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Outreach Activities

Outreach Activities


  • October 7, 2021: The Schueller Observatory will hold a public open night from 6-9 p.m. Email for more details or to reserve a spot.
  • October 3, 2021: On Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. until noon, Professors Ofer Cohen and Tim Cook, along with grad student Thad Potter, participated in the UMass Lowell (UML) Open House at the Tsongas Center. A video of the NASA PICTURE-C launch was on continuous loop and the UML student built NASA SPACE HAUC model was on display.
  • September 23, 2021: The Schueller Observatory’s first viewing event open to UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff was held on September 23 from 6-9 p.m. Dozens came out to see the telescopes and to hear about what's happening in astronomy at UMass Lowell. The plan is to hold public events the first Thursday of every month beginning October 7. Free parking is available starting after 3 p.m. in the Broadway Lot of UMass Lowell on south campus. A virtual campus map is available to help locate parking.


  • January 15, 2020: Several LoCSST students and faculty participated in the UMass Lowell Field Trip Day for grades 1-6 at the Tsongas Center.


  • March 12, 2019: Susanna Finn gave a presentation at the Chenery Middle School “Star Party” in Belmont, Mass.
Sam Fingerman, LoCSST staff member, is shown here at BAE Systems testing the control software for the instrument for the MISTIC WINDS project.

Samuel Fingerman, a staff scientist in LoCSST and with the UMass Lowell Department of Physics and Applied Physics, is shown here at BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H. March of 2017, testing the control software for the instrument for the MISTIC WINDS project.


  • Dec. 1, 2017: Mahboubeh Asgari-Targhi, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, “Identifying the heating mechanisms in the solar atmosphere and their observational signatures”
  • Nov. 3, 2017: TzuYang Yu, UMass Lowell Civil Engineering– Ground Penetrating Radar and Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging for Infrastructure Sensing
  • Oct. 27, 2017: Paul Withers, BU Astronomy Dept., “New method to detect ionospheres in planets and exoplanets”
  • Oct. 20, 2017: Edward Deluca, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, "Storage of magnetic energy in the corona: models, simulations and the next set of observational constraints"
  • Oct. 6, 2017: Laura Kreidberg, Harvard ITC – “Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization, Present and Future”
  • Sept. 22, 2017: Sarah Ballard, Torres Postdoctoral Fellow Postdoctoral Scholar, MIT Kavli Institute, “There Must Be a Better Way: Leveraging the Thousands of Known Systems to Inform Exoplanet Follow-up”
  • Sept. 15, 2017: Anna Rosen, Ph.D., Einstein and ITC Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - “An Unstable Truth: How Massive Stars get their Mass”
Sreejeth Aickara Gopinathan from India visited the lab and presented a seminar "Balloon experiments and small satellites for UV astronomy".

Sreejeth Aickara Gopinathan presenting.

  • Jan 9, 2017: Sreejeth Aickara Gopinathan from India visited the lab and presented a seminar "Balloon experiments and small satellites for UV astronomy"

Nobel prize winner and MIT physicist Rainer Weiss, Ph.D. and UMass Lowell graduate student Glenn Howe.


  • Nov. 30, 2016: Distinguished visitor Rainer Weiss, Ph.D., met with researchers from the Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology and toured the laboratory. Here Weiss is pictured with Physics graduate student Glenn Howe after discussing flight plan strategies for the upcoming PICTURE-C exoplanet imaging mission.
SPAC HAUC Presentation to BU Photo by Susanna Finn

Members of the SPACE HAUC management / systems team give a small technical presentation to our friends at Boston University.
From left to right: Susanna Finn, Chuck Barbon, Alex Casperson, Dat Le, and Eric Carey.

  • Nov. 18, 2016: Prof. Brian Walsh,Prof. Josh Semeter (Electrical & Computer Engineering) and 6 students from the Boston University visited to learn about our SPACE HAUC project.
  • Oct. 14, 2016: Prof. Brian Walsh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Boston University presented "Exoplanet Science in the the Muirgead Group at BU: Low-Mass Stars, Cold Gas Giants and Novel Instrumentation"
  • Oct 12, 2016: Karl Stapelfeldt, Ph.D., Chief Scientist of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA presented "Imaging Protoplanetary Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope"
  • Aug. 17-18, 2016: Andrew Stephan, Ph.D., and Scott Budzien, Ph.D., from NRL (LITES/Group C Science Meeting) visit the lab.
  • July 21, 2016: Joseph Robichaud, Jim Guregian, and Jay Schwartz from L-3 presented technology development activities, future programs and needs.
  • June 27, 2016: High school students and faculty from Portland, Maine visited LoCSST for a tour, presentation, and hand-on projects with Prof. Laycock and his team including graduate Kathleen Oram from L-3!
  • June 21, 2016: Philip Muirhead, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Boston University presented "Exoplanet Science in the Muirhead Group at BU: Low-mass stars, Cold Gas Giants and Novel Instrumentation"
  • June 21, 2016: Julie Skinner, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate at Boston University's Institute for Astrophysical Research presented "Magnetic Activity of Nearby White Dwarf-M Dwarf Binaries"
  • March 14, 2016: Krzysztof Kamiński, Ph.D., and Monika Kamińska, Astronomical Observatory of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan Poland presented "Small telescopes - wide spectrum of possibilities"


  • July 9, 2015: Andrew Stephan,Ph.D., Naval Research Lab presented "Airglow and Aeronomy Research from the International Space Station".
  • July 8, 2015: Craig Hardgrove presented "The Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper (LunaH-Map) CubeSat Mission".
  • May 22, 2015: Alexa Halford, Ph.D., from Dartmouth College presented "BARREL: Observations of Radiation Belt Loss with Balloons".
  • May 5, 2015: Anne Marinan from MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics presented "Imaging in Miniature: A CubeSat-Scale Optical Platform for Wavefront Sensing and Deformable Mirror Characterization"