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Farisa Morales

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Southern California (USC), 2011
  • M.S., Physics, California State University Northridge (CSUN), 2005
  • B.S., Astrophysics, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 2003

Research Interests
  • Infrared observations and characterization of planetary debris disks
  • Direct-imaging of planetary companions around stars with dust in the terrestrial-planet zones
  • Planetary system formation

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2000 - Present)
    • Research Scientist II - Spitzer Space Telescope Staff, Science Division, Division 32 (April 2006-Present)
    • APX - Spitzer Science Office Staff, Science Division, Div 32 (Jan. 2002-March 2006)
    • APT - Technical Support, Instruments Division, Div 38 (March 2001-Dec. 2001)
    • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) – LATIS Telecom. and Ground Systems Engineer (May 2000-Aug. 2000)
  • Calif. State University, Northridge (CSUN), Northridge, CA (Aug. 2011–present)
    • Part-Time Faculty, Physics & Astronomy Department
  • Moorpark College, Ventura County District, Moorpark, CA (Aug. 2014–present)
    • Full-Time Faculty, Physics & Astronomy Department
  • Cerritos Community College, Norwalk, CA (Aug. 2010–Dec. 2013)
    • Part-time Adjunct Instructor, Physics & Astronomy Department
  • L. A. Community College District (Pierce), Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 2007–Aug. 2014)
    • Part-time Adjunct Instructor, Physics, Astronomy & Planetary Science Department
  • University of Southern Calif. (USC), Los Angeles, CA (Sep. 2007–Jun. 2011)
    • Teacher Assistant (TA), Physics & Astronomy Department

Selected Awards
  • JPL Mariner Award (Aug. 2013)
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS) Chambliss Award (January 2011)
  • NASA Honors Award (Oct. 2004, June 2009, July 2011)
  • La Opinion’s Mujeres Destacadas Award (March 2011)
  • The Adrian Herzog Outstanding Graduate Student Award (June 2004)
  • CalTech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award (May 2000)
  • JPL Scholar of the Year Award (June 1999)

Selected Publications
  1. Morales, F. Y., G. Bryden, M. W. Werner, and K. R. Stapelfeldt, 2016, HERSCHEL-RESOLVED OUTER BELTS OF TWO-BELT DEBRIS DISKS—EVIDENCE OF ICY GRAINS, ApJ 831, 97.
  2. Mawet, D., David, T., Bottom, M., Hinkley, S., Stapelfeldt, K., Padgett, D., Mennesson, B., Serabyn, E., Morales, F.; Kuhn, J., (accepted to ApJ) Sep. 2015, Discovery of a low-mass companion around HR3549, eprint arXiv:1509.05689.
  3. Morales, F. Y., G. Bryden, M. W. Werner, and K. R. Stapelfeldt, 2013, Herschel-resolved Outer Belts of Two-belt Debris Disks around A-type Stars: HD 70313, HD 71722, HD 159492, and F-type: HD 104860, ApJ 776, 111.
  4. Morales, F. Y., D. L. Padgett, G. Bryden, M. W. Werner, and E. Furlan, 2012, WISE Detections of Dust in the Habitable Zones of Planet-bearing Stars, ApJ757, 7.
  5. Morales, F. Y., G. H. Rieke, M. W. Werner, G. Bryden, K. R. Stapelfeldt, and K. Y. L. Su, 2011, Common Warm Dust Temperatures Around Main-Sequence Stars, ApJ 730, L29.
  6. Morales, F. Y., M. W. Werner, G. Bryden, P. Plavchan, K. R. Stapelfeldt, G. H. Rieke, K. Y. L. Su, C. A. Beichman, C. H. Chen, K. Grogan, S. J. Kenyon, A. Moro-Martin, et al., 2009, Spitzer Mid-IR Spectra of Dust Debris Around A and Late B Type Stars: Asteroid Belt Analogs and Power-Law Dust Distributions, ApJ 699, 1067

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