Galaxy Forums 2009
Galaxy Forum China 2009 – Beijing
8 October 2009 @ the Beijing Planetarium
- Jin Zhu: Director, Beijing Planetarium: Intro to Astronomy Education at Beijing Planetarium and in Mainland China (650 KB)
- Hans Starlife: “Cosmica” and Astronomy / Galaxy community outreach and education (3.86 MB)
- Zhou Xu: Dome A Antarctica Astronomy and Galaxy Research (6.98 MB)
- Steve Durst: ILO Galaxy First Light Imaging Program (4.19 MB)
- Panel discussion with attendee/participant interaction, with theme “Galaxy Education in the 21st Century”
Galaxy Forum Canada – Vancouver: 2009 Paul Sykes Lecture in Astronomy
27 September 2009 @ the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre,
A Galaxy Forum-related event, sponsored by ILOA and in partnership with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre.
Neil Turok, Director of Cosmology at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Turok reveals two models: one in which the Universe began at the Bang, and the other in which the Bang was a violent event in a pre-existing Universe. The competition between these models lies at the heart of many deep questions about the Universe, and about our ultimate ability to understand it.
Dr. Turok has worked with Dr. Stephen Hawking and also founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. He co-authored the popular science book “Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang” with Princeton physicist Dr. Paul Steinhardt.
Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2009 – Mauna Kea Workshop
Saturday 29 August 2009 @ Mauna Kea Presentation Hale (directly under the Visitor’s Center)
The focus of this meeting was to engage Hawaii Island’s teachers, education advocates and astronomers to plan and implement 21st Century Galaxy Education and awareness in Hawaii’s local schools and classrooms–elementary and secondary, public and private.
Present were Helene Hale, James Kimo Pihana, teachers from Hilo, Kona, and Waimea, Kumiko Usuada of Subaru telescope and ILOA Executive Directors.
- How can “Getting to Know Our Place in the Universe” inspire, engage and influence the minds of keiki (children) in our classrooms?
- How can we integrate Native Hawaiian culture into 21st Century Galaxy Education?
- How can Galaxy / Astronomy Science and Galaxy Education materials be integrated into the K-12 standards-based education system?
- How can Hawai’i Island educators utilize the world-class resources of science and astronomy on this island?
Galaxy Forum Kansas 2009 – Hutchinson
Saturday 22 August 2009 @ Kansas Cosmophere and Space Center
Speakers (you can download their presentation in PDF format):
- Jeanette Steinert, Ad Astra Kansas Initiative
- Joel Walker, Kansas Cosmophere and Space Center
- Fred Gassert, Jerelyn Ramirez and Joe Castor, Kansas Astronomical Observers, Wichita: Our Place in the Milky Way (Image credit courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech) (778kb)
- Mike Ford, NASA Fermi-GLAST educator: The Monster in the Middle — How We Study Galaxies’ Black Holes (1.6MB)
- Steve Durst, Space Age Publishing Company, International Lunar Observatory Association – Founder: “International Lunar Observatory (ILO) Galaxy First Light Imaging Program” (2.13MB)
The event continued with a spirited panel discussion on advancing and enhancing general science education in Kansas.
Galaxy Forum Kansas also featured an “Additional Stellar Event” featuring an Astronaut presentation at the Cosmosphere marking the 25th anniversary of the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.
Galaxy Forum USA 2009 – San Jose, California
Saturday 4 July 2009 @ The Tech Museum of Innovation
Speakers (you can download their presentation in PDF format):
- Chris Mckay, Planetary Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center “Human Exploration of the Moon & Mars: To Boldly Stay” (2.24MB)
- Jon Lomberg, Art Director for Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”; Hawai‘i Island Artist: “The Galaxy Garden of Hawaii: Opportunities for Participation”
- Fred Bourgeois, Google Lunar X Prize FREDNET Team Founder & Leader: One People, One Planet (602KB)
- Doug Vakoch, SETi Institute, Director of Interstellar Message Composition
- Yvonne Clearwater, NASA Project Manager and Principal Investigator, NASA Ames Research Center: “New Media Innovation in Galaxy Education”
- Steve Durst, Space Age Publishing Company, International Lunar Observatory Association – Founder: “International Lunar Observatory (ILO) Galaxy First Light Imaging Program” (2.04MB)
Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2009 – Hilo
Sunday 17 May 2009 @ ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
The Galaxy Forum Hawaii – Hilo attracted about 30 people to the Classroom Conference Room at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at “Astronomy Row” in Hilo, Hawaii Island.
Teachers and educators representing Hilo schools were in attendance, and some participated in the follow-up panel discussion. This includes:
- Hilo High School: Serena Nishihara (Kumu Serena)
- Waiakea High School: Eric Hagiwara
- Dept. of Education: Dr. Orloski
- Leilehua Yuen and Ali‘i Kimo Pihana, “Native Hawai‘i Astronomy and Cosmology”
- Shawn Laatsch, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center: Planetarium Galaxy Presentation
- Robert Fox, PISCES and UH Hilo Astronomy Department:
- Kumiko Usuda, Subaru Telescope: “Make Your Own Milky Way Models”
- ILOA: “International Lunar Observatory Galaxy First Light Imaging”
The event concluded with a lively panel discussion on advancing and enhancing general science education in Hawai‘i
Also in attendance were supportive members of the general public.
Special thanks to Helene Hale for her time and participation at this pioneer Hawaii Island event.
Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2009 – Waimea
Thursday 19 March 2009 @ Parker School
Photo credit David Corrigan
The Galaxy Forum Hawaii – Waimea attracted about 30 people to Parker School.
Teachers representing various West and North Hawaii schools were in attendance, and some participated in the follow-up panel discussion. This includes:
- Honoka‘a High School: John Dustin
- Waimea Middle School: Jade Bowman
- Parker School: Maren Oom
- Hawaii Preparatroy Academy: Dr. Kristal Blacksmith
- Konawaena High School: Jim Wiley
- Moana Pihana: Opening Chant
- Steve Durst, ILOA: “Introduction to Galaxy Education in the 21st Century”
- Ali‘i Kimo Pihana: “Native Hawai‘i Astronomy and Cosmology”
- Jon Lomberg: “The Galaxy Garden as a Model for Galaxy Education”
- Jean-Charles Cuillandre, Canada France Hawaii Telescope: “Our Milky Way Among the Galaxies”
- Joseph Sulla, ILOA: “International Lunar Observatory Galaxy First Light Imaging”
Special thanks to David Corrigan of Big Island Video News for video coverage of the event.
Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2009 – Kona
Saturday, 31 January 2009 @ the Onizuka Space Center
The Galaxy Forum Hawaii – Kona, the first of its kind in Hawaii, was an exciting and successful event. Onizuka Space Center Curator Nancy Tashima opened the doors to the community for the event, which attracted about 30 people and filled the theater to capacity.
- Jon Lomberg — “The Galaxy Garden as a Model for Galaxy Education” link: http://GalaxyGarden.net
- Kumiko Usuda (Subaru Telescope) — “Make Your Own Milky Way Models”
- Tonomori Usuda (Subaru Telescope) — “The Mystery of Galactic Supernovae”
- Steve Durst (ILOA / Space Age Publishing Company) — “International Lunar Observatory Galaxy First Light Imaging”
A special thank you goes to teacher Una Burns of West Hawaii Explorations Academy for her participation.