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April 15, 201911:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Strengthening the U.S. Astrophysics Community Through Workforce Development and Professional Development


Nicholas McConnell (Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Astrophysics research is the collective product of a community facing numerous challenges: acquiring new knowledge and abilities in disciplines driving cuttingedge research; collaborating on a global scale; and reversing imbalances in who can participate and succeed. Addressing such challenges is the focus of workforce development and professional development. These areas are distinct from physics and astronomy education, and from public outreach. While astronomers may encounter a range of professional development opportunities, the most effective ones share specific characteristics that enable lasting implementation of new skills or knowledge. I will share examples of established and emerging programs informed by these characteristics and by social sciences research on learning and career persistence. I will also offer recommendations for how institutions can invest in effectively developing a diverse and inclusive astronomy workforce.

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