Dr. Jason W. Henning

Class of 2003
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Dr. Jason W. Henning was nominated by Barbara Febey and Nancy Lemmen

At Grayling High School Jason Henning was especially active in band, playing clarinet in the marching and concert bands and baritone saxophone in the jazz band. He performed in pit bands for four musicals and in numerous honors bands and solo/ensemble competitions. He was on the stage crew for two plays, on the forensics team for two years and on the tennis team and in the astronomy club for one year.

He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007 with a B.A. in physics with astrophysics specialization, and he earned his M.S. in 2010 and his Ph.D. in 2014 in astrophysical and planetary sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  

Dr. Henning has been awarded several fellowships, has been a major or cited contributor in over 30 publications and has done numerous talks and poster presentations at astrophysical conferences.

He is currently a joint National Science Foundation Astronomyy and Astrophysics/Kavli Instiutute for Cosmological Physics Fellow at the Univeristy of Chicago.

His present work involves a mixture of millimeter-wave detector characterization and instrument design for cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization experiments as well as CMB data analysis spanning the range from low-level data cleaning and reduction to cosmological parameter estimation and forecasting.

He writes that "these days most of my time is spent on analysis for the South Pole Telescope (SPT) collaboration, but I'm also involved in a variety of outreach activities."

"Research is still interesting and exciting," he continues. "I traveled to the South Pole for the third time this past January to help install and characterize a new camera on the South Pole Telescope. It replaced the one I worked on as a graduate students, and when we've worked out all the kinks, it should be an order of magnitude more sensitive than the previous camera, so we're very excited to see what kind of scince comes out of it."

Dr. Henning is the son of Tamara (GHS Class of 1979) and Anthony Henning; his brother Nicholas is a Class of 2005 graduate.

Visit his website at www.jasonwhenning.com .