31 May 2024

Education Sessions and Outreach Activities at AAS 244

Tom Rice

Tom Rice American Astronomical Society (AAS)

On behalf of the AAS Executive Office, I’m looking forward to welcoming you to Madison for the 244th meeting of the American Astronomical Society! I’ve worked with the AAS Education Committee to compile the following schedule of nearly everything focused on astronomy education, outreach, and some adjacent topics at the Madison meeting. Please also feel free to browse the full meeting program here: AAS 244 Block Schedule.

Especially consider joining us for the AAS Educators’ Reception on Monday night, 10 June, from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. All astronomy educators are welcome; the event will be lightly catered with hot appetizers and should be a high-quality networking session.

Please also browse this list of astronomy outreach activities in Madison compiled by the Education Committee. Especially consider joining the Community Outreach Event at the Madison Children’s Museum from 9–11 am on Wednesday morning! RSVP to Sanlyn Buxner ([email protected]) if you would like to join for all or part of this event. Please also visit UW Madison's historic Washburn Observatory, which will be giving tours to AAS meeting attendees and guests from 9–11 pm every night from 9–13 June.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! You may navigate this schedule by clicking on the following table of contents:

Sunday, 9 Jun

Sunday AAS Workshop related to education:

Designing, Implementing, and Refining Equitable Evaluation Rubrics
Invite-only; for Graduate Admissions Chairs. Please email [email protected] if you are your department's graduate admissions chair and you have not yet registered for this event.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Monday, 10 Jun

Jay M. Pasachoff Solar Eclipse Mini-Grants Program
Splinter Meeting
9:30–11:30 am

Jay M. Pasachoff Solar Eclipse Mini-Grants Program
Splinter Meeting
12:30–1:30 pm

First Look at Citizen Science from the 8 April 2024 Total Solar Eclipse
Special Session
2:00–3:30 pm

Education-related iPoster session
5:30–6:30 pm: Community and Profession

Reception for Astronomy Educators — open to all!
Supported by the AAS Education Committee and co-sponsored by SPS
6:30–7:45 pm

Tuesday, 11 Jun

Education-related iPoster session
9:00–10:00 am: 201 – Astronomy Education and Multicultural Outreach

NASA’S SMD Bridge Program: Funding Faculty and Students at Under-resourced Emerging Research Institutions
Special Session

10:00–11:30 am

Parallel sessions: 2:00–3:30 pm

Education-related iPoster session
5:30–6:30 pm: 228 – The MACRO Consortium: Midwest Liberal Arts Colleges Collaboratively Operating A Robotic Observatory

Community Outreach Event (off-site, community-organized):
7:00 pm: Guest Speaker at UW Space Place. “Quasars: What are They Good For?” by Dr. Yjan Gordon, UW-Madison Dept of Physics.
UW Space Place is at 2300 S. Park St., about two miles south of the UW-Madison campus.

Wednesday, 12 Jun

Community Outreach Event at the Madison Children’s Museum (off-site)
9:00–11:00 am
Open to all AAS members and meeting attendees who would like to take a break and do some outreach in the local community. All materials are provided, no previous experience required – facilitation tips provided if you like! Please RSVP to Sanlyn Buxner ([email protected]) if you would like to join for all or part of the event.
Located at 100 N. Hamilton Street, ½ mile (10 minute walk) from the Convention Center.

Towards Equity in the Classroom: Implementing Progressive Pedagogical Practices
Special Session

10:00–11:30 am

Historic Observatories: Current Activities and Potential for Education, Public Outreach, and Research
Special Session

2:00–3:30 pm

Astronomy on Tap (off-site, community organized)
6:30–8:30 pm
Astronomers give exciting presentations including a special Chandra 25th Anniversary Event talk. On the UW-Madison campus at the Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave.
RSVP requested.

If you see any errors in this post, please email me at [email protected].

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