From press release
Three Rock Valley College Astronomy students have received certificates of appreciation from NASA and the Astronomical Research Institute for making a near Earth object observation. The students are Evelyn Pulkowski, Matthew Kelley and Zachary Harker.
A near Earth object (NEO) observation is the discovery of a previously-unknown asteroid and confirmation that its trajectory will cross Earth’s orbit. Near Earth objects pose a danger to Earth. Once discovered and confirmed, NASA tracks each NEO and determines the potential risk of impact or collision with Earth. Students in Dr. Richard Ross’ astronomy classes at Rock Valley College were selected to be among students selected at 14 institutions around the world to participate in a project to find near Earth objects as part of the International Asteroid Search Campaign. The search campaign took place during the spring 2010 semester.
Dr. Ross expressed gratitude for funding for this project through an RVC Foundation grant, stating, “The RVC Foundation has been the sole supporter of innovative instructional technology for astronomy at Rock Valley College.”
From the July 7-13, 2010 issue