Dr. Gilliland received BS degrees in Physics, Math and Astronomy from KU in 1974. He obtained his PhD in Astronomy from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1979. After starting as a postdoc, and spending seven years on staff at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, he took up a position at the Space Telescope Science Institute from '88-'11. He recently took Astronomer Emeritus status from STScI, and an Adjunct Professorship at Penn State University, continuing research in asteroseismology and exoplanets with the Kepler Mission. Awards include a team share of the '07 Gruber Prize in Cosmology, and the current Tinsley Prize of the AAS.