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Summer 2021

Kristin Baker - SDSS/LENSS/Website Intern

Kristin Baker is a two-time GLAS intern. Between graduating with a B.S. in Physics from Georgia State University in December 2020 and beginning graduate school at the Department of Astronomy at Indiana University in August 2021, she began at GLAS in the spring of 2021.

She spent the majority of her internship developing a tactile Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) domino card game quickly establishing herself as Kate’s “comparison intern.” In the summer of 2021, Kristin worked remotely from Atlanta on a two-part internship. She spent half of her time helping LENSS automate and visualize their data, and she spent the other half developing this website.

Patrick tarrant - SDSS Intern
sophie marsh - SDSS Intern
Ashley Wimer - Dark skies office Intern

Ashley Wimer has her fingers in many pots. At GLAS she’s involved with the Dark Skies Office — where she primarily works to increase the office’s social media presence and to modernize lighting ordinances in the Geneva Lake area — and with Sonification World — where she’s helping organize a data sonficiation conference and preparing pre-recorded presentations to be published online. At the University of Chicago, she’s a second year math major with side interests in chemistry and graphic design, while in her spare time she’s been known to learn about trees or solve programming puzzles. Regardless of what she’s working on, she’s sure to bring creativity and an air of bubbly enthusiasm.

Simon mork - Dark skies office Intern

A native of southeast Wisconsin, Simon has a unique opportunity to work to preserve the same skies he gazed up at as a child. While working under the Dark Skies Office at GLAS, Simon has been diligently working on a variety of projects to promote the quality and notoriety of the dark skies movement in the Geneva Lake area. These include distributing the Dark Skies Knowledge Assessment Survey (DSKAS) to communities around the lake to gauge knowledge and awareness of light pollution, in addition to assisting with an IDA dark skies designation application for the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in Williams Bay.

Later in the summer, he plans to develop a science curriculum to present and implement in school districts around Geneva Lake and in Walworth County at-large that focuses on the what-is of light pollution and the what-now of intervention. All of these will help to bring further awareness of the dark skies cause to the greater Geneva Lake area. Simon is a rising third-year at the University of Chicago currently majoring in Astrophysics with an interest in teaching and research. In his free time, he loves to play around with computers and home electronics.

Ashanah Gayden - Intern

Ashanah Gayden is a student at The University of Chicago majoring in Anthropology and Business Economics. Currently, she’s been working with Richard Dreiser, a past tour guide at Yerkes Observatory, on his upcoming book. Outside of working on the book and learning about the history of Yerkes Observatory, she also enjoys dabbling in the other side projects and tasks that are being worked on this summer.

Emily Sisco - IdATA Intern

Emily is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a BA in Astrophysics. She still continues to work with her research group, COOL-LAMPS, observing strong lensing. She first visited Williams Bay in the summer of 2016 with a trip to Yerkes and she fell in love with the area, then in 2018 became part of the last interns at Yerkes.  At GLAS, Emily has been working on the IDATA 2021 workshop, ABLE Hack Day, and is Intern Supervisor.

Fall 2020

Jaidyn Catherall - Astrophysics Intern

In a small office at GLAS Education, Jaidyn Catherall, a University of Chicago astrophysics student, writes online lessons for students a half world away.

Jaidyn, a sophomore, said the lessons through Google Classroom will help English-speaking African students learn basic information about astronomy, such as sky orientation and the mechanics of refracting and reflecting telescopes.  The lessons will assist students as they prepare to join the Stone Edge Observatory (SEO) program.  SEO projects are part of the McQuown (McQ) Scholars  that were first established at Yerkes Observatory.  SEO projects use a research grade telescope in Sonoma, California 

Writing astronomy lessons for students on another continent seems to be a far cry from Jaidyn’s career goals.  “My dream was always to work with NASA,” Jaidyn said. “I’ve always been interested in astrophysics and I always felt that it had the perfect blend of everything I like: space, math and physics.”  She holds on to a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, but admits plans may change.

While not trained in education, Jaidyn said she enjoys the challenge of writing lessons.  “I was thinking about how I like information presented to me,” Jaidyn said. She said she provides power point presentations and video to make the lessons more accessible to students. The lessons also have web links to other sites with more information.

Now in her second year at the University of Chicago, Jaidyn said she was seeking a summer internship, when her career advancement officer directed her Kate Meredith and GLAS Education.  “She said ‘Kate Meredith is a wonderful woman and I think she has the perfect internship for you,’’’ Jaidyn said.

Kate Meredith is the director of GLAS Education, a continuation of the education outreach at Yerkes Observatory, until the university closed Yerkes in 2018.  Meredith said Jaidyn is a brilliant intern student with a background in research. But there is also a need for scientists to make science accessible to everyone.


“It’s really important that we grow scientists who can communicate with the public,” said Meredith.

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