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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!


  • The most interesting thing that I discovered was that there are so many different ways to become involved with astronomy. You can basically be any other type of scientist and become involved at some level with astronomy. This discovery changed for me the belief that astronomy, and even sciences in general, are fairly separate from each other. I had though the cross connections with astronomy happened but were not the norm; I see now that they are involved in nearly every major project.
  • Of all the professional development programs in which I have been involved, NITARP continues to rank among the top few. Working with teachers across the country in search of previously unclassified objects was thrilling.
  • [I talked to students presenting from NITARP 2012 and] although they were nervous, they did a wonderful presentation. They knew their stuff and fielded questions well. Most of all, you could tell they had grown as students and were passionate about their topics and what they had found. To me, that was awesome. I hope my students will show the same poise[...]
  • I was hesitant at first to speak to folks at their posters for fear of being judged unfit for discussion, but everyone I talked to was open to conversation and gladly talked about their work at a level I could process. I think many were happy that someone cared enough to stop by their poster.
  • [In the classroom, I am planning to] increase my emphasis that what is written in a textbook is not the final word on a subject. Science is an ever-evolving mechanism of discovery and nothing remains fixed in perspective or proof.

AAS - 2013