Where are they now?
Beginning Camp from 2005 If you know of any other news about former Campers and Counselors, please email dmccarthy@as.arizona.edu.
Astronomy Campers have formed these Facebook groups: "Astronomy Camp," "Advanced Astronomy Camp '07," and "TEC Astronomy Camp."
Former Teen Campers Who Are Not at The University of Arizona
Camp Counselors
Dr. Ana Biscaya received her PhD in astronomy at the University of Arizona. She and husband now live in Boston where she works for a software company.

Vanessa Baileyis a graduate student at the University of Arizona. She uses and develops very high resolution infrared camera and telescope technology in order to directly image "super Jupiters" orbiting nearby stars.

Tim Bowers teaches high school physics in Flagstaff, Arizona. Married in Spring 2004!

AJ Carver completed his master's degree in quantitative economics from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison majoring in physics and astronomy-physics.

Steve Conner graduated from The University of Arizona in May 1997 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He received his Masters degree and now works for Intel in Portland, OR.

Diana Johnson Coppenbarger received her Masters in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester. She now works as Lead Programmer/Analyst and is the only woman Shot Director at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in Rochester, NY. She and husband Matt have three wonderful children, one of whom is almost ready for Astronomy Camp!

Jennifer Dannemiller now teaches middle school math and science at the Accelerated Learning Laboratory.

Ewan Douglas is a graduate student in Astronomy and Space Physics at Boston University. He was an operator at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. His research includes ultraviolet spectroscopy of the Earth's ionosphere and building sounding rocket to look for extrasolar planets and zodiacal light around other stars. Graduated from Tufts with a degree in physics.

Kim Dow received her Masters Degree in astronomy from The University of Arizona. She was enrolled in a PhD program in science education at Harvard.

Jason Fields now works at the Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles. He is finishing his Masters degree in physics. Married Debbie McCarthy in August 2004.

Dr. Rose Finn is a Professor of physics/astronomy at Siena College in Albany, NY. She is finishing a postdoctoral appointment at Univ. of Massachusetts where she has a unique NSF Fellowship combining teaching and research. he studies the environments of quasars using wide-field imaging in the visible and near-infrared. She has helped Don build a fantastic new infrared camera. Rose has a bouncing two year-old boy, James and a new daughter, Caitlin.

Kate Follette Is a former high school science teacher and a graduate student in Astronomy at the University of Arizona. She specializes in adaptive optics imaging of planetary systems in formation and also in educational research relating to "Quantitative Literacy."

Anne Foster Graduated from the University of Virgina. Now attending law school at Richmond. Interested in environmental law. An amazing singer, she participates in a very selective women's chorale group at UVA.

Becky Fox graduated from Arizona State University in 2000, majoring in biology. She continues her research on comets and hopes to specialize in exo-biology.

Lucia Galvan is the Directora del Instituto de Emprendedores Tecnológicos, División de Extensión y Graduados at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Sonora Norte. She has develoepd an Astronomy Camp on Mt. Lemmon for talented students from her school.
Melissa Giovanni is a graduate student in geosciences at UCLA. She graduated from The University of Arizona, majoring in geosciences, and becoming one of the first recipients of the Galileo Circle scholarships sponsored by the College of Science. She will be attending graduate school at UCLA.

Leisa Glennie until recently worked for a semi-conductor fabrication company SIMG near Phoenix. She has two young children. She graduated from The University of Arizona in 1996 with a double major in Physics & Astronomy. In 1998, she obtained her teaching certificate from the University of Arizona. She is now an Applications Engineer at ASM Lithography, a semiconductor company in Phoenix. Leissa was married in 2000.

Chris Gottbrath develops computer software used by astronomers and other scientists. Received his M.S. in astronomy at Steward Observatory: Use of Computers in Astronomy, Modeling, High Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy, Active Galactic Nuclei, Galaxy Formation, Astrophotography

Dr. Chris Groppi finished his PhD in astronomy at Steward Observatory and now works for NRAO. He got to pursue his PhD research in Antarctica!

