Curriculum Vitae







  • 1989            Ph.D., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California, Los Angeles Near-Infrared Speckle Observations of T Tauri Stars and A Multi-Wavelength Study of the Prototype Star T Tauri
  • 1982            M.S., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1980            B.S., Physics and Astronomy, Yale University

Professional Experience

  • 2016-2017       Chair, College of Arts & Science Faculty Council, Vanderbilt University
  • 2014-              co-Series Editor, Springer, “SpringerBriefs in Astronomy”
  • 2014-               co-Series Editor, Springer, “Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics”
  • 2011-present  co-Director, Scientific Computing Program, Vanderbilt University
  • 2011-2012      Chair, Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate
  • 2006-present  Director, Communication of Science & Technology Program, Vanderbilt University
  • 2005-present  Professor of Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
  • 2003-present  Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
  • 2003-2004       Chair, College of Arts & Science Faculty Council, Vanderbilt University
  • 2002-2003       Director of Undergraduate Studies (external), Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
  • 1998-2005        Associate Professor of Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
  • 1991-1998        Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Vanderbilt Universit
  • 1989-1991        Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Florida
  • 1985-1989        Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1984-1985        Instructor of Astronomy, Santa Monica (CA) Community College
  • 1980-1984        Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Earth & Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles


Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Robert M. Woods Memorial Lecture, Westminster (PA) College
  • 2015 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award, American Association of Physics Teachers, which “recognizes outstanding communication of the excitement of contemporary physics to the general public
  • 2014 Natural Sciences Distinguished Lecturer, Colgate University
  • 2012 John Wiley Jones Distinguished Lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 2012 Faculty of the Year Award, Sigma Xi Fraternity (Vanderbilt chapter)
  • 2011 Honorable Mention, PROSE Award in Cosmology and Astronomy, the Association of American Publishers, recognizing “the very best in professional and scholarly publishing,” for How Old is the Universe?
  • 2011 Ernest A. Jones Faculty Advisor Award, Vanderbilt University, honoring a faculty member “for dedication to undergraduate advising”
  • 2009 Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Service Award, Vanderbilt University, “for Distinguished Service to Vanderbilt University in the councils and government of the University”
  • 2008 Finalist, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Category: Junior High and High School Readers, for Is Pluto a Planet?
  • 2005 Chancellor’s Award for Research, Vanderbilt University, recognizing a faculty member for “excellence in research, scholarship, or creative expression … for works published or presented in the preceding calendar year”
  • 2003 Jeffrey Nordhaus Undergraduate Teaching Award, Vanderbilt University, “for excellence in undergraduate teaching in the College of Arts & Science”
  • 2001 Chancellor’s Cup, Vanderbilt University, for the faculty member who has “made the greatest contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships in the recent past”
  • 1999 Fellow, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University
  • 1994 Teaching Fellow, Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellows Program


Graduate Students Supervised

  1. Lisa Upton, Ph.D. (Physics) 2014.  Visiting Scientist, High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) (2016). NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, HAO (2016-2019).
  2. William K. Teets, Ph.D. (Physics) 2012.  Staff Astronomer, Dyer Observatory, Vanderbilt University (2012-present).
  3. Sonali J. Shukla, Ph.D. (Physics) 2009. Postdoctoral appointment with Kevin Luhman, Penn State University (2009-2011); Outreach Coordinator, University of Maryland, Department of Physics (2011-2014).  Astronomy Outreach Officer, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (UK) (2015-present).
  4. Jeffrey Bary, Ph.D. (Physics) 2003. Postdoctoral appointment with Edward Murphy, University of Virginia (2004-2005); NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia (2005-2008); Associate Professor of Astronomy, Colgate University (2008-present).
  5. Tracy Huard, Ph.D. (Physics) 2000. Postdoctoral appointment with Charles Lada, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2000-2003); Postdoctoral appointment with Philip Myers, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2003-2007); Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland Department of Astronomy and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory at Columbia University (2007-present).
  6. Laszlo Sturmann, Ph.D. (Physics) 1997.  Research Scientist, CHARA (Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy), Georgia State University (1997-2000); Senior Research Scientist, CHARA (2000-present).
  7. Ashwin Mahesh, M.S. (Astronomy) 1993. Manager of Mapunity ( and editor of India Together (


