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May 2019 IPS Newsletter
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News and Updates

MAY 2019

Mark Subbarao

Message from IPS President,Mark SubbaRao, PhD

Dear Planetarians, we are excited to share this first issue of the IPS newsletter. Our monthly newsletter will be a mechanism to communicate progress as we build the New IPS together. In this issue we will report on new formal partnerships established with the IAU, IMERSA, and LIPS. We will also use this newsletter to keep you informed of IPS member benefits, to seek your input, and to keep you apprised of some of the exciting activities taking place across the planetarium world.

However there are more exciting things going on with IPS than can be contained within this newsletter. Stay tuned for the announcement of some exclusive content for IPS members to help you augment your Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations.

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Kristen Lepine Dos Santos, IPS' New Director of Operations

Kristen is IPS' new Director of Operations. She is a Certified Association Executive and is experienced in working with member-based organizations. She here to support IPS Officers and Committees, to assist us in delivering the best  possible member experience, to help grow our membership, and to improve the operational processes of the organization.

Please reach out to Kristen to share your feedback, if you need help with membership issues, if you would like to get involved, or if you have general questions about IPS membership.

Update From IPS Officers


The IPS has been working on several initiatives to establish closer ties and collaboration with the International Astronomical Union. Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the IPS and IAU Commission C2 (Communicating Astronomy With the Public). Under this MOU each group will appoint an ex-officio member to the other’s Council/Board. The IPS has appointed President-Elect Kaoru Kimura to sit on the IAU Commission C2 Advisory Board, and Lucia Marchetti, from the University of Cape Town has been appointed to sit on the IPS Council.

The IPS is also an Organizational Partner of IAU100, the celebration surrounding the 100th anniversary of the International Astronomical Union. Past-President Shawn Laatsch recently attended the IAU 1919-2019: 100 Years Under One Sky Celebration Flagship Ceremony in Brussels. Later this Month President Mark SubbaRao will attend the IAU100 event: Eddington @ Sundy: 100 Years Later in Principe where he will give a talk on “One Hundred Years of the Planetarium”.

New Affiliated Organizations: IMERSA and LIPS

The IPS has also recently signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with IMERSA and LIPS, establishing both groups as ‘Affiliate Organizations’ with IPS. We  look forward to collaborating more closely with both organizations. As part of these new partnerships, IPS members will receive registration discounts when attending the IMERSA Summit and the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium.

Spotlight Committee Update: IPS Education Committee

The Value of the Planetarium in Education

Two new documents have been produced by the International Planetarium Society which should be helpful to many planetariums in diverse facilities.  Both have the title of "The Value of the Planetarium in Education."  One is a white paper of four pages, while the second is a one-page attractive summary. The documents can be found here:

-Jeanne Bishop, for the IPS Education Committee 

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IPS Member Spotlight

Mohamad Abbas. Ph.D. - CEO, The Cosmic Dome - Entrepreneur - Faculty Member, Lebanese American University. 

Mohammed not only teaches astronomy to curious University students, but also personally founded  the Cosmic Dome in Beirut, Lebanon. They use a collection of mid-size portable planetariums that are taken to schools, universities, and to public places in Lebanon and other Arabic countries. Their aim is educate the population about astronomical sciences, and they hope to encourage youth to pursue scientific careers in the future. Visit the Cosmic Dome here

Do you know of a member who should be in our next newsletter? Can we share your story? Are you working on an exciting project?
Reach out to let us know.

Other Announcements:

Centennial Of The Planetarium logo design contest

A number of activities are planned for the upcoming Centennial of the planetarium. These activities should have visual continuity, all using the same logo. IPS is seeking ideas for a 'Centennial Of The Planetarium' logo. We ask for your submissions by August 31st, 2019; technical details are listed here:

-Björn Voss, for the IPS Centennial Committee

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Upcoming Events

IPS connects you to events of interest to the planetarium community.
Visit the  Calendar of Events on the IPS website.

To have your next event posted on the website, please visit the website link above.

IPS Career Center

One key benefit of IPS membership is our Career Center.  The Career Center allows you search for employment opportunities, and to post job openings. You can also subscribe so that you will receive an email whenever a certain type of job is posted. With the (Northern Hemisphere) Summer seasonal hiring happening now we encourage all members to use the Career Center. Because the career center is an important part of IPS's commitment to serving its members, we are looking for a volunteer to help keep it updated. Please contact us if you would like to dedicate just a few hours a month to this. You will be providing an important service for the planetarium community!

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The best way to get value out of your membership is to participate in the community. Even if you don't have a lot of time you can still be active!

  1. Send us feedback on what you would like to see in this newsletter, or let us know how we can help improve your member experience.
  2. Participate in an IPS Committee or Working Group. We currently need help with our Career Centre, and will be posting other opportunities on the website.
  3. We're always open to suggestions. This is your community! Email us and we can set up a call to talk.


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