Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
Culminating 13 months of research with the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP), Upper School science teacher Howard Lineberger helped present the results of his team’s work at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January in Washington, D.C. NITARP partners small groups of largely high school educators with mentor professional astronomers for original research projects.
Lineberger was among just eight teachers from around the country selected for NITARP’s 2017 class. His team made use of Spitzer Space Telescope data obtained from the entirety of the Cryogenian era, looking for the most unusual and faintest infrared excess objects serendipitously detected.
Lineberger’s NITARP teammates included three other high school teachers from around the country and mentor astronomer Dr. Varoujan Gorjian, a research astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sharing in the research experience and attending the American Astronomical Society meeting were Durham Academy senior Lillia Larson and juniors Joseph Walston and Mekai Scott. For more on the team’s work, including research posters, visit bit.ly/linebergernasa.