Graduate PhD Committees


Lionel Crews (2000), Matthew Huddleston (2002), Piotr Kowalski (2006), Alicia Aarnio (2010), Phillip Cargile (2010), Katie Chynoweth (2010), Yilen Gomez Maqueo (2010), Saurav Dhital (2012), Thomas LeBlanc (2012), Doug Watson (2012), Fabienne Bastien (2014), Trey Mack (2014), Qingqing Mao (2015), Meagan Lang (2015), Baile Li (2015), Lauren Palladino Campbell (2015), Jennifer Piscionere (2015), Daniel Sissom (2015), Brittany Kamai (2016), Michael Lund (2017), Joey Rodriguez (2017), Kyle Conroy (exp. 2018), Victor Garcia (exp. 2018), Victor Calderon (exp. 2020), Nicholas Chason (exp. 2020), Christina Davis (exp. 2020), Glenna Dunn (exp. 2019), Samaiyah Farid (exp. 2021), Teresa Monsue (exp. 2019), Adam Szewciw (exp. 2020)

Postdoctoral Scholars Supervised

Rudolfo (Rudi) Montez (2012-present)

Professional Societies

  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Sciences
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • American Physical Society

Refereed Papers (total citations = 4,028; h-index = 38)

  1. Rodriguez, J. E., Stassun, K. G., Cargile, P., Shappee, B. J., Siverd, R. J., Pepper, J., Lund, M. B., Kochanek, C. S., James, D., Kuhn, R. B., Beatty, T. G., Gaudi, B. S., Weintraub, D. A., Stanek, K. Z., Holoien, T. W. S., Prieto, J. L., Feldman, D. M., and Espaillat, C. C. 2016, DM Ori: A Young Star Occulted by a Disturbance in its Protoplanetary Disk, The Astrophysical Journal, 831, 1, 74 (8 pp).
  2. Rodriguez, J. E., Reed, P. A., Siverd, R. J., Pepper, J., Stassun, K. G., Gaudi, B. S., Weintraub, D. A., Beatty, T. G., Lund, M. B., and Stevens, D. J. 2016, Recurring Occultations of RW Aurigae by Coagulated Dust in the Tidally Disrupted Circumstellar Disk, Astronomical Journal, 151, 2, 29 (7 pp).
  3. Rodriguez, J. E., Pepper, J., Stassun, K. G., Siverd, R. J., Cargile, P., Weintraub, D. A., Beatty, T. G., Gaudi, B. S., Mamajek, E. E., and Sanchez, N. 2014, Is V409 Another AA Tau: Photometric Observations of Dimming Events Caused by Its Circumstellar Disk, Astronomical Journal, submitted.
  4. Principe, David, Kastner, J. H., Grosso, Nicolas, Hamaguchi, Kenji, Richmond, Michael, Teets, William K., and Weintraub, David A.  2014, Star Formation in Orion’s L1630 Cloud: an Infrared and Multi-epoch Study, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 213, 4 (31 pp).
  5. Teets, William K., Weintraub, David A., Kastner, Joel H., Grosso, Nicolas, Principe, David, Hamaguchi, Kenji, Richmond, Michael, 2012, Evidence of a Cool, Accretion-Generated X-ray Plasma in EX Lupi During the 2008 Eruption, Astrophysical Journal, 760, 89, (10 pp).
  6. Hamaguchi, K., Grosso, N., Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., Richmond, M., Petre, R., Teets, W.K., Principe, D., 2012, X-raying the Beating Heart of a Newborn Star: Rotational Modulation of High-energy Radiation from V1647 Ori, Astrophysical Journal, 754, 32, (9 pp).
  7. Teets, William K., Weintraub, David A., Grosso, Nicolas, Principe, David, Kastner, Joel H., Hamaguchi, Kenji, Richmond, Michael, 2011, X-ray Production by V1647 Ori During Optical Outbursts, Astrophysical Journal, 741, 83, (14 pp).
  8. Bastien, F. A., Stassun, K. G., Weintraub, D.A., 2011, High Cadence Time-Series Photometry of V1647 Orionis, Astronomical Journal, 142, 141, (8 pp).
