Staff of the Planetarium

Dr. Mel Blake"Come Gather round people, wherever you roam ..." Bob Dylan.


  • Director, Dr. Mel Blake.
  • Student Assistant, Harmonie Wildharber

Student Volunteers

  • Emelia Abst is a GIS student volunteering at our public nights and is working on variable star research.
  • Madie Guth is a history student currently volunteering with us. She is great at designing graphics a for our ads and publicizing the programs.

Past Students

  • Lauren Wigginton was student assistant for 2019
  • Stacy Verros was student assistant and volunteer for public programs. 2016 - 2018
  • Rachid El hamri worked on variable star research. Fall 2017
  • James McKee worked on micrometeorites. 2015 - 2016
  • Jennifer van Tassel worked on star cluster research. Fall 2016
  • Mary McDaniel worked on variable star research 2014-15
  • Koko Himeno worked on asteroid research. 2014-2015
  • Maisey Hunter work-study Intern 2013-2014
  • Caleb Lane worked on a senior research project on planetary systems in fall 2014/15
  • Taylor Garber did a summer work study and research project in 2012-2013
  • Maisey Hunter did a research project in the spring of 2013
  • Christian Bayens worked as a work-study student and did a research project on galaxies, 2013 -2014
  • Deb Bailey worked as a work-study student until her graduation in 2012
  • Daniel Johnson worked as a research work-study student in 2012 and 2013
  • Adam Blacklidge volunteer in 2010
  • Work-Study Intern. Britney Murphy. Fall 2009.
  • Senior Project student. Tara Jaynes. Summer 2009. Tara worked on a senior project looking for variables stars in two star clusters.
  • Senior Project student. Teri Tidwell. Summer 2009. Teri worked on a senior project on rotating Radio Astronomical transients (RRATs).
  • Research volunteer. Ujiwal Kumar. Spring 2009. Ujiwal was a research volunteer worked on active galaxies.
  • Senior Project student. Zach. August - December 2008. AGNs.
  • Work-Study Intern Adam Blacklidge. Spring 2009.
  • Work-Study Intern Courtney. Sept. - December 2008.
  • Work-Study Intern Shrinkanla Kumar. Feb. - June 2008.