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.
Michael Gibbs Joins ASP as Chief Advancement Officer
October 2005 – We are delighted to announce that Michael Gibbs, Ed.D, has joined the ASP as Chief Advancement Officer. In keeping with the ASP’s increased emphasis on private and philanthropic fundraising, the board approved this new position several months ago and Michael was selected after a nationwide search.
Michael comes to us from Saint Mary’s University of Winona, Minnesota, where he served as Vice President for Development. Prior to that, he spent several years at De Paul University in Chicago in increasingly responsible positions, most recently as Assistant Vice President in the Office of University Initiatives. He brings to the ASP an extensive background in institutional advancement, development, and fundraising at the local, regional, and national levels.
Paula Szkody Appointed Editor of PASP
September 2005 – The Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is pleased to announce that Dr. Paula Szkody has been appointed Editor of the Publications of the ASP, effective January 1, 2006. More »
2005 Bruce Medal Awarded
May 17, 2005 – The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announced today that the 2005 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal has been awarded to Dr. Robert Kraft of the University of California, Santa Cruz. The prestigious Bruce Medal is the highest honor awarded by the ASP. Honoring a lifetime of fundamental contributions to the field of astronomy, the Medal has been awarded annually since 1898. Read more on Dr. Kraft and the winners of the ASP’s seven other annual awards.