CAMBRIDGE, MA | Citizen science. Crowdsourcing. Data mining. The talk of Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and universities worldwide, these activities were pioneered by a 103-year-old network of astronomy enthusiasts. That organization, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), “is providing key pieces” to the biggest puzzles in astronomy, says educator and researcher Styliani (Stella) Kafka, who will become the organization's sixth director next February. According to Dr.
As I mentioned in my Director’s Report last Fall, I will be retiring on or about February 1, 2015 (about 18 months from now). I wanted to announce this early, so as to give the Search Committee sufficient time to find the right replacement. Therefore, the search process is taking place a bit earlier than would normally be expected, so as to provide a good overlap between myself and the next Director. Kevin and Mario have put together an excellent Committee, with a breadth of experience and expertise.
From: Kevin B. Marvel, AAVSO Director Search Committee Chair and Executive Director, American Astronomical Society
Update on Search: October 2013
AAVSO meetings always invigorate me and the recent gathering was no exception. Listening to talks, exchanging ideas, tips and tricks and the joy of observing at coffee breaks and meals was enhanced by a great banquet with a first-ever trivia contest. Sadly, my table didn't even come in the top three, but it was fun to try answering questions drawn from the long history of the AAVSO and its active members.