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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    2:05 PM - 2:55 PM: Concurrent Session 3C 2:05 pm PST (5:05 pm EST)
    SDSS-IV Tools to Broaden Participation and Access
    Conference Strand: Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access & Social Justice
    Rachael Beaton, Princeton University
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: Inclusion has been a theme in Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV with a focus on 2 areas: those contributing to the SDSS-IV project through initiatives in the Committee On Inclusiveness in SDSS (COINS) and in providing access to SDSS-IV data to a wide variety of audiences. In this interactive session, I will provide a brief summary of 4 tools and demonstrate their use with audience participation. I aim to have the audience drive the demonstrations, pose questions, and provide insights on how tools could be better suited to their learning goals and classrooms.

    1. COINS administered 5 demographic surveys from 2014 to 2021 to characterize the collaboration and collect data on attitudes toward Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) and barriers to asking questions. I will summarize what we have learned.
    2. Faculty And Student Teams (FAST) partners a SDSS scientist with college faculty at a minority serving institution. Together, the faculty member organizes an undergraduate student team that performs cutting-edge research projects using SDSS data and supported by the SDSS member. I will provide examples of recently funded projects and their outcomes. FAST will continue into SDSS-V.
    3. SDSS-IV releases all data publicly on a set of platforms to maximize data accessibility. The multi-lingual Voyages teaches fundamental astronomy concepts with data. SciServer provides server-side computational resources where students can also learn python coding concepts and data visualization.
    4. The Plate Distribution Program aims to connect K-12 classrooms and other learning centers to SDSS data directly by distributing the plug-plates used to connect the instrument to the astronomical objects being studied. Because each plate observes a specific part of the sky, the plate is also uniquely connected to a set of observations and scientific results. Several learning activities have been developed.