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  1. 1. Hanh Tran | George Mason University | December 8th 2009
  2. 2. NASA Image
  3. 3. no longer a planet 
  4. 4. Jupiter has at least 63 moons!
  5. 5. Yes, an average star…
  6. 6. X-ray
  7. 7. Infrared
  8. 8. Ultraviolet
  9. 9. Extreme Ultraviolet
  10. 10. Extreme Ultraviolet
  11. 11. The Milky Way
  12. 12. Many Clusters
  13. 13. Many Super Clusters
  14. 14. String Theory / M-Theory, Dr. Edward Witten
  15. 15. 1893 Boo…
  16. 16. • Astro within GMU: • David Cerri, my old Boss, “Teacher” & Inspirer • Dr. Harold Geller, Associate Chair, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy & Director of Mason Observatory • Dr. Joseph Pesce, Astronomy Professor & CEO of Omnis, Inc. • Prof. Muffarah Jahangeer, most passionate Instructor ever! • Astro outside GMU: • Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium • Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood, Director, ACP for TERC, Cambridge, MA • Dr. Ed Witten, Theoretical Physicist, Leading Researcher in Superstring Theory • Dr. Rick Fienberg, Press Officer & Education & Outreach Coordinator, AAS • Dr. Steve Maran, Senior Advisor to the Executive Officer, AAS • Dr. Kevin Marvel, CAE, Executive Officer, AAS • Brian Kruse, Lead Formal Educator, ASP
  17. 17. Voted “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by People Magazine in 2000 Dr. Tyson Pluto “Happy to have you aboard … p.s. I am on a federal committee right now to help call for astro being a fundamental part of a school's curriculum. So the struggle continues.”
  18. 18. •Astronomy High-School Teacher & College Professor •Director, Astrobiology Curriculum Project for TERC, Cambridge, MA •Author •Many inspirational articles •“Black Holes to Blackboards” column on ASP’s Mercury Magazine •Curriculum materials for NSF Programs •Project STAR •Hands-On Universe •Hands-On Astrophysics •Currently working on: •Investigating Astronomy, high-school level textbook CHANGEMAKER •Designed 1st Astronomy course in his High-School District in 1979 •Taught it ever since Must Read: Black Holes to Blackboards: Science for the Masses
  19. 19. SUPER String Theory M Theory “It would be nice if more astronomy and physics were taught in school. Astronomy of today is even more exciting than it was in 1893!”
  20. 20. “Being an astronomer, I'd be happy if astronomy played a larger role in our school curricula.” –Dr. Kevin Marvel, CEO “I agree with your thesis, as I'm sure most astronomers would … Having taught astronomy at the high-school and college levels … I can tell you that I think the U.S. education system is in a shambles.” – Dr. Rick Fienberg “Further back in time, Astronomy was often considered part of basic learning, at least for academics.” – Dr. Steve Maran
  21. 21. If I have sparked the tiniest bit of interest in you, then by all means register for ASTR 103 next semester!  -HT Or read on… I have merely scratched the surface.
  22. 22. “There is no rule which decrees you cannot go back and enjoy another field, there are so many interesting fields, which is why many faculty have several degrees in several fields. I would encourage you to study on your own if time does not permit formal studying, and go back for formal studies when you are able. There is immense pleasure to be had in deriving new knowledge of the mysteries that surround us." – Prof. Jahangeer, GMU