RBSE Staff

Stephen Pompea

Stephen Pompea has been active in earth and space science education for over 25 years as a teacher, informal science educator, and educational program designer. He is the co-author or editor of 4 books used for teacher professional development (three in the Lawrence Hall of Science GEMS series) and has worked with NSF and NASA sponsored teacher professional development and instructional materials projects in the earth and space sciences. He served as Instrument Scientist for the NICMOS instrument for the Hubble Space Telescope and as Associate Scientist for infrared instrumentation for the Gemini 8-meter telescopes project after a productive career in the aerospace industry. He has consulted widely in science education and in optical engineering and is an adjunct faculty member of Steward Observatory. spompea@noao.edu

Katy Garmany

Katy Garmany's scientific interest has focused on massive stars, their evolution and environment. In recent years she has turned to science education, first as Director of Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory at the U of Colorado, then as Director of an innovative college level astronomy semester run by Colombia University at Biosphere 2 in Arizona, and now as an educator at NOAO. She is currently developing and teaching elementary astronomy at Tohono O'odham Community College in Sells, the nearest community to Kitt Peak National Observatory. She is also the Past President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. kgarmany@noao.edu

Travis Rector

Travis Rector is a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Travis joined the NOAO staff as the outreach astronomer in 1998, developing the AGN Spectroscopy and Nova Search research projects for the original RBSE program. He helped develop the current TLRBSE program and continues to provide scientific expertise and data for these projects. rector@uaa.alaska.edu

Jeff Lockwood

Jeff Lockwood currently works for TERC in Cambridge, Mass on several professional development projects, and has worked for NOAO, as co-PI of the RBSE and TLRBSE projects since 1995. Jeff has written curriculum materials for such National Science Foundation programs as "Project STAR," "Hands-On Universe" and "Hands-On Astrophysics" while teaching high school astronomy, physics, Earth science, and astronomical research for 28 years at Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Arizona. Jeff also taught planetary and stellar astronomy at Pima Community College for 20 years. He served on the ASP's Board of Directors from 1990 to 1996, and he was the author of the long-running "Black Holes to Blackboards" column on astronomy education in Mercury magazine. jeff_lockwood@terc.edu

Connie Walker

Connie Walker works in both formal and informal science education on national, international and local levels. On a national level, Connie creates instructional materials for, coordinates, prepares for and implements parts of an educational outreach program, on-line course and summer workshop in the areas of teacher professional development, teacher leadership and research experiences for secondary school teachers. Similarly, on a local level, (as director of Project ASTRO and Family ASTRO) Connie works on various educational outreach programs and workshops that trains and partners K-12 teachers and community educators with professional and amateur astronomers who involve the students and (in one program) their families in hands-on, inquiry-based activities on astronomy and science. On an international level, (as manager of ASTRO-Chile) Connie is overseeing a light pollution study complementary to the study done collaboratively by students of Chilean teachers and subsequently implemented by students of Tucson bilingual secondary science teachers. cwalker@noao.edu

Steve Howell

Steve Howell is an astronomer at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson Arizona. He heads the Astrophysics Group and pursues research on interacting binaries, extra-solar planets, and observational techniques with charge-coupled devices (CCDs). Steve enjoys the learning experiences brought about by astronomical interactions with folks of all ages. howell@noao.edu

Randy Accetta

Randy Accetta, Ph.D., has been the distance learning coordinator for TLRBSE since 2000. He has written numerous articles on distance education and currently teaches Business Communication at the University of Arizona's College of Management. Randy is also the President of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and writes for Runner's World and other fitness publications. Raccetta2@cox.net

Kathie Coil

Kathie Coil is the Program Coordinator for the NOAO Office of Public Affairs & Educational Outreach--the "go-to" person. She is your liaison for addressing all non-technical and non-pedagogical, administrative, and logistical issues for every aspect of TLRBSE. kcoil@noao.edu

Steven Croft

Steven Croft joined the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in 2002 as a Senior Science Education Specialist/Astronomer, where he is manager of the Teacher Leaders in Research Based Science Education project. Before that, he worked at the Center for Educational Technologies as science content advisor and curriculum developer for K-12 science education projects including "Astronomy Village: Exploring the Universe" and "Exploring the Environment." He was principle investigator for the "Astronomy Village: Investigating the Solar System" project. Earlier he was a research scientist in the NASA planetary program. Steven has also taught part-time at the university level for 25 years. scroft@noao.edu


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The Astronomy RBSE program is administered by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory with funds from the National Science Foundation.