AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Extending Maria's Legacy (Abstract)

Volume 36 number 2 (2008)

Gary Walker

Abstract

(Abstract only) Maria Mitchell Observatory (MMO) has long been the leader in Research Education for Undergraduates. This rich legacy includes over thirty-five Ph.D.s during its fifty-year history of programs initiated by Dorrit Hoffleit. A PREST Grant by the NSF purchased a 24-inch RC telescope and CCD camera which have brought MMO into the 21st Century. Additional initiatives will bring a 17-inch telescope on-line this Spring. Six student projects from Summer 2007 are highlighted. The Author also details “The Thrill of Discovery and the Agony of the Arne-fact (Artifact).”