Space Science and Astronomy Teaching Excellence Workshop for College Faculty
Saturday and Sunday, 21-22 May
Conveners: Ed Prather and Tim Slater, both at the University of Arizona
This two-day, interactive teaching excellence workshop will focus on
dilemas space science astronomy teachers face and will develop practical
solutions for the troubling issues in curriculum, instruction, and
assessment. Particular emphasis will be given to the problems associated
with teaching college-level, nonscience majors, many of whom are
apprehensive of science and mathematics courses in general. Participants
will review the latest research about how students learn, define and set
measurable student learning goals and objectives for astronomy course
students, and explore how to create productive learning environments by
using interactive lectures, peer instruction, engaging demonstrations,
collaborative groups, and tutorials. Learning to write more effective
multiple-choice tests and implement authentic assessment strategies,
including portfolio assessment, performance tasks, and concept maps with
the goal of constructing a syllabus and assignments that improve student
achievement, will also be discussed. This workshop is being sponsored by
the NASA JPL Navigator and Spitzer SIRTF EPO Programs, the AGU Space
Physics and Aeronomy Section Education and Public Outreach Committee,
and the National Science Foundation.
Preregistration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Participation
is limited to 60. Registration in the workshop is free, but participants
are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. It is
strongly recommended that participants attend BOTH days of the workshop.
To preregister, go to http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/. For additional information, please contact Tim
Slater; Phone: +1.520.621.7096; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop on Exploring and Using Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer Data
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Sunday, 22 May
Location: Marriott Hotel
Conveners: Nancy Ritchey (NASA LaRC)
The NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Data Center (ASDC) is sponsoring a FREE Workshop on the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) on NASA's Terra satellite. MISR collects global images at nine along-track angles and four spectral bands within a 7-minute interval at every viewed point to map aerosols, clouds, and land surface covers. MISR Principal Investigator Dr. David J. Diner of JPL will present an overview of the experiment, and highlight some recent explorations of MISR data for Earth science research, including:
The Workshop is intended for new and experienced MISR data users. Participants will learn about the scientific applications, calibration, geometry and analyses of the MISR measurements. This Workshop will also focus on the available data products and tools (both MISR and GIS) to view and analyze the data, as well as how to obtain the products. Computers will be available for a hands-on experience.
- unique results from the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
- discovery of an immense wintertime pool of pollution over Bihar, India
- mapping Greenland ice sheet surface roughness
- surface dewatering from the January 26, 2001 Earthquake in Gujarat, India
- relationship between surface vegetation bidirectional reflectance and canopy structure
- retrieving aerosol optical depth globally over all surface types
On-line registration for the Workshop will be available until May 19, 2005. See http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/PRODOCS/misr/workshop/ for more information or to register.