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Summary: VOYAGES THROUGH THE UNIVERSE provides students and professors with the ideal combination of authors and experience. It is written by an award-winning astronomy educator (Fraknoi) and two distinguished research scientists (Morrison at NASA and Wolff at NOAO). This author team combines the latest science with classroom-tested teaching strategies and a student-friendly approach. Through unique group activities and a focus on astronomy as a human endeavor, the authors engage and involve ...show morestudents, helping them both understand and enjoy astronomy. The market-leading technology package includes access to InfoTracCollege Edition (free!) and TheSky Student Edition CD-ROM (free!), as well as an optional package with the RedShift College Edition CD-ROM (including animations) along with an accompanying workbook. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 97
Fraknoi, Andrew :
Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College near San Francisco and an Educational Consultant for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (where he directs Project ASTRO, a national program to bring astronomers into elementary and junior high school classrooms). From 1978 to 1992 he was Executive Director of the Society, as well as Editor of Mercury Magazine and the Universe in the Classroom Newsletter. He has taught astronomy and physics at San Francisco State University, Canada College, and the University of California Extension Division. He is author of The Universe in the Classroom, co-author of Effective Astronomy Teaching and Student Reasoning Ability, and scientific editor of The Planets and The Universe, two collections of science and science fiction. For five years he was the lead author of a nationally syndicated newspaper column on astronomy, and he appears regularly on radio and television explaining astronomical developments (most recently as astronomy correspondent for Weekend All Things Considered.) In addition, he has organized three national symposia on teaching introductory astronomy at the college level, and over 20 national workshops on improving the way astronomy is taught in earlier grades. He has received the Annenberg Foundation Prize of the American Astronomical Society and the Klumpke-Roberts Prize of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for his contributions to the public understanding of astronomy. Asteroid 4859 was named Asteroid Fraknoi in 1992 in recognition of his work in astronomy education.
Morrison, David :
David Morrison is the Director of Space at NASA's Ames Research Center, where he manages basic and applied research programs in the space, life and Earth sciences, with emphasis on astrobiology Í the study of the living universe. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining NASA, he was Professor of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, where he also directed the Infrared Telescope Facility of Mauna Kea Observatory, and served as the university¼s Vice-Chancellor for Research. Internationally know for his research on small bodies in the solar system, he is the author of more than 120 technical papers and has published a dozen books, including five textbooks and a number of popular trade books on space science topics. He chaired the official NASA study of impact hazards that recommended that a Spaceguard Survey be carried out to search for potentially threatening asteroids and comets, and in 1995 received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for this work. He is currently an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Galileo mission to Jupiter's moon Europa and has served as President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and President of the Planetary Commission of the International Astronomical Union. Among other awards, he has received the Klumpke-Roberts Prize of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for contributions to public understanding of science. Asteroid 2410 Morrison is named in his honor.
Wolff, Sidney C. :
Sidney C. Wolff received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and then joined the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. During the seventeen years she spent in Hawaii, the Institute for Astronomy developed Mauna Kea into the world's premier international observatory. She became Associate Director of the Institute for Astronomy in 1976 and Acting Director in 1983. During that period, she earned international recognition for her research, particularly on stellar atmospheres and how they can help us understand the evolution, formation, and composition of stars. In 1984, she was named Director of the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and in 1987 became Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories. She is the first woman to head a major observatory in the United States. As Director of NOAO, she and her staff oversee facilities used annually by nearly 1000 visiting scientists. During its early phases, she was Director of the Gemini Project, which is an international program to build two state-of-the-art 8-m telescopes. She has served as President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and is the second woman to be elected President of the American Astronomical Society. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Carleton College, a liberal arts school that excels in science education. The author of more than 70 professional articles, she has written a monograph, The A-Type Stars: Problems and Perspectives, as well as several astronomy textbooks for Harcourt College.
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