Astronomical Society of the Pacific Newsletter
January 2013
 
 
Thank You Members and Donors!
 
ASP’s 2012 Bruce Medalist Selected by President Obama for National Medal of Science
 
ASP Receives $50,000 Grant to Grow Teacher Training Programs
 
Connect to Astronomy via Mobile Apps
 
A Smart Plan: A Better World
 
 
Mary Roach Confirmed! “How to Get to Mars and What to do Once You Arrive” January 25th Dinner
 
ASP's 2013 Annual Meeting: Ensuring STEM Literacy - Super Early Bird Registration Now Open
 
January in the Sky
 
 
Multicultural Astronomy in the Classroom – Jan 12
 
NASA’s SOFIA Mission and Active Astronomy in the Classroom – Feb 9
 
NASA Galileo Educator
Network Teacher Workshop
Mar 2, Mar 23
 
2013 Bay Area Project
ASTRO Workshop
Aug 2 & 3
ASP NEWS
 
Thank You ASP Members and Donors!
 
 
The ASP wishes to express its deep and sincere thanks to our loyal and generous members and donors whose financial contributions in 2012 helped us carry out our mission to advance science literacy through astronomy for the benefit of tomorrow’s science, technology and academic leaders. We look forward to sharing and showcasing our work in the New Year, and demonstrating the extraordinary value of your investment in fostering scientific curiosity, exploration and education.
 
Should you have misplaced your membership or donation receipt for 2012, we are happy to issue you a new one in time for tax season. Alternatively, you may register with the ASP’s new online portal to view and print your giving history.
 
Your belief in what we do is something we don’t ever take for granted, and we welcome your feedback and ideas at any time. Thank you!

 
ASP’s 2012 Bruce Medalist Selected by President Obama for National Medal of Science
 
 
Sandra FaberThe ASP congratulates Dr. Sandra Faber, our 2012 Bruce Medal Recipient, for being selected by President Obama to receive the National Medal of Science. The award, along with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, are considered the highest honors the U.S. government gives to scientists, engineers and inventors.
 
"Receiving the National Medal of Science is the thrill of a lifetime, but good science does not happen in isolation," Faber said in the university news release. "Let me take this moment to express my gratitude to the University of California Observatories and UC Santa Cruz for providing both world-class telescopes and superb collaborators, without which the discoveries I've made would never have happened."
 
In August of 2012, the ASP honored Dr. Faber with the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for her expansive lifetime achievements in the area of astronomical research.

 
ASP Receives $50,000 Grant to Boost Teacher Training Programs
 
The ASP was recently awarded a $50,000 grant by the Windy Ridge Foundation to strengthen and grow its educator professional development initiatives: Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), Project ASTRO and Cosmos in the Classroom. A funding partner of the ASP for several years, the Windy Ridge Foundation recognizes the crucial need for teacher professional development, and understands the consequences of its absence. Their financial support enables the ASP to continue in its role as a leader in working with teachers, and partnering them with professional and amateur astronomers. Together, we bring the wonders of astronomy into the classroom in a fun and interactive way, sparking an early -- and often first -- interest in science.

 
ASP Makes it Easy to Connect to Astronomy via Mobile Apps
 
NSN Club events now on SkySafari! Finding star parties and Night Sky Network (NSN) astronomy club events is easier than ever with the SkySafari mobile app. SkySafari is the latest mobile astronomy app (it’s a planetarium in your pocket!) to include NSN events. Check the app's Help menu for “Local Astronomy Events.”
 
 
The Distant Suns planetarium app also lists Night Sky Network club events. Tap on “Events” in the navigation bar. Distant Suns is available on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and NOOK

 
For many people, this time of year represents a time to take stock, look around, and look ahead. Regardless of your age or professional standing, it’s also an excellent time to review your finances and plan for the unexpected challenges and opportunities of the New Year.
 
The ASP’s planned giving partner, The Stelter Company, and the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils have launched a new, free online resource to help promote financial awareness and literacy: A Smart Plan: A Better World. The site provides visitors a place to gain a better understanding of estate planning, access tools to get started, and explore ways to support charitable causes.
 

EVENTS
 
“How to Get to Mars … and What to Do Once You Arrive” – Jan 25th Dinner – Mary Roach Confirmed!
 
Visit Mars Today!Please join your friends at the ASP for our annual fundraising dinner on Friday, January 25, 2013: an evening with Dr. Pascal Lee of the Mars Institute, and “Packing for Mars” best-selling author Mary Roach. It promises to be a lively evening in support of an excellent cause: science literacy!
 
We anticipate welcoming approximately 125 people from across the Bay Area’s science, academic and business communities, including special guests such as Geoff Marcy, Sandra Faber and Alex Filippenko, among others!
 
