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Hosted by Drs. Dave Robinson, Ashley Best, Trent Garrison, and the rest of the Bench Talk Team.
The show repeats weekly each Monday 7:30pm, Tuesday 11:30am, and Wednesday 7:30am
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This show is about bringing science to the people.  We want to be a clearinghouse for the research that is important to all of us.  So we’ve spent the week scouring the library stacks for research publications that are just too interesting to be ignored. 

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7/6/20207:30


Suspended until further notice- check https://pa.as.uky.edu/skytalk for updates

The University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome the public to our astronomical observatory. Part of our program of public outreach is a presentation on an interesting topic in astronomy followed by a visit to the observatory.  The Kentucky SkyTalk is held on the second Thursday of each month.  A 50 minute program on astronomy will begin at 7:00 PM in Room 155 of the Chemistry-Physics Building. After the presentation, you are invited to view the sky through our 20-inch telescope, weather permitting. (Note that the starting time changes in the spring and fall.)



Free parking is available on the top floor of parking structure #2, (see special note at top), next to the observatory. With the exception of paid parking, without a valid parking permit, leaving your vehicle somewhere other than the parking structure at the observatory will result in a parking citation.
 
All are welcome and there is no charge. Tell your neighbors. Bring your kids.
 
Weather Caveat: If the university closes for a weather emergency, the SkyTalk will be postponed and the observatory will not be open.
 



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7/9/20207pm


The Earth Educators Rendezvous is designed to appeal to everyone working in all aspects of undergraduate Earth education, including a mix of college faculty, graduate students, K-12 teachers, informal educators, practitioners, and researchers, as well as administrators who want to better support students in their programs and who are interested in improving their teaching about Earth, whether they are attending their first Earth-education-themed meeting, to experienced STEM professionals. Among many options, participants can learn about new teaching approaches, discover opportunities to get involved in research programs, prepare for an academic career, or discuss how to approach teaching and learning challenges in their classroom.

Program HERE

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7/13/2020
-7/17/2020
11am - 5:30 ET; 10am -4:30 CT


Hosted by Drs. Dave Robinson, Ashley Best, Trent Garrison, and the rest of the Bench Talk Team.
The show repeats weekly each Monday 7:30pm, Tuesday 11:30am, and Wednesday 7:30am
​
This show is about bringing science to the people.  We want to be a clearinghouse for the research that is important to all of us.  So we’ve spent the week scouring the library stacks for research publications that are just too interesting to be ignored. 

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7/13/20207:30


Quarterly board meeting for the KAS Governing Board

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7/17/20201-3pm EDTAmanda Fuller


Hosted by Drs. Dave Robinson, Ashley Best, Trent Garrison, and the rest of the Bench Talk Team.
The show repeats weekly each Monday 7:30pm, Tuesday 11:30am, and Wednesday 7:30am
​
This show is about bringing science to the people.  We want to be a clearinghouse for the research that is important to all of us.  So we’ve spent the week scouring the library stacks for research publications that are just too interesting to be ignored. 

more info...
7/20/20207:30


Join us for a virtual training on climate change education together with educators from around the country.

Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas, and receive on-going support throughout the year.

Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities. Let’s make the most out of our current situation by reimagining what education can be and how we can build opportunities for climate change solutions together! Virtual learning experiences offer a unique opportunity to make connections across our public and at-home learning spaces that don’t exist in the traditional system.

This three-day experience will take you beyond your computer screen, and into your backyard and neighborhood to do authentic scientific and social data collection, move your body, and make observations of the world around you. On-screen time will be segmented into at most two-hours at a time, and small group online experiences will occur daily, as well as optional evening events.

Registration is $150
20 Hours of Continuing Education
2 Graduate Credits (optional)
Deadline: July 13
Teachers are encouraged to attend with cross-disciplinary teams or cohorts from their school district.


