Teaching & Research

There are things in the universe billions of years older than us…
They’re vast, timeless, and if they’re aware of us at all, it is as little more than ants…,
and we have as much chance of communicating with them as an ant has with us….
I am both terrified and reassured to know that there are still wonders in the universe,
that we have not yet explained everything…
– G’kar (Babylon 5)

I teach The History of Outer Space for the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University through their award winning e-campus program.    This course explores humans interaction with outer space from ancient astronomy to current events.  Below are the introduction videos for the course and each week’s set of topics.
If you are interested in taking the course, contact OSU’s ecampus.

You can also look through the Summer 2016 syllabus for the course here.

pubs / awards / teaching / CV

Recent Publications / Posters / Presentations

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If I’m being honest, I am only moderately interested in academic research.   The enterprise is amazing – but for me, the joy is in teaching and interacting with students.    Nonetheless, over the years, I have been given the opportunity to assist many serious academics with research projects including:


  • Wild in the Willamette – Cartography consultant & contributing author.  Oregon State University Press, 2015
  • The Courtiers Anatomist: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris by Anita Guerrini. Cartography consultant and graphic design. University of Chicago Press, 2015
  • The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France by Michael A. Osborne. Cartography consultant and graphic design. University of Chicago Press, 2014
  • Confluences.    Interactive eBook Newsletter for the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University.   Co-Authored by Courtney S. Campbell, Mina Carson, and Kara Ritzheimer.
  • R Peckyno. Lava Flow Morphology and Margin Analysis (LLAMA). Master’s Thesis, Oregon State University Department of Geosciences, 2010.
  • R Peckyno, S de Silva. R M Lopes. D Pieri.  LAMDA – The Lava Morphology Database: First Results and Interpretations  (POSTER) American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting. December 2009, San Francisco, CA.
  • R Peckyno, S de Silva. LAMDA – The Lava Morphology Database: Concept and Call for Support (PRESENTATION), The Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting. October 2009, Portland, OR.
  • R M Lopes; ER Stofan; R Peckyno; et.al. Distribution and Interplay of Geologic Processes on Titan: Analysis Using Cassini Data. Icarus Volume 205, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 540-558. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.08.010.
  • R Peckyno, S de Silva.  Assessing the Impact of Data Resolution for Remote Sensing Based Models of Planetary Lava Flow Rheology. (POSTER) AGU Annual Meeting. December 2008, San Francisco, CA.
  • L C Wye, H A Zebker, R M Lopes, R Peckyno, A Le Gall, M A Janssen. Surface Parameters of Titan Feature Classes From Cassini RADAR Backscatter Measurements.(POSTER) AGU Annual Meeting. December 2008, San Francisco, CA.
  • R Peckyno, R M Lopes. Shaping Titan Update: GIS Mapping Saturn’s Largest Moon. (PRESENTATION) American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Columbia River Region Technical Session. September 2008, Vancouver, WA.
  • R Peckyno, S de Silva. Lava Flow Margin Lobation As A Proxy For Rheology. (POSTER) International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) Annual Conference. August 2008, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • R Peckyno.  The Sky is Falling: Disaster Mitigation, Management, and Media regarding the Asteroid Hazard.  Master’s Thesis, University of North Dakota Space Studies Department, 2004.
  • Kids to Space: A Space Traveler’s Guide – Contributing author. ISBN: 1894959426, Release 05/28/2006.
  • R Peckyno, DKR Robinson, R. Zelnio. The Committee on Lunar Exploration Advanced Robots and Satellites (CLEARS): A Working Model for the Alignment of Lunar Science Programs.(PRESENTATION) 55th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Vancouver, British Columbia, 10/2004. IAC.04.IAA.
  • R Peckyno.   Whiskey, Wire, and Steel: A Remote Sensing Perspective of Monessen, Pennsylvania Geography and History.   (PROJECT)   University of North Dakota.  05/2003.
  • R Peckyno, E Sadeh. Political And Policy Evolution Of Chinese Lunar Plans. (AAS 03-750) Proceedings of the International Lunar Conference 2003. International Lunar Exploration Working Group 5 – ILC2003 / ILEWG 5. ISBN 0-87703-513-X.


Awards / Grants / Etc.


  • 2015 Carolyn Maresh Professional Staff Award, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University
  • 2015 Philosophy Program Service Award, Oregon State University
  • 2015 Merit Award, Association of Office Professionals at Oregon State University
  • 2014 Vice Provost Award for Excellence in Program Support, Oregon State University
  • ASPRS Certified GIS Mapping Scientist #GS227P, 2012
  • Tower Geosciences Graduate Student Research Grant Recipient, 2009
  • Oregon NASA Space Grant Fellow, 2006-2010
  • President of the OSU Student Chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), 2008-2009
  • 1 of 16 students nationally selected for the NASA Graduate Student “Coffee with the Administrator” Event, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, 2008
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Internship & Grant, Summer 2007
  • Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) Website of the Year (for Volcano World), 2005
  • Space Studies Graduate Student of the Year, University of North Dakota, 2003

Teaching and Outreach

I am always excited at the opportunity to talk about a space related topic.   I have a diverse set of presentations ready to go and am happy to customize a program for your needs.    Contact me if you would like to set up a program for your school/group/event.

  • Oregon State University E-Campus, HSTS 451, The History of Outer Space, Currently (next taught Winter 2017)
  • The Soviet and Russian Space Programs. (Invited Course Lecture) OSU. May 20, 2015
  • The History of Planetary Protection Policy. (Invited Course Lecture) OSU. May 12, 2015
  • The History of Extra-terrestrial Communication.  (Invited Presentation) Oregon State University.   May 24, 2012.
  • Robotic Exploration of Our Solar System (and beyond!).  (Invited Presentation) Tigard Public Library. October 01, 2011.
  • Space Stations – From Skylab to Space Hotels.  (Invited Presentation) Tigard Public Library. September 24, 2011.
  • The Sky is Falling: Meteorites, Asteroids, and Hazards from Above.  (Invited Presentation) Evergreen Aviation Museum. July 28, 2011.
  • 2010, Oregon State University, Geosciences 599 – Planetary Geology (TA)
  • 2009, Oregon State University, Geosciences 300 – Sustainability and Environmental Conservation (Lecturer)
  • 2004-2006, University of North Dakota, Space Studies 200 – Introduction to Space Studies (Lecturer)
  • Mutual Inspiration: Science and Science Fiction. (Invited Presentation), Univeristy of North Dakota, 6/2006.
  • 1999-2000, MicroAge Corporation, Amarillo, TX – Microsoft Windows and Office Corporate Trainer