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Schuyler Van Dyk

Schuyler Van Dyk

Jet Propulsion Lab/Caltech

Dr. Van Dyk is a Senior Research Scientist at the IPAC/Caltech facility in California. He is a frequent user of Hubble, Spitzer, and many radio telescopes.

Schuyler graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in astronomy, then earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle. He held a National Research Council postdoctoral research associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at UC Berkeley. After teaching at UCLA for a year, he joined the 2MASS team at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech in March 1998.

Schuyler has been a part of the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech since 2003 and served as lead for the Spitzer Science User Support team from 2006 until 2009. He is currently the Head of the Science Staff at IPAC. He is also involved with the Large Synpotic Survey Telescope (LSST) data management effort.

His primary scientific interests are in massive stars, supernovae, supernova environments, and supernova progenitor stars, particularly, direct identification of the progenitors in HST images, as well as supernova properties as measured by Spitzer.


Rupali Chandar

Rupali Chandar

University of Toledo

Dr. Rupali Chandar received an undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2000.

Dr. Chandar is currently an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Toledo. Before going to Toledo, she worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute and studied nearby starburst galaxies from far- and near- ultraviolet STIS spectroscopy.

Additional research interests involve characterizing the young, massive star cluster populations in late-type galaxies, and their relationship to the super star clusters found in starbursts.


Davide de Martin

Davide de Martin

Contracted by ESA/Hubble - ESO Garching, Germany

Davide de Martin is an engineer and an amateur astronomer. He was born and lives in Venice, Italy, where he works in the power supply industry. His main interest is astronomy. Ever since he was a child he loved this topic and looking at the night sky. His other interests count manned and unmanned space exploration, astronomy popularization, computer enhancement of astronomical images, drawing, painting and collecting material from the early manned space age.

Since 1997, he has collaborated with an Italian astronomy magazine called "Coelum." He has written dozens of columns and several articles, most of them about space exploration and spaceflight history. He has produced or taken part in several works in popular science, like websites and multimedia CD-ROMs. One of his most recent projects is the web site http://www.skyfactory.org.

In 2005 he became part of the ESA/Hubble Education and Outreach Office working as a consultant image processing specialist. Davide has a 13-inch telescope and enjoys observing celestial marvels on the warm Italian summer nights.