IAU First Impressions

Let the chaos begin! I’m currently at the XXVII General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Rio de Janeiro. For the next two weeks, astronomers from all around the globe will converge on the SulAmerica Convention Center. I’m here to represent the USA in Special Session 2: The International Year of Astronomy. I have 12 minutes this afternoon to communicate all the IYA events in the USA, ranging from NASA events to Independent events to movie events, to everything else, including all of new media. In 12 minutes. I feel like I’m preparing as 12 course sampling menu, where no one item is enough to sate you, but taken together you feel a bit plump. I arrived mid-day yesterday, and I have to admit that I’m still trying to process...

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AAS Coverage

I’m currently at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Pasadena, California. My students are livestreaming all the press conferences, and I’ll be streaming a few special events. Here is our schedule of events: Monday, June 8, 12 Noon: BLACK HOLES & PULSARS press conference Tuesday, June 9 9:00 AM: GALAXY DISCOVERIES press conference 10:30 AM: INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY UPDATE press conference (Featuring me 🙂 ) 12:40 PM: STARS & STAR CLUSTERS press conference 6:30pm PLANETARY CLASSIFICATION SPECIAL SESSION (special URL) WEDNESDAY June 10 9am GALACTIC CENTER press conference 10am NEW MEDIA SPECIAL SESSION (me again) 11:30am EXOPLANET NEWS press conference 12:30 WIDE-FIELD INFRARED SURVEY EXPLORER PREVIEW press conference THURSDAY...

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MidAmerican Regional Astrophysics Conference, Day 1

MidAmerican Regional Astrophysics Conference, Day 1

I’m currently in Kansas City attending the MARAC at the Linda Hall Library enjoying talks on astronomy given by astronomers from all around the area. Last year I spoke in St Charles, MO at the exact same meeting, but last year I discussed IYA. This year I’ll be talking about both what’s it like to communicate astronomy in real time, and also about the Galaxy Zoo project. This is a really comfortable conference on many levels. Many of the talks are being given by young astronomers (graduate students) and the audience is a rich mix of amatuer astronomers, professional astronomers from all types of universities (from major research schools to community colleges), professional science communicators (like the great Martin Ratcliffe), and students of...

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