Scientists attending the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) are invited to participate in several education and public outreach (E/PO) opportunities:
1) Undergraduates conducting planetary science, astrobiology, or lunar science research are invited to attend and present at the Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference on Sunday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for registration by students has been extended to February 15, 2013.
2) Faculty teaching undergraduate classes are invited to participate in the Planetary Science Undergraduate Teaching Workshop on Sunday, March 17, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
3) Scientists who are involved in E/PO programs are invited to register for a workshop that explores First Steps in Program Evaluation on Sunday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4) The LPSC oral session, Rising to the Challenge: Improving the Public Understanding of Science in the Next Decade, will explore innovative efforts that are emerging for engaging the public in science with the result of increasing science awareness, literacy, and understanding on Tuesday, March 19, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
5) Visit the E/PO posters to speak with E/PO professionals and learn more about programs and products that bring current planetary science to a variety of audiences on Tuesday evening, March 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Details for each opportunity follow in the message below.
If you are a scientist who is involved in – or interested in becoming involved in – E/PO and would like to meet with E/PO community members, please contact Dr. Sanlyn Buxner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Stephanie Shipp (email@example.com).
The Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference includes:
Panels on “How to Choose the Grad School Right for You,” “Alternative Careers in Science,” and “Women in Planetary Science”
Poster sessions where students will present their posters to other student and to the scientific community
“Meeting Mentors,” which will pair students with a scientist for part of the LPSC meeting, so students can learn how to engage at a scientific conference
Opportunities to meet other undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and scientists
Undergraduate students currently conducting research in planetary sciences, astrobiology, and lunar sciences are eligible.
Interested undergraduates should:
1) Apply for the NASA YSS Undergraduate Conference by submitting the indication of interest form by close of business February 15, 2013. This form serves as the registration form for the Conference.
2) Submit an abstract for the NASA YSS Undergraduate Conference by February 15, 2013. All NASA YSS Undergraduate Conference student participants, and all participants receiving travel support, are expected to submit an abstract and present a poster at the conference.
* These forms are part of the USRA Meeting Portal, which requires users to set up a personal profile to access the form (setting up a profile is quick and easy, requiring only about two or three minutes). You must be logged in to the portal to access the forms.
Some travel support will be available to students who qualify. Priority will be given to students of diverse backgrounds. To receive support, students must attend the entire NASA YSS Undergraduate Research Conference and present a poster. Students are encouraged to attend LPSC and any travel support can be applied to registration for and participation in LPSC.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planetary Science Undergraduate Teaching Workshop
The fourth annual Planetary Science Undergraduate Teaching Workshop will be held in conjunction with LPSC at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Sunday, March 17, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
This year, we are teaming with the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration to bring together scientists and educators to talk about the latest in lunar science, lunar science education products, and tools that can be used in the undergraduate classroom.
We invite you to attend the workshop! If you have a lunar-related activity that you would like to share, let us know. If you have a specific area of interest, scientific or educational, let us know and we’ll try to get it included.
Please RVSP to Emily CoBabe-Ammann at email@example.com.
Scientist and Science Educator Professional Development Workshop — First Steps in Program Evaluation
Educators and scientists attending LPSC are invited to register to attend a workshop on evaluation of E/PO programs. This FREE workshop is appropriate for all E/PO professionals and scientists who host education events (such as teacher workshops, intern experiences, and public outreach events) and faculty teaching K–12 and undergraduate classes. The workshop is designed as a starting point for learning about program evaluation, a critical component of all E/PO projects. During this workshop, you will interact with professional evaluators to create a basic evaluation plan for your project or program. You will also hear about what an external evaluator does if you have need of one. This is a participatory workshop! All attendees should bring an E/PO project or program plan — current or in the planning stages — for which they will create an evaluation plan.
The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with LPSC at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Participants need to complete the registration form (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/
For additional information, please contact Dr. Sanlyn Buxner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LPSC Oral Session
“Rising to the Challenge: Improving the Public Understanding of Science
in the Next Decade”
Our world is more connected than ever before by traditional and social media, and the public has ever-increasing choices for news and entertainment; the combination creates both challenge and opportunity as audience attention can swell and ebb rapidly and niche audiences abound. How do scientists and science educators successfully rise to the challenge of capturing the attention of the public and engaging them in science? This oral session will explore innovative efforts that are emerging for engaging the public in science with the result of increasing science awareness, literacy, and understanding.
Join us on Tuesday, March 19, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Waterway Ballroom 1 for presentations and interactive discussions! Presentations include:
Planetary Science: The Need and Responsibility to Engage the Public and the Challenge of Effectiveness
Dr. Mark V. Sykes, Planetary Science Institute
What Does the Public Need to Know? The Nature of Science and Functioning Public Scientific Literacy
Dr. Martin Storksdieck, Board on Science Education, National Academy of Sciences
Engaging the Public in Planetary Science Through Emerging Technology and New Media
Samantha Becker, New Media Consortium
OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! Involving the Public in Asteroid Research and Scientists with the Public -Anna Spitz, Carl Hergenrother, Dolores Hill, and Dante Lauretta
Ground-Based Observations of Lunar Meteoroid Phenomena in Support of the LADEE Mission -Brian Cudnik and Brian Day
The Dawn Mission’s Use of Google + Hangout for Professional Development and Product Assessment -Joseph Wise, Britney Schmidt, Whitney Cobb, Judy Counley, Nicole Hess, Jennifer Scully, Pamela Gay, Scott Lewis, and Nicole Gugliccu
Follow Your Curiosity: A New Era of Public Participation in Discovery -Michelle Viotti and Ken Edgett
Engaging the World in Dialog About Space: Humans in Space Youth Art Competition -Jancy McPhee
The CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility for the Public -Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliccu, Georgia Bracey, Cory Lehan, and Scott Lewis
Posters on Tuesday evening will showcase additional opportunities for involvement. For additional information, please contact the session conveners: Dr. Stephanie Shipp (email@example.com) or Dr. Stephen Mackwell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday Evening E/PO Posters
This year’s E/PO posters explore programs and products for general public, higher education, K-12, and informal audiences, as well as opportunities for scientist involvement in E/PO. Visit with the presenters to learn more about these exciting programs. Join us on Tuesday evening, March 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Center Exhibit Area at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.