Joseph Patterson 2014-2016
Professor of Astronomy, Columbia University
"The AAVSO provides a unique resource, via its archives and ongoing programs, for studying the behavior of stars over the last 130 years. Nothing else comes close. It also provides the sense of community which all human activities need to thrive. When you're shivering in the dark while squinting at a tiny dot, it's awfully good to know that someone else, a thousand miles away, is staring at the same dot - and cares a lot about what it does!"