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Paper: Skyglow, a 10-week, Summer, Remote, Research Class on Dark Skies
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 15
Authors: Turnshek, D.
Abstract: When Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) students lost their 2020 summer internships due to the pandemic, school administrators reached out to faculty members and asked for new, 10-week, remote, research classes. The SKYGLOW class with co-instructor Steven Quick from CMU's School of Architecture was a natural fit, since data had been collected in 2019 to make a nighttime, high-resolution map of Pittsburgh using drones. The research, funded by CMU's Metro21, was done in preparation for the change of 40,000 streetlights to LEDs. Light pollution is a fairly new area of research without decades of publications that students must study, so the students were able to begin research immediately. They attended the Artificial Light At Night conference in June. Reaching out to International Dark-sky Association advocates was key to quickly getting students involved with community members. One advantage? CMU students are known for their programming skills. Hear how fifteen students, spread all over the world, managed to contribute to the growing field of light pollution research. The SKYGLOW website they produced of their work can be accessed here:
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