Undergraduate Education Program

Concordia University

John Kenney
Irvine, CA
$250,000
December 2013

Exemplifying Concordia University’s commitment to promote transformative educational and scholarly experiences in the sciences, it is proposed to establish a new Center for Astronomy.  The Center will provide significant opportunities for involvement in hands-on astronomical research, education, and outreach.  The centerpiece will be an on-campus observatory comprised of 10”, 12”, and 17” telescopes and a 4” solar telescope housed in a state-of-the-art, remote enabled, roll-off-roof observatory.  The telescopes will be fitted with CCD cameras and spectrographs.  In addition to the on-campus facility, an advanced spectrograph will be fabricated and a wide-field CCD camera will be acquired for use at the Manzanita Observatory’s 48” telescope operated by Tierra Astronomical Institute, with whom Concordia is an active partner.  The Center and Manzanita Observatory will support all levels of student studies from labs for introductory classes to advanced research projects on the spectroscopic analysis of interacting binary stars.  Astronomy outreach activities will be directed to low-income K-12 students in nearby communities and to selected K-12 schools on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts via web-driven, remote-enabled astronomy using the Center telescopes.

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