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March 2012

New ASP Director of Development and Communication Announced.

New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Grant Competition.

Registration Now Open for Communicating Science - A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach.


Distant Suns partners with the ASP's NASA Night Sky Network to Reach Millions (Stars and People)!

EarthSky and the ASP/NASA Night Sky Network.

NASA Night Sky Network Clubs Reach 2 Million+ People!

ASP/NASA Night Sky Network Celebrate Global Astronomy Month - April 2012

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Kathryn Harper

New ASP Director of Development and Communication Announced

The Society is pleased to announce that Kathryn Harper has joined the ASP staff as its new Director of Development and Communication.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch University and a Master’s degree from Seattle University, Kathryn brings to the ASP more than 15 years in development, marketing and public relations experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Prior to joining ASP, she directed development and communications for an Easter Seals affiliate with an $18 million budget, where she introduced successful new initiatives in online giving, grant writing and social media marketing and outreach. Her experience also includes working with the boards of two museums and a non-partisan think tank.

Born and brought up in Hawaii, Kathryn has worked internationally, and most recently resided in Seattle, Honolulu, and now in San Francisco. She has a particular passion for cross-sector and cross-culture communications, which helps her advocate effectively for needed funds and resources on behalf of very worthy causes. An avid writer, cyclist, and self-professed Star Trek and Star Wars “geek,” Kathryn is already hard at work on the very worthy cause of advancing science literacy through astronomy and working with staff to build a development and communication plan in keeping with the Society’s strategic initiatives.

We’re very pleased to have Kathryn on board, and welcome her to the team!

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New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Grant Competition

The New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Grant Competition is offering opportunities for innovative research on the following topics:

(I) What was the earliest state of the universe?
(II) Is our universe unique or is it part of a much larger multiverse? 
(III) What is the origin of the complexity in the universe?
(IV) Are we alone in the universe? Or, are there other life and intelligence beyond the solar system?

Grants are offered for theoretical work, up to $300,000 for two years; and experimental research, up to $500,000 for two years.  Proposers are required to complete a pre-application DUE APRIL 16, available at www.NewFrontiersinAstronomy.org in mid-March.

In addition to the grants program, the New Cosmic Frontiers Essay Contest offers prizes for high school and college student essays that address two of the Big Questions above.  Further details can be found at the program website.

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Registration Now Open for Communicating Science - A National Conference on Science Education and Public Outreach

Tucson, Arizona Aug. 4 - 8, 2012

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in partnership with the American Geophysical Union and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, has opened the registration for its 124th Annual Meeting and its national conference on "Communicating Science."

Abstracts are welcome for poster papers, 10-minute oral presentations, one-hour hands-on workshops, and one-hour special-interest group discussions. Full instructions are available on the conference web site. The deadline for submitting an abstract is April 30.

There is a substantial discount for early registration and for members of the ASP. (You can join when you register.) The hotel space is limited. We encourage participants to register early and make vacation plans around this exciting meeting in the beautiful southwest.

Full conference information.

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The second SETIcon conference is in motion and registration is now open! Join us the weekend of June 22-24 at the Hyatt Santa Clara for SETIcon II: Where Science and Imagination Meet. It promises to be a standout event with panels, fireside chats, lightning talks, book signings, and ... an extended opportunity to schmooze with glitterati from the worlds of science and science-based entertainment. Get your tickets now and get in on the ground floor of what will surely be a memorable and entertaining event! Visit www.seticon.com for detailed information and to purchase tickets. 

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Distant Suns partners with the ASP and NASA's Night Sky Network to Reach Millions (Stars and People)!

Distant Suns, a planetarium app, allows users to tour the Solar System, find out what's up in the sky, and includes beautiful artwork of the constellations along with other exciting features. The new version of Distant Suns Astronomy App for iPad and iPhone contains listings of astronomical events direct from the NASA's Night Sky Network and the ASP.

 “We believe astronomy should be a part of everyone's lives, and now you can find a star party or your local astronomy club while exploring the sky with Distant Suns,” said Suzanne Gurton, Education Manager at the ASP. “It's a great way to dig deeper and really have fun with astronomy."

Distant Suns boasts more than a half-million downloads and was developed by Mike Smithwick. Read the press release here. Also enjoy Go StarGaze, the ASP/NSN iPhone app that helps you find NSN clubs' stargazing events and solar viewings in seconds!

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EarthSky and the ASP/NASA Night Sky Network

EarthSky and the ASP/NASA Night Sky Network have partnered to provide sky charts for NSN Planner Page and for use on Twitter and Facebook. EarthSky encourages their visitors to go to NSN clubs and events by displaying the NSN "Find Events and Clubs" widget on their website. The EarthSky broadcast network consists of 1,200+ outlets across the United States and the world. Find out more about EarthSky.

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NASA Night Sky Network Clubs Reach 2 Million+ People!

We are thrilled to announce that the NASA Night Sky Network clubs have exceeded 20,000 events, reaching more than two million people! From ASP and NASA, we send a hearty thank you to all the amateurs for their incredible work and generosity in sharing the wonders of the universe! Find stargazing and solar viewing events: http://nightskynetwork.org.

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ASP/NASA Night Sky Network Celebrate Global Astronomy Month - April 2012

ASP/NASA Night Sky Network is joining Astronomers Without Borders for Global Astronomy Month 2012 (GAM 2012) in April! Astronomers around the globe are organizing events for the world’s largest celebration of astronomy, sharing the Universe with others under the motto, One People, One Sky. Encourage your friends and family to go to a stargazing or solar gazing event! Here are some important dates from Astronomers Without Borders:

April 1: SunDay
April 1-7: Lunar Week
April 14-20: International Dark Sky Week
April 15: Saturn Watch
April 21-22: Lyrid Watch
April 28: Global Star Party

Find out more about International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) and learn about how to protect our right to starlight!

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