Moderator Regina Schulte-Ladbeck is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is in the area of observational astrophysics. Most recently, she has been combining data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to probe galaxies that are in the process of forming new generations of stars. Schulte-Ladbeck came to the United States in 1987 with a fellowship from the German Science Foundation. As a project scientist at the Space Astronomy Laboratory in Madison, WI, she worked on the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo Polarimeter Experiment, a small telescope that flew twice on a space shuttle mission. Schulte-Ladbeck has taught astronomy to several thousand students since 1992. She has published over one hundred primary papers on a variety of topics in astronomy and astrophysics, and has served on scientific committees for NASA.