Associate Professor of Physics Aileen O'Donoghue made her presence known at the Vatican Observatory at the University of Arizona, where she spent a year on sabbatical -- she's on the cover of the Observatory's 2001 Annual Report. In addition, next fall she will receive an alumni award from Colorado Mountain College.

The caption for the 2001 Annual Report of the Vatican Observatory, titled "Last Sunset, September 10, 2001," states: "Vatican Observatory astronomer Christopher Corbally, S.J., (lower level) and visiting scholar Aileen O'Donoghue (upper level) admire the beauty and serenity of the 10 September sunset before beginning their night's observing run at the University of Arizona's Bok Telescope on Kitt Peak outside of Tucson. Horrific events transpiring the next morning on the other side of the continent would change the United States and the world forever." The photo was taken by David Harvey.

Of O'Donoghue's work at the Observatory, the report states, "Her astronomical research has been almost entirely in the radio band, and she has used the Very Large Array Radio Telescope in Socorro, New Mexico, to image extended radio galaxies and analyze the flow dynamics of the extended structure. Realizing that optical astronomy is more amenable to the involvement of undergraduates in research, she has come to the Vatican Observatory to gain expertise in optical observations and analysis. O'Donoghue is also interested in the science-religion interface and has been involved in the Science and the Spiritual Quest II program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California."

Next fall, O'Donoghue will be presented as Colorado Mountain College's system-wide Outstanding Alumna of the Year. Presentation of the award will also put her in nomination for the 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges; only 10 people are selected to receive the award nationally. O'Donoghue earned her associate's degree from Colorado Mountain College in 1978. She's been a member of the St. Lawrence faculty since 1988.

Posted: November 13, 2002

Close Window to Return to Netnews