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Paper: Working Together Through NASA's Astrophysics Forum: Collaborations Across the Spectrum
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 355
Authors: Smith, D. A.; Sharma, M.; Watkins, M.; Lawton, B.; Eisenhamer, B.; McCallister, D.; Bartolone, L.; Nichols, M.; Withnell, H.; Schultz, G.; Fraknoi, A.; Manning, J. G.; Blair, W.; Bianchi, L.
Abstract: The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Education and Public Outreach Forums are teams of scientists and educators that work closely with NASA SMD and its education and public outreach (EPO) community to organize individual SMD-funded EPO activities into a coordinated effort. One Forum exists for each of SMD's four science divisions: Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science. Through the Forums, NASA SMD and the members of its EPO community work together to interconnect a wide spectrum of SMD-funded EPO activities, resources, and expertise and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the resulting ensemble of efforts. The Forums also support members of the broader science and education communities by identifying opportunities and strategies for scientists and educators to participate in and make use of SMD EPO activities and resources according to their needs. This article highlights examples of this work within NASA Astrophysics EPO, where the Forum and community members are extending the impact of existing EPO resources through collaborative online professional development activities for classroom educators, activities to engage girls in STEM in library settings, resources to support the Astronomy 101 instructional community, and practical tips for scientists interested in EPO.
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