  9. Sandell, G., Weintraub, D.A., Hamidouche, M., 2011, A Submillimeter Mapping Survey of Herbig AeBe Stars, Astrophysical Journal, 727, 26, (32 pp).
  10. Greene, T.P., Barsony, M., Weintraub, D.A., 2010, Near-IR H2 Emission of Protostars: Probing Circumstellar Environments, Astrophysical Journal, 725, 1100-1110.
  11. Grosso, N., Hamaguchi, K., Kastner, J. H., Richmond, M.W., Weintraub, D.A., 2010, A few days before the end of the 2008 extreme outburst of EX Lupi: accretion shocks and a smothered stellar corona unveiled by XMM-Newton, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 522, A56, (10 pp).
  12. Hamaguchi, K., Grosso, N., Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., & Richmond, M., 2010, Suzaku Observation of Strong Fluorescent Iron Line Emission from the Young Stellar Object V1647 ORI During its New X-ray Outburst, Astrophysical Journal, 714, L16-L20.
  13. Bary, J.S., Weintraub, D.A., Shukla, S.J., Leisenring, J.M., & Kastner, J.H., 2008, Quiescent H2 Emission From Pre-Main Sequence Stars in Chamaeleon I, Astrophysical Journal, 678, 1088-1098.
  14. Huenemoerder, D. P., Kastner, J. H., Testa, P., Schulz, N. S., & Weintraub, D. A., 2007, Evidence for Accretion in the High-Resolution X-ray Spectrum of the T Tauri System Hen 3-600, Astrophysical Journal, 671, 592-604.
  15. Kastner, J.H., Richmond, M., Grosso, N., Weintraub, D.A., Simon, T., Henden, A., Hamaguchi, K., Frank, A., & Ozawa, H.,  2006, V1647 Ori: The X-ray Evolution of a Pre-main Sequence Accretion Burst, Astrophysical Journal, 648, L43-L46.
  16. Grosso, N., Kastner, J.H., Ozawa, H., Richmond, M., Simon, T., Weintraub, D.A., Hamaguchi, K., Corcoran, M.F., & Frank, A., 2005, Enhanced X-ray Variability from V1647 Ori, the young star in outburst illuminating McNeil’s Nebula, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 438, 159-168.
  17. Kastner, J.H., Richmond, M., Grosso, N., Weintraub, D.A., Simon, T., Frank, A., Hamaguchi, K., Ozawa, H., & Henden, A., 2004, An X-ray Outburst From the Rapidly Accreting Protostar that Illuminates McNeil’s Nebula, Nature, 430, 429-431. [70 citations]
  18. Kastner, J.H., Huenemoerder, D.P., Schulz, N.S., Canizares, C.R., Li, J., & Weintraub, D.A., 2004, The Coronal X-ray Spectrum of the Multiple Weak-lined T Tauri Star System HD 98800, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 605, L59-62.
  19. Bary, J.S., Weintraub, D.A., & Kastner, J.H., 2003, Detection of Ro-Vibrational H2 Emission from T Tauri Stars, Astrophysical Journal, 586, 1136-1146. [112 citations]
  20. Kastner, J.H, Crigger, L., Rich, M., & Weintraub, D.A., 2003, ROSAT X-ray Spectral Properties of Nearby Young Associations: TW Hydrae, Tucana-Horologium, and the Beta Pic Moving Group, Astrophysical Journal, 585, 878-884.
  21. Bary, J.S., Weintraub, D.A., & Kastner, J.H., 2002, Detection of Molecular Hydrogen Orbiting a `Naked’ T Tauri Star, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 576, L73-76.
  22. Kastner, J.H., Li, J., Siebenmorgen, R., & Weintraub, D.A., 2002, Infrared Space Observatory Polarimetric Imaging of the Egg Nebula (RAFGL 2688), Astronomical Journal, 123, 2658-2665.
