TEA Explorer

I currently teach earth and space science, grades 9-12, at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, PA. Our courses cover the basics of astronomy,meteorology,geology and oceanography. We also offer advanced work in astronomy and meteorology. Many of our students enjoy designing and presenting planetarium shows for various groups from our school district and community. I've been teaching for about 12 years and have learned quite a lot from the students, especially about perspective. As a seminary graduate, I look forward to visiting the Church of the Snows on Antarctica!

I enjoy cross-country skiing,swimming and hiking,all of which can be quite something in and around this truly awesome continent.

AMANDA - Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array
Dr. P. Buford Price, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

The research team that I'll be part of is led by Dr. P. Buford Price of the University of California at Berkeley. The group will be working in the Dark Sector, less than a mile from the Admundsen-Scott South Pole station. Its members will work to expand the AMANDA (Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array) project begun in 1992.

AMANDA is a telescope of ice. Using a widely dispersed array of photomultiplier tubes embedded to depths of up to 1.6 miles (2.6 km) into the thick ice sheet, AMANDA will monitor the flashes of light that occur when neutrinos from galactic and extragalactic sources interact in the ice creating muons. The flashes of light that the muons emit disclose the direction of the neutrinos' celestial origin and reveal information about the goings on of objects such as pulsars,black holes and super novae. The expanse,depth and clarity of the ice on the polar plateau make Antarctica a perfect place to scope out the unknowns of the universe.

Directed by the University of Wisconsin,Madison,the AMANDA project also unites the efforts of the Universities of California at Berkeley and Irvine,the Universities of Stockholm and Uppsula,and the Deutsches Elektronen - Synchrotron.

Sue will travel to Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station by way of McMurdo Station.

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