Science Cafe Mini-Talks in Astronomy

Saturday,
October 24, 2020, 3:00 pm

4:00 pm

Join our live session featuring three scientists recruited from around the country to give short 10-15 minute, accessible, public talks, with 5-10 minutes of Q&A with the public. The astronomers speaking, along with the tentative titles for their talks, are:

  1. Luna Zagorac (Yale U.), “Cosmic Archaeology, or: How Do We Know the Things We Know?”
  2. Alex Gagliano (U. of Illinois), “Singing Stars (and other Explosive Earworms)”
  3. Xinnan Du (UC Riverside), “Do Galaxies Breathe Too?”

These scientists are all “design testers” from our NSF AISL (Advancing Informal STEM Learning) project called On-the-Spot Feedback (OTSF), which is developing and testing a model for the audience assessment that STEM professionals can use during their public engagement efforts. These on-the-spot assessments allow scientists to monitor audience understanding and engagement, and use this to make immediate improvements to their activity, as they interact with their audience!

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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, an international non-profit scientific and educational organization, located in San Francisco and founded in 1889, works to increase understanding and appreciation of astronomy.
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