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AAS Electronic Announcement #183 - April 2008
 

[Mailed from aas.org 10 April 2008]
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CONTENTS:

1. AAS ST. LOUIS MEETING NEWS

2. EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

3. HANDS-ON ASTRONOMY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS FOR FORMAL AND INFORMAL EDUCATORS IN ST. LOUIS 31 MAY AND 1 JUNE 2008

4. 2008 DDA MEETING UPDATE

5. AAS LONG BEACH MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

6. AAS CALENDAR

7. NRC COMMITTEE: SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES ENABLED BY CONSTELLATION

8. JUDGES LOOKING FOR SLAM-DUNK VISUALIZATIONS

9. IAU COMMISSION ON EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

10. SSB BOULDER

11. AIP SPONSORS CAMPAIGN WORKSHOP FOR SCIENTISTS INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR OFFICE

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1. AAS ST. LOUIS MEETING NEWS

30 April Late Abstract Deadline
30 April Regular Registration Deadline
23 May Final Registration Deadline

See the online Meeting Announcement for further details and access to abstract and registration forms, www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/

Meeting-in-a-Meeting

This meeting includes Meeting-in-a-Meeting (MIM) sessions. These sessions are held at AAS summer meetings, are one to four days in length and can be structured flexibly the session proposers and replace Topical Sessions. Contributed, Invited and Special Sessions remain as standard meeting content.

The MIM sessions in St. Louis are:
* Preparing for the International Year of Astronomy (sponsored jointly with and led by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
* Bridging the Laboratory and Astrophysics
* The Spiral Structure of the Galaxy
* More details are available on the meeting web page,
www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/meeting_in_meeting.php

Meeting Hotels

The AAS has contracted sleeping rooms at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel. We must have 80% of the reserved rooms booked; otherwise, penalties will be incurred. Booking outside of our reserved blocks results in significant increases in meeting costs.

Reservations:
Regular Attendee Rate: $136.00 Single and Double Rooms

Government Attendee Rate: $106.00 Single and Double Rooms

Reservations: 314-621-9600 Reference: American Astronomical Society or AAS

Online Reservations:
Regular Attendee
www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/MarriottReservationRegular.php

Government Attendee
www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/MarriottReservationGovernment.php

Splinter Meetings

Please remember if you want to request a splinter (private) meeting you will need to complete a session proposal form, found in the Members-Only section of the AAS web pages. Requests can also be emailed to Kelli Gilmore (mailto:gilmore at aas.org) by 30 April 2008. These splinter meetings are reserved as a first come first serve basis. Further information on proposing meeting content can be found at www.aas.org/meetings/meeting_content.php

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2. EDUCATION WORKSHOPS & SPLINTER MEETINGS

NASA Center for Astronomy Education Workshop

The Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Presents: Improving the College Introductory Astronomy Survey Course for Non-Science Majors through Active Learning: A Tier I (Introductory) Two-Day Workshop

Presented by Edward Prather and Gina Brissenden; University of Arizona

The overarching goal of this workshop is for participants to become familiar with learner-centered teaching and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college astronomy courses. To accomplish this goal, participants in our workshop will learn how to create productive learning environments by reviewing research on the nature of teaching and learning; setting course goals and objectives; and using interactive lectures, peer instruction, engaging demonstrations, collaborative groups, tutorials, and ranking tasks. The workshops will culminate with participants learning how to put these teaching strategies together into effective learning sequences for the learner-centered classroom.You do not need to be a member of the AAS, nor be attending this AAS meeting, to register for the workshop. This workshop is designed for college instructors, post-docs, and graduate and undergraduate students currently teaching college astronomy (or who think they will be in the near future).

Organizer: Gina Brissenden (University of Arizona)

Register online at the AAS website: www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/registration.php

In the Footsteps of Galileo: A Workshop for Educators

Are you tired of teaching that same old scientific method lesson? Are you looking for ideas that bring the process of science to life for your students? Experience hands-on inquiry based activities that allow your students to recreate the excitement of Galileo's historic observations. This workshop will illustrate Galileo's telescopic observations of the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus and how his use of evidence formed the basis for the modern scientific process. By recording and analyzing data, making predictions, and using multiple forms of evidence, you will be challenged to find support for a heliocentric solar system. Experience a variety of kinesthetic models to help your students understand their data, including modeling of the phases of our Moon and Venus and the motion of Jupiter's moons. Discover how your students can control remote telescopes to gather their own data and start their own path of scientific discovery.

