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Astronomy

Julieta Aguilera

Julieta Aguilera

Julieta Aguilera is a researcher in interactive and immersive visualization and Associate Director of the Adler’s Space Visualization Laboratory. She holds two MFA degrees in Graphic Design and Electronic Visualization and has taught the full design curriculum and courses such as immersive environments. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth, UK. Over the past decades, she has exhibited Virtual Reality artworks and authored papers at international conferences.

Larry Ciupik

Larry Ciupik

Larry Ciupik is part of the Adler's VERITAS research group. He is involved with implementing and maintaining the auxiliary camera systems on VERITAS that improve the pointing accuracy. He frequently travels to Arizona for data taking shifts. His research interests are in active galactic nuclei and in particular studying the optical emission from gamma-ray emitting AGN. Ciupik has been with the Adler for more than 38 years.

Jeff Grube

Jeff Grube

Jeff Grube is a postdoctoral researcher in gamma-ray astronomy at the Adler Planetarium and at the University of Chicago. Previously, he held a postdoctoral position at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is an active member in the VERITAS Collaboration and is co-advisor for Gayle Ratliff, who is a Ph.D. student working on VERITAS science jointly at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and with the Adler. Jeff studies the most energetic particle accelerators in the Universe, including supernova remnants and the beamed jets in active galaxies.

Geza Gyuk

Geza Gyuk

Geza Gyuk, Ph.D. is Vice President for Astronomy, Research and Collections at the Adler. He is a member of the international VERITAS collaboration, which built and operates the world's most sensitive TeV gamma-ray observatory. As part of Adler's AVAST group, he also studies the composition of V-type (basaltic) asteroids, thought to be remnants of larger proto-planetary objects. Gyuk leads Adler's Far Horizons program, which is building a community of amateurs, students and volunteers who design, build, and operate space exploration missions.

Mark Hammergren

Mark Hammergren

Mark Hammergren is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium. His research interests include asteroids, comets, meteorites, and their effects on life on Earth, and the history and sociology of the flying saucer phenomenon. He directs the Astro-Science Workshop, a summer program for science-interested high school students currently in its 49th year, and cofounded the Adler’s Far Horizons citizen space exploration team.

Gayle Ratliff

Gayle Ratliff

Gayle Ratliff is a graduate student working on VERITAS research through collaboration between the Adler Planetarium and the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate.  Her interests include understanding diffuse gamma-ray emission from starburst galaxies, such as M82, and working on analysis techniques for the detection of weak gamma-ray sources.  In 2013 she served as an Adler Public Education Fellow through her work with the Astro-Science Workshop.

José Francisco Salgado

José Francisco Salgado

José Francisco Salgado, Ph.D., is an astronomer and science visualizer at the Adler Planetarium. Salgado's research experience involves studies of the turbulent interstellar medium of our galaxy. Currently, he uses his skills in astronomy education and visual arts to create multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. His education and outreach efforts include an Emmy-nominated astronomy TV news segment and critically-acclaimed astronomy films created to accompany performances of classical music works.

Laura Trouille

Laura Trouille

Laura Trouille is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium and Northwestern University. She uses astronomical images to understand the role of supermassive black holes in galaxy evolution. Her education research is on incorporating computational thinking and modeling into high-school STEM classes. As a member of the American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Women, she leads http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Grace Wolf-Chase

Grace Wolf-Chase

Grace Wolf-Chase, Ph.D. is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium and University of Chicago, and an Affiliated Faculty Member at the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. A member of the Milky Way Project and GLIMPSE360 science teams, she studies the early stages of star formation in our Galaxy through infrared and radio telescope observations. Wolf-Chase's principal outreach focus is on bringing the wonders of scientific exploration to non-traditional audiences, particularly diverse communities of faith. http://theclergyletterproject.org/

Collections

Lauren Boegen

Lauren Boegen

Lauren Boegen is the digital collections manager in the Adler’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy. Boegen is responsible for the management and preservation of the Adler’s digital collections, and is implementing a new digital asset management system. She holds an MA in museum studies from the George Washington University, and a BA in history and American studies from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Jennifer Brand

Jennifer Brand

Jennifer Brand is collections manager in the Adler’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy. Brand holds a BFA in Art History and a BFA in metalsmithing from the University of Illinois. She has over ten years experience at the Adler in all aspects of collections care and management. As collections manager, Brand is responsible for the documentation, care, and preservation of physical Adler collections. Her interests include book, paper, and object conservation in museum collections.

Jodi Lacy

Jodi Lacy

Jodi Lacy is archivist and digital projects manager in the Adler’s Webster Institute. Lacy holds an MA in public history from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in history and English from Marquette University. She is currently pursuing a Digital Archives Specialist certificate through the Society of American Archivists. Lacy is responsible for archival collections, the production of the multi-volume collections catalog, and the collections access initiative to implement an integrated collections management database.

Jill Postma

Jill Postma

Jill Postma is the librarian in the Adler's Webster Institute. Postma has an MLIS from Dominican University and a BA from the University of St. Francis. She is involved in several professional organizations, including the Special Libraries Association and is a member of the Advisory Council for the GSLIS at Dominican University. At the Adler, Postma is responsible for acquisitioning, cataloging, and organizing over 6,000 books and subsequent records.