intentionally limit the number of guests on most tours to about thirty or less. This helps insure close, personal attention by Continental
Capers Travel personnel and our other escorts. Marian Cohen, an experienced travel agent heads up our Voyagers of Discovery tours often aided by her science advisor and husband.
MARIAN (PAWGAN) COHEN: PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL CONSULTANT
Guests of Continental Capers have the services of Marian P. Cohen, an independent travel contractor and travel specialist with Continental Capers Travel, with more than thirty-five years experience in the travel business.
Ms. Cohen also holds bachelor and master degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University respectively. Early in her career she taught history and chemistry in public schools.
Ms. Cohen's expertise and experience involves all aspects of travel from individual bookings to group and specialty tours. This includes arranging and escorting unique adventure tours with her husband through their Voyages of Discovery Tours.
She is also an experienced eclipse chaser. Since 1963 Ms. Cohen has also traveled to twelve total and one annular eclipses of the Sun. She has also successfully observed both the 2004 and 2012 rare transits of Venus. She has been an active member of the local astronomy club (The Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. or AAC) since its early beginnings, served as secretary for several years, and was made an honorary life member in 2012.
Ms. Cohen is married to Professor Howard Cohen (see below), who also serves as a professional escort, coordinator and scientific advisor for their tours.
DR. HOWARD L. COHEN: SCIENCE CONSULTANT
Continental Capers uses the services of Dr. Howard L. Cohen to help arrange and escort many of its specialty tours. He has traveled to twelve total and two annual solar eclipses, successfully observed both the 2004 and 2012 rare transits of Venus, including numerous transits of Mercury and lunar eclipses.
Dr. Cohen is an emeritus professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida where he was on the faculty for more than thirty-five years. He is an accomplished and recognized public speaker. His "down-to-earth" presentations use lively computer displays, which he has perfected through years of teaching at the University.
Dr. Cohen became engrossed with astronomy as an amateur sixty years ago. He subsequently studied astronomy, physics and math at the University of Michigan where he received his B.S. degree. Graduate work in astronomy at Indiana University led to Masters and Ph.D. degrees.
Dr. Cohen continues his interest communicating his excitement of the heavens to others. He is a founding member of the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. (AAC) and has served in various club capacities as vice president, newsletter editor and contributor, program chair, web master, executive board member and club speaker. In January 2012 the AAC awarded 25-year service awards to both Dr. Cohen and his wife.
In 1998 and 1999 he worked with both Elizabeth Indianos, a Tampa artist, to help the AAC conceptualize a series of large, sky murals for the lobby of a local movie theater (Regal Theater's Royal Park 16) originally owned by Eastern Federal Corp. In addition, with this artist, he helped design an astronomical theme for a Tampa, Florida.
As a teacher at the University of Florida, Professor Cohen taught astronomy graduate courses in binary stars, practical astronomy and numerical methods in astronomy. In addition, he has taught more than 15,000 students basic astronomy and science. He also served as department graduate coordinator and director of the campus teaching observatory.
During the 1960's he was a visiting astronomer at Lowell Observatory doing photometric work on the Sun and binary stars. He was also active in their public outreach programs. A favorite activity was introducing visitors to Lowell's unique history and facilities.
Research interests have spanned a variety of projects including eclipsing binaries and star clusters, lunar and asteroid occultations, eclipses and calendars. During the 1980s Dr. Cohen was first to test a prototype of a new Air Force ground-based electro-optical deep-space system (GEODSS) for the detection of asteroids and comets.
During the late 1980s Dr. Cohen was also a technical consultant, speaker and regional sales manager for Meade Instruments, Inc., a leading manufacturer of astronomical telescopes for the serious amateur.
Dr. Cohen is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain, International Planetarium Society and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
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