November/December 2001 TOPS Newsletter
News For Everyone
TOPS 2002 ApplicationsPlease encourage teachers and students to apply for TOPS 2002. Applications are available on our Web site, http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/tops. Deadline is January 15 . We mailed TOPS 2002 brochures right after Thanksgiving, so we hope you have received yours by now. If you need more to post at your school or hand out to potential applicants, please contact Bev. Remember that you can also get the same information on our Web site.
NSF Teacher Training ProgramUte Kaden (TOPS 2000) says to check out the NSF teacher training program at http://hou.lbl.gov/. The program for 2002 comes with a stipend and graduate credit. Ute is currently participating in the online version of the "Hands On the Universe Workshop". This requires teaching at least 15 hours of astronomy to her students. Ute reports that astronomy topics enhance her physics curriculum perfectly and students are really interested in it. Thanks to TOPS she loves teaching it. (Thanks for the kind words, Ute.)
News for TOPS 2001 Participants
Stipends for 2001 TeachersPlease send your portfolios to Karen at IfA so that we can send you the rest of your stipend. Karen will return from a scientific meeting on Dec. 7 and begin reviewing portfolios at that time. For details about portfolio requirements, please see "Astronomy Teaching and Portfolio Assessment" in the "TOPS 2001 Spring Meeting 1" notebook.
Science Highlights and Resources
TOPS ResourcesWe have re-structured the Tops Teacher resources web page (http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/tops/tresources.html) to now include the following:
Europa's Icy CrustTwo University of Arizona scientists are studying the cratering process on Europa. This work is important in understanding ice thickness and the possible existence of a subsurface liquid ocean. Such an ocean could possibly harbor life. Those of you teaching the Deep Impact cratering lessons, plus Earth science and biology teachers, may be particularly interested in the press release.
Hubble Measures Atmosphere on World Around Another StarAstronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have made the first direct detection and chemical analysis of the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system. Chemistry teachers and those of you teaching lessons on extra-solar planets or the search for life may be particularly interested in the press release.
Origin of SunspotsScientists have produced the first detailed image of the inside of a sunspot. This new study is shedding light on one of the great mysteries of astrophysics - the origin of sunspots. Physics teachers may be particularly interested in the press release.
Origin of CometsObservations made with the High-Dispersion Spectrograph (HDS) of Subaru Telescope have, for the first time, enabled astronomers to measure the formation temperature of ammonia ice in a comet. These observations provide us with not only direct evidence of the environment in which the comet was born, but also establish brand new methods for probing the origin of comets. Those of you teaching comet lessons and chemistry teachers may be particularly interested in the press release.
TOPS Alum Happenings
Meteor ShowerTOPS folks out watching the Leonids on Oahu included Jim Bedient, Alyce Ikeoka, Sophie Hu, Kris McCrone, Nick Bradley, Laura Fabrey, and Keli Ching. Bev would appreciate receiving comments from any of you who enjoyed the meteor shower.
Rowena Delavin's babyRowena Delavin (TOPS 2001) has welcomed a baby boy. Irene Fajardo (TOPS 2000) has been substituting for her. When Rowena returns to teaching on Dec. 10, she and Irene will begin their astronomy project. Congratulations, Rowena!
Fellowship for Rick SeidelRick Seidel (TOPS 2000) has been extended a full graduate fellowship in Marine Biology at the University of Guam. He will get a Master of Science in Tropical Marine Biology for free. Congratulations, Rick!
Followup Activities and Presentations
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