  23. Kastner, J.H., Huenemoerder, D.P., Schulz, N.S., Canizares, C.R., & Weintraub, D.A., 2002, Evidence for Accretion: High-Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy of the Classical T Tauri Star TW Hydrae, Astrophysical Journal, 567, 434-440. [344 citations]
  24. Sandell, G. & Weintraub, D.A., 2001, On the Similarity of FU Orionis Stars to Class I protostars: Evidence from the Submillimeter, Astrophysical Journal Supplements, 134, 115-132. [96 citations]
  25. Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., Gatley, I., & Henn, L., 2001, Kinematics of Molecular Hydrogen Emission from Pre-planetary Nebulae: RAFGL 2688 and RAFGL 618, Astrophysical Journal, 546, 279-287.
  26. Huard, T.L., Weintraub, D.A., & Sandell, G., 2000, Multiple Star Formation Epochs in Large Dark Globules: Submillimeter Imaging of Three Star-forming Globules, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 362, 635-645.
  27. Weintraub, D.A., Kastner, J.H., & Bary, J., 2000, Detection of Quiescent Molecular Hydrogen Gas in the Circumstellar Disk of a Classical T Tauri Star, Astrophysical Journal, 541, 767-771.
  28. Weintraub, D. A., Saumon, D., Kastner, J. H., & Forveille, T., 2000, NICMOS Narrow-band Infrared Photometry of TW Hya Association Stars, Astrophysical Journal, 530, 867-874.
  29. Weintraub, D.A., Kastner, J.H., Hines, D., & Sahai, R., 2000, Pinpointing the Position of the Post-AGB Star at the Core of RAFGL 2688 using Polarimetric Imaging with NICMOS, Astrophysical Journal, 531, 401-406.
  30. Huard, T.L., Sandell, G., & Weintraub, D.A., 1999, Submillimeter Maps of Globule Cores:  Evidence for Multiple Epoch Star Formation, Astrophysical Journal, 526, 833-844.
  31. Kastner, J.H., Huenemoerder, D.P., Schulz, N.S., & Weintraub, D.A., 1999, X-ray Spectroscopy of the Nearby, Classical T Tauri Star TW Hya, Astrophysical Journal, 525, 837-844.
  32. Weintraub, D.A., Goodmann, A., & Akeson, R.,  1999, Polarized Light from Star-Forming Regions, in Protostars and Planets IV, ed. V. Manning, A. Boss, & S. Russell. U. Arizona Press, 247-272.
  33. Weintraub, D.A., Sandell, G., Huard, T.L., Kastner, J.H., van den Ancker, M.E., & Waters, R., 1999, Submillimeter Imaging of T Tauri’s Circumbinary Disk and the Discovery of a Protostar in Hind’s Nebula, Astrophysical Journal, 517, 819-828.
  34. Weintraub, D.A., Huard, T.L., Kastner, J.H, & Gatley, I., 1998, The Onset of Molecular Hydrogen Emission from Proto-planetary Nebulae, Astrophysical Journal, 509, 728-732.
  35. Kastner, J.H, Weintraub, D.A., Merrill, M., & Gatley, I., 1998, Direct Detection of the Mira at the Heart of OH 231.8+4.2, Astronomical Journal, 116, 1412-1418.
  36. Kastner, J.H. & Weintraub, D.A., 1998, Hubble Space Telescope Imaging of the Mass-Losing Supergiant VY CMa, Astronomical Journal, 115, 1592-1598.
  37. Sahai, R., Hines, D., Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., Trauger, J.T., Rieke, M.J., Thompson, R.I., & Schneider, G.S., 1998, The structure of the prototype bipolar protoplanetary nebula CRL 2688 (Egg Nebula): Broadband, polarimetric, and H2 line imaging with NICMOS on the Hubble Space Telescope, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 492, L163-168.  [145 citations]
  38. Huard, T.C., Weintraub, D.A., & Kastner, J.H., 1997, Bipolar Outflow Sources in the Serpens Core: SVS 2 and SVS 20, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 290, 598-606.
