January 8, 2015
The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
E-Comet Newsletter


Maria Mitchell Association Partners with NPR
The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting the morning weather and night sky report on 89.5 WNCK!

Tune in at 8:15AM for Director of Astronomy Michael West's forecast for the coming day and what is visible at night.

Adopt a Barn Owl Nest Box
Help the MMA's and Dr. Bob Kennedy's research efforts by sponsoring a Nantucket Barn Owl Box today!  
To learn more, visit our website.

REU Students present at the
American Astronomical Society Conference 
Dr. Michael West was in Seattle this week with REU Interns, who were given the opportunity to present their research to a distinguished audience of astronomers from all over the nation.

MMA Receives NanoDays Exhibit for 2015

The MMA is excited to be a recipient of one of 250 NanoDays exhibit kits for 2015 in the US!  


The kit contains activities and digital media that give families a chance to learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology.   


The MMA will host a large NanoDays event during the last weekend of March. Look for more information as the time approaches.

Meticulous Work With History in Mind

Learn how Wayne Morris has progressed on the MMA library renovation and the painstaking process of replacing the window lintels on Maria Mitchell's Attic.

A Year of Discovery
Read Dr. Michael West's 2014 Year in Review
of Achievements in Space.

Do You Know the Connection? 

What do Maria Mitchell, 19th century Providence-based architect Alfred Stone, and renowned architecture firm McKim, Mead and White have in common?

The answer is in Maria Mitchell's Attic.


2015 Summer Camp and Programming Sneak-Peek
Looking forward to our summer programs?

Be the first to know what we will offer.
2015 Summer Camps and Programs will be up for early viewing on our website on January 9.
Make sure you plan your summer on Nantucket early.

Registration opens February 2!

Stargazing Night at Loines Observatory

Where: 59 Milk Street Extension
When: Friday, January 23
Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Donations Encouraged


Now Accepting 2015 Summer Internship Applications
Available internships include: 

NSF-REU Internships          Aquarium Internships 

Education Internships          Mitchell House Internship

Natural Science Museum Internships

Marketing & Development Internship


For more information, check out our website.

It's Not Too Late to Donate!
The Maria Mitchell Association  
and its programs, activities, and research  
would not be possible without donations like yours.

Please help us make 2015 an amazing year with
your year-end, tax deductible gift.

For more information, click here.  

Looking for a Place to Volunteer? 

The Maria Mitchell Association welcomes any and all who wish to volunteer.

For inquiries and more information, please email info@mariamitchell.org

Connect with us:


Maria Mitchell's Attic
A blog about Maria Mitchell, the Mitchells, and the Mitchell House

Also follow our Astronomy news and tweets from @ACKstronomy.

 4 Vestal Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-9198
Get Involved!

Have you visited any of our MMA properties?
Write us a review on



Do you have something we could use?  


Here are a few things we could use for our education programs: 


 Fishing Poles & Gear


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 
Judy MacLeod
Malcolm MacNab, M.D., Ph.D. 
Toni McKerrow

Mary Archibald (Bebe) Poor, D.V.M  

Eileen Rudden
Anne P. Strain
Edward Symes, III
John Hartner
Katherine Rhode, Ph.D.



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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