Background Image Courtesy Hubble, Large Binocular Telescope, Subaru Telescope, Robert Gendler

2019-2020 Committee

Committee 2019-2020

2019-2020 committee from left to right: James, Tommy, Amber, Zak, Hannah, Ollie, Matthew, Harry.

The executive committee is composed of university students and is responsible for the day to day running of the society. Please contact them if you have any questions. At the end of Lent term there is an opportunity to stand for next year's committee. If you are interested please contact a member of the committee

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Chair:   Oliver Normand (ocn22), Jesus College

A second year physicist and apparently now an astronomer. His attendance at talks became more regular if significantly less punctual throughout last year, although he could reliably be found finishing the flapjacks at the ends of talks whether he had attended or not. He has an irrational enjoyment of operating the Northumberland telescope (who doesn’t??) although too often his nights observing are made difficult by the presence of significant numbers of clouds and significantly fewer stars. When not attending to all things CUAS, he can be found sitting in a rowing boat while pretending to know what he is doing, wandering aimlessly around a remote Scottish hill or undertaking other diverting forms or procrastination.

Secretary:   Matthew Zhang (mcz25), Selwyn College

Second year physicist. Probably started to fall in love with astronomy after staying up far too late on a daily basis, providing him more opportunities to gaze into the night sky. Very much “enjoyed” remembering not only the constellations and their relative positions, but also the 3-4 major stars in each for astronomy olympiads. Like Tommy, potentially a horrible experimentalist (reflected in physics practical marks) and a theorist for eternity.

Junior Treasurer and Membership Officer:   Zak Shumyalov (zs334), Churchill College

A second year mathmo, who has been lacking presence of numbers in his studies, and to make up for that decided to become a treasurer. Hence it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is much more of a theorist than the other two physicists claiming to be such. He still has not taken the ObsTest, despite being to a number of ObsDemos. The most likely reason why is because using a telescope requires practical skills.

Observation Secretaries:

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Harry Metrebian (rhkbm2), Trinity College

A first-year maths PhD student and a keen observer – both of the stars and out of place punctuation – the only thing that can stop him is a glass (or 18) of Pimms at the end-of-year garden party. His ability to spot faint moons/galaxies/dwarf planets generally leaves everyone else baffled as they look down a seemingly empty eyepiece. Legend has it, his body clock is on lunar time so that he can make full use of the dark skies brought about by moonless nights.

James Rawson (jr743), Robinson College

A third year mathmo, his astrophotography skills, as showcased around the website, speak for themselves. As an ObsSec, the others have to keep an eye on him in case he persuades the treasurer to divert all of the society funds into the development of ‘cloud guns’ rather than post-talk doughnuts. Doughnuts are equally ineffective at changing the weather, but much more fun to eat. The porters at Churchill college are getting increasingly worried about his lack of sleep, especially after he was once caught going observing twice in one night.

Events Officer:   Tommy Tai (ytt26), Hughes Hall

A second year physicist and an aspiring astronomer. To him, the laws of astrophysics are much easier than practical astronomy. This is likely because he is a bad experimentalist and hence should remain as a theorist for life.

Publicity Officer:   Amber Parsons (abcp2), Jesus College

A second-year physical natural scientist who is being strongly tempted towards Earth Science due to an inexplicable love of rocks. Also for the colouring in, which may help explain her choice of Publicity Officer because of its opportunity to make pretty posters. Her amazing procrastination ability (and questionable work management) has led to seeing the early morning night sky on one too many occasions. This lack of sleep is happily compensated for by the extra chance for observing it affords.

Webmaster:   Hannah Sanderson (hrs46), Jesus College

A third year studying astrophysics. Her collection of astronomy themed t-shirts (one for every talk in Michaelmas term) made her a dead cert for the Chair position last year, but now she is taking a back seat running the website and being designated ‘Helpful Person’ on committee. She is not sure what this role will involve, potentially finishing the doughnuts at talks or just meddling in the Chair’s responsibilities. Cold weather is her kryptonite and results in her wearing at least 6 layers to winter ObsNights (she manages with just 5 in summer). If you need to find her in the dark, look out for a Michelin man with a distinctive bobble hat (coming to a CUAS stash order soon!). Perhaps confusingly then, Hannah is also keen on running around a football pitch for the University second team throughout winter, despite the cold weather.

CUAS also has a senior committee consisting of a President and Senior Treasurer who are Mike Irwin and Jonathan Shanklin respectively and oversee the actions of the society.


See above for the link to our constitution.


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Photo Credit

The photo of the Ring Nebula is courtesy Astronomy Picture of the Day/Hubble Space telescope/Large Binocular Telescope/Subaru telescope/Robert Gendler (source).