MAS
December 1st, 2011

Next Meeting

December 1st at Fairview Community Center, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Professor Larry Rudnick
Topic: A Whole Lot of Nothing

Board Member Election:
All MAS members eligible to cast your vote, either at the December general meeting or by absentee ballot. Absentee ballot needs to be requested by November 15 and returned by November 30. More info on the MAS Discussion Forums


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January 5th, 2012 at Fairview Community Center, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

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Meeting Location: Fairview Community Center
1910 County Road B West - Room 108
Roseville, MN

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Election chair Roxanne
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Clayton Lindsey, candidate for MAS Vice President
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Mark Job, candidate for Board Member at Large
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Chris Hansen, candidate for Board Member at Large
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Better Know a Constellation : Aquarius with Bill Kocken
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Lawrence Rudnick: Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)
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Meet the Board Candidates

Roxanne Ľ
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:20 pm
All members...

below are the bio's for the candidates that are running for the election this year. Enjoy.

Bob Jorgenson, volunteering to be treasurer.

I'm a retired electronics engineer. I worked with RCA for a number of years designing broadcast products. I grew up in Eau Claire, WI where my father was Chief Engineer of WEAU AM, FM and TV. I had the good fortune at one point to work for my father as the Chief Engineer of one of the small TV stations he was responsible for. I also had the opportunity to do Field Service for the RCA Service Company as a road warrior helping customers with camera questions. This gave me wonderful travel experiences all over the world.

I enjoy photography and wood working. My interests in astronomy lie with astro photography and deep space images. I've seen the great work our members have done and want to see what I can do. I was treasurer for a KIWANIS Club for a couple years.

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Mark Job, volunteering for Board Member at Large

A little about me and my interests about astronomy.

I have been looking at the stars since I was a small boy growing up on a farm in the central part of North Dakota. I watched the first moon landing live, my parents woke me up. I have always looked at the night sky. I enjoy sharing. I have been a member of the MAS since the fall of 2010. I have purchased my first telescope (Celestron CPC 1000 GPS) since becoming a member through my experiences with the beginners SIG. I am on the Onan Committee. I attend most public nights at Onan because I enjoy sharing with other people. I love to hear the oows and ahhs from the visitors. I can contribute to the Minnesota Astronomical Society. Thanks for the consideration.

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Chris Hansen, volunteering for Board Member at Large

I grew up in Columbia Heights, MN and joined the Navy in 1979, served 6 years. Then lived in Alaska until 2009, moved her to support my mom. That Sky Cam project last month would be great for the Northern Lights up there. Northern lights get so close you can hear them crack all around you. But that is not how I got into the Astronomical Society. It was from a table at the MN State Fair. Somebody from the Univ of Minn told me I my interest is more geared towards MAS. So I looked it up online, and joined in 2010. It is a great gem of a Society, and enjoyed going to Onan, and checking out the scopes from Merle. I'm still getting to know my way with the Stars and Sky, but love learning about them every time I'm out at Baylor Park. Last week was the first time I've gotten my DSLR on the correct settings for the telescope. So now I know what I've been doing wrong, and can start doing some Imaging. I am 110% behind the Society, and tell everybody I know about it. They talk about coming over on Public Star parties, yet still just talk. I want to see the Public know we are out there in Minnesota, and will be glad to help out.

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Clayton Lindsey, volunteering for Vice President

My name is Clayton Lindsey, and Iím a relatively new member to MAS having moved from Austin, Texas, to Minnesota four years ago. I been interested in returning to the amateur astronomy after a couple of decades of other hobbies and obligations. I remember with great fondness my youth growing up under the dark skies on an Alabama farm with my Sears 60mm refractor, and later after enough savings from summer jobs, a Meade 8-inch reflector. Unfortunately I sold it after my freshman year of college. Although my eyesight is a lot worse and my desire for sleep is a lot more powerful these days I am enjoying rediscovering amateur astronomy.

For the last year I have been attending star parties when I can, learning to use the MAS telescopes and trying to decide on my next telescope. I see the opportunity of serving as a MAS board member as way to give back some of the benefits I've received and the great way to grow to know MAS and its members.


Previous MAS Meetings :
Jan 2007 : Local Group of Galaxies
Feb 2007 : Amateur Astronomy Research
Mar 2007 : Canceled due to Snow Storm
Apr 2007 : Catastrphic Novas
May 2007 : UFOs Physical Trace Research
Jun 2007 : Infrared Observations with the Spitzer Space Telescope
Jul 2007 : Catastrophic Variables & M1
Aug 2007 : Student Astronomy Experiments
Sep 2007 : Asteroids
Oct 2007 : The 280 Mpc Void in Eridanus -- Contemplating the Void
Nov 2007 : Observing the 'Ain't No' objects
Dec 2007 : Tour of National Maritime Museum / Royal Greenwich Observatory


Jan 2008 : Visual Variable Star Observing Is Fun
Feb 2008 : Exploring the Moon and Mars in Utah?
Mar 2008 : Ongoing Monitoring of Classical Novae and U of MN Outreach program Universe in the Park
Apr 2008 : Viewing and Imaging in the SW USA
May 2008 : The Local Group of Galaxies: A Voyage Within Our Nearest Universe
June 2008 : Demonstrating mirror testing techniques
July 2008 : Onan Tour
August 2008 : committee and observing site reports, "Contemporary Lab Experiences in Astronomy, an Overview of Available Software part 2" and a general discussion of MAS plans and goals.
Sept 2008 :General discussion of MAS plans and goals
Oct 2008 :First Look at Stardust's Comet Cargo
Nov 2008 :The Vatican and Astronomy (video presentation)
Dec 2008 :Numerical Simulations of AGN Jets


Jan 2009 :Astro League Observing Programs & Obsevation Planning and Processing
Feb 2009 :MAS Budget Approval
March 2009 :Dr. Kris Davidson - Eta Carinae
April 2009 : Gravitational Wave Search: LIGO : U of MN Assistant Professor: Vuk Mandic
May 2009 : Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe : Alex Filippenko
June 2009: Dark Matter Dark Energy
July 2009: Observing our Dusty Universe
Aug 2009 : Adventures with a 6 ft Mirror Blank: Bill Volna
Sept 2009 : China's Solar Eclipse of 2009: Mike Kauper & Bill Glass
Oct 2009 : Space Weather & Plasma Physics:Professor Mark J. Engebretson
Nov 2009 : Hunting Binary Asteroids: Russ Durkee
Dec 2009 : X-Ray Bursts from Low Mass Binary Stars :


Jan 2010 :Numerical Simulation of the Solar Wind
Feb 2010 :Review & Approval of the MAS 2010 operating budget
March
April
May 2010 :Wonders of the Solar System
June 2010 : Low mass galaxy formation
July 2010 : Occultation Adventures
August 2010 : Birth and Evolution of Galaxies
September 2010 : 2010 Solar Eclipse
October 2010 : Dwarf Galaxies
November 2010 : Astrophotography and MAS : A Match made in Heaven?
December 2010 : imax : Hubble & MAS Elections


January 2011 : Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA
February 2011 : Annual business & budget meeting
March:
April 2011 : The development of curricula for outreach to schools
May:
June 2011 : Zooniverse
July:
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Sept 2011 : South Pole Research on the Cosmic Radiation Background
Oct 2011 : The Biggest, The Brightest and the Best -- Stars
Nov 2011 : Building an All Sky Camera


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