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ASP2018: Program & Schedule

Updated as of September 7

Full Detailed Program (final) — pdf available online only

Meeting-at-a-Glance Brochure — pdf and provided in print at the conference

Online Daily Schedule

Plenary Speakers/Schedule

Daily Schedule

Monday September 10 – Thursday September 13, 2018

Monday, September 10:

4:00 pm | Early Check In | Ballroom Foyer

7:00 pm | Opening evening reception | Upper Patio

Note: Special Tours have been canceled.

Tuesday, September 11:

8:30 am – 5:15 pm | Full day conference (Refer to above links)

Chesley Bonestall

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Buffet Dinner & Documentary Feature Film: Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future | Salon I-III

We are excited to be including a recent Newport Beach Film Festival documentary feature film, Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future, along with special guest filmmaker, Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.

Visit the movie trailer and learn more about this visionary artist and the filmmaker.

Tickets for Guests and Single Day Meeting Registrants are available for the Dinner/Film evening.

8:00 pm | Special Film-Ticket-Only Fundraiser: Single Day Registrants and the Public are invited to attend the special film screening by purchasing $20 Donation tickets. Limited Seats Available.

Wednesday, September 12:

8:30 am – 5:30 pm | Full day conference (Refer to above links)

Thursday, September 13:

8:30 am – 12:15 pm | ½ day conference (Refer to above links)



Plenary Speakers

This year’s plenaries and invited sessions will focus on three topics of increasing interest to the astronomy education and outreach communities:

  • Teaching astronomy through the lenses of the arts and humanities,
  • Using social media and the web to engage a mass audience in astronomy, and
  • Strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion in astronomy.

Invited speakers and panelists include:

Tuesday September 11

Morning Session I

Broadening Participation Using Media and Educational Outreach

Rita Karl
Executive Producer

Alicia Santiago
Bilingual Research Scientist
Diversity Consultant


Morning Session II

Let Their Imaginations Roam: Children’s Books in Astronomy

Linda Shore

David Aguilar
Aspen Skies

Jeffrey Bennett
Big Kid Science

Andrew Fraknoi


Afternoon Session

Barriers to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in Astronomy

Alexander Rudolph
California State
Polytechnic University


University of California,


Deputy Associate Director, NOAO
Community Science
& Data Center

M. Katy Rodriguez Wimberly
University of
California, Irvine



Wednesday September 12

Morning Session

Instantiating Inclusion: Results from STEM Environments in which Women of Color Thrive

Apriel K. Hodari
Eureka Scientific, Inc. and Queen Mary, University of London


Afternoon Session

Preschool Science: Reaching Our Youngest Astronomers


Assistant Director of NRAO for Education / Public Outreach

Ellen Blinderman
Los Medanos College
Pittsburg, CA


ASP Director of Museum, Park,
and Library Programs

Nanette Schonleber
Assistant Professor
Sonoma State University



Thursday September 13

Morning Session

Communicating Science to Diverse Audiences Through Digital and Social Media Platforms

Rachel Freed
Institute for Student Astronomical
Research (InStAR)

Molly Bentley
Executive Producer & Co-Host,
Big Picture Science

Nicole Minor

Ryan Wyatt
Director, Morrison Planetarium & Science Visualization

Plenary Session Schedule