ASP Meeting on Science Education in Tucson August 4-8: Schedule Now Available

From the Astronomical Society of the Pacific:

The schedule of speakers and topics for the
2012 Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific,
“Communicating Science: Education and Public Outreach”
in Tucson, Arizona,  Aug. 4 – 8, 2012
is now posted at: http://www.astrosociety.org/events/2012mtg/schedule.html

There you can see the list of plenary speakers, including geo-scientist Michael Mann (a key figure in the political controversies over global warming), planetary scientist and Mars expert Philip Christensen, veteran educator and author Page Keeley, science journalist Charles Petit (the former President of the National Association of Science Writers)NASA’s David Morrison (a central player in our work to educate the public about Doomsday 2012)and renowned education researcher and commentator Sheila Tobias, among others!

The page also links to the remarkable schedule of hour-long workshops and discussions, 10-minute oral contributions, and poster papers: http://www.astrosociety.org/events/2012mtg/schedule.pdf
There is a rich variety of topics on this year’s program for everyone working in space or earth science education and outreach.

Also on the Meeting agenda:

  • Welcome Reception at Flandrau Planetarium. Fly through the stars with Sky-Skan’s “Digital Sky” demo! (Transportation provided to and from the hotel.)
  • Tucson’s ONLY Mars Curiosity Landing Pajama Party
  • ASP Awards Banquet (separate fee) where we proudly honor this year’s recipients of the Society’s awards in research and education:http://www.astrosociety.org/membership/awards/12winnerspr.html
  • “The Hubble Roadshow” – A public event featuring a special screening of the new independent documentary Saving Hubble
  • Closing “Happy Hour” complete with exciting raffle prizes including an Explore Scientific telescope and Distant Suns apps!

Be sure to take advantage of Advance Registration which closes on June 30th.  Register TODAY

Space is also still available for the two-day Galileo Teacher Training Workshop taking place August 4 – 5 for teachers in grades 3-12: http://www.astrosociety.org/events/2012mtg/gttp.html Celebrating NASA’s Year of the Solar System & the Landing of the Curiosity Rover, the workshop features a host of hands-on activities and materials that teachers can put to immediate use in the classroom.   Mark Sykes, the director of Tucson’s Planetary Science Institute, will give the keynote talk for the workshop.  A few scholarships are still available for teachers who need assistance with the cost of attending.  (If you know teachers who might benefit from this workshop, we’d appreciate your passing this information on.)

EXCURSION INFORMATION – Day Trip to Kitt Peak ($69, August 4, 7:30 to 3:00, including transportation and box lunch) and Morning Tour of Steward Observatory Mirror Lab ($15, August 9). Ticket purchase information will soon be posted on the Annual Meeting homepage:http://www.astrosociety.org/events/meeting.html

The very reasonably priced rooms at the Double Tree Hotel are going fast, so register today and join your colleagues from around the country who have already reserved a space.