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.
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 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 is a postdoctoral research fellow conducting high energy astrophysics research through a collaboration between the Adler Planetarium and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her interests include understanding diffuse gamma-ray emission from galaxies, such as the starburst galaxy M82, and working on analysis techniques for the detection of weak gamma-ray sources with VERITAS. In 2013 she served as the Adler Public Education Fellow through her work with the Astro-Science Workshop.
Mark SubbaRao, Ph.D. is an astronomer and Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at the Adler Planetarium. His area of research is cosmology, particularly the large-scale structure of the Universe. He was a builder of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which produced a 3D map of over one million galaxies. Dr. SubbaRao utilizes the capabilities of the Adler's immersive theaters in his scientific visualization work. He chairs the Science and Data Visualization Task Force of the International Planetarium Society. He is also the creator of the skyshows "Cosmic Wonder" and "Welcome to the Universe”.
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.
Lucianne Walkowicz is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium. Dr. Walkowicz studies stellar magnetic activity and its influence on planetary habitability using data from NASA's Kepler Mission. She is interested in the relationship between stellar magnetism (as traced by starspots, chromospheric emission and stellar flares) and fundamental stellar properties like age, rotation and differential rotation. She is also interested in how observations of stars can constrain planetary parameters and habitability, both as inputs to models of atmospheric photochemistry and escape, and as constraints on the system age and architecture. Walkowicz holds a BS in Physics and Astronomy from Johns Hopkins University, and an MS and PhD in Astronomy from the University of Washington. Walkowicz is also a TED Senior Fellow and a practicing artist, working in a variety of media from oil paint to sound.
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/