This years KITP Teacher's conference
was held on February 26th with a theme of “Physics and
Biology: Evolution of Life and Evolution of Science.” This
conference brings over a hundred science teachers at the middle and
high school levels from across the country to Santa Barbara for a day
of 'what's new' in different areas of physics with world renowned
This years key speakers included Boris
from UCSB, Rob Phillips
and Michael Elowitz
from Caltech, and Richard Neher
from the Max Plank Institute in Germany. These scientists are part
of a program at KITP about microbial and viral evolution
Cheryl Harper, a teacher from Pennsylvania and a recipient of the
Raab prize in 2010
also gave a presentation.
Rachel Ross also gave an overview of what is new at LCOGT. A town-hall style discussion also took place about science in the classroom and the problems it faces.
On the next morning, a tour was offered
to the KITP teachers at LCOGT. A very enthusiastic group of about 12
(many of whom have been participants in previous workshops) received an
in-depth tour of the 0.4m and 1.0m assembly areas, the machine shop,
and the back parking lot test site (BPL). We did have to make sure
that no one slipped a 1.0m telescope into their back pocket!
Overall, it was a very interesting
conference and all the speakers were excellent. And a big thank you
to KITP for inviting us back year after year!
A comment shouted at the end of
Rachel's talk: “It gets better every year!” complete with a
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