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Meet the CIDSRSN Team - 

  • Brian Jackson

    Brian Jackson, Ph.D

    Associate Professor

    Brian is a planetary astronomer and the principal investigator for CIDSRSN. He likes reading sci-fi, running, and playing classical guitar. 

    You can read more about his research on his website – astrojack.com/.

    Brian is a planetary astronomer and the principal investigator for CIDSRSN. He likes reading sci-fi, running, and playing classical guitar. 

    You can read more about his research on his website – astrojack.com/.

  • Kaitlyn Austin

    Kaitlyn Austin

    Program Coordinator

    Kaitlyn’s degree is in Anthropology but after college found her love and passion for marketing and event planning. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, trying new restaurants with her hubby and learning all about Astronomy.

    Kaitlyn’s degree is in Anthropology but after college found her love and passion for marketing and event planning. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, trying new restaurants with her hubby and learning all about Astronomy.

  • Rachel Huchmala

    Rachel Huchmala, Ph.D

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Rachel is the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for CIDSRSN, splitting her time between outreach events, teaching, and exoplanetary research. Rachel’s love of astronomy began during her undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University, and her passion for public outreach was cemented during her time working as a Public Program Educator at the Lowell Observatory.

    Rachel is the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for CIDSRSN, splitting her time between outreach events, teaching, and exoplanetary research. Rachel’s love of astronomy began during her undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University, and her passion for public outreach was cemented during her time working as a Public Program Educator at the Lowell Observatory.

  • Jan Smith

    Jan Smith

    Associate Clinical Professor

    Jan has spent the last 10 years as an Associate Clinical Professor at Boise State helping to educate the next generation of STEM teachers.  Jan previously taught for 21 years in public schools, and uses this experience to guide future teachers.

    Jan has spent the last 10 years as an Associate Clinical Professor at Boise State helping to educate the next generation of STEM teachers.  Jan previously taught for 21 years in public schools, and uses this experience to guide future teachers.

  • Matt Wigglesworth

    Matt Wigglesworth

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    After years working as a geologist and high school science teacher, Matt has been preparing secondary science teachers as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Boise State’s STEM education program. He also helps provide support and professional development to inservice science teachers.

    After years working as a geologist and high school science teacher, Matt has been preparing secondary science teachers as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Boise State’s STEM education program. He also helps provide support and professional development to inservice science teachers.

  • Carol Cole

    Carol Cole

    President of the Idaho Dark Sky Alliance

    Carol Cole is currently President of the Idaho Dark Sky Alliance, a non-profit that coordinates efforts to protect the night sky within the Central Idaho Darky Sky Reserve. Her work with the Reserve started in 2015 as the Forest Service Representative on the planning team. Carol has over 30 years of experience working for the Forest Service, National Park Service and other parks and natural resource organizations. Her work in environmental education and interpretation, partnership and volunteer coordination and public outreach is centered on a passion for connecting people with the natural environment.

    Carol Cole is currently President of the Idaho Dark Sky Alliance, a non-profit that coordinates efforts to protect the night sky within the Central Idaho Darky Sky Reserve. Her work with the Reserve started in 2015 as the Forest Service Representative on the planning team. Carol has over 30 years of experience working for the Forest Service, National Park Service and other parks and natural resource organizations. Her work in environmental education and interpretation, partnership and volunteer coordination and public outreach is centered on a passion for connecting people with the natural environment.

Meet the 2024 AstroTAC Team -

  • Chandler Beasley

    Chandler Beasley

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Chandler Beasley is currently in her second year at Boise State. She is majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astrophysics and Secondary Education. She absolutely loves anything space-related and has a passion for sharing that information with the public and in the classroom. Her favorite things to do when she isn’t doing outreach is to stargaze, listen to a wide variety of music, and go rock-hounding!

    Chandler Beasley is currently in her second year at Boise State. She is majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astrophysics and Secondary Education. She absolutely loves anything space-related and has a passion for sharing that information with the public and in the classroom. Her favorite things to do when she isn’t doing outreach is to stargaze, listen to a wide variety of music, and go rock-hounding!

