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January 2010 updates for Ms. Meredith

Published: January 15, 2010

Ms. Meredith is a new NITARP teacher in 2011.  She really enjoyed the AAS meeting.  She has these sage words of advice for attending AAS meetings:

  • Astronomy timeline applies to the AAS meeting as well as to astronomy research projects -- everything takes 8 times as long as your best estimate plus 20 min. Plan on bumping into people and starting up compelling conversations continually.
  • Make a decision prior to the meeting about what you most want to come away with. Highlight the talks that are must-dos so you don't get side tracked by every good conversation. I also found that although I got a very good understanding about how this meeting operates, it was like snacking on ideas and never really getting filled up or complete on any one thing.
  • Don't try to go to dinner with more than 5 people. It takes too much time to coordinate.
As we feared, the January 2021 American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting is going to be online-only. The kickoff workshop for NITARP 2021 would have been associated with this meeting. Because travel and face-to-face meetings are such an integral part of the NITARP experience, we have decided to not form new NITARP teams in 2021. We expect to have teams in 2022, assuming the pandemic loosens its grip. Please let us know if you wish to be on the mailing list to be notified when the application is available.