Halmos Faculty Helps Create Astronomy Network in Florida

Stefan Kautsch, Ph.D.

In November 2019, Halmos associate professor Stefan Kautsch, Ph.D. travelled to Tampa Bay, Florida to meet with other astronomers and astrophysicists from almost all universities and colleges across the state. The mission of the meeting was to create a professional network that would develop a strategy how to better connect the astronomy scientists and simultaneously engage the public community to learn more about the universe.

Kautch, the winner of the 2018 NSU’s President’s Distinguished Professor in Community Engagement, said “Our goal is to promote collaboration across the research and academic institutions in order to advance astronomy and space exploration in Florida, the gateway of the nation to the cosmos”. The proposed name of the group is AstroFlorida. The first research conference is planned for spring 2020.