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Dr. Jason Rhodes graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, class of 1990. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA; an M.A and a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, NJ. After stints as a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Caltech in Pasadena, California, he landed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2004. His projects include NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (formerly WFIRST), the European Space Agency's Euclid mission, and the Vera Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). All of these are designed to study "dark energy," the hypothesized cause of the Universe's accelerated expansion.