This and that: A star turn edition
See a Purdue astronomer’s moment on an out-of-this-world ‘60 Minutes.’ TSC names teachers of the year. Free tomatoes, free science.
Special thanks to Purdue Convocations, presenting ATLYS. The string quartet’s repertoire consists of unique covers of pop and rock hits, striking original compositions, and a dose of classics. The group’s upcoming Convocations residency will be a homecoming for violinist Jinty McTavish, who made her solo debut with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra at age 10. She will help lead ATLYS through several FREE performances at Purdue and Downtown Lafayette. FREE, April 12-13, Learn More.
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A few notes heading into a new week …
STAR TURN: Research on fresh data pumping back to Earth from the new James Webb Space Telescope landed Purdue astronomer Danny Milisavljevic among the researchers working with the deep space revelations in a “60 Minutes” segment Sunday. Let’s just say he was pretty excited, along the lines of this look-at-this excerpt clipped by the CBS newsmagazine:
Milisavljevic is part of a team studying Cassiopeia A, a supernova remnant 11,000 light years away. He’s among the first researchers in line for data from the revolutionary Webb Space Telescope, launched in late 2021 and already pumping out views of until-now unseen galaxies.
Here’s a bit more about his research, including links with tools to zoom in on the latest images generated with Webb’s data, in a piece from this weekend:
For more, here’s the full “60 Minutes” segment from Sunday night:
For closer look, here’s an interactive view of Cassiopeia A, as shown via Webb Space Telescope data release last week.
It’s all pretty cool.
SPEAKING OF SPACE …: NASA will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on April 8, 2024, when parts of Indiana will be in the path of the total solar eclipse. The eclipse happens in Indianapolis a bit after 3 p.m. that day. (Greater Lafayette is just outside the path, but will get a good shot at it that day, too.) To sign up to check things out as NASA broadcasts live at IMS that day, here’s your link.
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TSC TEACHERS OF THE YEAR: Tippecanoe School Corp. last week named Anne Peters and Rahul Menon as elementary and secondary teachers of the year in the district. Peters is a Title 1 teacher at Woodland Elementary School. Menon has been a math teacher for 23 years at McCutcheon High School. The pair will represent TSC in the Indiana 2024 Teacher of the Year program.
They were selected from teachers of the year at TSC’s elementary, middle and high schools. Here’s a look:
Battle Ground Elementary: Amy Ahnert, second grade
Burnett Creek Elementary: Bridgett Sharp, special education
Cole Elementary: Kelly Curtis, first grade
Dayton Elementary: Mindy Stader, first grade
Hershey Elementary: Kaley Thompson, special education
Klondike Elementary: Olivia Winstead, kindergarten
Mayflower Mill Elementary: Ashley Royer, fourth grade
Mintonye Elementary: Sheryl Davis, second grade
Wea Ridge Elementary: Kristen Burger, second grade
Woodland Elementary: Anne Peters, Title I
Wyandotte Elementary: Vicki Pounds, second grade
Battle Ground Middle School: Gabriele Appenzeller, art
East Tipp Middle School: Destiny Peters, English
Klondike Middle School: Darcy Slade, special education
Southwestern Middle School: Jennifer Pike, science
Wainwright Middle School: Megan Gordon, special education
Wea Ridge Middle School: Aubrey Clayton, art
Harrison High School: Scott Powell, science
McCutcheon High School: Rahul Menon, math
CITIZEN SCIENCE, READY TO SLICE: Purdue Extension researchers, working with colleagues in Tennessee and Iowa, are looking for participants willing to grow varieties of small tomato plants bred to grow in small spaces its “Citi-Sci: Growing Food for Science,” now through August. Participants will grow six compact tomato plants, provided at different stages of maturity to gauge gardener preferences and challenges. “Our research is more than about gardening,” Michael Fidler, a Purdue horticulture and landscape architecture master’s student and graduate research assistant, said in a university release. “We are showing there are smaller vegetable plants that you can grow on your windowsill, balcony or indoors. It’s a way to experience nature, learn about healthy eating, connect with others and be self-sufficient.” Those interested in Lafayette, West Lafayette or Indianapolis can sign up by April 13 online. The experiment is open to anyone, but participants will need a small sunny place to grow their plants, according to the university. For more details, email email@example.com or check the links below.
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