October  31, 2014

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
E-Comet Newsletter

Winter Discovery Camp Program
Registration is is now OPEN!

Earth & Sky

Join us for MMA's first winter camp during school vacation!  

Build rockets, race robots, travel to different  

island ecosystems, and much more!

When: 8:50AM - 1:00PM, December 22, 23, 29, 30, & 31
Appropriate for ages 7-11

Monday, December 22

Science of Flight - build and launch rockets


Tuesday, December 23

Earth Biomes - make a life sphere


Monday, December 29

Robots and Space Exploration


Tuesday, December 30

Deep Ocean Exploration & Hydrothermal Vents


Wednesday, December 31  

Moons, Craters, and Constellations

See more here! 

Fall Afterschool Discovery Program
Registration is Now OPEN! 

Experience MMA's popular discovery camp during 
 these afterschool, science-based adventures!

When: 2:20PM - 5:00PM, Mondays from November 10 to December 15
Appropriate for ages 8-11

November 10 - Harbor Flats/33 Washington St.  


November 17 - Sesachacha Pond  


November 24 - State Forest  


December 1- Sanford Farm  


December 8 - Siasconset  


December 15 - Masquetuck  


See more here!

Falconry: On the Hunt

MMA teams up with Nantucket Hawking and Falconry for an afternoon learning all about raptors, including witnessing a hunt!

When: November 22
Where: MMA Vestal Street Campus & Out in the Field

Appropriate for ages 9+
Maximum of 20 participants

For more information on the program, click here.

For more photos by George Riethof, click here.

Turtles and Tots

Get up close to our reptilian friends!

When: 9:30AM - 10:00AM, November 12 & 19, December 10 & 17
Where: Natural Science Museum, corner of Milk and Vestal Streets
Appropriate for ages 2-5

See more here!

Where: 59 Milk Street Extension
When: October 31, November 1, November 28, December 12
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM

Free, Donations Encouraged

 New Additions to the MMA!


Katherine L. Rhode, Ph.D., came to the Maria Mitchell Association as a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) intern in 1989 and went on to earn a Doctorate in Astronomy from Yale in 2003. She is currently an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Indiana University. She has held a number of professional astronomy positions, including a position as an Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Katherine's research has appeared in many refereed journals and publications.

John F. Hartner and his family have been summer residents of Nantucket since the late 1980's. John has worked for 30 years in various industrial technology markets for a number of large multinational firms. During this time, he lived overseas for 15 years in multiple countries in Asia & Europe. He serves on the Board of Directors of EnvisionTEC and Elco. He is also familiar with nonprofits serving on Villanova University's Engineering School Dean's Advisory Board. Furthermore, he is an active member of the Young President Organization and the Asia Society.


George Donnelly,  

Director of Development and Communications 

George has 25 years of experience as a professional fundraiser, communicator, and graphic designer. He served as the Director of Marketing and Advertising for Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT. He also served as the Marketing and Communications Director for Connecticut's Mystic & More, the Convention and Visitors Bureau for Southeastern Connecticut, the Executive Director of the Providence Tourism Council, and the Vice President of Marketing and Communication for the Providence Convention and Visitors Bureau. He then formed his own communication company, Graphic Pix, Inc.


Sarah Erichsen, Administrative Assistant

Sarah has several years of administrative experience working for local non-profit organizations, retail establishments, and in law. She was raised on the island and attended Salve Regina University, where she studied Cultural and Historic Preservation and American History.

Happy Halloween! 
From your friends at the  
Maria Mitchell Association 

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Digital cameras for student use


Masks & snorkels


Construction paper


GoPro camera


Please call our Administrative Office at 508-228-9198 if you are interested in donating! 

Board and Staff


John L. Daniels, President
Deb Manus, First Vice President
Helene M. Weld, Second Vice President
Michael Nelson, Treasurer
Patricia L.R. Brennan, Ph.D., Clerk
Howard Blitman
Patty Gibian
John Hartner 
Judy MacLeod
Malcolm MacNab, M.D., Ph.D. 
Toni McKerrow

Mary Archibald (Bebe) Poor, D.V.M   

Katherine Rhode, Ph.D. 

Eileen Rudden
Anne P. Strain
Edward Symes, III



Administration (508)228-9198
John L. Daniels, Interim Executive Director
George Donnelly, Director of Development & Communications
Joan Alison Stockman, Financial Administrator

Sarah Erichsen, Administrative Assistant
Astronomy (508)228-9723
Michael West, Director of Astronomy, Ph.D.
Vladimir Strelnitski, Maria Mitchell Observatory's Director Emeritus, Ph.D.

Gary Walker, Astronomer and Telescope Engineer

Mitchell House & Archives and Special Collections (508)228-2896
Jascin Leonardo Finger, Curator of the Mitchell House

Natural Science (508)228-9198
Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science
Education (508)228-9198
Kim Botelho, Director of Education 
         Robert Kennedy, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D.         
Edith F. Andrews,Ornithologist Emeritus
                                            Peter Boyce,  Research Associate, Ph.D.                                        
       Valerie A. Hall, Research Associate, Ph.D. 

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