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Doug Duncan
Dr. Doug Duncan Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences of the University of Colorado, and Director of Fiske Planetarium
Dr. Douglas Duncan comes to CU from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, where he helped begin a trend of modernizing planetariums which has spread to New York, Denver, and beyond. He also served as national Education Coordinator for the American Astronomical Society, the society which represents the 6,000 professional astronomers in the US. In that capacity he led efforts for better teaching and public communication for astronomers throughout the United States. Doug Duncan's Home Page

Stephen E. Schneider
University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Astronomy,
Professor of Astronomy

Steve Schneider is a professor of astronomy at the University of Massachusetts. His research has centered primarily on faint galaxies, dark matter and planetary nebulae. He has received the Trumpler and Presidential Young Investigator Awards for his research and his college’s Outstanding Teacher Award. In addition to his research papers, he recently published the textbook “Pathways to Astronomy.”

Peter Garnavich
University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Astronomy,
Professor of Astrophysics/Cosmology Physics

Peter Garnavich is a professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame. He has been a researcher at MIT, Harvard, and the Space Telescope Science Institute, studying interacting binary stars, gamma-ray bursts and supernovae. Peter is part of the team of astronomers that in 1998 discovered that the Universe is dominated by an enigmatic dark energy. For this discovery his group recently shared the Gruber Prize in Cosmology.

Arielle Phillips
University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Astronomy,
FCAD Research, Education Postdoctoral Fellow

Arielle Phillips is on the faculty of Amherst College. She studies large scale structure in the universe, working on predicting and teasing out the signature of an elusive component of matter, called the WHIM, which is interwoven between galaxies. Her research and studies have led her to such places as the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, Canada, the Canada France Hawaii Telescope on the Big Island in Hawaii, and Caltech. She is also interested in the history and literature of Astronomy as well as dance, and developed a unique course on science and theater at Amherst.

Patricia Henning,
University of New Mexico
Associate Professor, Director of the IfA

My current work centers on mapping the large-scale structure of the Universe where it lies hidden by our own Milky Way galaxy. Why work in such an obscure region?

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