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Jim Kaler Awarded 2008 AAS Education Prize

February 2008 – James B. Kaler, a professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of Illinois, has been awarded the American Astronomical Society 2008 Education Prize. The prize recognizes Kaler for his outstanding contributions to the education of the public, students and the next generation of professional astronomers. More »


Andrew Fraknoi Receives American Institute of Physics Award

January 2008 – Andrew Fraknoi, astronomy and physics instructor at Foothill College, received the prestigious American Institute of Physics Andrew Gemant Award during the American Astronomical Society meeting held in Austin, Texas.  More »


Scott Roberts Appointed to ASP Board

December, 2007 – The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott W. Roberts to a vacant position on the Board of Directors. The ASP, established in 1889, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of astronomy through scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public as a vehicle for advancing science literacy and exchange. More »


Andrew Fraknoi Receives 2007 Professor of the Year Award

November, 2007 – Foothill College Astronomy Instructor Andrew Fraknoi, M.A., has been named the 2007 California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE). Fraknoi was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States. The 40 national and state winners of the U.S. Professors of the Year Award will be honored at a luncheon and evening reception in Washington, D.C. Nov. 15. More »


ASP Announces New Board Members

August, 2007 – ASP is pleased to announce its newest members to the ASP Board of Directors; Edna DeVore, Deputy CEO and the Director of Education and Public Outreach (EPO) at the SETI Institute, Phil Sakimoto an astrophysicist; education, outreach, and diversity specialist; and planetarian with the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Physics and joining them is re-elected board member, Lynne Hillenbrand, an associate professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology.


2007 ASP Award Recipients Announced

May 15, 2007 – The Astronomical Society of the Pacific announced today the eight winners of its 2007 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education. The ASP’s most prestigious award, the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in astronomy has been awarded to Martin Harwit, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Cornell University.


ASP Announces 2007 Board of Directors

March 28, 2007 – ASP announces new Board of Directors officers for 2007. James Kaler of the University of Illinois is ASP President and joining him as Vice President is Tim Slater of the University of Arizona. ASP Treasurer Eugene Epstein and ASP Secretary Mary Kay Hemenway were both re-elected in their respective positions. More »


James Manning Appointed as ASP Executive Director

March 21, 2007 – The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announced today that James Manning has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Currently serving as Head of the Office of Public Outreach of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Mr. Manning will take up his new duties in San Francisco in early July.  More »


Leo Connolly Named First Recipient of Emmons Award

August 11 , 2006 – The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announced today it has named Dr. Leo Connolly of the California State University, San Bernardino as the first recipient of the newly-created Richard H. Emmons Award for Excellence in College Astronomy Teaching. Read the full Press Release


ASP Executive Michael Bennett to Retire

March 15, 2006 – The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one of the nation’s leading astronomy education organizations, announced today that Executive Director Michael A. Bennett has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire from full-time service before the end of 2006

Mr. Bennett has worked for the ASP for eleven years and has served as Executive Director for over five years. “My years with this wonderful organization have unquestionably been the most rewarding and fulfilling of my career,” said Bennett. “But now, with the ASP stable and growing, I can start slowing down a bit. I will definitely continue serving the ASP by working part-time on a few projects, but I am also really looking forward to moving into semi-retirement.”

“The ASP has made great progress under Mike’s tenure,” said ASP President Dennis Schatz, “especially through his leadership in sharpening the Society’s strategic focus on education and professional development for educators. We’re sorry to see him step down, but we respect his decision and we look forward to his continued involvement with specific projects and his help during the transition to the next Executive Director.”

Schatz announced that a committee has been formed to conduct a national search and recommend a successor to the Board. Read our full press release for more information.