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AAS - 2013

The Winter American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting is the largest meeting of professional astronomers in the world. NITARP educators attend an AAS first to meet their team, then they go home and work remotely for much of the year, and then attend an AAS to present their results.  At any given AAS, then, we could have two NITARP classes attending - those finishing up, and those getting started. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

We were out in force at the AAS 2013 meeting in Long Beach, CA! A record number of NITARP-affiliated people attended, including the 2012 class finishing up and the 2013 class getting going. The 80 or so NITARP-affiliated folks made up about 3% of the AAS attendees.

Special article on AAS attendees!  And don't miss Danielle Miller's blog!


  • [Talking to the 2012 students] provided a wonderful window into the student's perspective of the NITARP experience. I loved how they talked about seeing math as a way of communicating and for checking data...not as THE right answer type computations. Many then said that concept was new and they really appreciated it.
  • The whole AAS was not what I anticipated, I imagined it to be a lot smaller and more of just a poster presentation solely but it provided so many other opportunities that were really cool to experience.
  • I found it most interesting to see the scientific process in action. Scientists were questioning scientists, sometimes fairly aggressively.
  • [student:] I've learned that not everything will come easily (a valuable skill for me personally) and that sometimes I have to work hard and use my brain in different ways to understand what's going on.
  • The NITARP experience is truly phenomenal, and our scientist was wonderful to work with -- never condescending and always very clear in his explanations. To get the chance to work with astronomers and researchers in the field, to do authentic research, and to attend conventions and be immersed in astronomy is absolutely amazing for a high school science teacher.

AAS - 2013