Tomorrow I head out to west Texas for our annual high school science teacher professional development workshop. I hope to be able to write about all the fun we have, and maybe even snag an guest author blog entry from one or two of our teachers.
In the meantime, I busily preparing talks for the workshop. I'm the senior scientist for this week's workshop. My role is to field any science questions that the teachers may have, and to talk about the current research behind the many activities our teachers participate in. Last year these research talks were given by a good friend and colleague, Dr. Jim Liebert of the University of Arizona Department of Astronomy. Professor Liebert is ill and unable to attend this year. We'll sorely miss him, and wish him a speedy and full recovery.
This means that I have three more talks to prepare by tomorrow, so I'd better get cracking. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions of neat things our teachers should look at through our professional telescopes, please let me know. Details of ideas we're looking for are here.