Published: January 20, 2015
Ms. Novatne writes with several updates. One of the students with whom she had participated in NITARP has gone on to an engineering program that emphasizes space applications. He had been uncertain about his career goals for the entire time he was here on campus. Attending the Long Beach AAS, and being involved in the NITARP research, was a life changing event for him. He is now "locked in" on the astronomy/space options for his considerable talents. Another student, before he left, started a Space Club at their school. There are 3 new physics majors in her engineering physics courses, likely a direct result of Alex's club. Her student enrollments in astronomy have exploded; she now teaches 2 sections in the fall, one in the spring. She will be offering an Intro to Cosmology course soon. She has been sharing stories about her NITARP experience at several regional conferences.