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2014 Annual Meeting -
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ASP 125th Anniversary
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.

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  
Plenaries, Panels and Workshops
  • Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and former Executive Director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation will deliver the Supporters Luncheon keynote address.
  • Kick-off plenary will feature a discussion with high-level STEM agency administrative officials, tackling Co-STEM and the future of federal funding and programs in STEM education/outreach.
  • Panel moderator Bonnie Meinke (Space Telescope Science Institute) will lead Increasing Diversity in Earth and Space Science. Panelists are: Gibor Basri (University of California, Berkeley), Annette Lee (St. Cloud University), Karen Kenney (Girls Inc. of the Island City), and Salvador Acevedo (Contemporanea).
  • Panel moderator Dennis Schatz (Pacific Science Center) will lead a Working with Scientists Who Interact with Public Audiences plenary, about enhancing the science communication skills of research scientists.
  • Panel moderator Linda Shore, new Executive Director of the ASP and prior Director of the Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium, will lead a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) plenary.
  • Moderator Sanlyn Buxner (Planetary Sciences Institute) will lead Weighing the Balance of Science Literacy in Education and Public Policy. Panelists include Chris Impey (University of Arizona) and Bryce Johnson (Exploratorium).
  • Keynote speaker Dennis Bartels, Executive Director of the Exploratorium, will address connections across formal and informal STEM learning.
Via their support, sponsors and exhibitors 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 thanks to SOFIA, NRAO, Explore Scientific, Celestron, AAS, and IOP Publishing.

Please follow this link for details about Meeting sponsor opportunities and benefits!
Universe 2014: Free Public Science Event on Sunday, August 3rd to Feature Leading Voices in the Search for Other Earths
Geoff March, Chris McKay, Jill Tarter, Andrew Fraknoi

1:30-5:30 pm, August 3, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Regency Ballroom,
Burlingame, CA
Free and Open to the Public
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Featuring: Geoff Marcy, Chris McKay, Jill Tarter,
and Andrew Fraknoi

In celebration of 125 years of astronomy, education, and public understanding of science, the ASP is hosting an afternoon learning and thinking about some of the most exciting questions in our exploration of the universe. What kinds of planets orbit other stars? Is there an Earth 2.0 out there, just like us? Could life exist in strange environments, quite different from our planet? Is there intelligent life beyond Earth? If so, how could we find them - or even have a conversation with them? Only in the last few decades have such questions moved from the realm of science fiction to the realm of scientific experiment. Come hear from some of the most articulate scientists in the Bay Area about where we stand with our quest to explore planets and life out there.

This event is free and open to the public, but a suggested donation of $10 per person will help cover our expenses. We encourage you to bring students 13 years or older and ask that you leave younger children at home. Seating is first come, first served, so we also encourage you to arrive early, just in case. Please RSVP so we know how many people are attending.

Paid parking is available in the hotel garage and via valet service. Parking is also available around the hotel property and in nearby pay lots.
2014 Annual Supporters Luncheon - Keynote by Dr. Milton Chen of the George Lucas Foundation and
Dr. Milton Chen

Monday, August 4, 11:00 to 1:30
Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, CA
Poolside Pavilion
Complimentary validated parking in hotel garage

Dr. Chen will address:
  • The history and vision of the George Lucas Education Foundation and, as well as the history of George Lucas' interest in education.
  • How the George Lucas Foundation defines science literacy, and the emphasis on using technology and online learning.
  • "Project Based Learning" and why the foundation supports PBL, the evidence to show that this kind of learning is effective, and the roles of the teacher and student in this learning environment.
The Luncheon Program will also feature:
  • Welcome remarks by the ASP's new executive director, Dr. Linda Shore
  • ASP Project ASTRO teacher/astronomer
  • Announcement of the 2014 Fraknoi Supporters Award recipient (award presented by Andrew Fraknoi)
The Supporters Luncheon is hosted by the ASP and by invitation only.
Please inquire via
2014 Annual Awards Recipients Announced 
Bruce Medal

The ASP looks forward to honoring this year's awardees at our Annual Awards Banquet, taking place Tuesday, August 5th at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA. Banquet tickets are available for sale by contacting Albert Silva at or 415-714-1400. Tickets for ASP Members are $50.00 per person, and tickets for the general public are $65 per person. Complimentary validated parking will be available in the Hyatt garage.
  • Bruce Gold Medal: Dr. Ken Kellermann of NRAO for his lifetime achievements in founding radio astronomy as a major branch of global astronomy, for contributing to the development of modern cosmology, and for his efforts inventing Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).
  • Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award for important research results based upon development of groundbreaking instruments and techniques to Dr. Harland Epps, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Lick Observatories.
  • Robert J. Trumpler Award for a recent Ph.D. thesis considered unusually important to astronomy to Dr. Brendan Bowler.
  • Richard H. Emmons Award for excellence in teaching college-level astronomy to non-science majors to Dr. Laurence Marschall from Gettysburg College.
  • Thomas J. Brennan Award for exceptional achievement relating to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level to Vivian Hoette.
  • Klumpke-Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy to Dennis Schatz, Senior Advisor and former Senior Vice President of Pacific Science Center.
  • Amateur Achievement Award recognizes significant observational or technical achievements by an amateur astronomer to Rod Stubbings.
  • Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award for outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public to Dan Kaminsky of the TriState Astronomers (TSA) of Hagerstown, MD.
Michael Gibbs Memorial Fund Established 
Michael Gibbs

As many of you may recall, the ASP lost one of its greatest champions in December 2013 with the untimely passing of Michael Gibbs, former employee (2005 to 2008), and board member and officer (2009 to 2013). Following discussion with Michael's family, and in response to the generous donations received in Michael's name, the ASP has established the Michael Gibbs Memorial Fund. Donations received thus far, and any donations received in the future, will be equally divided between:
  1. An endowed fund in Michael's name to help ensure the ASP's sustainability
  2. The ASP's infrastructure program to enable the delivery of current science education workshops, trainings, and services
You may make your gift easily and securely online via or via regular mail to our San Francisco headquarters located at 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.
ASP Board Elections Underway

Calling all ASP Members!

As part of your association with the ASP, you are invited to cast your ballot for candidates who seek to serve on the organization's Board of Directors. Board Members play a vital leadership role in the health and sustainability of the organization. Board members are responsible for hiring and managing the Executive Director, organizational governance, planning and evaluation, and ensuring adequate financial resources so that the ASP can carry out its mission.

In an effort to save money and the Earth's environment, this year's board election will be administered electronically. The link to the ASP's website page containing the names and bios of ASP board candidates is here: You may vote only once, and you are encouraged to do so well in advance of the voting deadline: July 15, 2014.

The ASP board election is open for voting by ASP members only. Please follow this link to join the ASP and cast your ballot!
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