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Meetup details changed: RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting

From: Howard T.
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2013 3:05 PM

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

This is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Vancouver monthly meeting for February 2013 and is shared with the general public at no charge.

Please take note of the special location for this lecture.

Location: Simon Fraser University, Room B9201 (*).

Date: THIS Thursday February 14, 7:30-9:00PM.

A members' night talk by
Howard Trottier
Immediate Past President, RASC Vancouver
Professor of Physics, SFU

Title: Starry Nights @ SFU: Five Years and Counting

Simon Fraser University has a long history of very active public science outreach, nearly dating back to its inception 50 years ago. The university's outreach efforts have expanded considerably over the past five years, thanks to two informal programs, Starry Nights @ SFU, and SFU Science in Action, which together have brought around 20,000 members of the public to campus for a wide variety of science programming, including hands-on workshops for grade-school age kids, and star parties and open houses for the general public. Integral to the astronomy outreach effort has been a vital partnership with the Vancouver Centre of the RASC. These efforts are set to go to an entirely new level, with SFU last month having formally approved two new facilities dedicated to public outreach and undergraduate teaching: an Astronomical Observatory and Science Courtyard, and a Studio for Innovative Science Education. These capital projects are fully funded by a private donor, with design and construction set to begin in March. In this talk I'll take a look back at the first five years of Starry Nights @ SFU, and its sister program SFU Science in Action, and look ahead to the exciting future of science outreach at SFU, with special emphasis on the astronomical possibilities for collaboration with RASC Vancouver.

(*) For an annotated SFU campus map click here: Parking and the nearest bus stop are identified by black rectangles and a black circle respectively, the location of the lecture theatre is circled in red, and the location of the Moon watch is circled in blue. Please note that all visitor parking at SFU is paid.


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