2003 Priscilla and Bart Bok Awards
Oswalt (center) of the Florida Institute of Technology, a
member of the AAS-ASP Special Awards Team, presents the 2003
Bok Awards to Lisa Doreen Glukhovsky and Jonathan Nicolas
Sick. Courtesy of Terry Oswalt.
Doreen Glukhovsky of New Milford High School in New Milford, Connecticut,
received the 2003 First Place Priscilla and Bart Bok Prize and a
$5,000 scholarship for a project whose results were within 1% of
those predicted by JPL scientists. The Bok Awards, jointly sponsored
by the ASP and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), were presented
on May 15 at the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair in Cleveland, Ohio.
project was "A Rapid, Accurate Method of Determining the Distance
to Near-Earth Asteroids". For a number of potentially-hazardous
asteroids, she planned simultaneous (within a fraction of a second)
two-site observations from widely-separated observatories in Europe
and the United States. Glukhovsky coordinated all of the observations,
which were made by high school students and amateur astronomers.
After successful imaging sessions, Glukhovsky used the parallax
shift with image processing/astrometry software to determine each
asteroid's distance. She submitted 14 observations to the Minor
Planet Center, which assisted NASA scientists in refining the asteroids'
following day, Glukhovsky was one of three students to receive the
top Intel Fair Award, the Young Scientist Award, which is accompanied
by a $50,000 scholarship and a computer.
recipient of the Second Place Priscilla and Bart Bok Award was Jonathan
Nicholas Sick, from Queen Elizbeth High School, Calgary, Alberta.
Sick's project was "Development of an Adaptively Controlled
Telescope". Sick designed a 32-cm automated telescope and prepared
software that will orient the telescope, identify star fields, and
track sky objects. The Second Place Bok Prize is a $3,000 scholarship.
— Jeanne E. Bishop
AAS, ASP and IAPPP have co-sponsored special awards in astronomy
at the annual ISEF since 1991.