Issue 21-31, Dec 6, 2021
- SHARING PLANETARY SCIENCE: COMMON PLANETARY MISCONCEPTIONS
- APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY 2022
- DPS MEETING PLENARY ON IMPROVING EVENT ACCESSIBILITY IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING
SHARING PLANETARY SCIENCE: COMMON PLANETARY MISCONCEPTIONS
Tuesday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. CST
All planetary scientists and engineers, including early-career scientists and graduate students, are invited to join us on December 7, 2021 for this free seminar. Audiences may have mistaken ideas about the size, scale, and characteristics of objects in the solar system, and limited understanding of astronomical and geological time and concepts. Join Dr. Sanlyn Buxner (Planetary Science Institute), Dr. Molly Simon (Arizona State University) and Christine Shupla (LPI) to learn about how people learn and some of the common planetary misconceptions that may affect education and public engagement programs, and to discuss ways to modify your presentations and activities.
Dr. Sanlyn Buxner’s current research interests include examining issues related to scientific literacy; how to measure it and investigating how it is changed by education, outreach, and online media. Additionally she investigates how science research experiences can be used to improve both science understanding and empowerment of teachers and students.
Dr. Molly Simon utilizes citizen science as tool to bring authentic research and data-rich experiences to students in both in-person and online courses. She also develops active learning materials designed to engage students in critical thinking while promoting increased disciplinary fluency.
Christine Shupla, LPI Education and Public Engagement Manager, leads LPI’s scientist engagement programs, and has extensive experiences engaging different audiences in astronomy and planetary science.
Or watch streamed on LPI’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/LPIUSRA
The AAS Public Policy Department is now accepting applications for our annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD). The deadline to sign up for AAS CVD 2022 is Friday, 14 January 2022.
DPS MEETING PLENARY ON IMPROVING EVENT ACCESSIBILITY IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING
At this year’s DPS Meeting, The SciAccess founder, Anna Voelker, and her colleague, Caitlin O’Brien, presented their work on “Advancing disability inclusion in astronomy and STEM.” The slides and recording of that talk are now available on the DPS Professional Climate and Culture Subcommittee (PCCS) website: leadership/climate, under Resources. In this presentation, specific tips were given regarding organization of an accessible event, and specific examples were discussed to illustrate the high community value and broader impact of such events. These types of suggestions are of timely importance as we shift from all-virtual events into in-person and hybrid meetings, but seek to retain the accessibility and inclusivity benefits of what we’ve all had to experience over the last two years.
Send submissions to:
Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])