Summary of Completed Outreach Activities during 2009

Jan 16 - Star-gazing, two slideshows & Public talk by Mary Putman: ''Feeding the Milky Way''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Robert Morehead, Josh Schroeder, Adam Fuller, Nitza Santiago, Jess Werk, Erika Hamden, Andrew Brown, Taka Tanaka
2 Hours, 90 attendees for lecture, +10 for observing, +25 on College Walk

Jan 30 - Star-gazing, slideshow & Public talk by Taka Tanaka: ''Eavesdropping on Supermassive Black Holes''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Robert Morehead, Josh Schroeder, Nitza Santiago, Destry Saul
2.5 Hours, 200 attendees for lecture, +40 for observing

Feb 13 - Star-gazing, slideshow & Public talk by Adam Fuller: ''Saturn's Rings From A To G''
Volunteers: Neil Zimmerman, Robert Morehead, Josh Schroeder, Andrew Brown, Erika Hamden, Adam Fuller, Jess Werk, Johnny Ruan
2 Hours, 150 attendees for lecture and star-gazing, +50 on College Walk

Feb 18 - Tour of the observatory. 40 sixth grade students from VCS community school saw the workings of the domes, looked through telescopes, and got a 45 minute presentation on the motions of the heavens.
Volunteers: Joshua Schroeder, Destry Saul, Lia Corrales
1.5 Hours, 40 students.

Feb 27 - Slideshow & Public talk by Joe Patterson: ''Exploding Stars From Your Backyard''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Erika Hamden
2 Hours, 50 attendees

March 4 - Harlem Sidewalk Astronomy. Showed the Moon and Saturn from Powell Plaza.
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman
3 hours, 300 people.

Mar 6 - Star-gazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Ian McGreer: ''First Light in the Universe''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Josh Schroeder, Adam Fuller, Nitza Santiago, Jess Werk, Ian McGreer?, Maria Pereira, Lia Corrales, Kyle Parfrey
2 hours, 80 attendees

Mar 7 - Family Astro with Light Pollution Theme
Volunteers: Neil Zimmerman, Maria Pereira, Lia Corrales, Duane Lee
2 hours, 25 children + parents

Mar 20 - Stargazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Sasha Hinkley: ''''Imaging New Planets from Here on Earth''
Volunteers: Duane Lee, Maria Pereira, Ian McGreer?, Jess Werk, Nitza Santiago, Yuan Li, Andrew Brown, Neil Zimmerman
2 hours, 150 people

Mar 30 - Visiting Kindergarten class from Dalton; Asteroids, Comets and Meteor Theme; Intro Slideshow, Make-your-own crater activity, comet chef, and solar observation on the roof
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Robert Morehead, Duane Lee
1 hour, 20 students + 8 chaperones

Apr 3 - Public talk by Maureen Teyssier: ''Putting Hubble Images in Context: The Local Map of the Universe'', followed by observatory tours and slideshows
Volunteers: Neil Zimmerman, Robert Morehead, Josh Schroeder, Andrew Brown, Adam Fuller, Kyle Parfrey
2 hours, 150 people

Apr 5 - 100 Hours of Astronomy, Telescopes on 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Erika Hamden, Nitza Santiago, Robert Morehead, Josh Schroeder
2.5 hours, 350 people

Apr 17 - Stargazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Kyle Parfrey: ''Astrophysics at the LHC, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Microscopic Black Holes''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Robert Morehead, Josh Schroeder, Andrew Brown, Erika Hamden, Adam Fuller, Joo Yoon, Lia Corrales, Christine Simpson, Maria Pereira
3 hours, 250 people

May 1 - Slideshow & Public talk by Antara Basu-Zych: ''The Violent Tendencies of Galaxies''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Robert Morehead, Josh Schroeder, Erika Hamden
2 hours, 70 people

May 12 - --CANCELLED-- Visiting Kindergarten group from Ella Baker School
Volunteers: Duane Lee, Andrew Brown, Lia Corrales, Maria Pereira
1 hour, 0 people

May 15 - Stargazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Jackie Faherty: ''The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Astronomy in the Media''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Josh Schroeder, Robert Morehead, Duane Lee, Adam Fuller, Lia Corrales, Destry Saul
2 hours, 70 people + 100 on College Walk