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7/22/2020
-7/24/2020
10 am to 5 pm EDT


Hosted by Drs. Dave Robinson, Ashley Best, Trent Garrison, and the rest of the Bench Talk Team.
The show repeats weekly each Monday 7:30pm, Tuesday 11:30am, and Wednesday 7:30am
​
This show is about bringing science to the people.  We want to be a clearinghouse for the research that is important to all of us.  So we’ve spent the week scouring the library stacks for research publications that are just too interesting to be ignored. 

more info...
7/27/20207:30


The Smithsonian Science Education Center is holding its first fully virtual leadership development event this summer, from July 28-30. As part of the SSEC’s Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) programming, the Smithsonian K-12 Science Education: Action Planning Institute (API) will tackle the challenge of ensuring science/STEM education remains a priority in classrooms and communities during COVID-19 and beyond. During this fully customizable program, live and asynchronous sessions will foster critical conversations on topics most relevant to K-12 science education today such as social emotional supports, equity and accessibility, and facilitating three-dimensional science investigations remotely.
 
This institute is offered at no cost and open to educators, parents, community members, and industry stakeholders dedicated to ensuring continuity in K-12 education for all students. Participating individuals and teams will make meaningful connections between knowledge and practice and will, most importantly, develop an action plan to guide their return to school in the fall. Our goal is to make certain that students from all demographics receive equitable access to inquiry-centered science/STEM education whether learning remotely or learning in school with adjusted schedules.
 
Please share our website with your K-12 science/STEM education audiences who want to learn more about this program. They can register today at: https://ssec.si.edu/event/smithsonian-science-action-planning-institute.
 
If you would like your constituents to attend and you have questions about the agenda or registration process, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Gainsback at gainsbackk@si.edu.
 
The Smithsonian Science Education Center is holding its first fully virtual leadership development event this summer, from July 28-30. As part of the SSEC’s Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) programming, the Smithsonian K-12 Science Education: Action Planning Institute (API) will tackle the challenge of ensuring science/STEM education remains a priority in classrooms and communities during COVID-19 and beyond. During this fully customizable program, live and asynchronous sessions will foster critical conversations on topics most relevant to K-12 science education today such as social emotional supports, equity and accessibility, and facilitating three-dimensional science investigations remotely.
 
This institute is offered at no cost and open to educators, parents, community members, and industry stakeholders dedicated to ensuring continuity in K-12 education for all students. Participating individuals and teams will make meaningful connections between knowledge and practice and will, most importantly, develop an action plan to guide their return to school in the fall. Our goal is to make certain that students from all demographics receive equitable access to inquiry-centered science/STEM education whether learning remotely or learning in school with adjusted schedules.
 
 

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7/28/2020
-7/30/2020
  Katie Gainsback


Hosted by Drs. Dave Robinson, Ashley Best, Trent Garrison, and the rest of the Bench Talk Team.
The show repeats weekly each Monday 7:30pm, Tuesday 11:30am, and Wednesday 7:30am
​
This show is about bringing science to the people.  We want to be a clearinghouse for the research that is important to all of us.  So we’ve spent the week scouring the library stacks for research publications that are just too interesting to be ignored. 

more info...
8/3/20207:30


Suspended until further notice- check https://pa.as.uky.edu/skytalk for updates

The University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to welcome the public to our astronomical observatory. Part of our program of public outreach is a presentation on an interesting topic in astronomy followed by a visit to the observatory.  The Kentucky SkyTalk is held on the second Thursday of each month.  A 50 minute program on astronomy will begin at 7:00 PM in Room 155 of the Chemistry-Physics Building. After the presentation, you are invited to view the sky through our 20-inch telescope, weather permitting. (Note that the starting time changes in the spring and fall.)



Free parking is available on the top floor of parking structure #2, (see special note at top), next to the observatory. With the exception of paid parking, without a valid parking permit, leaving your vehicle somewhere other than the parking structure at the observatory will result in a parking citation.
 
All are welcome and there is no charge. Tell your neighbors. Bring your kids.
 
Weather Caveat: If the university closes for a weather emergency, the SkyTalk will be postponed and the observatory will not be open.
 



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8/13/20207pm


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