Professor of Astronomy and
President of the Stony Brook University Senate
Frederick Walter, Professor of Astronomy in the department of Physics and Astronomy since 1989, currently serves as President of the Stony Brook University Senate, which represents the interests of the faculty, staff, and students of Stony Brook University. Previously, he chaired the Intercollegiate Athletics Board. Dr. Walter has an SB in Physics from MIT (1976), and received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. Following that he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, and later a fellow at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, both at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Walter is an observational astronomer, and maintains an active research program. Interests include the galactic novae, isolated neutron stars, and the formation and early evolution of sun-like and low mass stars and brown dwarfs. These are interconnected by the theme of the consequences of accretion. He observes regularly, using ground-based facilities in Chile, Hawaii, Arizona, and California. He is also a guest investigator on the Hubble Space telescope and the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories. He has authored over 200 publications and serves as Stony Brook's representative to the Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), and to the Astronomical Society of New York. He is vice chair of AURA's Observatory Council, which oversees the operations of the National Optical Astronomical Observatory.