Notre Dame San Jose Teacher, Lee Pruett, who teaches Chemistry, Biology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science at Notre Dame High School in San Jose, presented a paper last month on star discoveries at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Kissimmee, Florida. The research was conducted by Pruett and a group of Notre Dame students.
Through the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, Pruett and three other high school teachers partnered with research astronomer Luisa Rebull of the California Institute of Technology to conduct a year-long project.
The team searched for young stars near a region where several young clusters are thought to reside. They discovered more than 100 young stars.
The teacher research program is led by the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech. In early January, students Elyse Gonzales ’16 and Kristie ’16 presented the results of their year-long research at the 227th AAS meeting held January 4-8 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.