18 June, 2018
Nine astronomy education and outreach professionals – eight from the United States and one from Chile – are participating in a 9-day expedition to ALMA and other prominent North American observatories in Chile as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP).
This program sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), currently in its fourth year, aims to share details of operations in the foremost Chilean observatories funded by NSF, such as the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO), the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope, the Gemini South Observatory and ALMA.
“Chile is rapidly becoming the astronomical capital of the world, providing a window to the Universe and making discoveries that benefit all of humanity,” said Tim Spuck, education officer of Associated Universities, Inc. – North American representative of ALMA in Chile – and leader of ACEAP, which has already brought 36 ambassadors to Chile.
The new ACEAP participants are being trained on the science and technology involved in the different observatories they visit, and on communication and outreach of what they have learned, so that they can go on to be ambassadors of these concepts in their places of work, through media, presentations or with students.
Participants in this version include planetarium directors, science, physics and astronomy teachers and an astrophotographer. ACEAP ambassadors for 2018 are:
More information on ACEAP and its ambassadors at http://epe.aui.edu/programs/astronomy-in-chile-educator-ambassadors-program/.
ALMA, an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of ESO, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.
Education and Public Affairs Officer for AUI/NRAO in Chile