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,
Director of the John Deere Planetarium
“A Relativistic Century: Eddington, Einstein and the Great Eclipse”.
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”.
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
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".
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”.
Physics Major, Monmouth College
“Asteroid Research at the Monmouth College Adolphson Observatory”.
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?”.
Science Teacher, Bettendorf Community Schools
Assistant Director of the Donald Schaefer Planetarium
Providing a tour of the Bettendorf High School Planetarium