May 29 - Slideshow & Public talk by Jan Kratochvil: ''How Anyone Can Witness a Space Shuttle Launch''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Robert Morehead, Nitza Santiago, Josh Schroeder, Jess Werk
2 hours, 55 people

May 31 - Harlem Sidewalk Astronomy. Showed the Moon and Saturn from Powell Plaza
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Josh Schroeder, Kyle Parfrey, Johnny Ruan, Karista Koehler
1.5 hours, 150 people

Jun 12 - Slideshow & Public talk by David Hogg: ''What was there before the Big Bang? ''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Josh Schroeder, Andrew Brown, Yuan Li, Laura Vican
2 hours, 110 people

Jun 23 - Public talk by Janna Levin: ''Songs from Space: Black Holes and the Big Bang in Audio ''
Organized by the Amaldi Gravitational Wave Conference
1 hour, 375 people

Jun 25 - Screening of BLAST: The Movie and Q & A Session with the director and principle investigator ''
Organized by the Amaldi Gravitational Wave Conference
2 hour, 150 people

Jun 26 - Slideshow & Public talk by Nitza Santiago: ''¿Qué te pasó, pobre pequeño Plutón?''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Andrew Brown, Erika Hamden, Laura Vican, Josh Schroeder, Ximena Fernandez
2 hours, 55 people

Jul 9 - Star-gazing & Slideshow for Visiting Group of Teachers
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels
3 hours, 15 people

Jul 10 - Star-gazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Jason Kendall: ''Kepler Space Telescope: The Search is on for Earth-Sized Planets!''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Josh Schroeder, Andrew Brown, Geoff Banker, Christine Simpson, Emily Rauscher, Johnny Ruan, Laura Vican
2.5 hours, 130 people

July 24 - Slideshow & Public talk by Christine Simpson: ''Galactic Archaeology'' and Galileoscope workshop led by Andrew Brosn
Volunteers: Christine Simpson, Andrew Brown, Destry Saul, Duane Lee, Neil Zimmerman
2.5 hours, 90 people

July 25 - Family Astro (solar-themed)
Volunteers: Lia Corrales, Duane Lee, Andrew Brown, Neil Zimmerman
2 hours, 20 kids

Aug 7 - Observing on USS Intrepid for Girls Summer Camp
Volunteers: Andrew Brown, Duane Lee, Josh Schroeder, Arlin Crotts, Joanna Corby
3 hours, 40 kids

Aug 14 - Star-gazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Andrew Brown: ''Teaching Old Stars New Tricks: The Cataclysmic Fate of Low-Mass Stars''
Volunteers: Josh Schroeder, Nitza Santiago, Duane Lee, Andrew Brown, Jess Werk, Johnny Ruan, Roban Kramer
2 hours, 200 people

Aug 28 - Slideshow & Public talk by Jessica Werk: ''Tales from the Multiverse: Infinite Alter Egos, Parallel Universes, and Other Disconcerting Astrophysical Predictions''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Jess Werk, Andrew Brown, Jana Grcevich
2 hours, 125 people

Sep 18 - Stargazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Maureen Teyssier: ''Is There Life like Us in Outer Space?''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Josh Schroeder, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Weston, David Fierroz, Laura Vican, Joana Corby
2 hours, 125 people

Sep 25 - Stargazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Jana Grcevich: ''Science vs. Fiction in Science Fiction''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Josh Schroeder, Yuan Li, Maureen Teyssier, Joo Yoon, Nick Hunt-Walker, Andrew Brown
2 hours, 100 people

Oct 5-15 - From Earth to the Universe Astrophotography Exhibition on Butler Lawn
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Duane Lee, Erika Hamden, Jim Applegate, Josh Peek, Josh Schroeder, Yuan Li, Jenna Lemonias, John Ruan, Jeff Andrews, Jana Grcevich, Joo Yoon, Frits Paerels, Lia Corrales, Marcel Agueros, David Fierroz, Kyle Parfrey, Matt Collinge, Summer Ash, Jia Liu, Christine Simpson, Andrew Brown, Joanna Corby, Emily Rauscher, Ester Aliu, Gunes Senturk, Jennifer Weston, David Schiminovich, Kathryn Johnston, Ryan Joung, Taka Tanaka, Alex Smith, Neil Zimmerman, Jacqueline van Gorkom, Maria Montero-Castano, Mary Putman, Ximena Fernandez, Ivan Zalamea, Geoff Banker, Burt Ma
10 days, 7,000 people counted, 10,000 people estimated

