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AAS - 2010

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. However since this year marked the first year of the program under the NITARP name, only the 2010 class attended. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The brand new 2010 NITARP teams attended the 2010 January AAS meeting in Washington, DC. This started the first official year of NITARP!

For many of the new NITARP educators, it was their first AAS ever. They all had a great time, and learned a LOT.  The 14 teachers are spread among 4 teams, and they went home from the AAS to start work on their proposals, which were due in to IPAC in mid-February.


  • I am lucky to be associated with these people. They are incredible teachers and scientists.
  • For four straight days, if I'd thrown a rock I would have hit a scientist. Priceless.
  • I attended the NSF information and Q&A Session. It was interesting to me as I sat and listened to the description of NSF funding structure, bureaucracy and the various pipelines moneys were traveling through, that my vicarious life in politics gave me a real context on which to perch the information. It all sort of made sense and I could visualize some of the political forces that were hinted at but never made explicit. The level of anticipation and the fact that it was a full if not packed ballroom made me more aware of this “other life” of research astronomy.
  • These are some talented and really fun people.
  • There was an endless number of interesting people to talk to and they were all willing to share.

AAS - 2010