Dr. Todd Henry is a full-Professor at Georgia State University and continues his research in brown dwarfs and extra-solar planets at Harvard. In 1996, he set a PR of 2:35 in the Chicago marathon.

Dr. Joannah Hinz finished her PhD astronomy at Steward Observatory and is a member of the Spitzer Space Telescope team associated with Arizona's MIPS instrument.

Dr. Phil Hinz is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Steward Osbervatory. He received his astronomy PhD in 2001, specializing in a new technique (nulling interferometry) for directly imaging extra-solar planets in the infrared. Phil is a Michelson Postdoctoral Fellow and Principal Investigator of the University's Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer.

Dr. Eric Hooper a former Steward grad student, is currently the interim director of the WIYN Observatory as well as the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Astrophysics. His research interests include studying galaxy and AGN evolution with existing ground and space-based telescopes as well the upcoming MaNGA survey (part of Sloan IV); plus flaring stars using the Southern African Large Telescope.

Janet Howard has continued to pursue her astronomy education through course work and traveling across the globe. She has become a Solar System Ambassador for NASA. She has also been a data analyst for the Stardust mission.

Julie Kane works in Seattle as a Patent Agent with a NYC-based law firm called Darby & Darby, PC. She works with inventors to write patent applications and help them get their applications approved. She has applied to law school and will likely be attending Stanford Law in 2007.

Dr. Susan Benecchi (Kern) received her PhD in planetary science at MIT in 2006 and now works at the Space Telescope Science Institute. She is a frequent observer on the 6.5 meter Magellan telescope in Chile. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2000, majoring in physics/astronomy and religious studies. Her research on the icy surfaces of Kuiper Belt Objects.

Dr. Davy Kirkpatrick is an astronomer at IPAC/Caltech where he continues to research brown dwarfs and nearby stars. He recently received widespread recognition for establishing a new spectral class for low luminosity stars.

Karen Knierman works as a science educator with Mars missions at Arizona State University. She has also researched the effects of minor mergers among galaxies.

Dr. Wilson Liu Received his PhD (2007) in astronomy at Steward Observatory. He uses "nulling interferometry" to image circumstellar material which may accrete into planetary systems.

Dr. Craig Kulesa, the Astronomy Camp Spectroscopist!, received his PhD research in astronomy and works at Steward Obseravtory doing infrared and submillimeter astronomy. He is currently on his fourth research trip to the South Pole. He continues to fly model airplanes and run road races.

Teresa (Longazo) Jiles married Martin Jiles in December 2004! She works for the National Parks Service and has specialized in studies of light pollution. She worked as a Telescope Operator at the UA's SMT Submillimeter Telescope. Graduated from ASU May 2000 with a B.S. in Geology (emphasis in planetary geology). She has interned with Lunar and Planetary Institute working with microbial weathering and held a job as Martian Meteorite Data Coordinator for the Johnson Space Center Astrobiology Group.

David McCarthy finished his MBA degree at the Eller School of Management at The University of Arizona and now works for KPMG in the UNited Arab Emirates. He also has a Masters degree in Biblical Archaelogy from Wheaton College.

Debbie McCarthy is an Assistant Professor of Education at Utah State University. She graduated in 1998 from Wheaton College in Christian Education and Bible. Obtained her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in the Education Dept. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA in 2010. Was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania working on ways to teach young people computational thinking through creative programming and electronic projects. Married Jason Fields in August 2004.

Dr. Don McCarthy remains an Astronomer at The University of Arizona. He continues to build infrared equipment for imaging/ spectroscopy, and adaptive optics, and is involved in the Large Binocular telescope project. He is the director of the education/outreach aspects of the near-infrared camera (NIRCam) for NASA's Next Generation Space Telescope. He has taken up long distance biking.

