Joseph Jensen

Faculty Member

Dr. Joe Jensen


Dr. Jensen received his B.S. from Caltech and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Hawaii. Before joining UVU, he worked for 12 years at the international Gemini Observatory. Dr. Jensen is an infrared observational astronomer who studies the stellar populations of galaxies and the extragalactic distance scale.


Ph D, University of Hawaii, 1997

Major: Astronomy

MS, University of Hawaii, 1995

Major: Astronomy

BS, California Institute of Technology, 1992

Major: Astronomy


PHYS 3120

Modern Physics II, Spring 2023

ASTR 4350

Research Methods in Astronomy, Spring 2023


Seminar, Spring 2023

Scholarly/Creative Works

Jensen, Joseph B, (2021) "Infrared Surface Brightness Fluctuation Distances for MASSIVE and Type Ia Supernova Host Galaxies" (vol. 255). Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.
Blakeslee, John P, Jensen, Joseph B, (2021) "The Hubble Constant from Infrared Surface Brightness Fluctuation Distances" (vol. 911). Astrophysical Journal.
Nguyen, Dieu D., Jensen, Joseph B, (2020) "The MBHBM⋆ Project. I. Measurement of the Central Black Hole Mass in Spiral Galaxy NGC 3504 Using Molecular Gas Kinematics" (vol. 892). Astrophysical Journal.
Goullaud, Charles F., Jensen, Joseph B, (2018) "The MASSIVE Survey. IX. Photometric Analysis of 35 High-mass Early-type Galaxies with HST WFC3/IR" (vol. 856). Astrophysical Journal.
Cantiello, Michele , Jensen, Joseph B., Blakeslee, John P., (2018) "A Precise Distance to the Host Galaxy of the Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817 Using Surface Brightness Fluctuations" (vol. 854). Astrophysical Journal.
Jensen, Joseph B, Blakeslee, John P., (2015) "Measuring Infrared Surface Brightness Fluctuation Distances with HST WFC3_ Calibration and Advice" (vol. 808). Astrophysical Journal.


Dean's Award for Teaching

Utah Valley University - April, 2018

Faculty Excellence Award

Utah Valley University - April, 2013

ARCS Foundation Scholar

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)

Award for excellence in graduate studies and research.

Graduated with Honors

California Institute of Technology - June, 1992

Graduated with a B.S. degree with honors.