  39. Weintraub, D.A., Tegler, S.C., & Romanishin, W.J., 1997, Visible and Near Infrared Photometry of the Centaur Object 1995 GO, Icarus, 128, 456-463.
  40. Kastner, J.H., Zuckerman, B., Weintraub, D.A. & Forveille, T., 1997, X-ray and Molecular Emission from the Nearest Region of Recent Star Formation, Science, 277, 67-71. [359 citations]
  41. Parker, J.W., Stern, S.A., Festou, M.C., A’Hearn, M.F. & Weintraub, D.A., 1997, Ultraviolet Observations of 2060-Chiron with the HST/FOS: Probing a Centaur’s Grey Matter, Astronomical Journal, 113, 1899-1908.
  42. Weintraub, D.A., Kastner, J.H, Gatley, I. & Merrill, M., 1996, Diffraction Limited 3.8 Micron Imaging of Protostellar Outflow Candidates, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 468, L45-50.
  43. Kastner, J.H. & Weintraub, D.A., 1996, Water Ice in the Disk Around the Protostar AFGL 2136 IRS1, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 466, L103-108.
  44. Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., Gatley, I., Merrill, M. & Probst, R., 1996, H2 Emission from Planetary Nebulae: Signpost of Bipolar Structure, Astrophysical Journal, 462, 777-785. [171 citations]
  45. Weintraub, D.A. & Kastner, J.H., 1996, The Deeply Embedded Source That Drives the Protostellar Outflow in AFGL 437: Evidence From Near-Infrared Polarimetric Imaging, Astrophysical Journal, 458, 670-679.
  46. Kastner, J.H. & Weintraub, D.A., 1995, The Massive Post-Red Supergiant Status of IRC +10420 and HD 179821, Astrophysical Journal, 452, 833-841.
  47. Weintraub, D.A., Kastner, J.H., & Whitney, B.A., 1995, In Search of HL Tauri, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 452, L141-L146.
  48. Kastner, J.H. & Weintraub, D.A., 1995, Near-Infrared Polarimetric Imaging of the Bipolar Nebula OH 231.8+4.2: The Death of a Beta Pic-like System?, Astronomical Journal, 109, 1211-1220.
  49. Tegler, S.C., Weintraub, D.A., Rettig, T.W., Pendleton, Y.J., Whittet, D.C.B., & Kulesa, C.A., 1995, Evidence for Chemical Processing of Pre-Cometary Icy Grains In Circumstellar Environments of Pre-Main-Sequence Stars, Astrophysical Journal, 439, 279-287.  [87 citations]
  50. Sandell, G. & Weintraub, D.A., 1995, A Submillimeter Protostar Near LkHa 198, Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters, 292, L1-L4.
  51. Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., Snell, R.L., Sandell, G., Aspin, C., Hughes, D., & Baas, F., 1994, The Massive Molecular Outflow from CRL 2136 IRS 1, Astrophysical Journal, 425, 695-706.
  52. Stern, S.A., Festou, M.C., & Weintraub, D.A., 1994, Nature, 369, 766.
  53. Kastner, J.H. & Weintraub, D.A., 1994, Broken Symmetry: The Structure of the Dust Envelope of IRC +10216, Astrophysical Journal, 434, 719-732.
  54. Weintraub, D.A. & Stern, S.A., 1994, A Reinterpretation of Millimeter Observations of Nearby IRAS Excess Stars, Astronomical Journal, 108, 701-710.
  55. Weintraub, D.A., Tegler, S.C., Kastner, J.H., & Rettig, T., 1994, Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging Polarimetry of the Disk Around the T Tauri Star RNO 91, Astrophysical Journal, 423, 674-680.
  56. Stern, S.A., Festou, M.C., & Weintraub, D.A., 1994, A Millimeter-Wave Map of the Collisionally Evolving Disk Around Fomulhaut, Nature, 368, 312-314.
