Several members of the Department of Astronomy, including faculty (Eric Bell, Ted Bergin, Michael Meyer, Emily Rauscher, Keren Sharon, Monica Valluri), research staff (Alexandra Greenbaum), and graduate students (Traci Johnson, Erin May), contributed to successful programs to utilize the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as part of the Early Release Science Program enabled by Director’s Discretionary Time.  JWST is set for launch in early 2019 and represents the next great investment in astrophysics by the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. This international project includes participation by the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. With approximately 9x the collecting area of the Hubble Space Telescope and operating primarily at infrared wavelengths from 1-28 microns, JWST is set to revolutionize many areas of astrophysics.  University of Michigan astronomers are involved in seven of 13 approved proposals that span a range of science from exoplanets and circumstellar disks, to the interstellar medium, the formation of black holes, and galaxy evolution across cosmic time.  An additional approved program is led by Michigan alum Melissa McClure.  For more information please visit: https://jwst.stsci.edu/news-events/news/News%20items/selections-made-for-the-jwst-directors-discretionary-early-release-science-program