Oct 9 - Slideshows & Public talk by Laura Newburgh: ''The Dark Side of the Universe''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Weston, Laura Vican, Jess Werk, Bert Ma, Jeff Andrews, Joanna Corby, Erika Hamden
2 hours, 175 people

Oct 23 - Slideshow & Public talk by Gabe Perez-Giz: ''Black Holes for Dummies''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Neil Zimmerman, Joo Yoon, Jia Liu, Jeff Andrews, Jenna Lemonias, Erika Hamden, Christine Simpson
2 hours, 150 people

Oct 26 - Harlem Sidewalk Astronomy
Volunteers: Neil Zimmerman, Jeff Andrews
2 hours, 100 people

Oct 29 - Visiting K-8 group for telescope observing and lecture. Slideshow on Comets, Asteroids & Meteors; movie clip of shuttle launch; gave away NASA swag; showed everyone telescopes on roof and in front of Pupin
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Duane Lee, Laura Vican, Andrew Brown, Lia Corrales, Joanna Corby, Summer Ash
2 hours, 250 people

Nov 6 - Stargazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Lia Coralles: ''Meteorites: The Extraterrestrials in your Backyard''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Laura Vican, Yuan Li, Jana Grcevich, Neil Zimmerman, Jia Liu, Jeff Andrews, Andrew Brown
2 hours, 200 people

Nov 15 - Fall Family Astro Event: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors
Volunteers: Lia Corrales, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Weston, Yuan Li, Jana Grcevich
2 hours, 35 people (17 children + families)

Nov 19 - Visiting Fourth-Grade Schoolgroup from Children's School of Brooklyn, P.S, 372 (25 kids + 4 adults), Theme: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Josh Schroeder, Summer Ash, Ian Allen
1.5 hours, 30 people

Nov 20 - Stargazing, Slideshow & Public talk by Szabolcs Marka: ''A Matter of Life and Death: How Black Holes Do It''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Josh Schroeder, Jana Grcevich, Laura Vican, Jenna Lemonias, Johnny Ruan, Nitza Santiago, Christine Simpson
2 hours, 130 people

Nov 24 - Harlem Sidewalk Astronomy
Volunteers: Neil Zimmerman, Jessica Werk
1.5 hours, 70 people

Dec 4 - Slideshow & Public talk by Cameron Hummels: ''Will the World End in 2012?''
Volunteers: Cameron Hummels, Josh Schroeder, Laura Vican, Yuan Li, Joo Yoon, Jia Liu, Erika Hamden, Lia Corrales, Nitza Santiago, Andrew Brown, Jana Grcevich, Duane Lee, Neil Zimmerman
2 hours, 250 people

365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts

The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is a project that published one podcast per day, 5 to 10 minutes in duration, for all 365 days of 2009. The podcast episodes were written, recorded and produced by people around the world. It is a project put together for the IYA, and our department is contributed 16 podcasts to the project from 14 students and post-docs. http://365daysofastronomy.org/

Our schedule of speakers was:

Galileoscopes

The Galileoscope is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by a team of leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators. No matter where you live, with this easy-to-assemble refractor you can see the celestial wonders that Galileo first glimpsed 400 years ago and that still delight stargazers today, including lunar craters, the phases of Venus, the moons of Jupiter, and Saturn's rings. Kit includes a Plossl eyepiece, a Barlow lens and a 5-cm diameter glass objective lens. 25x and 50x magnification is achievable with good image quality. Tripod mount point included.

Our department purhcased 300 of these at the bulk rate of $12.50/telescope, and then sold them at the individual rate of $15.00/telescope. We used the proceeds to finance a number of these which are given away at our events to children, best question asked, etc.

http://www.galileoscope.org

From Earth to the Universe Photo Exhibition

The “From Earth to the Universe” project was an exhibition arranged by the IYA2009 that brought beautiful multi-wavelength images of the cosmos to a wider audience in non-traditional venues such as public parks and gardens, art museums, shopping malls and metro stations. Columbia hosted the exhibition in the middle of campus from October 5 through October 12. We were successful in getting many in the department to volunteer for an hour or two that week to explain the displays to the general public See the list here.

http://www.fromearthtotheuniverse.org/


Attachments