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Astronomy Graduates Network (AGN)

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Introduction

The Astronomy Grads Network (AGN) serves to represent and promote the interests and visions of graduate students in the Astronomy Department and Space Sciences Building.  AGN also aims to foster a sense of grad student community, and to increase awareness and enthusiasm for Astronomy at Cornell and within the general public.

To these ends, it holds a variety of events each year, including a weekly Grad Student and Postdoc Seminar (often followed by a informal get-together at the "Red Barn"), ice cream socials, informal dinners with Astronomy faculty, and camping trips to nearby dark sky preserves and the Adirondacks and more.

The AGN are actively involved in organizing outreach events for the larger Ithaca community, such as the "Ask an Astronomer" and Halloween "Museum in the Dark" event (the photo shows Carl Ferkinhoff and Michael Lam making Liquid Nitrogen ice cream at this in 2011).

 

Events

Here is a list of typical recurring events we have or frequent:

GSPS 

- Fridays 3:30pm - Room 622

Coffee Hours

- Mondays 10:00am - Room 622 (VoxCharta)

- Thursdays 2:45pm - Room 622 (VoxCharta)

Game Night

- Wednesday nights - Room 622

Trivia 

- Tuesdays 8:00pm - Big Red Barn

Other events include: 

  • Fall/Spring/Summer BBQ
  • Camping trip to the Adirondacks over Fall Break
  • Panel on postdoctoral positions
  • Evening with a Professor
  • Museum in the Dark outreach program
  • Focus for Teens outreach program
  • Ask an Astronomer Live
  • 50 Hour Trivia

Current Officers (2017-18)

  • President: Jack Madden
  • Vice President: Matt Hankins
  • Treasurers: Victoria Calafut and Avani Gowardhan 
  • Secretary: Andrew Foster
  • Field Rep: Marika Leitner
  • Advisor: David Chernoff

Past Officers

2016-17:

  • President: Paul Corlies
  • Vice President: Sam Birch
  • Treasurer: Cody Lamarche
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michelle Vick
  • Advisor: David Chernoff

2015-16:

  • President: Paul Corlies
  • Vice President: Sam Birch
  • Treasurer: Cody Lamarche
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michelle Vick
  • Advisor: David Chernoff

2014-15:

  • President: Tyler Pauly
  • Vice President: Thea Kozakis
  • Treasurer: Mike Jones
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michael Lam
  • Advisor: David Chernoff

2013-14:

  • President: Tyler Pauly 
  • Vice President: Mike Jones 
  • Treasurer: Eva-Maria Mueller
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michael Lam 
  • Advisor: David Chernoff

2012-13:

  • President: Joyce Byun
  • Vice President: Tyler Pauly
  • Treasurer: Everett Schlawin 
  • Webmaster/Secretary: Michael Lam
  • Advisor: David Chernoff