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July 2012

ASP NEWS
ASP FY2011-2012 Annual Report Now Available

ASP, NASA Launch Galileo Educator Network Professional Development Institute

ASP Honors Dr. Sandra Moore Faber with Bruce Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Astronomy Research

ASP Annual Awards Recognize Excellence in Astronomy Research and Education

ASP Presents Bok Award to High School Students at Intel Science & Engineering Fair

EVENTS
ASP at ALCon2012

ASP 2012 Annual Meeting Updates

ASP EDUCATION STAFF & PROGRAMS - NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Mad about Mars

AFGU Breaks Out “Our Magnetic Sun”

ASP NEWS

 
2011 Annual Report

ASP FY2011-2012 Annual Report Now Available

ASP Executive Director, Jim Manning, the ASP staff and the ASP Board of Directors are pleased to announce the publication of the ASP’s FY2011-2012 Annual Report. The report features program and activity highlights, perspectives from our diverse stakeholders, and a detailed summary of our financials. The report also provides an excellent overview of ASP stewardship of contributed funds from valued donors and grant-makers – all dedicated to our mission to advance science literacy through astronomy. Thank you!

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ASP, NASA Launch Galileo Educator Network Professional Development Institute

Managed by the ASP, the NASA Galileo Educator Network (GEN) is a new teacher professional development program. 
 
GEN grew out of the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), a legacy program of the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. The GEN program creates professional development nationwide with the primary goals to:

  • Help teacher educators and teacher professional development providers engage and educate teachers of astronomy (and general science), especially in grades 3-9, using effective instructional strategies and educational resources, with engaging and inspiring content.
  • Promote the effective use of NASA-developed and NASA-supported resources by teacher educators and teacher professional development providers, through integration of astronomy/space science content with Galileo-inspired science inquiry and exploration.

In 2012 and 2013, GEN partners will hold Professional Development Institutes (GEN PDI) for teacher educators and professional developers in a “train the trainer” model, giving them the tools to conduct their own GEN workshop for classroom teachers in their own communities.

Participants in a GEN PDI are certified as Galileo Educator Fellows. Teachers who participate in a 15-hour GEN teacher’s workshop become Galileo Educators.

Please click here to learn more about the 2012 GEN PDI in Chicago, Illinois at the Adler Planetarium on September 29-30.

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ASP award

ASP Honors Dr. Sandra Moore Faber with Bruce Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Astronomy Research

ASP Annual Awards Recognize Excellence in Astronomy Research and Education

ASP Presents Bok Award to High School Students at Intel Science & Engineering Fair

In furthering our mission to foster scientific curiosity and advance science literacy through astronomy, the ASP recognizes outstanding achievements in the field each year. This year’s award recipients represent diverse sectors in astronomy, and each brings a unique and passionate perspective to science research, education and outreach:

Dr. Moore was honored at a special ceremony held at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and ASP Annual Award recipients will be honored at the ASP 2012 Annual Meeting in Tucson on August 7th.

We hope you will join us in congratulating all 2012 award recipients!

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EVENTS

 
Growing Your Astronomy Club

ASP at ALCon2012

Stop by and see us at the ASP/NSN booth at ALCon2012 in Chicago, July 4 – 7. ASP’s Marni Berendsen, and John Bunyan of Grants Pass Astronomers of Oregon, will conduct a workshop on Thursday, July 6: "Five Easy Steps to Growing Your Astronomy Club."  Backed by years of research and experience working with astronomy clubs, the ASP and the NASA Night Sky Network (NSN) provide helpful, practical guidance to addressing common challenges often faced by astronomy clubs.  

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Growing Your Astronomy Club

ASP 2012 Annual Meeting Updates

The ASP 2012 Annual Meeting, “Communicating Science” Schedule of Workshops, Special Interest Groups and 10-Minute Oral Presentations is now posted!

Check out all that will be shared, explored and discussed in Tucson, including:

  • Astronomy Outreach for Large and Unique Audiences
  • Engaging and Supporting Culturally Diverse Audiences
  • Teaching About Science and Society in the College Classroom
  • Mobile Application Development for Today's Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Doomsday 2012 and the Media: An Opportunity for Public Science Education
  • Serving Science Family Style: A NASA-Developed Model for Family Astronomy Programming
  • Portable/Traveling Human Orrery, Part 2: Assessing Prior Knowledge and Misconceptions about the Solar System
  • Educational Exploration of the Zooniverse: Educational Tools for Formal and Informal Audience Engagement

Register TODAY and join the ASP along with a very impressive gathering of leading voices in science – including Philip Christensen, Page Keeley, Charles Petit, David Morrison, Sheila Tobias, Andrew Fraknoi and Michael Mann among many others!

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EDUCATION STAFF & PROGRAMS - NEWS FROM THE FIELD

 
St. Louis Transit of Venus
St. Louis Astronomical Society share telescopes at a Transit of Venus event at the St. Louis Science Center. Courtesy of Michael Malolepszy, St. Louis Astronomical Society

kid watching transit with sunspotter
Curious Transit viewer joined the ASP at Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. Courtesy of Pablo Nelson




Mad about Mars

Night Sky Network (NSN) astronomy clubs helped thousands of people across the United States view the Transit of Venus last month. The event was a perfect beginning to summer stargazing, and the Mars rover, Curiosity, will land on Mars in early August – sparking even more interest in looking up!

We are all mad about Mars and hope you are, too!

Find a Night Sky Network club and spread the word about summer stargazing!

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baby with banner
Courtesy of Meg Gower


AFGU Breaks Out “Our Magnetic Sun”

More than 100 park interpreters in the ASP's Astronomy from the Ground Up (AFGU) program received the newly developed Our Magentic Sun ToolKit, and reports are pouring in about successful Annular Solar Eclipse and Transit of Venus viewing events held at national, state and local parks around the U.S. thanks to the help of the versatile materials in the kit!

Program done as part of the Venus Transit. Remarkable mix of audience. Early June at Isle Royale is pretty quiet and without many visitors, but we had a great combination of visitors, NPS employees, as well concession employees, all together to watch the first and second contact. Not many programs have such a diverse audience, so it was a pretty neat event to be part of. We used the sun viewing glasses from the Sky Rangers and Magnetic Sun kits. We also created a projection using a spotting scope. This allowed more people to participate at once, and gave the opportunity for the Ranger to discuss what was taking place while looking at the same image.
Justin Olson, Lead Interpeter at Isle Royale National Park

For our annual Summer Solstice Celebration we used our new "Our Magnetic Sun" banner as a station with our telescope. Visitors loved the information and hands-on parts of the poster. The cards were great! With a solar filter on our telescope, visitors were able to view the sun and compare that view to the solar shades. Everyone had a blast, and our staff loved it too!
Susan Knisley, Interpretive Park Ranger at Ohio’s Hopewell Culture National Historic Park

The solar eclipse event at Wupatki Pueblo resulted in the highest number of people at the ancient dwelling as have been there since its occupation 900 years ago.
Holly Richards, Lead Park Guide at Arizona’s Wupatki National Monument

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Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another
-- Plato

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Astronomy shows us that we are part of something much greater than ourselves, and that our actions on earth have a lasting impact. A legacy gift to ASP as part of your estate plan reflects this understanding, and will support future generations as they reach for the stars.

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