All posts by Sue Ann Heatherly

Great opportunity for teachers who teach physical science/astronomy

NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Operated by the Spitzer Science Center, NITARP partners small groups of largely high school educators, and their students, with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project.  Applications are open until September 13.  I know several educators who have participated in this program and call it a life-changing professional development experience. You really should apply!

Find out more here:

Support for teachers to share pulsar astronomy and the PSC at their State Science Teachers’ Meetings


If you would like to present a session for fellow teachers at your next science teachers’ meeting, we’d like to support you. If you are within easy driving distance of Charleston, WV consider presenting at the West Virginia Meeting October 24-26.

If you are interested, please complete this short interest form.

We will host a brainstorming/planning zoom session on September 3.

PSC Research is complete. Registration process to be streamlined

Over the next few days we’ll be making some changes to PSC database, and the  hurdles to registration.  As always, students must be 13 to participate in the PSC.  But, because the research phase of the project is complete, we will no longer ask students to submit consent/assent forms.

Teachers, this means that once students register on, you will be able to activate them right away. Please give us a couple of days to make these changes.  We’ll post a “Go!” announcement here.

We have some dates for this year!

OK PSC folks, mark your calendars!

  • October 3,  2019. Fall Certification Workshop starts. Seven weekly webchats with one of our pulsar astronomers will help you become certified pulsar hunters!
  • February 6, 2020. Spring Certification Workshop. Same as fall workshop. New PSC students take this workshop and will have plenty of time to qualify for capstone!
  • April 6, 2020. Deadline to complete plots analysis and apply for capstone
  • May 28-31, 2020. WVU Capstone Seminar
  • May 15, 2020. Deadline to complete plots analysis  and apply for  camp!
  • July 14-23, 2020. PSC Camp in Green Bank.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell to Speak Tonight!

Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of the first pulsars in 1967, and 2018 winner of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, will speak tonight at the Perimeter Institute. n You can catch her talk on YouTube live!

or on the Perimeter Institute homepage:

The title of her talk is “What is that?!” The Discovery of Pulsars: A Grad Student’s Story. 

We are at Capstone Right now!

We have students from PA, CA, FL, WI, MD, DC, and WV!  Today is seminar day–we’re hearing some lectures from grad students and  professors this morn.  This afternoon will be our poster session.

Teachers and students who qualify for capstone also qualify for camp.  Have you applied?  If not, even though the deadline is past, you can apply this week and we will consider your application.