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The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) has many gifted staff members who dedicate their time and money to keep IASC running smoothly. Most of the IASC staff are volunteers which allows IASC to continue to offer its programs for free.

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Dr. J. Patrick Miller
IASC Director

Dr. Miller is a professor of mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. He also teaches introductory astronomy and astronomical research methods at the University. He founded IASC in October 2006, and serves as the Vice-President of the Permanent Council of the Global Hands-On Universe Association.

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Tomas Vorobjov
IASC Astronomer (Head of IDaRT)

Mr. Vorobjov is originally from Bratislava in the Slovak Republic. He graduated with a BA in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics from Colby College. He currently resides in London where he is a lead creative technologist in a digital agency. With an avid interest in astronomy, he is an IASC astronomer responsible for verifying student asteroid discoveries and taking follow-up images to complete the discovery process.

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Sergio Foglia
IASC Astronomer (IDaRT)

Mr. Foglia is a civil engineer in Italy. He has a passion for astronomy research of Solar System minor bodies and is the Minor Planets Section recorder of the Italian Amateurs Astronomers Union (UAI) since 1996. He provides backup support for the schools participating in the IASC asteroid search campaigns.

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Luca Buzzi
IASC Astronomer (IDaRT)

Mr. Buzzi lives in Italy where he has been a member of the Schiaparelli Astronomical Observatory since 1997. He works full time for the Observatory, where he does educational and scientific activities (mainly astrometry of NEOs). He collaborates with IASC doing follow-ups of IASC discoveries with local and remote telescopes.

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Dr. Steven Hartung
IASC Astronomer (Image Processing)

Dr. Hartung is a researcher in computational astronomy based in Boulder, Colorado, and is a member of the Infrastructure for Astrophysics Applications Computing project at the International Center for Computational Science. He develops and runs pipelines that prepare large format images from professional survey telescopes for use by IASC.

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Dr. Michael Hibbs
IASC Astronomer (Backup Support)

Dr. Hibbs is an Associate Professor in the Engineering & Physics Department at Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX). Using the 32in RC TSU telescope, he and his students provide follow-up support for the IASC asteroid discoveries. Currently he is building a galaxy reference library for future IASC supernova search campaigns.

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Cassidy Davis
IASC Coordinator

Mrs. Davis is a 2014 Mathematics graduate of Hardin-Simmons University. She enjoys astronomy and attended the 2013 Global Hands-On Universe conference in Greece. As coordinator, she processes student reports and reports discoveries during IASC campaigns.

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Ginger Anderson
Master Teacher (Training)

Mrs. Anderson is a science teacher at May High School in May, Texas. She is a participant of the Introductory Astronomy Course at Abilene Christian University (June 2008) and of the Summer Astronomy Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (June-July 2008) She works with the participating teachers and students as they first learn to analyze image sets using the software Astrometrica.

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Denise Rothrock
Master Teacher (Training)

Mrs. Rothrock is a science teacher at Madisonville High School in Madisonville, Texas. She was a participant of the Summer Astronomy Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (June-July 2008) She works with the participating teachers and students as they first learn to analyze image sets using the software Astrometrica.

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Gobind Deep Singh
Master Teacher (Training)

Gobind is doing his undergraduate work in Computer Science and Engineering. He has a passion for astronomy as well as astro-photography. He has made several MBA discoveries and NEO observations in various IASC search campaigns.

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Matthew Davis
Web Site Designer

Mr. Davis was a Biology and Mathematics major at Hardin-Simmons University. He is a participant of the astronomical research methods course at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (May-terms 2007-2010) and of the Summer Astronomy Institute at LBNL (June-July 2008). He is responsible for maintaining and upgrading the IASC web site.

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Dr. Carlton R. Pennypacker
Professional Advisor

On the right is Dr. Pennypacker. He is a researcher in astro-physics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he was one of the recipients of the 2007 Gruber Prize in Cosmology for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is the co-founder of Hands-On Universe, and serves as the President of the Executive Council of the Global Hands-On Universe Association.

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Robert E. Holmes, Jr.
Director, Astronomical Research Institute

Mr. Holmes is a professional photographer in Illinois. He has a passion for astronomy research and education. Through his ceaseless efforts and use of the ARI's 24in and 32in telescopes, he produces the images analyzed by students in the IASC asteroid search campaigns and near-Earth object confirmation campaigns.

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Herbert Raab
Astrometrica Author

Mr. Raab is a software engineer in Austria. He is a member of Linzer Astronomische Gemeinschaft, having served as its president since 1996. He developed the software Astrometrica used by students to analyze the image sets in the IASC asteroid search campaigns and near-Earth object confirmation campaigns.

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