Organizer: Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College)
Register online at the AAS website: www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/registration.php

Telling Science Like A Story: Storytelling Techniques for IYA Education Programs

Storytelling is a highly effective communication tool and one of the most economical types of outreach programs. This workshop offer "tricks" of the storytelling trade, with emphasis on storytelling for IYA. We focus on educators from museums, nature centers, and science centers, though all educators are welcome. The featured presenter is Lynn Moroney, a professional storyteller long involved in astronomy education, notably as a storyteller for SkyTellers from the Lunar & Planetary Institute. During the morning session, limited to 40 participants, we will share techniques to use oral storytelling to communicate science and to complement hands-on activities that do the same. Bring a story to share! The group will discuss the science within each story, comparing the language of story and the language of science. The afternoon session will be a lively program featuring several storytellers and astronomy-related folklore from around the world.

Presenters:
Lynn Moroney, professional storyteller

Anna Hurst, Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Register online at the AAS website: www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/registration.php

Afterschool Universe: Beyond the Solar System, Beyond the School Day

This workshop will familiarize participants with NASA's "Afterschool Universe", a hands-on out-of-school-time astronomy program, targeted at middle school students. Using interdisciplinary teaching techniques, it explores basic astronomy concepts and takes participants on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system. The program begins with an exploration of participants' current ideas about the universe. It then moves on to tools astronomers use (telescopes and spectroscopes) and how they use light to see objects in space. The program ends with an exploration of specific objects such as stars, galaxies, and black holes. "Afterschool Universe" offers an opportunity to run a well-tested and easily implemented out-of-school-time program in your own local communities during IYA and beyond. We will discuss the manual, website (universe.nasa.gov/afterschool/), and other resources available. Participants will also implement selected activities in the program so that you leave the workshop feeling confident in your ability to run the program.

Presenters:
Anita Krishnamurthi, CRESST/University of Maryland & NASA GSFC
Sarah Eyermann, SP Systems & NASA GSFC
Sara Mitchell, SP Systems & NASA GSFC
James Lochner, CRESST/USRA & NASA GSFC

Register online at the AAS website: www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/registration.php

AstroZone: St. Louis
Saturday (May 31) 12pm - 4pm

www.aas.org/meetings/aas212/event_ed_astrozone.php

The AAS and the Association for Astronomy Education present a four-hour open house for local families, teachers and kids. Come learn about the cool science going on right now in astronomy. At AstroZone: St. Louis you will get to meet scientists, do some hands-on astronomy, and take home a bunch of free stuff! Scientists and potential exhibitors interested in being involved in this event should contact Jake Noel-Storr (jake at cis.ritedu).

Organizers: Jacob Noel-Storr (Rochester Institute of Technology, Insight Lab) and Emilie Drobnes (NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center)

K12 Educator Reception
Sunday (June 1st) 5:30pm - 6:30pm

The AAS and Association for Astronomy Education present an evening reception for K-12 teachers to gain knowledge and resources to take back to their classrooms to cover the latest science being discussed during the conference week. At the reception, teachers will have a chance to be exposed to background scientific content related the latest discoveries, mingle with astronomers and other education professionals, and will take home resources (and new connections) to use in their classrooms. Scientists interested in being involved must sign up with Jake Noel-Storr (jake at cis.rit.edu). Space is limited!

K12 Educators should register for this event at: www.aas.org/meetings/K12reception_form.php

Presiders: Jacob Noel-Storr (Rochester Institute of Technology, Insight Lab) and Emilie Drobnes (NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center)

Astronomer Volunteers Needed for the Educators Reception and Astrozone. If you will be in St. Louis on Saturday and/or Sunday, please consider participating at the Astrozone on Saturday afternoon and the Educators Reception on Sunday night. Volunteer duties are quite easy: 1) just to be your cheerful astronomer self and 2) mingle. It's like being a rock star!! Material rewards include munchies, t-shirts and buttons. If interested please contact Jake Noel Storr (jake at cis.rit.edu) and Emilie Drobnes (emilie.drobnes at nasa.gov).

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3. HANDS-ON ASTRONOMY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS FOR FORMAL AND INFORMAL EDUCATORS IN ST. LOUIS MAY 31 AND JUNE 1, 2008

The United Nations has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo turning his telescope to the heavens and changing forever humanity's view of itself. Events and programs will be offered throughout the U.S. and the world.

To prepare for IYA, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) are sponsoring a weekend of workshops on how to present astronomy activities and ideas to audiences in schools, museums, nature centers, community groups, and everywhere people gather. No background in astronomy is required to participate.

The program will be held before the meeting of the AAS, which this year includes an ASP symposium on the International Year of Astronomy, in the St. Louis (Missouri) Convention Center. Each day, there will be 3 or 4 workshops to choose from, addressing different topics and audiences.