  57. Aspin, C., Sandell, G., & Weintraub, D.A., 1994, The Remarkable Pre-main-sequence Object V1318 Cygni, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 282, L25-L28.
  58. Kastner, J.H., Gatley, I., Merrill, M., Probst, R., & Weintraub, D.A., 1994, The Bipolar Symmetry of Ring-Like Planetary Nebulae: Molecular Hydrogen Emission from Halos, Astrophysical Journal, 421, 600-604.
  59. Weintraub, D.A., Kastner, J.H., & Mahesh, A., 1994, Discovery of a Deeply Embedded Companion to LkHa 234, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 420, L87-L90.
  60. Stern, S.A., Weintraub, D.A., & Festou, M.C., 1993, Evidence for a Low Surface Temperature on Pluto from Millimeter-Wave Thermal Emission Measurements, Science, 261, 1713-1716.
  61. Weintraub, D.A. & Kastner, J.H., 1993, The Exciting Young Stellar Object for the Molecular Outflow at the Core of L1287, Astrophysical Journal, 411, 767-772.
  62. Tegler, S.C., Weintraub, D.A., Allamandola, L.J., Sandford, S.A., Rettig, T.W., & Campins, H.C., 1993, Detection of Frozen CO and X(C=N) in the Spectrum of L1551 IRS 5, Astrophysical Journal, 411, 260-265.
  63. Weintraub, D.A., Kastner, J.H., Griffith, L.L., & Campins, H.C., 1993, Near-Infrared, Polarimetric Imaging of the Bipolar Lobes of GSS 30: Protostellar Infall or Outflow? Astronomical Journal, 105, 271-283.
  64. Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., Zuckerman, B., Gatley, I., McLean, I., & Becklin, E., 1992, Variation in the Surface Brightness Distribution of the Bipolar Nebula OH231.8+4.2: A Phase-lag Model Applied to Near-IR Imaging, Astrophysical Journal, 398, 552-560.
  65. Weintraub, D.A., Kastner, J.H, Zuckerman, B., & Gatley, I., 1992, Near-Infrared Polarized Images of a Large Nebula Around T Tauri, Astrophysical Journal, 391, 784-804.
  66. Kastner, J.H., Weintraub, D.A., & Aspin, C.A., 1992, The Juggler: A Three-lobed Near-IR Reflection Nebula Toward CRL 2136 = OH17.6+0.2, Astrophysical Journal, 389, 357-368.
  67. Weintraub, D.A., Sandell, G., & Duncan, W.D., 1991, Are FU Orionis Stars Younger Than T Tauri Stars? Submillimeter Constraints on Circumstellar Disks, Astrophysical Journal, 382, 270-289.
  68. Weintraub, D.A., 1990, A Catalog of Pre-Main-Sequence Emission-Line Stars with IRAS Source Associations, Astrophysical Journal Supplements, 74, 575-594.  [85 citations]
  69. Weintraub, D.A., Masson, C., & Zuckerman, B., 1989, Measurements of Keplerian Rotation of the Gas in the Circumbinary Disk Around T Tauri, Astrophysical Journal, 344, 915-924.
  70. Beckwith, S., Sargent, A., Koresko, C., & Weintraub, D.A., 1989, Tomographic Imaging of HL Tauri, Astrophysical Journal, 343, 393-399.
  71. Weintraub, D.A., Sandell, G., & Duncan, W.D., 1989, Submillimeter Measurements of T Tauri Stars and FU Orionis Stars, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 340, L69-72.  [176 citations]
  72. Weintraub, D.A., 1989, Near-infrared Speckle Observations of T Tauri Stars and a Multi-wavelength Study of the Prototype Star T Tauri, Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles.
  73. Weintraub, D.A., Masson, C. & Zuckerman, B., 1987, Structure of a Possible Circumbinary Disk Around T Tauri, Astrophysical Journal, 320, 336-343.

