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|July 2019 IPS Communicator|
Help for planetariums in danger
How many times have your read online or in your local newspaper about a school planetarium that might be closed because of budget cuts? Do you need to convince your local school board or other school officials that a planetarium is an asset for a school, not a liability?
IPS can help.
More news from the IPS council meeting
CONGRATULATIONS TO PLANETARIUM 1, welcome to new representatives, and dialog continues
How do I nominate someone for the new IPS board?
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Nominations are now open around the world for IPS Board Members, who will commence office in 2020. Do you have someone in mind to lead your region? Do you think you would be the best candidate? Go to the revised and updated page www.ips-planetarium.org/page/statements for complete details. Deadline: 1 August.
Hot off the press
While at the 2018 IPS Conference in France, did you miss a paper that you really wanted to hear? Just couldn't get up in time for that 8 a.m. paper session? Take heart! The Proceedings from the 2018 IPS Conference in Toulouse, France, are now available on the IPS Website. You can go there directly: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.ips-planetarium.org/resource/resmgr/pdf-conf/2018ipsproceedingstoulouse.pdf.
Welcome from your new membership chair
To provide better service to our members, IPS now has a dedicated Membership Committee. This group began meeting in January to support improved communications with members and provide more awareness of member resources and membership development projects.
Please welcome Mike Murray, the new Chair! Mike heralds from Bay City, Michigan, where he manages the Delta College Planetarium. He has a 43-year career in planetariums, including the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.
Mike is joined by a team of amazing mover-shakers in the planetarium universe, including four IPS past-presidents. Members include Karrie Berglund, Ann Bragg, Susan Button, Jon Elvert, Sharon Shanks, David Weinrich, Joanne Young, and Ruth Coalson.
We encourage ideas, suggestions, and feedback! Feel free to contact Mike (or any of the committee members) directly at email@example.com or +1 (989) 667-2270.
Are you getting ready for IPS2020?
The call for abstracts and posters has gone out from Edmonton for the IPS 2020 Conference. The deadline is 15 October!
IMPORTANT: The paper session guidelines have been changed for this conference. Instead of submitting a single paper, submissions must be for a set of papers for an entire session. We hope to have more details soon on the procedure with examples of how to proceed; in the meantime, be sure to check the Submission Guidelines at https://www.ips-planetarium.org/page/IPS2020CallforAbstracts.
You can have the latest conference information delivered directly to your inbox by signing up for the IPS 2020 Newsletter. Go to the conference home page at https://www.ips-planetarium.org/page/ips2020 to get it done.
This will be a conference of Firsts:
Remember: Thanks to our new partnerships, IPS members receive discounted registration to upcoming workshops such as LIPS at the Cradle of Aviation Museum 14-16 August, and the Data to Dome Workshop at Colgate University 18-20 October.
An American in Italy
If you'd like to know more about the Experience in Italy program, you can check with Chrysta Ghent from the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, Jersey City, New Jersey. Chrysta was the 2019 winner of the Experience in Italy contest organized by IPS in collaboration with the astronomical facilities of Brescia and Lumezzane (Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory), “StarLight… a handy planetarium” Association (Perugia), and the Astronomical Center of Farra d’Isonzo (Gorizia).
Students and the public from the cities of Perugia, Spoleto, Assisi, Brescia, Lumezzane, and Gorizia participated in conferences and lessons that involved Chrysta as lecturer. Chrysta taught about the solar system, the moon, Native American star stories, and Italian astronomers, and in Assisi she held a workshop for teachers about "New ideas to teach the moon."
The time spent traveling and teaching in Italy will likely inspire Chrysta to share all that she has learned with her audiences at the Liberty Science Center. For more information go to https://www.ips-planetarium.org/page/italy.
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