2014 Lycoming Winter Magazine - page 36

Philadelphia, where she served as chief
David McElwee
science) was licensed as a pastor by the
Susquehanna Conference and appointed
as the pastor of Immanuel United
Methodist Church in Loyalton, Pa., and
Wesley United Methodist Church in
Wiconisco, Pa.
Laura (Holdredge) Layaou
Christopher Dempsey
earned a Ph.D. in environmental science
from Lehigh University in May. He
is a visiting assistant professor in the
environmental engineering and earth
science department at Wilkes University
in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Erin Dunleavy
is the new assistant director of
assessment at the Commonwealth
Medical College in Scranton, Pa.
She continues to serve as an adjunct
professor for the psychology department
at Marywood University.
Jessica Madonna
communications) is the director of
operations and business development at
SKUpics, LLC, where she oversees the
day-to-day operations of the product
photography company as well as seeks
new clients.
Amil Guzman
Anthony Mackin
(history) is the
associate head men’s lacrosse coach at
Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
He previously served
for three years on
the coaching staff at
the Virginia Military
Lauren Raby
earned a doctor of
osteopathic medicine
degree from
Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic
Medicine on June 2. She is continuing
her medical training in obstetrics and
gynecology at Tripler Army Medical
Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ashley Wislock
Going places
By Dana Brigandi
Nicole Gugliucci ’05 has traveled all around the world in her pursuit of
astronomy education.
She was one of 12 science journalists from North America invited to attend the
inauguration of ALMA
Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array – one of
the most powerful telescopes ever built to explore the universe via millimeter- and
submillimeter-wavelength light.
She works for the citizen project CosmoQuest, which is a production of the
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center at Southern
Illinois University Edwardsville and Astrosphere New Media. She said the ALMA
is significant because it can measure the most distant and youngest regions of the
universe that can finally be explored in depth.
Gugliucci, who earned a doctorate from the University of Virginia, said she
never believed she would get to see the ALMA – something she had heard about
for 10 years in her field – and that she would visit the extremely remote site where
it is located in Atacama Desert, Chile.
Gugliucci has made a career out of educating the public about astronomy and
her research. She is a post-doctorate fellow at the Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, where she helps find, coordinate and research projects.
She is active on many forms of social media and hosts a weekly Google+
hangout where she interviews scientists and engineers, creates YouTube videos
and blogs for the Discovery Channel. Her outreach has taken her across the
United States, where she presents at academic conferences. She attends several
science-fiction conventions each year, where she helps get a new generation
of people interested in astronomy. She jokes that now she finally understands
professor David Fisher’s “Star Trek” jokes and references.
Besides Chile, another favorite trip was to South Africa, where she spent three
weeks building a telescope that mapped the southern hemisphere.
Gugliucci said the liberal arts education at Lycoming gave her a broad range of
skills and allowed her to take on leadership roles. She said her first true outreach
was at Lycoming, where one year she set up telescopes outside so people could
view when Mars was at its closest reach.
“I knew I wanted to be an astronomer, and that was one of the main reasons I
went to Lycoming,” she said. “Although most of my research was from outside
of Lycoming, I was definitely encouraged to find those opportunities while I was
For more information about Gugliucci’s work, visit cosmoquest.org or
Nicole Gugliucci ’05 (right) with Tania Burchell of the National Radio Astronomy Obervatory
Lauren Raby ’08
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