Senior lecturer News

Helen Hill
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Astronomer and planetary scientist Amanda has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.

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Congratulations to Amanda Bosh on her recent highly deserved promotion to Senior Lecturer. Dr Bosh is an astronomer and planetary scientist. Her research focus includes studies of the atmospheres of icy bodies in the outer solar system and the kinematics of planetary rings, both utilizing the stellar occultation technique.

Most recently, Bosh was involved with the June 29, 2015 Pluto occultation event, that occurred a few days prior to closest approach by the NASA New Horizons craft. She was also a co-author on research published this spring, reporting the detection of a shell or ring of fine dust particles around the minor planet (“centaur”) Chiron.

Bosh teaches 3 undergraduate courses in observational astronomy: 12.410/8.287j Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy. This fall-semester class includes observations made at Wallace Observatory in Westford, MA, and teaches students about the fundamental physical and optical principles used for astronomical measurements at visible wavelengths as well as practical methods of astronomical observations and data analysis.

Over IAP Bosh leads 12.411/12.611 Astronomy Field Camp, an opportunity for Individual research projects in observational astronomy involving supervised work at Lowell Observatory (located in Flagstaff, AZ).

Her spring class is 12.409 Hands-on Astronomy, centered around weekly outdoor observing, both on campus and at Wallace Observatory,, teaches students the background for and techniques of visual observing, telescope use, and astrophotography of the Moon, planets, satellites, stars, and brighter deep-space objects.

Outside the classroom, Dr Bosh coordinates the popular observe@MIT program, an on-campus opportunity for the MIT community to stargaze and to see the sights of the night even within the light-polluted city. Members of the MIT community are encouraged to come and observe the sky above and learn about space and what there is to see on that particular day or night. Everyone is welcome to participate by looking through one of the telescopes and having a conversation with peers and astronomy enthusiasts alike up on the roof of building 37, on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA. To be alerted when there is an observe@MIT session, join their mailing list:

Bosh also advises graduate and undergraduate students. This year her group includes Masters student Molly Kosiarek XII ’15, and several undergraduate advisees, among them Megan Mansfield ‘16 and Dan Doan '16, who are working with Bosh on their SB theses.

“Amanda brings knowledge, enthusiasm, commitment, and a long relationship with EAPS and MIT to our students,” said Department Head and Schlumberger Professor of Earth and Planetary Science Rob van der Hilst. “We are delighted to see her promoted to Senior Lecturer.”

Bosh holds a double major in EAPS and Materials Science. Her PhD advisor was EAPS professor Jim Elliot. She has been a lecturer in EAPS since 2009.



Amanda Bosh

Dr. Amanda Bosh is a lecturer in planetary science at MIT, teaching courses on astronomical observational techniques. Her research focuses on Pluto's atmosphere and how it changes in response to its increasing distance from the sun. She was the co-creator of an innovative astronomy outreach program for Navajo and Hopi middle school children. Amanda received her PhD from MIT in 1994 in planetary science, as well as SB degrees from MIT in 1987 in planetary science and in materials science and engineering.

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