The Great American Eclipse of 2017
Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and served for 14 years as the Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, where he created a number of national projects in space-science education. He is the lead author of an introductory textbook on astronomy, which is being made available free of charge nationwide by OpenStax, with support from the Gates Foundation and other organizations. In addition, he is the author of a children’s book, Disney’s Wonderful World of Space, and his first science fiction story was published in the anthology Building Red: Mission Mars in 2015. He appears regularly on local and national radio explaining astronomical discoveries in everyday language. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to recognize his contributions to astronomy education and outreach.
Dennis Schatz was until recently the Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. For four years, he served as a Program Director for in the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation. He is also the author of 23 science books for children that have sold almost 2 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 23 languages. These include Astronomy Activity Book, published by Simon & Schuster (1991) and Stars and Planets, published by SmartLab (2004). He was a member of a five-person design team to develop the Earth and Space Science Disciplinary Core Ideas for the National Research Council, which led to the Framework for K-12 Science Education used to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A member of the National Academy of Science Teacher Advisory Committee, he is also on the Board of Directors of NSTA and has received both its Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award and its Distinguished Service to Science Education Award.
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