Presentors & Scheduled Events

List of Presentations (Tentative)

Mike Gacioch

NCRAL 2019 Convention Chairman

“Presentation Summary for NCRAL 2019”.


Esteban Araya, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics,

Western Illinois University

partial convention support by the NSF

"Voyages of Discovery in Radio Astronomy: Past, Present & Future".


Lee Carkner, Ph.D.

Professor of Astronomy and Physics,

Augustana College

Director of the John Deere Planetarium

“A Relativistic Century: Eddington, Einstein and the Great Eclipse”.


Tiffany Fields

Master’s of Science in Astronomy at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax,  Nova Scotia, Canada

“Tweeting to the stars with the Burke-Gaffney Observatory and learning about galaxy evolution using simulations”.


Katie Melbourne

Astrophysics Major, Yale University

“Our Coolest Stellar Neighbors: The Role of M Dwarf Stars in the Search for Earth 2.0”


Dr. Robert Mitchell, Ph.D.

Professor of Astronomy and Physics, St. Ambrose University

Director of the Menke Observatory

“Gravitational Waves”.


Robert L. Mutel, Ph.D.

Professor of Astronomy, University of Iowa

Director of the Iowa Robotic Observatory

NCRAL Talk: “Discussion of Historical Tests of General Relativity Theory”.


Paul Sipiera, Ph.D.

President and CEO of the Planetary Studies Foundation, Galena,  Illinois

"Meteorites: Messengers from Space and Time".


Mike Solontoi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics, Monmouth College

NCRAL Talk: "The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: Your own 8.4 meter telescope”. (Please note, Dr. Mike Solontoi is an alternative speaker)


Steven Spangler, Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy and Physics, University of Iowa

NCRAL talk  after dinner banquet: "Different Views of the Sky".


Carl Wenning

Chairman of the North Central Regional Astronomical League

“Voyages of Discover”.


Roy E. Gustafson

25 years member of the Popular Astronomy Club and PAC ALCOR

NCRAL Secretary and Treasurer

“Brief History of the Popular Astronomy Club”.


Bridgette Davey

Physics Major, Monmouth College

“Asteroid Research at the Monmouth College Adolphson Observatory”.


Ian Spangenberg

Physics Teacher, Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf, Iowa

“1. What are the challenges faced by educators to involve students in science education?

2. What should astronomy clubs do that would attract students to the hobby?”.


Chris Like

Science Teacher, Bettendorf Community Schools

Assistant Director of the Donald Schaefer Planetarium

Providing a tour of the Bettendorf High School Planetarium

Observatory Tours

Tour of the John Deere Planetarium

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Tour of the Bettendorf High School Planetarium

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Friday Schedule

5-3-2019

Friday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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5-3-2019

Friday

Pre-Convention Activities

 9:00-11:30 John Deere Pavilion - Visit JDP and the JD Store

10:00- 11:30 John Deere Harvester Works - Factory Tour

12:00-16:00 Rock Island Arsenal - Arsenal Gun Museum


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

5-3-2019

Registration Open

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Hall

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5-3-2019

Registration Open

12:00-18:00 Pick up packets and get questions answered

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Conference Hall

5-3-2019

Set-Up

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Conference Hall

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5-3-2019

Set-Up

12:00-16:00 Participants bring DIY creations to show

Vendor Setups

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Conference Hall

5-3-2019

Solar Observing

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Conference Hall Parking Lot

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5-3-2019

Solar Observing

13:00-15:30 Tour the PACMO and solar viewing

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Conference Hall Parking Lot

5-3-2019

Best Practices for Community Outreach

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Conference Hall

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5-3-2019

Best Practices for Community Outreach

13:00-14:00 Best Practices for Community Outreach

PAC Members and Attendees

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Conference Hall

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Saturday

5-4-2019

Registration Open

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Conference Hall

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5-4-2019

Registration Open

7:30-12:00 Pick up packets and get questions answered

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Conference Hall

5-4-2019

Breakfast/Networking

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Conference Hall

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5-4-2019

Breakfast/Networking

Continental Breakfast and networking

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Conference Hall

5-4-2019

NCRAL Business Meeting

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Conference Hall

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5-4-2019

NCRAL Business Meeting

Give Away #2

Carl Wenning, meeting speaker

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Conference Hall

5-4-2019

Brief Day Overview

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Conference Hall

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5-4-2019

Brief Day Overview

Mike Gacioch and Alan Scheidler

Give Away #3

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Conference Hall

5-4-2019

Presentation 3

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Conference Hall

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5-4-2019

Presentation 3

A Discussion of Historical Tests of General Relativity, Robert Mutel, University of Iowa

9:45 am - 10:45 am

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Sunday

5-5-2019

Bettendorf High School

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Bettendorf High School

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5-5-2019

Bettendorf High School

Panel Discussion: Involving Students in Astronomy, Ian Spangenberg, Chris Like, Alan Sheidler and students 

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Give Away # 6

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Bettendorf High School

5-5-2019

Bettendorf High School Planetarium

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bettendorf High School

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5-5-2019

Bettendorf High School Planetarium

  

Tour the Bettendorf High School "Donald A. Schaefer" Planetarium, hosted by Chris Like

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10:00 am - 11:00 am

Bettendorf High School