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AAS - 2011

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.

The 2010 and 2011 NITARP teams attended the 2011 January AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. The 2010 class was presenting results and the 2011 class was starting up. Special feature article on AAS attendeesThere were nearly 60 NITARP-affiliated folks, about 2% of the attendees at the AAS meeting!! We presented 9 posters. Also see Luisa's blog entry about this.



  • I think it also was an invaluable experience for [my students] to see that it is "ok" to ask questions.
  • This was a trip I will never forget. I am very fortunate to have been a part of something so interesting and rewarding.
  • The most interesting thing I noticed this year was that I spent much more time seeking out, listening to and talking about science than I did about education itself. There was plenty of overlap but I felt more confident asking questions and I had a much better idea of the questions I wanted to explore.
  • I kept wishing this program would have been available when I was a kid. Wanting to be a scientist, I had no role model or support and never pursued it.
  • Words can't describe my delight and gratitude to NITARP for the "over the top" experience at AAS 217th convention in Seattle. The breadth of conveyed knowledge, the phenomenal networking, the latest science discoveries, the business and career opportunities and the educational options were astounding. I must say that I was fully engaged every moment that I was at the convention. As you said at our seminar on Sunday, "You will be over stimulated and under caffeinated." I realize exactly what [you] were talking about.

AAS - 2011