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Sullivan South science team’s research taken to astronomy conference

January 19th, 2014 9:32 pm by Nick Shepherd

Sullivan South science team’s research taken to astronomy conference

Four Sullivan South students — Peyton Nanney, Wes Cox, Matthew Boyd and Luke Hipester — and science teacher Tom Rutherford participated in a yearlong research project with NASA. Photo by Ned Jilton II.

A group of Sullivan South students recently presented results from a yearlong project with NASA to astronomers from around the country.

The group, which consists of four South students and a science teacher, traveled to Washington, D.C., in early January to present their findings at a conference.

“This is a program that had teachers and their students do original research,” said Tom Rutherford, the science teacher at Sullivan South. “The outcome, of course, or what they want is for us to do research with our students and to continue to do that.” 

The South students who worked countless hours on the project were Peyton Nanney, Wes Cox, Matthew Boyd and Luke Hipester.

The project began when the four were juniors. Wes, Peyton and Rutherford spent five days at Cal Tech, where an astronomer assigned them a project to work on.

There was one central question they were asking for the project.

“If we could find a relationship between the color and luminosity of active galactic nuclei,” Luke said. 

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