In a ceremony in Tucson, Arizona, on August 7, Philip Deutschle, co-chair of the Science Department at Salinas High School and adjunct astronomy instructor at Hartnell College, was awarded the Thomas J. Brennan Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
The award recognizes exceptional achievement related to teaching astronomy at the high school level in North America.
Deutschle has taught at Salinas High since 2003 and at Hartnell for several years. Largely due to his efforts, an observatory opened at Salinas High in the summer of 2010. It is available one night each week during the school year for public observing.
Deutschle has provided high school students the opportunity to complete paid internships at the Fremont Peak Observatory in collaboration with Hartnell's Science and Math Institute. Hartnell provides more than 80 paid internships in the STEM disciplines each summer. Andy Kreyche, Hartnell's planetarium educator, nominated Deutschle for the award.
Astronomy is among the core STEM disciplines in which area students benefit greatly from the close connections among area high school faculty and Hartnell College faculty. Deutschle's former students have gone on to degree programs in astronomy and astrophysics at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, among others.
PHOTO OF AWARD PRESENTATION ATTACHED: Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) board member Shawn Laatsch presents Salinas High School teacher Philip Deutschle with the 2012 Thomas J. Brennan Award at the ASP Annual Meeting Awards Banquet in Tucson, Arizona, on August 7.