Staff at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute coordinate outreach activities run at Alston Observatory and on campus.
Dr Victor Debattista
Victor is a Reader in Astrophysics working on the formation and dynamics of disc galaxies using supercomputer simulations. He is currently working on the Milky Way, for which the Gaia satellite is providing us with a wealth of new data. In his role as outreach coordinator Victor monitors email requests, and organises the Jeremiah Horrocks Public Lecture Series which is held three times a year. Victor offers research experience for undergraduates and college students throughout the summer months - for more information and details of how to apply see his website.
Dr Joanne Pledger
Joanne is a lecturer in Mathematics and Astrophysics and her research is centred around the death of massive stars in a supernova explosions. She has experience in the world of outreach, working for two years at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in their after school program. As an outreach coordinator Joanne deals with event requests and delivers a number of workshops herself. Recently Joanne ran an Astronomy Summer School for Year 11 students attending local high schools.
Dr Mark Norris
Mark is a lecturer in Astronomy and studies galaxy formation and evolution. His research mostly focuses on the study of objects at the interface between massive clusters of stars, such as globular clusters, and the smallest true galaxies. Mark is primarily responsible for the day to day running of the Alston observatory and in particular the 0.7m Moses Holden Telescope.
Our Outreach Ambassadors are students currently working towards their PhD at the University of Central Lancashire. They dedicate some of their time running workshops or giving talks to local school and college students. All our ambassadors have undergone STEM training and are fully checked by DBS.
Daniel is a second year PhD student who works with Dr. Daniel Brown on “The 3D Topology of the Magnetic Field in the Solar Corona.” His work models magnetic fields and focuses on how certain properties interact with one another. Daniel is a registered STEMNET ambassador and has gained experience in both Astronomy and Mathematics engagement activities for a variety of ages, including the Lancashire Science Festival at UCLan.
Andrew Walker is in the third year of his PhD working with Dr Daniel Brown
Header Image : Simulated Nanoparticle (Marco Pinna, Joe Smerdon), Solar disk with SDO (NASA UClan SDO archive), V838 Monocerotis (NASA/STScl), NGC7424 (Gemini Observatory), M74 (NASA Hubble Space Telescope) NASA,and ESA ; and solar plume courtesy of SOHO /EIT consortium
Author: Paul Browne, Last Updated: 13 December 2013, 11:30