Delancey Street Restaurant, Embarcadero at Brannan, San Francisco
 
“Stardust” $100 ASP member / $125 non-member
“Comet” $150 (preferred seating)
“Mercury” $200 (premium seating)
“Jupiter” $300 (dine with VIP guests)
“Earth” $1,250 (table for ten)
 
Featured silent auction items include an original painting by Pascal Lee, lunch for two at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel restaurant, in-home private wine tasting for 12, VIP food-and-wine pairing at St. Francis Winery, NexStar 130SLT scope, and a robotic “Wall-E” courtesy of Pixar
 
 
Please visit www.astrosociety.org/mars for event updates and more details, or call 415-715-1406.
 
The fair market value for this event is $75 per person; the amount paid over and above this may be tax deductible as provided by law.

 
ASP 2013 Annual Meeting
July 20 to 24, San Jose, CA
Ensuring STEM Literacy
 
 
The ASP is excited to celebrate our 125th gathering of educators and public outreach professionals this year. Via workshops, lectures, panels, discussions and exhibits, more than 200 specialists from across the science spectrum collaborate to explore best practices, research findings, trends and professional development opportunities.
 
Co-hosted by San Jose State University, the ASP’s 125th Annual Meeting will take place in the nation’s hub of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries. Accordingly, we are excited to focus our 2013 Annual Meeting on STEM literacy, and across multiple disciplines from earth science to space science, from physics to astrobiology.
 
In addition to another popular Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), 2013 also marks a Cosmos in the Classroom year. This unique triennial conference welcomes teachers of college-level introductory astronomy for a series of education workshops about the most popular basic science class in universities across the country.
 
Please visit the ASP 2013 Annual Meeting Page often for speaker announcements, registration links, sponsorship & exhibit opportunities, volunteer information, abstract submissions and more.

 
January in the Sky
 
Look up to see Venus low in the eastern predawn sky all month. A crescent Moon is nearby on the 10th. Mars is low in the west at sunset, becoming harder to see each day. A young crescent Moon is nearby on the 13th. Jupiter is visible in Taurus for the first half of the night. Look for a waxing gibbous Moon very close on the 21st. Saturn rises shortly after midnight.
 
2013 Astronomical Calendars now on sale at the ASP Astroshop!
 
 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAMS
 
Multicultural Astronomy in the Classroom
 
So often the teaching of astronomy ignores or sidesteps the contributions of non-European and non-U.S. cultures. Few educators receive much training in this area and often stick to what they know best, even when an increasing number of their students are from cultures beyond those familiar to them. In this workshop, explore activities and resources about the astronomical heritage of cultures from around the world.  

Audience: 3rd–9th grade teachers; interested educators of all grade levels
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013; 9 am to 1 pm
Location: College of San Mateo Astronomy Department and Planetarium, 1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.,
San Mateo, CA
Cost: $25 for active Project ASTRO partners; $40 for non-Project ASTRO partners

Click here for more details and registration

 
NASA’s SOFIA Mission and Active Astronomy in the Classroom – Feb 9
 
Most students are familiar with the rainbow of colors that make up visible light. They're often less comfortable dealing with light from the other portions of the electromagnetic spectrum — gamma rays, x-­rays, ultraviolet light, visible light, infrared light, microwaves, and radio waves. Students may not realize the important role non-­visible light plays in their everyday lives. In this workshop learn some hands-­on and demonstration activities designed to complement instruction on the electromagnetic spectrum for middle and high school students. Each activity is designed to take 1–2 class periods.
 
Audience: 5th–12th grade teachers; interested educators of all grade levels
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013; 9:00am–1:00pm 
Location: SETI Institute, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, CA
Cost: FREE

 
NASA Galileo Educator Network Teacher Workshop – Mar 2, Mar 23
 
Become a NASA Galileo Educator through this 15-­‐hour professional development opportunity for teachers. This NASA Galileo Educator Network workshop emphasizes inquiry-­based strategies and the nature and practice of science. Learn activities and strategies for teaching Galileo-­‐themed science inquiry and space science content with NASA resources. Follow­‐up sessions allow participants the chance to try strategies and activities in their classrooms, then share with the group their successes and challenges. Each workshop participant will receive the large best-­selling astronomy teaching resource guide The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, and NASA resources for use in your classroom. 
 
Audience: Teachers in grades 3–9 Cost: FREE!
Date: Saturday, March 2 / Saturday, March 23, 2013; 9:00am–4:30pm (attendance on both days is required)
Location: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton, San Francisco, CA (at Ocean Ave in Ingleside, neighborhood parking or K-Line)
Cost: FREE

 
2013 Bay Area Project ASTRO Workshop – Aug 2 & 3
 
Project ASTRO is a program that matches teachers with astronomers in Bay Area schools and community organizations. Project ASTRO is looking for 3rd–9th grade teachers to work with volunteer astronomers who have a keen interest in sharing the wonders of astronomy with students. Together, teachers and their astronomer partner attend a free 2-day summer workshop to learn hands‐on, inquiry-­based astronomy activities designed to involve students in the excitement of scientific discovery.
 
Audience: Teachers in grades 3–9; volunteer astronomers with a passion for sharing their love of astronomy
Date: Friday, August 2 / Saturday, August 3; 9:00am–4:30pm (attendance on both days is required)
Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA
Cost: FREE!
 

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