The full schedule and more information can be found at: www.astrosociety.org/events/2008mtg/workshops.html

A limited number of scholarships are available to U.S. citizens, to cover travel to the weekend from anywhere in the country (up to $600) thanks to NASA's Spitzer Science Center. Registration for the workshops is only $25 per day.

Among those eligible to attend are:
1) K-12 teachers
2) museum, planetarium, and nature center educators
3) community college instructors who do outreach beyond their own classrooms
4) amateur astronomers actively engaged in outreach
5) NASA science program educational ambassadors.

Registration for the workshops is limited, and is now open on a first-come, first-served basis.

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4. 2008 DDA MEETING UPDATE

The 2008 Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) will be held April 28 through May 1, 2008, at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. All contributed talks at the DDA will be given in plenary session at the St. Julien hotel in downtown Boulder. There will be a poster session at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), which is located next door to the St. Julien. This year's meeting is sponsored by SwRI, Space Science Institute, Colorado University's Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research and Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and Ball Aerospace. Information about the 2008 Meeting can be found at dda.harvard.edu. Registration will close 18 April 2008. After 18 April all registrations will be processed onsite at the meeting.

Deadlines:
Hotel Reservations: 9 April 2008
Registration: 18 April 2008

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5. AAS LONG BEACH MEETING SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS, ROOM REQUEST DEADLINE

If you would like to hold a Special Session, or Town Hall at the January 2009 Long Beach Meeting remember that proposals and room requests are due 15 May 2008. See www.aas.org/meetings/MeetingContent.html#how for information.

PLEASE NOTE: This deadline also applies to any Education or E/PO workshops, receptions, special events, or special sessions.

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6. AAS CALENDAR

The AAS publishes dates of meetings held in North, South and Central America as well as deadlines of interest to astronomers worldwide (e.g. grant and observing proposal deadlines) based on input from our members, meeting organizers and facility or agency administrators.  This calendar will now also be available online at the AAS web page. The easy-to-remember link is www.aas.org/calendar. Instructions on submitting additional meeting information is available on the page as well.

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7. NRC COMMITTEE: SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES ENABLED BY CONSTELLATION

The National Research Council's Committee on Science Opportunities Enabled by NASA's Constellation System has issued a request for information from the scientific community. The due date for proposals for space science missions that may be possible using Constellation is 5 May. The committee intends to review the proposals and ask some of them to formally present at the committee's third meeting in Boulder in early June.

See www7.nationalacademies.org/ssb/constellation2008.html for details.

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8. JUDGES LOOKING FOR SLAM-DUNK VISUALIZATIONS

Excitement is growing on college campuses and venues around the world as the 2008 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge draws to a close. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science, the flagship publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the 6th annual Visualization Challenge will accept entries only until 31 May.

The Challenge recognizes the increasing importance and power of visualizations. They illuminate and explain to the public the crucial work of science and engineering. Increasingly, they have also become an essential analytical tool for those researchers themselves, revealing the patterns, structures, and truth beneath the data.

In the fall, Jeff Nesbit, Director of NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, will announce this year's Final Five. Awards are expected in five separate categories: Photographs/Pictures, Illustrations/Drawings, Informational/Explanatory Graphics, Interactive Media, and Non-Interactive Media.

For rules, entry forms, and more information, see: www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis

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9. IAU COMMISSION ON EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The spring 2008 Newsletter of IAU Commission 46 on Education and Development is now online at physics.open.ac.uk/~bwjones/IAU46/pdf/ and linked to the Commission's main Website at www.astronomyeducation.org. The newsletter discusses a variety of education-related news from the US and around the world, including the International Year of Astronomy.

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10. SSB BOULDER

The eighth event in the ongoing series "Forging the Future of Space Science: The Next 50 Years" will take place in Boulder, Colorado on Monday, 14 April 2008. This event is part of an International Lecture and Seminar Series marking the 50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year presented by the National Academies' Space Studies Board.

The public lecture will be presented by Edward C. Stone, Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology at 7:30pm. For more information, visit: www.national-academies.org/ by clicking on "News Office" and then "News Releases and Media Advisories".

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11. AIP SPONSORS CAMPAIGN WORKSHOP FOR SCIENTISTS INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR OFFICE

On May 10th, the first annual Campaign Education Workshop will be held in Washington, DC. Speakers such as Joe Trippi, advisor to multiple presidential candidates, and Kevan Chapman, Communications Director for Congressman Vern Ehlers (MI-3), will teach scientists and engineers key strategies for organizing and running a campaign.

The non-partisan workshop is open to any scientist or engineer who is interested in learning more about campaigns. More information and registration details are available here: elections.sefora.org/

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