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ASP Annual Meeting

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) presents a Special STEM Outreach Conference:

Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse:
Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America

128th Annual Meeting of the ASP

December 8-9, 2016
St. Louis, Missouri
Moonrise Hotel

Important updates

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Partial solar eclipse viewed on Sunspotter

Partial solar eclipse safely viewed with a Sunspotter solar telescope.


The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is pleased to announce its 128th Annual Meeting will be a special STEM outreach conference focused on preparations for the 2017 solar eclipse that will be visible across North America.

Please save the dates December 8-9, 2016, and join us at the Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri for this conference titled “Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America.”

The vast majority of the population in North America will experience a spectacular partial solar eclipse in their hometowns and could participate in eclipse events at venues such as schools, local parks, libraries, and other sites in their neighborhoods. This conference will concentrate on the task of ensuring broad participation in the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, especially among diverse and underserved communities off the eclipse’s path of totality.

The goals of the conference are to (a) convene a mix of outreach-minded scientists, educators, and eclipse enthusiasts together with STEM community leaders interested in fostering diverse engagement in the 2017 eclipse, and (b) offer a program featuring helpful strategies, information, resources, networking opportunities, and personal connections to enable people to follow-up and plan for successful eclipse engagement with underserved communities in their own regions.

Important updates:

* Abstract submissions (open on ASP site on September 7, 2016) — The ASP welcomes people to submit abstracts to present at this conference. The abstract submission deadline is October 1, 2016. We are soliciting three different types of abstracts for the conference program:

(a) poster presentations
(b) 10-minute oral presentations
(c) 60-minute workshops

Further details and guidance on these three types of conference presentations will be posted online ahead of the opening of abstract submissions. Please begin to consider what type of presentation or session you might like to lead at the conference, and start discussions with potential co-presenters, etc. Space will be very limited in the conference program, so all abstracts will be reviewed, and each lead author will be notified by October 15, 2016 if their abstract has been accepted for the program.

Crescent-shaped shadows during a partial solar eclipse

Crescent-shaped shadows during a partial solar eclipse

* Registration (open on ASP site on September 7, 2016) — Early-bird registration is $250 for ASP members, and $295 for non-members of the ASP. Early-bird registration will end on October 1, 2016, after which regular registration rates will be in place ($340 for members, $395 for non-members). Space will be very limited for this conference, so registering early is highly encouraged.

* Program speakers and sessions — Noteworthy and informative plenary speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders are being recruited. We will announce names and describe sessions in the next few weeks. The conference program committee includes Linda Shore, Greg Schultz, and Vivian White of the ASP, along with distinguished colleagues including Angela Speck (Univ. of Missouri), Pamela Gay (Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville), Mike Simmons (Astronomers without Borders), Lika Guhathakurta (NASA), Don Ficken (St Louis Astronomical Society), Ruth Paglierani (UC Berkeley Multiverse), and Jean Fahy (Girl Scouts of Northern California).  Look for program details to be posted online in the coming weeks. Suggestions for the program committee are also welcome: email Greg Schultz.

* Lodging — The conference venue is the wonderful Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis. At their website, take a sneak preview of this unique hotel and conference space. More lodging details will be shared soon.

Please mark your calendar and sign up to add your name and email to the conference’s interest list (with no obligations). Doing so will ensure you receive information as it becomes available.

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