Keynote Speaker - Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of “Longitude,” “Galileo's Daughter,” “The Planets,” “A More Perfect Heaven” and her latest book, “The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.” She is co-author of six more books including “Is Anyone Out There?” with astronomer Frank Drake. A long-time science contributor to Harvard Magazine, Audubon, Discover, Life, Omni, and The New Yorker, she currently writes for the on-line Aeon.  She received the 2001 Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board "for fostering awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the general public." Also in 2001, the Boston Museum of Science gave her its prestigious Bradford Washburn Award for her "outstanding contribution toward public understanding of science, appreciation of its fascination, and the vital role it plays in all our lives." In October 2004, in London, Ms. Sobel accepted the Harrison Medal from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, in recognition of her contribution to increasing awareness of the science of horology by the general public, through her writing and lecturing. In 2008 the Astronomical Society of the Pacific gave her its Klumpke-Roberts Award for "increasing the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy."
From January through March 2006, she served as the Robert Vare Non-fiction Writer in Residence at the University of Chicago, where she taught a seminar in science writing while pursuing research for her stage play about sixteenth-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, called "And the Sun Stood Still." Her play was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club through the Alfred P. Sloan Initiative, and was also supported by a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In May 2011, as the Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar, Ms. Sobel taught a course called "Writing Creatively about Science" at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. As of fall 2013, she holds a two-year appointment as the Joan Leiman Jacobson Visiting Nonfiction Writer at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. “Longitude”went through twenty-nine hardcover printings before being re-issued in October 2005 in a special tenth-anniversary edition with a foreword by astronaut Neil Armstrong. Soon after its original publication in 1995, the book was translated into two dozen foreign languages and became a national and international bestseller. It won several literary prizes, including the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and "Book of the Year" in England. “Galileo's Daughter” won the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology, a 2000 Christopher Award, and was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in biography. The paperback edition enjoyed five consecutive weeks as the #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller.  

The PBS science program "NOVA" produced a television documentary called "Lost At Sea — The Search for Longitude," which was based on Ms. Sobel's book. Granada Films of England created a dramatic version of the story, "Longitude," starring Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon, which aired on A&E as a four-hour made-for-TV movie. A two-hour "NOVA" documentary based on Galileo's Daughter called "Galileo's Battle for the Heavens," first aired on public television in October 2002, and won an Emmy in the category of historical programming.  
Lecture engagements have taken Ms. Sobel to speak at The Smithsonian Institution, The Explorers' Club, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The New York Public Library, The Hayden Planetarium, The Royal Geographical Society (London), and the American Academy in Rome. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio programs, including "All Things Considered," "Fresh Air," and "The Diane Rheem Show." Her television appearances include C-SPAN's "Booknotes" and "TODAY" on NBC.  A 1964 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Ms. Sobel attended Antioch College and the City College of New York before receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1969. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from the University of Bath, in England, and Middlebury College, Vermont, both awarded in 2002.  She was editor of the collection “Best American Science Writing 2004”and has served as a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, the PEN / E. O.  Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and the Lewis Thomas Prize awarded by Rockefeller University to scientists who distinguish themselves as authors.


Daniel Krysak, has been a planetary geologist for six years and currently work on both the MSL Curiosity Rover and Juno spacecraft at Malin Space Science Systems.  For both missions, I am part of the operations team which command and review telemetry from the cameras.  

I received my bachelor's degree from SUNY Potsdam in 2008, and my master's degree from the University at Buffalo in 2011.  I currently reside in San Diego continuing to work on both Mars and Jupiter.


When Edward Gleason was in third grade, he and his classmates visited their local planetarium to watch a show about the solar system. During the live presentation that followed, the presenter asked the class many questions.   One child in the class eagerly raised his hand each time and impressed the presenter by correctly answering each question and Edward Gleason was fast asleep next to him.

During his time at Harvard University (as part of a high school field trip), Edward Gleason suddenly 
realized that astronomy was both his passion and future.  In May 1999, he became manager of the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine.    Ever since, Edward has been engaged in astronomy education: teaching classes, writing articles, presenting planetarium shows, and visiting outside venues to cram astronomy down the throats of the innocent and unsuspecting. 



Dr. Samer Hattar is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR). He received his PhD from the University of Houston in Texas under the mentorship of Arnold Eskin. From 2000-2004, Dr. Hattar was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with Dr. King-Wai Yau.

In 2004 Dr. Hattar joined the faculty of the Biology department at Johns Hopkins University with a joint appointment in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2017 Dr. Hattar joined the faculty of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. His research focuses on light effects on circadian rhythms, sleep, mood and learning.


J. Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association..

Astronomy Volunteers 
Bob Reichman
Jan Hoey
Jon Thomas

Richard Luecke is an avid visual astronomer and a regular volunteer in Acadia National Park.  He is Vice President of the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, editor of its newsletter (The Celestial Observer), and an active member of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club.
His favorite celestial targets are star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae, which he pursues on dark nights from his backyard in Gloucester MA.