  • Sean Halford

    Sean Halford

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Sean Halford is currently a Junior at Boise State, majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astronomy. He’s a galaxy fanatic who aims to contribute to the field of Cosmology after graduation. Following his passion for astronomy, Sean loves to bring the cosmos within reach, and enjoys questions about deep space and the expansion of our universe. An avid backpacker and skier, Sean is no stranger to the incredible night sky that the mountains of Idaho have to offer! He believes that through outreach, anyone can be a part of the preservation and appreciation of Idaho’s dark sky reserve :)

    Sean Halford is currently a Junior at Boise State, majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astronomy. He’s a galaxy fanatic who aims to contribute to the field of Cosmology after graduation. Following his passion for astronomy, Sean loves to bring the cosmos within reach, and enjoys questions about deep space and the expansion of our universe. An avid backpacker and skier, Sean is no stranger to the incredible night sky that the mountains of Idaho have to offer! He believes that through outreach, anyone can be a part of the preservation and appreciation of Idaho’s dark sky reserve :)

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    Allison Howard

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Allison Howard is an undergraduate physics student at Boise State University. She has also received an associate’s in business administration from the College of Southern Idaho. While growing up in rural Idaho, Allison developed a love of stargazing and learning about unique astronomical events. She is incredibly excited to work with those in CIDSRSN to educate people about earth and space science.

    Allison Howard is an undergraduate physics student at Boise State University. She has also received an associate’s in business administration from the College of Southern Idaho. While growing up in rural Idaho, Allison developed a love of stargazing and learning about unique astronomical events. She is incredibly excited to work with those in CIDSRSN to educate people about earth and space science.

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    Shelby Inman

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Hi! My name is Shelby Inman, I am from Vancouver, Washington. I enjoy the great outdoors, traveling, camping, hiking, and love to be creative any way I can! Whether it be with pottery, baking, crafting, cooking or creating lifestyle content, I love any chance I get to create something. I am currently a Junior here at Boise State studying Computer Science. For as long as I could remember I loved space, science, and aviation. It’s a big honor to be working with NASA and the AstroTAC team to educate the community on the wonders and beauty of space. I cannot wait to work with the community and share my passion for learning and science! I am very excited to see what this year has in store for me and the AstroTAC team. :)

    Hi! My name is Shelby Inman, I am from Vancouver, Washington. I enjoy the great outdoors, traveling, camping, hiking, and love to be creative any way I can! Whether it be with pottery, baking, crafting, cooking or creating lifestyle content, I love any chance I get to create something. I am currently a Junior here at Boise State studying Computer Science. For as long as I could remember I loved space, science, and aviation. It’s a big honor to be working with NASA and the AstroTAC team to educate the community on the wonders and beauty of space. I cannot wait to work with the community and share my passion for learning and science! I am very excited to see what this year has in store for me and the AstroTAC team. :)

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    Arianna Japalucci

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Arianna Japalucci is an astrophysics major at Boise State University. She just moved to Idaho last year from Nevada, where she attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, photography, and playing Animal Crossing. She also loves traveling and is part of a military family, so she has moved around a lot. She hopes to become a researcher in astrophysics in the future.

    Arianna Japalucci is an astrophysics major at Boise State University. She just moved to Idaho last year from Nevada, where she attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, photography, and playing Animal Crossing. She also loves traveling and is part of a military family, so she has moved around a lot. She hopes to become a researcher in astrophysics in the future.

  • Killian Richardson

    Killian Richardson

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Killian is an Astrophysics Major in his 4th semester. He enjoys sci-fi, star gazing, and hiking. In his free time, he is known to play Dungeons and Dragons as well as Magic the Gathering. He is an Eagle Scout with Troop 255 out of Middleton.

    Killian is an Astrophysics Major in his 4th semester. He enjoys sci-fi, star gazing, and hiking. In his free time, he is known to play Dungeons and Dragons as well as Magic the Gathering. He is an Eagle Scout with Troop 255 out of Middleton.

Meet the 2023 AstroTAC Team -

  • Chandler Beasley

    Chandler Beasley

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Chandler is currently in her second year of undergrad at Boise State. She is majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astrophysics and Secondary Education. She absolutely loves anything space-related and has a passion for sharing that information with the public. Her favorite things to do when she isn’t doing outreach is to stargaze, listen to a wide variety of music, and play with her three dogs.

