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National Conference Schedule

Full program and schedule (pdf)

Preliminary Schedule of 1-Hour/2-Hour Workshops, Special Interest Group Discussions, and 10-Minute Oral Presentations, August 6-8 (pdf)
(updated July 19, 2012)

Posters list (pdf)
(updated July 20, 2012)

Preliminary Daily Schedule (Details are subject to change)



Saturday, August 4, 2012

8:30am - 5:00pm

Day 1 of Galileo Goes to Mars: A Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) Workshop

Sunday, August 5, 2012

8:30am - 5:00pm

Day 2 of Galileo Goes to Mars: A Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) Workshop

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Annual ASP Members' Meeting

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Welcome Reception at Flandrau Planetarium. Fly through the stars with Sky-Skan’s “Digital Sky” demo! (Transportation provided to and from the hotel.)


Back at the hotel … Get comfy and enjoy the Mars Curiosity Landing Party! Watch NASA TV’s live feed of this historic event with complimentary snacks & beverages! - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Monday, August 6, 2012


Introduction to the conference


Plenary Session: “Confronting Misconceptions: Advancing Your Learners’ Scientific Reasoning” panel featuring Page Keeley, Ed Prather, and Mary Dussault


Plenary Session: Charles Petit on “The Present and Future of Science Journalism”

7:30 - 9:30pm

Public Lecture: "The Latest News from Mars" with
Dr. Philip Christensen,
Arizona State University

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Plenary Session: “Sharing Our Stories: Project Evaluation from a Cross-Cultural Perspective” panel featuring Salvador Acevedo, David Begay, Carole Mandryk, Shelly Valdez and moderator Laura Peticolas

12:30 - 1:30pm

NASA Town Hall – the NASA Science Mission Directorate will host a Town Hall, hosted by SMD EPO deputy Jim Lochner, along with SMD EPO Forum leads. “Brown bag” lunches will available for purchase via the hotel restaurant.


Plenary Session: “Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication” panel featuring Kristine Larsen, Bryan Mendez, David Morrison, Mark Van Stone, and moderator Andrew Fraknoi

6:30 - 9:00pm

ASP Awards Banquet (separate fee). The ASP proudly honors this year’s recipients of Awards for Excellence in astronomy Research and Education.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Plenary Session: Sheila Tobias on “Science Teaching as a Profession: Why it Isn't and How it Could Be”


Plenary Session: Michael Mann on “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines”

5:30 - 6:30pm

Closing Happy Hour! Unwind with fellow meeting attendees and enjoy drinks, snacks and great raffle prizes including Distant Suns apps and a telescope from Explore Scientific. - Grand Ballroom Foyer


“The Hubble Roadshow” – A Public Event
Featuring a sneak preview of the new independent documentary Saving Hubble. - Grand Ballroom Salon E

Any questions? Please direct them to: 2012meeting {at}



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