14 December 2023

Education Sessions and Activities at AAS 243

Tom Rice

Tom Rice American Astronomical Society (AAS)

On behalf of the AAS Executive Office, I’m looking forward to welcoming you to New Orleans for the 243rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society! I’ve worked with the AAS Education Committee to compile the following schedule of nearly everything focused on astronomy education and some adjacent topics at the New Orleans meeting. Please also feel free to browse the full meeting program here: AAS 243 Block Schedule.

Especially consider joining us for the following activities organized by the Education Committee:

  • The AAS Educators’ Reception is on Monday night, 8 January, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. All astronomy educators are welcome; the event will be lightly catered with hot appetizers and should be a high-quality networking session.
  • Our Special Session on Undergraduate and Graduate Preparation for Careers in Astronomy/Astrophysics is Monday morning, 8 January, from 10:00 to 11:30am. We will be hosting a discussion and listening session on the community's needs in astronomy education.
  • For those arriving early to New Orleans, please join our public Eclipse Outreach Event on Saturday, 6 January, from 9:30am–3:00pm, at the local Kenner Planetarium. We invite you to collaborate with us on helping to prepare the New Orleans community for the upcoming 8 April 2024 solar eclipse.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! You may navigate this schedule by clicking on the following Table of Contents:

Saturday, 6 Jan

*† Eclipse Outreach Event at Kenner Planetarium
9:30 am–3:00 pm
Kenner Planetarium (2020 Fourth Street, Kenner, LA 70062)

Saturday AAS Workshops related to education:

Engage with NASA’s Science Activation Program: Tools for using NASA Astrophysics in Informal STEM Learning
10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Designing Community Engagement from a Mutuality Worldview
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

† Mentoring Methods for Socially Conscious Astronomers
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

All workshops at AAS meetings require pre-registration. You may add a workshop to your registration before 2 January by logging back into your AAS account.

Legend:
* Organized by the AAS Education Committee
† Supported by the AAS Education Committee via the Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant


Sunday, 7 Jan

Sunday AAS Workshops related to education:

How to Give Great Presentations: A Scientist’s Guide to Effective Communication
8:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Robotic Telescope Labs for Survey-Level Undergraduates
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

† Increasing Student Learning and Inclusion in Your Classroom: Strategies from the Faculty Teaching Institute
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Engaging Public Audiences and Local Communities in the Awe and Wonder of Totality
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

† How to Read Papers Efficiently and Effectively: A Workshop on Critical Reading for Students and Instructors
1:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Effective Astronomy Visualizations for Research, Outreach, and Learning
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

† Effectively Communicating Your Research: A Hands-on Workshop
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

All workshops at AAS meetings require pre-registration. You may add a workshop to your registration before 2 January by logging back into your AAS account.

Inclusive Astronomy Education: Bridging Gaps for Diverse Learners
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9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Legend:
† Supported by the AAS Education Committee via the Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant


Monday, 8 Jan

Monday AM

Parallel sessions: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

* Undergraduate and Graduate Preparation for Careers in Astronomy/Astrophysics
Special Session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

International Students and Researchers in Astronomy: Issues and a Path Forward
Special Session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

How to Teach and Talk About Climate Change
Special Session

10:00 am – 11:30 am
 

Monday PM

Engaging Students with Rubin Observatory’s Coloring the Universe Investigation
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12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Cosmic Pathfinders Program
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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 

Parallel sessions: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Community Based Astronomy: Case Studies and Discussion
Special Session

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

New and Emerging Technologies for Astronomy Education
Special Session

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Public Outreach and Solar Eclipses
Oral Session

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Astronomy for a Better World
Special Session

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
 

Education-related iPoster sessions
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Undergraduate and Graduate Preparation for Careers in Astronomy/Astrophysics
164 – Engaging Learning Approaches for Non-science Majors
165 – Authentic Research Experience for Undergraduates
166 – Best Practices in Undergraduate Astronomy and Physics Courses
167 – Bringing Solar Eclipses to the Public
168 – Technology and Accessibility for Astronomy Education and Public Outreach
169 – Fun Activities for Public Outreach
170 – New and Remodeled Observatories to Serve Communities
171 – Best Teaching Practices in High School Astronomy
172 – Empowering Minorities and Supporting Diversity
173 – International Partnerships to Advance Astronomy Education

* Reception for Astronomy Educators – open to all!
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Legend:
* Organized by the AAS Education Committee


Tuesday, 9 Jan

Tuesday AM

(AAPT cross-listed) Plenary Speaker Sanlyn Buxner
9:00 am – 9:50 am

Education-related iPoster sessions
9:00 am – 10:00 am

201 – Community and Profession

Parallel sessions: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

AAS CSMA Presents: Astronomy’s Poverty Problem
Special Session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Innovative Approaches and Best Practices for Teaching Astronomy 
Oral Session
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Observatories and Public Outreach: Preserving Culture and the Dark Sky
Oral session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tuesday PM

Parallel sessions: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Reimagining the PhD Program in Astronomy
Splinter

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Beyond Academe: Exploring Astronomy-powered Career Paths
Splinter

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The NASA Hubble Fellowship Program: Creating 21st Century Leaders in Astronomy
Special Session

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

How Decadal Survey Priorities Become National Policy 
Special Session

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Beyond Academe Roundtable Discussions
Splinter
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 


Wednesday, 10 Jan

Wednesday AM

Parallel sessions: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

2024 Solar Eclipse: Public and Private Plans for Engagement
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10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy Presents: Effective Partnerships with HBCUs in Astronomy
Special Session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Authentic Experience and Scientific Visualization for Engaging Interest in Astronomy
Oral session

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday PM

Enhancing Learning Experience in Astronomy Courses
Oral session
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 


Thursday, 11 Jan

CAPP Policy Plenary Lecture: Lia Epperson, American University – Washington College of Law
8:10 am – 9:00 am

The post-2023 landscape for graduate admissions in astronomy
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10:00 am – 11:30 am
 


If you see any errors in this post, please email me at tom.rice@aas.org.

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