Joshua C. Judkins
Josh was fortunate to live in relatively dark Ithaca, NY during grad school, which led to first telescope purchases and learning the northern sky. Proximity to legendary Cornell Astronomy provided exposure to and training on the instruments located at the Fuertes and Hartung-Boothroyd Observatories. With his own telescopes, he learned the joy of sharing the sky with others via sidewalk outreach. Josh also enjoys astrophotography with his 12” Meade LX600 telescope. Since 2017, Josh has been a volunteer with the City of Lynn’s public High Rock Tower Observatory leading the monthly Starry Starry Night Program. Through the observatory, he reaches hundreds of people each year through Starry Starry Night and special outreach events including Boy and Girl scout troop visits, astronomy clubs, schools, churches, and camps. For special astronomical events, he streams from his home observatory. Josh was interviewed by local newspaper and has also appeared on local community television to speak about seasonal skies. Josh also books his telescope for private events like birthday, holiday, and company parties. Josh earned his BS in Biochemistry from Ohio Northern University, and MS and PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University. Josh completed a postdoc in Neuroscience Chemical Biology at Pfizer in Cambridge, MA and has been active in the biotech community in MA since. After Pfizer, Josh joined Thermo Fisher Scientific where he has been for over 7 years holding various life science-focused technical roles, and is currently a Cell & Gene Therapy Business Development Manager. Josh is a member of The Planetary Society and is a board member of LynnLab, LEAS Lab, Inc., Lynn Main Streets, and Lynn Shelter Association. Josh’s hobbies include gardening with husband Cam and cycling.