DPS 2008, Ithaca, NY

Education and Outreach

A Flyer listing many of the events is now available.

Day by Day Events Schedule:

  • Friday, October 10 during registration - E/PO table and sustainability information area will distribute family information (maps, coupons, etc.) to attendees who indicated interest in particular E/PO activities and discuss general meeting information related to sustainability.
    M. Bell, B. Clark
  • Saturday, October 11 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Ask an Astronomer Event at the Johnson Museum of Art related to the Spectacular Saturn exhibit. This is an opportunity for the public to talk to astronomers in the exhibit hall about the Saturn system images. There will also be Saturn-related art activites for children. We are looking for volunteers to interact with the public.
    N. Schaff, M. Hedman
  • Saturday, October 11, 8:00 to 10:00 pm - DPS Public Concert at Bailey Hall. The Cornell Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chris Younghoon Kim, and the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffery Meyer, will perform together in a free "astronomy themed" public concert featuring two works: The Planets by Gustav Holst, and the world premiere of Annilos (Rings) by Cornell composer Roberto Sierra and featuring percussionist Tim Feeney. The concert will be accompanied by video presentations of the planets put together by a team of Cornell Astronomy Department students, staff, and faculty. volunteers to interact with the public.
    Elizabeth Bilson, and Jim Bell
  • Sunday, October 12, noon to 5 pm - Astronomy Day at the Sciencenter including an outdoor walking tour of the Planetwalk with DPS member-staffed stations.
    M. Bell, Sciencenter Education staff
  • Sunday, October 12, 7:30 to 9:30 pm - Public Lecture at Cornell Bailey Hall. 2008 Sagan Medalist Jeff Taylor from the University of Hawaii will talk about "Lunar Settlements and Lunar Science". Bill Nye "The Science Guy" will be the emcee for the evening.
    J. Bell
  • Monday, October 13, noon to 2 pm - Family Open House at Cornell Barton Hall with E/PO activities.
    J. Bell, M. Bell
  • Tuesday, October 14, 10 am to 1 pm - Local School group visits to Cornell Barton Hall Local K-12 school kids will be bussed to campus for organized E/PO events.
    M. Bell, others from E/PO group
  • Tuesday, October 14, 3:30 to 4:30 pm - Young Women in Science at Boynton Middle School with presenters and/or activities geared toward encouraging girls interested in science.
    Tompkins County Public Library; local female science teachers
  • Thursday/Friday October 16/17 - Astronomy Educator Workshop at Ithaca College for college-level astronomy educators, based on previous "Astro 101" workshops and the SCALE-UP performance based physics program at IC.
    L. Keller, G. Brissenden
Planned ongoing E/PO related Ithaca community exhibits during the meeting:
  • Spectacular Saturn exhibition at the Johnson Museum of Art (on the Cornell University campus) will display nearly sixty images of Saturn, its rings, and its satellites. The images were chosen to emphasize the dynamic nature of the system and the interactions of moons and rings, as well as to explore Titan and Enceladus. A fašade projection of images from Saturn will be seen on the east side of the Museum from sunset until 11:00 pm during the conference. The exhibit will be open from 10:00 - 5:00 (closed on Monday); admission free.
  • Museum of the Earth has a mini-exhibit of Mars Rover photographs.
    M. Bell, MOTE Education staff
  • Tompkins County Public Library has an exhibit of planetary science related books by DPS authors.
    M. Bell, R. Anderson
  • Tours of Astronomy-related works from Cornell's Rare Book/Manuscript Collection Curator David Corson has volunteered to arrange showings of works by Cassini, Newton, Laplace, others...
    J. Bell, D. Corson, J. Burns