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Pal-Mac teacher joins prestigious NASA/IPAC research program

Joe Perry, an Earth Science and Astronomy teacher at Palmyra-Macedon High School, has been selected to participate in the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP). The announcement was made at the American Astronomical Society’s winter meeting in New Orleans, LA, from January 7-11. NITARP pairs educators with research astronomers for year-long, original research projects.

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Perry, along with other educators from the 2024 NITARP class, met their teams for the first time at the AAS meeting and began working on their projects. They plan to present their findings, along with their students, at the 2025 AAS winter meeting in National Harbor, MD. The 2024 team, which includes Perry, is mentored by Dr. Luisa Rebull from Caltech/IPAC and consists of educators from various U.S. schools.

NITARP, funded by the NASA Astrophysics Data Program and based at Caltech in Pasadena, CA, enables educators and students to work with real astronomical data. Through this program, NITARP aims to educate thousands of students annually about the nature of scientific work, NASA’s role, and the accessibility of astronomy data. More information about NITARP is available on their website.