Thursday, July 13, 2006

Astronomy & Society

We astronomers are often asked what good astronomy does for society. We ask this ourselves, as understanding black holes doesn't seem applicable to many of society's ills. But astronomers have answered this question by saying that astronomy's responsibility to society is to teach science to the public.

Today I drove from Tucson to McDonald Observatory in western Texas. My collaborators and I are hosting a continuing education workshop for middle- and high-school teachers, where we will be showing how our research is related to the science that they teach their classes. Many of these teachers work with underprivileged students, and so this work

As this workshop goes on, I hope to be able to show some pictures and talk about how it is going.

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