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The AAS offers and hosts a wide range of professional development and career planning at its bi-annual meetings. Activities abound at the 232nd AAS meeting in Denver and we invite you to participate in these workshops, events, talks, and professional development opportunities:

Using Anchored Inquiry to Teach Astronomy and Physics
Sunday, 3 June | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Additional $60 registration fee to attend
Using an anchored inquiry instructional model to teach astronomy and physics at the high school and college level can motivate student learning, improve student outcomes, and help students from all backgrounds forge an identity in the sciences. In this workshop, you will experience a taste of anchored inquiry through a sequence of activities, then learn about the theoretical and empirical basis for this instructional model. You will leave with several concrete strategies for planning and maintaining a coherent, anchored inquiry storyline in your astronomy or physics class.



Student Orientation Reception and Grad School Fair

Sunday, 3 June | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free to all registrants
Is Denver your first AAS meeting? Are you looking for a graduate program or Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) opportunity? Are you overwhelmed by the AAS meeting? Are you looking to connect with other students and faculty? Then the Student Orientation & Grad School Fair is for you! When you register, make sure to sign up for this fun and informative event.


Collaboration & Hacking Space

Monday, 4 June - Wednesday, 6 June | 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Free to all registrants
This event is a co-working space intended for use by collaborative projects. Contributors and developers from the Astropy Project and the Astrophysical Data System are planning to sprint on projects and other projects are welcome to use the space and network. The goals of the Astropy sprint include work on the astroquery package and Astropy Tutorials. There is no schedule and drop-ins at any time are welcome.


Career Planning Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Monday, 4 June | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free to all registrants
Once you think you know what you want to do, what are the next steps to take? This FREE workshop and panel discussion explores the various career paths available to astronomy-educated professionals, the skill sets needed to pursue specific jobs, and how to best market yourself depending on which career you want to pursue. We will present strategies and tactics for acing your job interviews, job searching, networking, and even negotiating with a panel of successful stars of astronomy and beyond!


Astronomy Research Seminars Workshop

Monday, 4 June | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free to all registrants
Astronomy Research Seminars are offered by a rapidly growing number of community colleges and universities. Over the past decade some 120 student team research papers have been published with approximately 500 coauthors. Each team manages their own research, obtains and analyzes original data, writes a team paper, obtains external review, submits their paper for publication, and gives a public presentation. Conducting authentic research inspires students, provides them with important skills in teamwork, project management and scientific literacy, and gives them confidence in their abilities to participate in scientific research. The workshop will describe the Seminars and provide aid to those who would like to initiate their own Seminar.


AAS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education

Monday, 4 June | 10:40 am - 12:10 pm
Free to all registrants, Special Session #107
Building on ideas developed at the Inclusive Astronomy meeting and more, the task force is charged with developing a set of recommendations by the end of 2018 that could be adopted by departments to advance the efficacy of admissions, mentoring, and retention practices. Attend this Special Session, learn about the Task Force's work, and bring your comments and suggestions.


One-on-One Career Consultations

Monday, 4 June | 1:20 pm - 5:40 pm and Tuesday, 5 June | 12:00 pm - 4:40 pm
$20 for each 20-minute session
Alaina Levine of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consultant, science writer, professional speaker, and comedian, will meet individually with attendees to provide confidential, customized career advice for people from student through mid-career. Attendees are encouraged to bring CV/résumé, cover letter, and/or any other item you wish to have evaluated. Registrants will be contacted by the session facilitator to schedule their individual appointments.


Peer Mentoring through eAlliances

Monday, 4 June | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free to all registrants; Poster #118.01
Being a woman in astronomy or physics can be a very isolating experience. Peer mentoring has been shown to help combat this isolation. eAlliance, an NSF ADVANCE PLAN-D program hosted by AAPT, is seeking to establish mutual mentoring networks of women faculty within the physics and astronomy community. Participants register at the eAlliance website and complete a personal profile which is used to match them to other registered women faculty with similar mentoring goals. The mentoring cohorts are holding regular electronic meetings and using project funds to support annual face-to-face meetings at national meetings of their own choosing. The first eAlliance Summit Meeting will be held in July 2018 and will bring all the cohorts together to share their peer mentoring experiences and gather advice for future cohorts just starting out. All women faculty in astronomy and physics are invited to join the eAlliance program.


CAE Workshop: How to Interactively Teach -- and Improve -- Students' Quantitative Problem-Solving Skills

Tuesday, 5 June | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Additional $35 registration fee to attend
Looking for a new way to help your students majoring in astronomy, physics, and other STEM fields to improve their quantitative problem-solving skills? We have all felt the frustration that comes from modeling how to solve problems in class, only to have students demonstrate during office hours, on homework questions, and on exams that they failed to improve their problem-solving abilities. However, there is another way to develop these abilities while also having students actively solve complex problems in your classroom. In this workshop, we introduce a unique instructional methodology designed to help faculty successfully engage students in collaborative group problem-solving.


Decadal Survey Preparations: State of the Profession

Wednesday, 6 June | 10:40 am - 12:10 pm
Free to all registrants, Special Session #301
The 2000 and 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey Reports included chapters on "The State of the Profession". In these chapters are recommendations and findings that acknowledge concerns for the future of the astronomical workforce and have lead to actions to promote career direction initiatives by the federal agencies, for example, the inauguration of the NSF's Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship. Over the past three years, there have been a number of meetings and workshops with a focus on the strengthening the astronomical workforce and promoting improved workplace climate. Groups and individuals involved in these meeting have produced draft white papers to be submitted to the 2020 Decadal Survey panel members that will contribute to the next "The State of the Profession" chapter. In this session, members of the community leading white papers and other advisory efforts will have the opportunity to present their activities to the larger community, build collaborations on topics of interest, and solicit additional signatories to their efforts.


There may be other AAS 232 workshops, talks, and events that are not listed here. See the online program for information on all events.