    Chandler is currently in her second year of undergrad at Boise State. She is majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astrophysics and Secondary Education. She absolutely loves anything space-related and has a passion for sharing that information with the public. Her favorite things to do when she isn’t doing outreach is to stargaze, listen to a wide variety of music, and play with her three dogs.

  • Addie Hobson

    Addie Hobson

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Addison Hobson is an undergraduate physics major with an astrophysics emphasis. Originally from southeast Idaho, Addie enjoys art museums and architecture. Her favorite hobby is traveling and she is interested in research.

    Addison Hobson is an undergraduate physics major with an astrophysics emphasis. Originally from southeast Idaho, Addie enjoys art museums and architecture. Her favorite hobby is traveling and she is interested in research.

  • Adrienne Kirk

    Adrienne Kirk

    AstroTAC Team Member

    My name is Adrienne Kirk and I am from Boise. I am a runner and skier. I also love to cook and bake!

    My name is Adrienne Kirk and I am from Boise. I am a runner and skier. I also love to cook and bake!

  • Robin Matson

    Robin Matson

    AstroTAC Team Member

    I’m Robin Matson, and I use they/them pronouns. I recently switched my major from Illustration to Astrophysics. I’m fascinated with the way we can look at the stars to understand our place in the universe- and I love sharing that knowledge with others.

    I’m Robin Matson, and I use they/them pronouns. I recently switched my major from Illustration to Astrophysics. I’m fascinated with the way we can look at the stars to understand our place in the universe- and I love sharing that knowledge with others.

  • Jackie Westman

    Jackie Westman

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Jackie Westman is currently a senior at Boise State University, majoring in Astrophysics and minoring in Applied Mathematics. She grew up in rural Montana and Idaho, where her greatest form of entertainment were the dark skies above her. Her future plans include attending graduate school while working at an observatory, working to protect the dark skies from her childhood, and one day publishing a book focused on astronomy. In her free time she can be found working on her 1995 Mazda Miata project car, biking around local neighborhoods, or reading in the sun.

    Jackie Westman is currently a senior at Boise State University, majoring in Astrophysics and minoring in Applied Mathematics. She grew up in rural Montana and Idaho, where her greatest form of entertainment were the dark skies above her. Her future plans include attending graduate school while working at an observatory, working to protect the dark skies from her childhood, and one day publishing a book focused on astronomy. In her free time she can be found working on her 1995 Mazda Miata project car, biking around local neighborhoods, or reading in the sun.

  • Emmanuel Vergelin

    Emmanuel Vergelin

    AstroTAC Team Member

    Hi, my name is Emmanuel, I’m a freshman at BSU, majoring in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics. I’m from Ecuador, and I like to read and bike.

    Hi, my name is Emmanuel, I’m a freshman at BSU, majoring in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics. I’m from Ecuador, and I like to read and bike.

Meet the 2023 Astronomers-in-Residence

  • Joel Weisberg

    Joel Weisberg, Ph.D

    Astronomer-in-Residence

    Joel Weisberg retired 4 years ago from teaching Physics and Astronomy and Science Policy at Carleton College in Minnesota.  He is a lifelong stargazer who loves sharing the skies with others.  

    See his website for more details: https://people.carleton.edu/~jweisber/joelhome.html

    Joel Weisberg retired 4 years ago from teaching Physics and Astronomy and Science Policy at Carleton College in Minnesota.  He is a lifelong stargazer who loves sharing the skies with others.  

    See his website for more details: https://people.carleton.edu/~jweisber/joelhome.html

  • Lindsay DeMarchi

    Lindsay DeMarchi, Ph.D

    Astronomer-in-Residence

    Lindsay DeMarchi is a stellar mortician who specializes in cosmic death throes and supernovae. She is a multitool of radiative processes across the entire electromagnetic spectrum and gravitational waves. She is particularly passionate about light pollution and satellite constellations and emphasizes the cultural and personal connections each individual has to the night sky.

    Lindsay DeMarchi is a stellar mortician who specializes in cosmic death throes and supernovae. She is a multitool of radiative processes across the entire electromagnetic spectrum and gravitational waves. She is particularly passionate about light pollution and satellite constellations and emphasizes the cultural and personal connections each individual has to the night sky.