Nicole Miklus Now works at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a science educator. Worked as a Hydrologist at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. She received her Masters degree in Geosciences in Syracuse in Fall 2006. Her research focused on seasonal changes in the Eocene time period. She received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University.

Jackie Monkiewicz She is pursuing extragalactic research and is a very avid hiker.

Katie Moore Is a science educator at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington. She earned a Masters degree in Museum Education at George Washington University and, earlier, taught high school physics in Georgia.

Dr. John Moustakas is an Assistant Professor at Siena College in New York. He received his PhD in astronomy at Steward Obseravtory in 2006 and was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University.

Sarah O'Brien graduated from The University of Arizona in 1997 with a double major in Physics & Astronomy. Sarah is a Research Analyst at Arete Associates in Tucson, a small firm specializing in underwater remote sensing. She does image processing and modeling of data taken of underwater objects with a "laser camera". She was married in March 2000.

Dr. Sally Oey is an Associate Professor of astronomy at Michigan. She received her PhD in astronomy in 1996 and was a postdoc at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, England and at the Space Telescope Science Institute. She was awarded the Annie Cannon award for her research on massive stars and their interaction with the interstellar medium. Sally has accepted an appointment at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ.

Diana Perry graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Has a Black Belt in Taekwondo and is an instructor in the Tucson area. She was a valued Astronomy Camp counselor in 2004.

Dr. Tim Pickering now works at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He was a staff scientist at the Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory in Tucson. He obtained his PhD research in astronomy in 1998 and was a postdoc at the Kapetyn Institute in Groningen.

Paul Readly graduated from Penn State University in 2003 with a degree in horticulture. His new job is Assistant Flower Breeder for the American Takii seed company in Salinas, CA.

Jeff Regester is a Physics Educator at Greensboro High School in North Carolina. Formerly, he was a lab instructor and engineer in the Astronomy Dept. at Wellesley College in MA. He proposed to his future wife, Martha, at Astronomy Camp in 1995. They have two children. Jeff leads the Astronomy Camp for Educators. He serves in the Naval Reserve.

Dr. Greg Rudnick is an Associate Professor of astronomy at the University of Kansas. He was also an astronomer at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson, and continued his research in Germany. He received his PhD in astronomy in 2001 at the University of Arizona.

Wayne Schlingman is an Education Specialist and radio astronomer at the UNiversity of Colorado - Boulder. He received his PhD in astronomy in 2012 from Steward Observatory. He is currently working toward his PhD with specialities in radio astronomy and science education.

Gail Schneller Now working with Microsoft in Seattle and married Jared in Fall 2007. She is working towards a Masters Degree in Medical Engineering. Gail graduated from The University of Arizona in 1997 with a degree in Astronomy with emphasis in Electrical Engineering. She continues to explore a great variety of interests including camping, photography, ballet, graphic art design, etc.!

Patrick Sheehan is a graduate student at the University of Arizona. He is interested in studying how stars and planets are formed using high spatial resolution (sub-)millimeter telescopes.

Elise Stefanik graduated from Harvard University in 2006 majoring in Political Science. She was a student leader in the Institute of Politics at the JFK School of Government.

Elizabeth Waterhouse Now rumored to be part of a dance company touring in Germany. She received her Masters in Fine Arts at Ohio State University. Graduated in 2001 from Harvard in physics and astronomy.

Matthew Whitehouse received his PhD (2013) in Organ and Composition at The University of Arizona.

Dr. Patrick Young is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. He finished his PhD in astronomy at Steward Observatory in the area of stellar evolution.

Abby Youngblood is passionate about all things related to food (growing, distributing, environment, health, governmental policy), she is working at the Caretaker Farm in Williamstown, MA. She graduated in physics from Bryn Mawr in 2001. A semi-finalist in the 1997 Westinghouse Science competition. After a year of traveling widely to Kenya, India, Russia, she has been living in Philadelphia. Abby has worked with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger on the Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign.


If you know of any other news about former Campers and Counselors, please email dmccarthy@as.arizona.edu.