James (Jim) E. Hesser, (BA ASTR 1963) From early 2007 Jim Hesser served as the Canadian SPoC (Single Point of Contact) for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and is now working with the partnership of professional and amateur astronomers to ensure that legacies are achieved as part of the International Astronomical Union's Beyond the International Year of Astronomy activities. At some time during 2009 at least 1.93 million Canadians enjoyed an engaging astronomy experience through some 3,600 events. Read a brief summary article . From 2006 Jim served as liaison with the US national IYA2009 committee, which facilitated sharing of ideas and experiences across the border.
In addition to his education and public outreach activities, Jim continues as Director of the NRC's Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Victoria, B.C., and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, a 66 antenna radio telescope being built at 5,000m altitude in northern Chile.
His current employment is at the National Research Council, Canada, and he can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.