Spring 2014
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Introducing New ASP Executive Director,
Dr. Linda Shore 
The ASP is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Linda Shore to the position of Executive Director. Most recently, Shore served as Director of the Teacher Institute at San Francisco's renowned science museum, the Exploratorium. While there she led a staff of scientists and educators, and created nationally recognized teaching programs. She was also responsible for fund development, grants program, and expanding institutional reach by forging collaborations with national and international museums and science centers. Shore has co-authored Exploratorium science and education books, and written articles about popular science and science education for the public. A native San Franciscan who has spent most of her life in the Bay Area, she holds a PhD in science education from Boston University, and a master's degree in physics and astronomy from San Francisco State University. Shore was also the recipient of a prestigious Smithsonian Pre-doctoral Fellowship to work at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where she developed curriculum and conducted research on astronomy learning for the National Science Foundation funded program, Project STAR (Science Teaching through its Astronomical Roots).   

"I am deeply honored and excited to assume the role of Executive Director for the ASP, an organization whose mission so strongly resonates with my personal passion for increasing science literacy through the study of astronomy," said Dr. Shore. "I look forward to continuing the organization's 125-year history of supporting a large and diverse community of astronomy enthusiasts and helping the organization to become a leader in science education and outreach for the next century."
ASP Annual Dinner Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Friends and Supporters
The rain did little to dampen celebratory spirits at the ASP's Annual Dinner in San Francisco on February 7th. Nearly 150 friends (old and new) joined our 125th anniversary celebration at Delancey Street on the Embarcadero. Keynote speaker Timothy Ferris presented a riveting perspective on the cosmos, and Project ASTRO volunteer, Mike Smithwick, showcased (from his private collection) rare and fascinating artifacts relating to historic Apollo missions and astronauts. ASP education program participants from nearby National and Regional Parks - Price Sheppy, Elena Garfinkle and Katie Colbert - delighted attendees with their frontline astronomy outreach experiences. Other luminaries included Alex and Noelle Filipenko, Gary and Cynthia Bengier, Preeva and Leonard Tramiel, Andy Fraknoi, and astronaut and four-time shuttle pilot Jim Newman. A special shout-out to longtime ASP supporters Ron Rosano, Melita Thorpe, Ken Dulaney, Philip Welch, Al Whaley, Steve Garren and Dana Backman (SOFIA) for their participation and for bringing along friends and family members. The event would not have been successful without the awesome help of ASP Staff, and the generosity of ASP Board Members, especially Gordon Myers, Cathy Langridge and Russ Carroll. Thank you everyone!

Departing ASP Executive Director, Jim Manning, penned a special Astronomy Beat in honor of the organization's 125th anniversary. In 1889, the universe seemed a very different place- simpler, but perhaps no less mysterious. Jim looks back at the state of astronomy and the cosmos at the time of the ASP's founding, and how things have changed since then. Available to the public here.
2014 Annual Meeting Celebrates Science and Puts Education Best Practices to Work - Early Bird Registration Open, Abstract Proposals Welcome
The ASP's 2014 Annual Meeting will be held August 2-6, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA, just south of San Francisco. The Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) workshop will be held August 2-3, 2014. The E/PO Meeting will be held August 4-6, 2014.

Early Bird Registration is now open!

Celebrating Science: Putting Education Best Practices to Work through
  • Supporting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Engaging with 21st Century Media and Technology
  • Enhancing Science Communication Skills and Practices
  • Evaluating, Assessing and Documenting E/PO Impacts
  • Promoting Multicultural Diversity and Gender Equity
  • Using Authentic Science and Citizen Science
  • Improving Our Professional Practice
EPO Abstract Submission Guidelines
EPO Overview
Registration information

Plenaries, Panels and Workshops
  • Confirmed featured plenary speaker, Dennis Bartels, Executive Director of the Exploratorium, will address connections across formal and informal STEM learning.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) plenary will address implications for schools, school districts, teacher professional development providers, and others. Linda Shore, new Executive Director of the ASP and recently Director of the Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium, will moderate. NGSS-oriented hands-on workshops will follow.
  • A plenary panel will examine enhancing the science communication skills of research scientists, with panel moderator Dennis Schatz, Pacific Science Center, who will also follow with a hands-on workshop.
  • Other plenaries and concurrent sessions will explore NASA EPO impacts and metrics, public science literacy, "big science," and amateur astronomers' impact on research and outreach.
  • Abstracts related to any of these plenary ideas and conference threads are now welcome. Please note that this year we invite a new category of abstracts: 2-hour special sessions.
Through their financial support, Sponsors of the ASP's Annual Meeting make a profound investment in science education in formal and informal settings across the country. Through the unique science of astronomy - and the exponential power of astronomy educators - we make a difference by sowing the seeds of curiosity, critical thinking, quantitative fluency, comfort with data, and problem solving. All necessary tools for the next generation of science literate leaders. The ASP extends its sincere thanks to early Annual Meeting sponsors NRAO, Explore Scientific  and Celestron.

Please follow this link for details about Meeting sponsor opportunities and benefits!
Bay Area Project ASTRO Workshop for Grades 3 - 9 Educators, July 25 & 26 (Registration deadline May 30th)
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.

When: Friday, July 25 9:00am - 4:30pm / Saturday, July 26 9:00am - 4:30pm (attendance on both days is required)
Location: College of San Mateo Science Department and Planetarium, San Mateo, CA
Cost: FREE!

Please click here to apply.
2014 GTTP Workshop Registration Now Open,
August 2 & 3, 2014
NGSS and the Solar System
Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of the solar system. Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards cross cutting theme of Scale, Proportion and Quantity and the practices of Developing and Using Models and Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Make connections to Literacy and the Common Core.

All participants receive a collection of over 100 activities published in the Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD, a $30 value.

When: Saturday - Sunday, August 2 - 3, 2014 / 8:30am - 5:00pm both days
Location: Hyatt-Regency, Burlingame, CA
Cost: $80 Early Bird rate through July 4; $120 Onsite Registration (August 2)

Please click here for more information and registration
ASP Corporate Sponsor Highlight: Melita Trips
The ASP is pleased to partner with MWT Associates in their unique astronomy-focused tours and expeditions - a travel experience enriched by the expertise and knowledge of a distinguished lecture team. Please review their upcoming trips below, and follow this link for more details and booking information.

As a corporate partner, MWT Associates makes a profound investment in education via ASP programs and services. We are very grateful to them, and encourage you to support all of ASP's corporate partners. When you do, you join in our mission to foster science literacy through astronomy for tomorrow's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders.
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