The AAS seeks full members interested in making 2- to 3-day visits to community colleges and minority-serving institutions as well as other colleges and universities that don't grant degrees in astronomy.
Public Outreach Tag Definition: Relates to Public Outreach and the AAS mission to communicate and explain our understanding of the universe to the public.
You're invited to submit an abstract for the 225th AAS meeting in Seattle in January to share ideas for astronomy-themed public-outreach events and programs for the International Year of Light 2015.
The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program will conducts a one-day workshop on effective approaches to public outreach at the 46th annual DPS meeting in Tucson, Arizona, on Sunday, 9 November 2014. Application deadline: 27 August.
The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program will conducts a two-day workshop on effective approaches to public outreach at the 225th AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington, 3-4 January 2015. Participants will benefit from ongoing support and discussion following the workshop through a web-based community. Application deadline: 20 October 2014.
If you're an early-career astronomer originally from Scotland, you might have a role in a new TV program meant to inspire young Scots to consider careers in science.
The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program will conducts a two-day workshop on effective approaches to public outreach at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, 4-5 January 2014. Participants will benefit from ongoing support and discussion following the workshop through a web-based community. Application deadline: 18 October 2013.
The AAS will cease publication of AER at the end of 2013; the journal's full archive will remain available online. A task force will be created to develop ideas for expanding the Society's investment in other types of astronomy-education activities.
Jim Manning, Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, reflects on proposed changes to federal science-education programs and previews the ASP's upcoming annual meeting in San Jose, California.
A resource guide for anyone concerned about the potential elimination of the education and public outreach (EPO) activities in NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD), as called for in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.
The AAS has issued a statement addressing the potential elimination of the EPO activities in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, as called for in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. The statement says that the suggested cuts “would dismantle some of the nation’s most inspiring and successful STEM education assets.”
We're inviting amateur astronomers and other interested members of the public to drop in to our 222nd meeting in Indianapolis. Weather permitting, we'll also hold a public star party with the Indiana Astronomical Society.
The inaugural class of AAS Astronomy Ambassadors received their training at a two-day workshop at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, California, 5-6 January 2013. The workshop was developed in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the Pacific Science Center.
Harlow Shapley Visiting Lecturers
The American Astronomical Society (AAS), in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), members of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), and other organizations active in science education and public outreach (EPO), is creating a new program for young astronomers just starting their careers. The project involves a series of professional-development workshops and a community of practice designed to help improve participants’ communication skills and effectiveness in doing outreach to students and the public. Called Astronomy Ambassadors, this new program will provide mentoring and training experiences for new members of our profession, from advanced undergraduates to postdocs, providing access to resources and a network of contacts within the astronomy EPO community.
The eclipse of 21 August 2017 will be a rare event, as the shadow band will traverse the United States in 90 minutes, providing excellent opportunities across the Nation to undertake observations and substantial public outreach activities.
AstroZone - AstroZone is an open house held the Saturday prior to an AAS Meeting for the public to learn about the cool science currently going on in earth and space science.
NASA - NASA offers access to both its Education and Public Outreach resources as well as a support network for everything related Explanatory Guide to the NASA Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Evaluation Criteria (February 2002)
AAS Informational Email 2010-8
AAAS Seeks DC Region Volunteers
[Sent on behalf of the AAAS - Kevin B. Marvel]
Dear AAS Member,
The Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society is a program of two day visits by professional astronomers who bring the excitement of modern astronomy and astrophysics to colleges of all types. Participation is open to two-year colleges and four-year undergraduate institutions throughout North America including Canada and Mexico, and, especially institutions that do not offer an astronomical degree.
An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time
The booklet, An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time, is a guide for teachers, students, and the public.
The booklet was written by a subcommittee of the American Astronomical Society's Astronomy Education Board and was published in 2004 by the American Astronomical Society with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.