt, H.; Delsanti, A. C. 2003. Physical Survey of 24 Centaurs with Visible Photometry, Icarus, 166, 195.
  29. Bauer, J. M., Fernandez, Y. R., Meech, K. J. 2003. An Optical Survey of the Active Centaur, PASP, 115, 981.
  30. Bauer, J. M., Meech, K. J., Fernandez, Y. R., Farnham, T. L., and RoushT. L., 2002. Observations of the Centaur 1999 UG5: Evidence of a Unique Outer Solar System Surface, PASP, 114, 1309.
  31. Bauer, J. M., Roush, T. R., Geballe, T. R., Meech, K. J., Owen, T. C., Vacca, W. D., Rayner, J. T., and Jim, K. T. C. 2002. The Near Infrared Spectrum of Miranda, Icarus, 158, 178.
  32. D. Bocklee-Morvan, E. Lellouch, N. Biver, G. Paubert, J. Bauer, P. Colom, D. C. Lis 2001. "Search for CO gas in Pluto, Centaurs and Kuiper Belt objects at Radio Wavelengths" Astron. Astrophys., 377, 343.
  33. Roth, K. C. and J. M. Bauer 1999. "The z=1.6748 C I absorber near PKS1756+237", ApJL, 515, 57.
  34. Bauer, J. M., J. Lissauer, and M. Simon 1997. Edge-on observations of Saturn's E and G rings in the Near-IR, Icarus, 125, 440.
  35. Markert, T. H., C. R. Canizares, C. S. Nelson, J. M. Bauer, B. Puc, and B. E. Woodgate, B. E. 1995. Evaluation of Curved Crystals for Cosmic X-ray Spectroscopy, Optical Engineering, 34, p.1512.

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