The world of EPO (Education and Public Outreach) is an amalgam of formal education, informal education, and public outreach, with frequently blurred lines between the last two categories. Dr. Sanlyn Buxner, an Education and Communications Specialist and Research Scientist at Planetary Science Institute, described the categories for us as follows: “Education is about increasing someone’s knowledge or skills (whether it is in a formal or informal setting). Outreach is more about letting people know about things, talking about a mission, etc., but is not necessarily about teaching them anything. It may be about having fun, raising awareness, etc.” In nearly 30 years of science education outreach, we’ve experienced all three EPO components. Tucson Festival of Books The Tucson Festival of Books (FOB) takes place at the University of Arizona (UA) in March. FOB began in 2009 with an estimated 50,000 visitors; 2019 was the Festival’s eleventh year, with an estimated 140,000 visitors over two days. FOB includes literary awards, food, … Continue reading →
About Nancy Lebofsky
Nancy Lebofsky has worked in education outreach since 1990, first at the University of Arizona and then with the Science Center for Inquiry and the University of Arkansas summer teacher training workshops. She wrote a monthly newsletter for the latter two programs which later became the newsletter for Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout Leaders.
She has presented at both state and national science education conferences as well as the first three Faith and Astronomy Workshops. She and Larry edited Meteorite magazine for five years. She is currently serving a second term as a board member for the Vatican Observatory Foundation.
In 1995 the small bodies nomenclature committee of the IAU named an asteroid, 5052 Nancyruth, in recognition of her contributions to science education outreach.