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Symposia

This summer (2024) there will be three symposia where students can present their research results. All three are hybrid, in that presentation can be either in-person or online. In-person is most instructive for students, however, because many key exchanges take place during meals, evening events, and post-meeting tours. Meeting experienced researchers in person inspires students, while seasoned researchers are usually delighted to share their knowledge with new researchers, sometimes adopting them for mentoring.

Inspiring Young Students with Hands-On Published Research

Four Corners Regional Symposium on Enhancing STEM Education in the Digital Age
Thursday May 30 – Monday June 2, 2024
Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Organizers: Paul McCudden pmccudden@coloradomtn.edu and Russell Genet russmgenet@aol.com

A symposium for students, teachers, and administrators to spark support of community college and high school student published research across the Four Corners states through enhanced cooperation, innovative use of new digital technologies, and creative administrative actions.


Historical and Current Small Telescope Binary Star Astrometry
Instruments, Telescopes, Observations, and Analysis

Thursday June 6 - Friday June 7, 2024
Magdalena, New Mexico (Fireplace Room, Hi Country Lodge, 303 1st Street)
Organizers: John Briggs john.w.briggs@gmail.com and Russell Genet russmgenet@aol.com

Wednesday June 5   Symposium reception Wednesday evening

Thursday June 6   Classic Double and Binary Star Astrometry
1. Morning   History of classic double and binary star astrometry
2. Afternoon   Classic telescopes and astrometric instruments
Evening   Visual observations of binary stars with historic refractors (and other telescopes) equipped with historic astrometric instruments such as a filar micrometer, Lyot double-image micrometer, and an astrometric eyepiece.
Friday June 7   Modern Binary Star Astrometry
3. Morning   Modern binary star speckle interferometry including amateur and student research
4. Afternoon   Modern orbital analysis, smaller research telescopes, and electronic cameras
Evening: Electronic camera observations: CCD for wider separations and CMOS speckle interferometry for smaller separations. Reduce speckle observations with Dave Rowe’s Speckle Toolbox.

Saturday June 8
Post symposium tour (planned): Magdalena Ridge Observatory
    2.4-meter telescope and interferometer array


Society for Astronomical Sciences Annual Symposium
Thursday June 20 – Saturday June 22, 2024
Ontario, California (Hilton Ontario Airport, 222 N. Vineyard Ave.)

The annual SAS Symposium on Telescope Science has become one of the premier events for amateur astronomers, students, and professional astronomers. The symposium fosters pro-am collaborations and student and teacher interactions with both amateur and professional astronomers. Presentations co
ver a wide range of topics, including imaging basics, photometry, spectroscopy, instrumentation, and more. Observations range from near-Earth to the edges of the universe. https://socastrosci.org/symposium/

Inspiring Young Students with Hands-On Published Research

Four Corners Regional Symposium on Enhancing STEM Education in the Digital Age
Thursday May 30 – Saturday June 1, 2024
Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Organizers: Paul McCudden pmccudden@coloradomtn.edu and Russell Genet russmgenet@aol.com

A symposium for students, teachers, and administrators to spark support of community college and high school student published research across the Four Corners states through enhanced cooperation, innovative use of new digital technologies, and creative administrative actions.

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