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Mystic Seaport Names New Planetarium Supervisor

Mystic Seaport is pleased to announce Jeffrey J. Dunn will join the Museum as the new supervisor of the Treworgy Planetarium.

Dunn will be responsible for the development and execution of all programs and curriculum at the Planetarium, including participation in the Museum’s innovative Science-to-Go and History-to-Go programs.

Dunn is currently a G.I.S. Analyst at the University of Connecticut, where he is a doctoral candidate. Dunn received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Geography from West Virginia University. He is a member of the Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honors Society.

At the University of Connecticut, Dunn’s work at the Map and Geographic Information Center and the Connecticut State Data Center (MAGIC/CTSDC) involved creating custom map products and leading the centers’ educator outreach programs.  Dunn’s expertise and technical skills cover traditional and modern survey and scientific equipment, the use of optical telescopes, and the ability to leverage the latest internet technologies.

“We believe Jeff’s extensive scientific and technical knowledge, plus his experience developing innovative educational resources for use by professionals as well as the general public, make him the ideal person to guide the Treworgy Planetarium into its next phase,” said Mystic Seaport President Stephen C. White. “He has a passion for astronomy that is clear from the moment you meet him.”

Dunn replaces Don Treworgy, who was Planetarium director for 44 years. The Planetarium was named in his honor in 2009.

Dunn’s hiring is effective January 31.

About the Treworgy Planetarium

The Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport seeks to educate visitors and students of the unique connection of astronomy and earth science to marine navigation and maritime history.  More than 22,500 people attended Planetarium programs every year. For more information about the Planetarium, please visit mysticseaport.org/planetarium.