Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics – The Center for Astrophysics combines the resources and research facilities of theHarvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory under a single director to pursue studies of those basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the universe.
MilkyWay@home – Milkyway@Home uses the BOINC platform to harness volunteered computing resources, creating a highly accurate three dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This project enables research in both astroinformatics and computer science.
New York Center for Astrobiology – Based within the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., the New York Center for Astrobiology is devoted to investigating the origins of life on Earth and the conditions that lead to formation of habitable planets in our own and other solar systems.
Supported by NASA, the Center is a member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI), and is a partnership between Rensselaer and the University at Albany, Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, and the University of North Dakota.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey – The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is one of the most ambitious and influential surveys in the history of astronomy. Over eight years of operations (SDSS-I, 2000-2005; SDSS-II, 2005-2008), it obtained deep, multi-color images covering more than a quarter of the sky and created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars.
Schools and Programs
Champlain College Division of Information Technology and Sciences – Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college overlooking Lake Champlain and Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland.
Harrisburg Area Community College – Established on February 14, 1964 as Harrisburg Area Community College, HACC is devoted to the community and the individual.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Physics – Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. The department of physics conducts research in Astronomy and Astrophysic, Biological Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Optical Physics and Particle Physics.
Shippensburg University Department of Physics – Nestled in the rural Cumberland Valley of scenic, south-central Pennsylvania, SU’s Physics Department offers programs in Physics, Applied Physics, Physics Education.
Southern Vermont College John Merck Division of Science and Technology – is a private, four-year liberal arts college located on the 371-acre former Edward Everett Estate near Bennington, Vermont in the southwestern corner of the state bordering New York and Massachusetts. The John Merck Division of Science and Technology offers a baccalaureate degree in Biological Sciences and Radiologic Sciences, a certificate in Computed Tomography and a minor in Environmental Studies. The John Merck Division of Science and Technology also provides science, environmental, mathematics, and information technology courses taken by students to meet General Core requirements and electives.