dotAstronomy: PreConference Post

dotAstronomy: PreConference Post

Another day, another conference. This year I’ve flown nearly ninety-thousand miles as I’ve chased conferences and collaboration meetings and colleagues around the globe. Today I’m a quarter turn away from yesterday, transported from Edwardsville, Illinois, USA to Leiden, Holland, the Netherlands. My passport, unused until March of 2008, now only has 2 pages left. It will be replaced in April, but it has two more trips to go: Italy for the IYA closing ceremony and than South Africa to discuss the future at the Communicating Astronomy to the Public meeting. For now though, I am in Leiden, in my hotel room just sitting for a moment, stealing a moment to write before I’m swept away by activity. I’m here to attend the dotAstronomy...

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NASA Town Hall Meeting

NASA Town Hall Meeting

It is with great hope that I blog this town hall meeting. Tonight the new EP/O Lead for NASA, Steph Stockman (geosteph on twitter), is presenting NASA Education and the new vision for NASA’s new future under Charles Bolden. As some of you know, for the past several years I have one conference after another blogged with a certain degree of bitterness the mistreatment of education and astronomy at the hands of Michael Griffin. I’ve reported name calling and budget slashing. I’ve even watched graduate students tell him “You’ve budget slashed my dreams into oblivion” to have him respond with more name calling. It has been ugly. But there is hope! Bolden respects teachers! (His parents I think were teachers.) And the new EP/O...

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Dragon*Con Retrospective

Dragon*Con Retrospective

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Dragon*Con, where I slept too little and ran real hard. It was good, but I have to admit it is all a blur of images and emotions. When I try to think of those 4 days in Atlanta, my brain responds with flickering fragments of moments. I’ve posted many of my pictures on flickr. Others are doing the same. I’m sure the story is documented (perhaps too well), and if you have images, can you please share links through the comments? Fragments: A Full Moon for Cancer: On the Thursday night prior to D*C, Phil Plait and I took part in a charity star party to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This event was in memory of Jeff Medkeff, the Blue Collar Scientist. Jeff was a blogger and amateur astronomer I had...

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See you in San Francisco at Astronomical Society of the Pacific?

See you in San Francisco at Astronomical Society of the Pacific?

Another day and yet another plane. This time I’m on my way to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. I’ll be part of three different presentations: Panel: The Spectrum of Citizen Science Projects in Astronomy and Space Science (Mon. Sep 14, 3:30pm-5:00pm) Panel: International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Projects: What’s Available for You (Tue. Sep 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm) Plenary Panel: The Future is Here: Can EPO Navigate the Digital Age? (Wed. Sep 16, 8:00am-9:30am) AND… There will be a meetup for anyone interested (Astro people, twitter people, Galaxy Zoo people, Astronomy Cast people, Star Stryder people, people people) on Wednesday night at 7pm at O’Sole Mio Restaurant. Will...

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The International Year of Astronomy Travel

The International Year of Astronomy Travel

In case you somehow missed it, 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy. For me, that has translated into the International Year of Astronomy Travel. According to my American Advantage account, I’ve earned 71,616 qualifying miles for this year to date. Now admittedly, that included bonus miles, minimum mile increases, and two for one miles, so my actual miles traveled is somewhat less, but as I’ve visited Long Beach, Eastern Illinois, Oxford, Kansas City, New York, Ontario (California), Pasadena, Oxford (again), Minneapolis, Seattle, Shanghai, Cheju, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Rio de Janeiro, and Greenwich, well, let’s just say it’s time to buy a new suitcase. And the travel isn’t over! I have two more big trips this month, and...

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IYA@IAU: World Reports

(Can’t find internet access that will allow me to upload photos – they will come) As an IYA organizer, one of my greatest delights has been randomly finding IYA logos in random places. My first moment of glee was at the National Maritime Museum in London where their gates were govered in IYA logos, and then I had a thrill to find IYA in Japan at a Solar Eclipse festival. Here in the US, my sightings (outside of events I was part of), have been few and far between. Okay, here in the US, my sightings have actually been non-existent, but then I don’t get out much. Nonetheless, IYA has a cool logo and seeing all the places that people have grown giant programs bearing the logo has been really inspiring. In Mexico City, one well publicized public...

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