The Cycle 4 Chandra EPO Peer Review, conducted jointly by NASA and CXC, was held in Cambridge MA on Oct. 23-24, 2002. A seven member panel representing science, education, museum, Forum, NASA mission and NASA management perspectives reviewed 19 proposals. Twelve individual PI proposals and 7 institutional proposals had been submitted, a record for Chandra EPO submissions. The overall quality of the proposals was high, which made the selection process quite competitive. Four individual proposals and three institutional proposals were selected for funding. An overview of the selected proposals follows.
Individual PI Proposals
Bright Lights Big City: Massive Galaxies & Supermassive Black
Science PI: Dr. Wil van Breugel, Lawrence Livermore Lab
Education PI: Stan Hitomi, Exec. Dir., Edward Teller Education Center
- Edward Teller Education Center
- Science & Technology Education Program (STEP)
Addresses the needs of rural and underserved communities within the Central Valley and Tri-Valley areas of California through teacher professional development and enrichment activities delivered through "Science on Saturdays" public presentations and "Hot Topics in Science" professional enrichment workshops. Materials will be aligned to national and state science teaching standards.
- For information, contact Stan Hitomi at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Science PI: Prof. Joseph P. Cassinelli, Univ. of Wisconsin
Education Co-I: Dr. Jim Lattis, U. Wisconsin Space Place
- U. Wisconsin Space Place
Will create a solar observing outreach activity for school children and the public in 8 Wisconsin state parks utilizing UW-Eau Claire students interested in science education careers as presenters and facilitators. The solar observation experience will be used as the entry point to learning about the electromagnetic spectrum and stars. UW Space Place in Madison will develop a related exhibit and a teacher in-service module.
- For information, contact: James Lattis at (email@example.com)
Science Co-I/EPO PI: Dr. Jonathan Keohane, North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics (NCSSM)
- Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Initiate a 2-week, in-residence research program in multi-wavelength astronomy, with an emphasis on the X-ray band, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), for 10 high school students. Non-resident opportunities introducing students to analysis with both radio and X-ray data have been conducted at both NCSSM and PARI. This program will combine the most successful aspects of prior initiatives.
- For information, contact Jonathan Keohane at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Science PI: Prof. Craig Sarazin, University of Virginia
Education Co-I: Dr. Edward Murphy
- Science Museum of Virginia
Introduce science museum visitors to black holes through the development and production of a planetarium show at the Science Museum of Virgina.The show will discuss the properties of black holes, their origins, and the evidence from X-ray observations that black holes exist. In addition to the planetarium show, the staff will develop a study guide and classroom exercises that link the show to the Virginia Standards of Learning.
- For information, contact Edward Murphy at (email@example.com)
Gear Up and Look with Chandra
Institutional PI: Prof. Deepto Chakbaraty, MIT
EPO Co-I: Dr. Thomas Pannutti
- GEAR UP in Boston
- Boston Museum of Science
A partnership with the GEAR Up Boston initiative and the Boston Museum of Science to offer a two-week summer program to 100 rising 10th graders from the Boston Public Schools. The program will use the excitement of space science to boost urban teens interest in a variety of career and college opportunities. Chandra scientists will directly contribute to a series of science projects and activities designed to encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration.
- For information, contact Irene Porro at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Institutional PI: Dr. Ronald Elsner, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
EPO Co-I: Mizi Adams, MSFC
- U. of AL, Huntsville, Institute of Science Education (ISEd)
- Huntsville Housing Authority Cultural Arts Conservancy
- Huntsville Weed and Seed (US Dept. of Justice)
- Chandra X-ray Center (CXC)
- Wright Center for Science Education (Tufts Univ.)
In partnership with ISEd, and in coordination with an introductory Chandra workshop held by the CXC/Wright Center, train teams of scientists and teacher/facilitators in effective instruction techniques and astrophysical topics. Teams will present follow-on in-service workshop, and will work for 29 weeks during the coming school year with up to 15 students from economically underpriviledged areas. Students are referred through existing programs sponsored by the HHA Cultural Conservancy and the Justice Dept's Weed and Seed program.
- For information, contact Mitzi Adams at (email@example.com)
Institutional PI: Dr. Eric Feigelson, Pennsylvania State University
EPO CO-I: Dr. Christopher Palma
Expand Penn State Inservice Workshops in Astronomy to offer three, one-week courses for graduate credit . To the current 2 offerings, an additional course entitiled "Space Astronomy for Science Teachers will be added, focussing on the Chandra and Swift missions. At least partial funding will be provided to all participants. The application process furthers astronomy education by requiring that the applicant's school administrator submit a letter stating support for astronomy education in the school’s curriculum.
- For information, contact Christopher Palma at (firstname.lastname@example.org)