Dr. Katheryn Decker-French accepts the 2019 Robert J. Trumpler Award for her thesis dissertation, “New Methods for Tracking Galaxy and Black Hole Evolution using Post-Starburst Galaxies." Photo Credit: Astronomical Society of the Pacific
You can help recognize someone for their incredible achievements! Do you have a mentor, know an outreach superstar who tirelessly works to bring astronomy to the public, or follow a fellow amateur who has accomplished incredible scientific work? Then nominate them for the annual awards given by the Astronomy Society of the Pacific, and do it fast: nominations are accepted until March 1, 2020!
Two of their awards, the Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award and the Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award, are aimed specifically at amateur astronomers. You do not need to be a member of the ASP or NSN to nominate someone; the process is open to all!
Lynn Powers of the Southwest Montana Astronomical Society was awarded the 2019 Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award for dedication to astronomy outreach and education, both for her efforts with her club, the National Parks, coordinating efforts for outreach and citizen science for the total solar eclipse of 2017, and even helping students radio the International Space Stations as part of Astronomers Without Borders's "OneSky" program.
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 to help give them the recognition they deserve! Find the details at: https://astrosociety.org/who-we-are/awards/las-cumbres-amateur-outreach-award.html
Thiam-Guan Tan won the 2018 Gordon Myers Amateur Astronomy Achievement Award for his hard work in his follow-up 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 follow-up observations for new exoplanet discoveries? Working on a new telescope design? Nominate them for the Amateur Astronomy Achievement Award! Details can be found at: https://astrosociety.org/who-we-are/awards/gordon-myers-amateur-achievement-award.html
These are the two main awards from the APS in recognition of work done by amateur astronomers, but they offer additional awards recognizing the hard work of individuals in astronomy, science education, and science communication. Teachers, professional astronomers, PhD candidates, individuals committed to diversity in the astronomical community, and more all have awards!
Nominate someone deserving today! Again, the deadline is March 1, 2020.
Last Updated February 4, 2020
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