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Remembering A Friend of the ASP

Nancy Grace Roman, an icon in the history of astronomy research and space exploration, “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope, vocal advocate for encouraging girls to participate in STEM, and generous supporter of the ASP, passed away on December 26, 2019 at the age of 93. Read a tribute by CEO Linda Shore.

 

The ASP introduces the first storybook of its kind for engaging young budding astronomers!

Published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), Breakfast Moon is an engaging story that encourages children to be scientists by observing the world around them. The illustrations accurately depict the shape and position of the moon over the course of several days. The book includes blank Moon Journal pages so that the readers can record their own observations of the moon’s changing phases. More information.

 

Mary Marcussen to receive the Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 2018 Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award goes to a longtime friend and supporter of the ASP: Mary Marcussen, consultant, grant writer, and project design specialist. More »

 

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific Announces Its 2018 Award Recipients for Astronomy Research and Education

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one of the oldest, innovative, and respected organizations in the U.S. dedicated to increasing the understanding and teaching of astronomy, is proud to announce the recipients of its 2018 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education.

The awards will be formally presented at the ASP Awards Gala (Ceremony and Banquet) on November 10, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Burlingame, CA.

More information about the ASP’s awards and past recipients can be found at https://www.astrosociety.org/about-us/awards/. More »

 

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Honors Dr. Tim Heckman with the 2018 Bruce Gold Medal

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is proud to award the 2018 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal to Dr. Tim Heckman, the inaugural Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Heckman is the Chair of the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, and has been the Director of the Center for Astrophysical Sciences at JHU.
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AAS Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant Program Application

AAS Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant Program Application

The AAS Education & Professional Development (AAS-EPD) mini-grant program welcomes US-based AAS members to education-related mentoring and professional-development experiences. The application deadline is Sunday, 5 August, at 11:59 pm ET.

For more information and to apply, visit https://aas.org/content/aas-epd-mini-grant-program-application

 

Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available to Power Girl Leadership in Key 21st Century Issues

Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available

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Together with SETI Institute, the ASP helped, over the last two and a half years, to create Astronomy Badges for the Daisy – Brownie – Junior Girl Scouts of the USA.

The complete press release is available here.

 

Former ASP Board President Selected as NSTA President-Elect for 2018-2019

Former ASP Board President Selected as NSTA President-Elect for 2018-2019

Dennis Schatz

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced that Dennis Schatz, senior advisor at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington and field editor for NSTA’s Connected Science Learning, began his one-year term as president-elect of NSTA on June 1, 2018. He will assume the office of president on June 1, 2019.

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2017 ASP Annual Report

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to present the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) Annual Report for 2017. This year marked the 129th anniversary of the Society and, most significantly, the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse traversed the continental United States from coast to coast.

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Girl Scouts Cross the Golden Gate Bridge as They Bridge from Juniors to Cadettes and Reach for the Stars

Last Saturday 7,000 girls, both local and out of state, walked across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as they bridged from being Juniors to Cadettes. The walk was followed by a festival on Crissy Field with music, snacks, and fun activity booths. Girl Scouts of Northern California organized this large annual event. 2018 marked the 37th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridging, which began as a local event with a contingent of just about 300.

The SETI Institute, along with other Girl Scouts Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts (Girl Scout Stars) partners, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Girl Scouts of Northern California (GS NorCal), and Rockman et al, offered interactive astronomy activities for Girl Scouts at the 2018 celebration.

Read the full story.