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ASP2018: Program & Schedule

Plenary Speakers/Schedule

Tentative Daily Schedule

Program Details (to date)

Plenary Speakers

This year’s plenaries and invited sessions will focus on three topics of increasing interest to the astronomy education and outreach communities:

  • Teaching astronomy through the lenses of the arts and humanities,
  • Using social media and the web to engage a mass audience in astronomy, and
  • Strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion in astronomy.

Invited speakers and panelists include:

Tuesday September 11

Morning Session

Broadening Participation Using Media and Educational Outreach

Rita Karl
Executive Producer

Alicia Santiago
Bilingual Research Scientist
Diversity Consultant


Afternoon Session

Barriers to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in Astronomy

Gibor Basri
University of California,

Dara Norman
Deputy Associate Director, NOAO
Community Science
& Data Center

M. Katy Rodriguez Wimberly
University of
California, Irvine

Alexander Rudolph
California State
Polytechnic University



Wednesday September 12

Morning Session

Instantiating Inclusion: Results from STEM Environments in which Women of Color Thrive

Apriel K. Hodari
Eureka Scientific, Inc. and Queen Mary, University of London


Afternoon Session

Early Childhood Learning in Science (working title)

Suzanne Gurton
Assistant Director of NRAO for Education / Public Outreach

Anna Hurst
ASP Director of Museum, Park,
and Library Programs

Ellen Blinderman
Los Medanos College
Pittsburg, CA



Thursday September 13

Morning Session

Science Communication with Digital/Social Media Tools
(working title)

Molly Bentley
Executive Producer & Co-Host,
Big Picture Science

Nicole Minor

Ryan Wyatt
Director, Morrison Planetarium & Science Visualization

Plenary Session Schedule



Monday September 10 – Thursday September 13, 2018

Monday, September 10:

11:00 am | Early Check In with Tour Check In | Ballroom Foyer

11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Optional Tours: Wine Tasting or Sonoma Historic Square

4:00 pm | Early Check In | Ballroom Foyer

7:00 pm | Opening evening reception | Upper Patio

Tuesday, September 11:

Full day conference (Program details available late July)

Chesley Bonestall

6:00 pm | Buffet Dinner & Documentary Feature Film: Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future | Salon I-III

We are excited to be including a recent Newport Beach Film Festival documentary feature film, Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future, along with special guest filmmaker, Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

Visit the movie trailer and learn more about this visionary artist and the filmmaker.

Tickets for Guests and Single Day Meeting Registrants are available for the Dinner/Film evening.

Special Film-Ticket-Only Fundraiser: Single Day Registrants and the Public are invited to attend the special film screening by purchasing $20 Donation tickets. Limited Seats Available.

Wednesday, September 12:

Full day conference (Program details available late July)

Thursday, September 13:

½ day conference (Program details available late July)



Program Details (to date)

A tentative Program with dates and a full listing of workshops and orals will be available in late July. Here is a little teaser as to what sessions to look forward to at the 3-day meeting:

  • Using Music Inspired by Astronomy in Education and Outreach
  • Match Made In Heaven: Library and Astronomy Club Partnership
  • Planning for the South American Solar Eclipses
  • Supporting Amateur Astronomers’ Engagement in Outreach
  • Using Astrophotography in Science Communication
  • Building Community Around Girl Scout Space Science Badges
  • On-Line Astronomy Education: Projects and Resources
  • Combining Hands-On and Virtual for Active Visitor Engagement
  • Astronomy for the Sight Impaired