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InStAR/Astronomy Research Seminar Workshop set for October 28

Student Publications through Immersive Astronomical Research 1st workshop of the Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR) Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, Arizona 85719, 9 am - 4 pm Join us on-site or online at:

Workshop Chair: Paul S. Hardersen, InStAR and PSI,, 701.213.6237

The Institute for Student Astronomical Research is pleased to present a one-day on-site and online workshop, hosted by the Planetary Science Institute, that will provide a comprehensive overview of the goals and objectives of the InStAR and the Astronomy Research Seminar, which is designed to give undergraduate students in-depth research experiences through an astronomical context. The Workshop, which is designed for educators interested in adopting the Seminar, will review the broad goals and history of the Seminar, discuss the content and conduct of the Seminar, highlight robotic observatories providing crucial support to supply student data, and will include insights from current Seminar instructors. In addition, the role of InStAR in supporting and expanding the Seminar nationally will be discussed.

Agenda 8:30 am. Coffee and breakfast snacks. 9:00 am. Welcome from Mark Sykes, Director, Planetary Science Institute.


9:05 am. The "Big Picture" - STEM education and immersive undergraduate research. Paul Hardersen, President, InStAR.

9:20 am. Historical overview of the Seminar. Russell Genet, Instructor, Cuesta College.

9:35 am: Research Astronomy Seminar evaluation. Rachel Freed, Freed Educational Associates.

9:50 am. The Pro-Am community of practice. Robert Buchheim, President, Society of Astronomical Sciences (SAS).

10:00 am. Break.

NSF Grant and Robotic Observatories 10:15 am. Update on the National Science Foundation grant. Russell Genet, Instructor, Cuesta College. 10:30 am. Sierra Remote Observatories. David Rowe, Chief Technical Officer, PlaneWave Instruments. 10:45 am. Great Basin Observatory. 11:00 am. Las Cumbres Observatory. 11:15 am. Questions and discussion.

11:30 am. Lunch catered on-site.

Seminar Specifics

1:00 pm. Seminar content and resources (syllabus, Canvas 2, learning units). Cheryl Genet, Instructor, Cuesta College; Richard Harshaw, Director, Brilliant Sky Observatory.

1:30 pm. Binary star astrometry. Russell Genet, Instructor, Cuesta College.

1:45 pm. Asteroid astrometry/photometry. Paul Hardersen, President, InStAR.

2:00 pm. Solar astronomy. Paul Hardersen, President, InStAR.

2:15 pm. Spectroscopy, John Kenney, Professor, Concordia University, Irvine.

2:30 pm. Break.

Seminar Examples 3:00 pm. San Diego Community College Seminar. 3:15 pm. San Diego High School Seminar. Pat Boyce, Boyce Research Initiatives & Research Foundation (BRIEF) 3:30 pm. Southern Utah University Seminar. Bridget Eastep, Assistant Professor. 3:45 pm. Stanford Online High School. Kalee Tock, Science Instructor. 4:00 pm. Adjourn.

5:00 pm. Dinner at Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar in the small private dining room.


When: Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm.

Where: Mid-Wing Conference Room, Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, AZ 85719.

Format: On-site and remote participation.

Meals. Morning coffee and snacks will be provided. Lunch will be catered to the meeting place. Please inform InStAR of any dietary restrictions via email at: Dinner will be held at Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, 150 W. Wetmore Road, Tucson, AZ 85705. Website: Please RSVP for dinner via email at:

Questions? Contact Paul Hardersen via phone (701.213.6237) or email

Hotels near the Planetary Science Institute: Hilton Tucson East, 7600 E. Broadway Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85710. Homewood Suites by Hilton, 4250 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1564 W. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85745. Sheraton Tucson Hotels & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712.

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