Rapid Announcements

  1. Kastner, J.H., Richmond, M., Simon, T., Grosso, N., Weintraub, D.A., & Hamaguchi, K., 2006, “Eruptive Young Stellar Object in LDN 1415,” Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams, 760,
  2. Stern, S.A., Weintraub, D.A., & Festou, M.C., 1994, June 4, “HD 98800,” International Astronomical Union Circular, 6003.
  3. Stern, S.A., Festou, M.C., & Weintraub, D.A., 1993, March 30, “Alpha Piscis Austrini,” International Astronomical Union Circular, 5732.


  1. Weintraub, D.A. Is Pluto a Planet? An Historical Journey Through the Solar System, Princeton University Press 2006 (cloth); 2008 (paper).
  2. Weintraub, D.A. How Old is the Universe?, Princeton University Press 2010 (cloth); 2012 (paper; e-book). Translations: Polish (Ile lat ma wszechswiat; Prosyznski I S-ka, 2012), Spanish (La edad del universo; Editorial Crítica, 2012), Chinese (2013), Turkish (2013).
  3. Weintraub, D. A. Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?, Springer/Copernicus Publishers, 2014.
  4. Weintraub, D. A. Life on Mars: What To Know Before We Go, Princeton University Press (2018, forthcoming).

Children’s Books

  1. Astronomy, Liz Kruesi. David Weintraub, Content Consultant. Abdo Publishing (2016). (; Grade 8 reading level)
  2. Astronomy in the Real World, Susan E. Hamen.  David Weintraub, Content Consultant. Abdo Publishing (2016). (; Grade 4 reading level)
  3. Destination Space: The Apollo Missions, Patti Richards. David Weintraub, Content Consultant. Abdo Publishing (2018, forthcoming)
  4. Destination Space: NASA and the Astronauts, Lisa J. Amstutz. David Weintraub, Content Consultant. Abdo Publishing (2018, forthcoming)
  5. Destination Space: Voyage to Pluto, Liz Kruesi. David Weintraub, Content Consultant. Abdo Publishing (2018, forthcoming).
  6. Destination Space: Building Reusable Rockets, Gregory Vogt. David Weintraub, Content Consultant. Abdo Publishing (2018, forthcoming).
  7. Destination Space: Space Stations, Christa C. Hogan. David Weintraub, Content Consultant. Abdo Publishing (2018, forthcoming).

Popular Science Writing

  1. Weintraub, D. A. 2017, “Tolstoy Wasn’t Much of an Astronomer,” Wall Street Journal, March 17.
  2. Weintraub, D. A. 2017, “The Women Who Measured the Universe,” book review of “The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars” by Dava Sobel. Published by Christianity Today ( 
  3. Weintraub, D. A. 2016, “How Will Our Religions Handle the Discovery of Alien Life?” Nautilus, Nov 29, 2016. (
  4. Weintraub, D. A. 2016, “Science in Brief: On Discovery,” Science, 353, 6294, pp. 22-24.
  5. Weintraub, D. A., 2016, “Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?” The (21 December) and US News & World Report (21 December) (reprinted from 2014)
  6. Weintraub, D. A. 2016, “When Religion Meets ET,” BBC Sky at Night, #132, p. 73 (16 May)
  7. Weintraub, D. A. 2015, “Journeying to Pluto and Beyond, Part 3,” com (10 July)
  8. Weintraub, D. A. 2015, “Journeying to Pluto and Beyond, Part 2,” (9 July)
    Weintraub, D. A. 2015, “Journeying to Pluto and Beyond, Part 1,” com (8 July)
  9. Weintraub, D. A., 2015, “Our Mostly Dry Planetary Neighbors Once Had Lots of Water — What Does That Imply For Us?” com (29 June)
  10. Weintraub, D. A., 2015, “NASA Missions May Re-elevate Pluto and Ceres from Dwarf Planets to Full-on Planet Status,” com (25 February)
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Other Biographical Data


Yale University, 1976-1980

Captain, 1979-1980

Ivy League Men’s Team Champions, 1978, 1979, 1980

New England League Men’s Team Champions, 1979

Ivy League Men’s All-Around: Champion 1980, 3rd Place 1979

Ivy League Floor Exercise Champion: 1980

Ivy League Horizontal Bar Champion: 1980


State College Area High School, 1972-1976

Pennsylvania State Championships 1976: Floor Exercise, 3rd Place

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