The Astronomical Society of the Pacific needs your nominations for their annual awards! Help gain recognition for a fellow praiseworthy astronomer's hard work, like an astronomical mentor, a fellow amateur who has accomplished incredible scientific work, or your club's outreach superstar! Two of the awards, the Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award and the Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award, are aimed specifically at amateur astronomers. The deadline for nominations closes on March 1, 2019 - so start the nomination process now to ensure your recommendations are reviewed by the awards committee!
Don Ficken of the St. Louis Amateur Astronomers won the 2018 Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award for his hard work in expanding the scope and reach of the SLAS's outreach efforts, including the SLAS Library Telescope Program and efforts with the St. Louis Eclipse 2017 Task Force to prepare people of the St. Louis metro area for the 2017 total solar eclipse.
The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award is dedicated to honoring the hard work of astronomy outreach superstars. Is there an astronomer in your club or area who you always see in public, at schools, in parking lots, on a sidewalk, in weather warm or cold, eager to show off the skies to audiences young and old? Are they in the parks during the summer, performing demonstrations from the NSN or their own materials to teach folks about the wonders of astronomy? Nominate them for this award and give them the recognition they deserve! Find the details at: bit.ly/AmateurOutreachAward
Thiam-Guan Tan won the 2018 Gordon Myers Amateur Astronomy Achievement Award for his hard work in his followup exoplanet observations with the HATSouth, MEarth and KELT exoplanet transit survey programs, as well as a current member of the follow-up working group for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. One of his nominees stated, "“TG’s observations of these systems are of excellent quality, including both amateur and professional efforts. The KELT project is extremely grateful for TG’s work. He is an inspiration for astronomers all over the world, especially in the burgeoning field of exoplanets.”"
The Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award is dedicated to recognition of amateur astronomers who make contributions to the science of astronomy. Are one of your fellow club members up later than usual so they can track their newly discovered comet? Fine-tuning their imaging setup to run sensitive followup observations for new exoplanet discoveries? Working on a new telescope design? Nominate them for the Amateur Astronomy Achievement Award! Details can be found at: bit.ly/AmateurAchievementAward
These aren't the only awards offered by the ASP this year; there are additional awards for deserving individuals of all stripes.The ASP has many categories to recognize deserving individuals in the fields of astronomy, science education, and science communication. Teachers, professional astronomers, PhD candidates, individuals committed to diversity in the astronomical community, and more all have categories to honor them for their hard work. Nominate someone deserving today! Again, the deadline is March 1, 2019.
Last Updated: January 22, 2019
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