Patricia (Trish) Henning is the Associate Vice President for Research and also a Professor of Physics and Astronomy. She is an extragalactic radio astronomer, specializing in the study of large scale structure of the Universe behind the Milky Way. She and her collaborators, including UNM graduate and undergraduate students, have discovered well over 1000 galaxies using radio telescopes in Australia, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands. She also studies the evolution of galaxies using observations done with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico.
Henning earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from Wellesley College in 1984, and completed a Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Maryland in 1990. She joined the UNM faculty in 1993, after a postdoctoral appointment at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), in Dwingeloo, the Netherlands. At UNM, she has served as the associate chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the director of the Institute for Astrophysics, and the head of the users program for the Long Wavelength Array radio telescope. She has worked as a visiting scientist at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, University of Western Australia, in Perth, Australia; the University of Cape Town, South Africa; ASTRON, Dwingeloo, the Netherlands; the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico; and the Australia Telescope National Facility Headquarters, Epping, NSW, Australia. She has served as vice chair, and then chair, of the US Square Kilometer Array Consortium, and has served as an organizer for professional meetings held in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, and South Africa.
Her research has been reported through about 160 publications and professional presentations, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award, and grants from observatories, professional societies, and universities. She has taught various courses in astronomy, as well as the Musical Acoustics physics class, winning the Excellence in Teaching award in Physics and Astronomy twice, and has given public lectures in the US, Australia, and China.