Meeting Tonight with David Zach and David Weinberd.

Astro Society will be welcoming David Zack & David Weinberg. David Zach is the OSU Astronomy and Astrophysics advisor. He will be talking about  REUs, SURP, and research overall. This does not necessarily apply to only astronomy majors, much of the information is useful for anyone interested in doing research. David Weinberg will be introducing himself, the Department Chair for OSU Astronomy at this meeting also. We will be meeting in McPherson 1015 and over zoom (check your email for the link). Excited to see you all there!

 

Meeting Tonight!

Tonight we will be welcoming the Data Analytics Club! The meeting will take place in McPherson 1015 at 7:00 pm. We’ll be going through a beginner-friendly course for astronomy data visualization and a workshop for star data and solar system objects from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Bring your laptop if you want to follow along!

First Meeting TONIGHT!

Join us in McPherson Lab room 4054 at 7:00 tonight for our first meeting of the semester. This meeting will give all of us the opportunity to introduce ourselves, welcome new members from the involvement fair & welcome event, and discuss the club as a whole for what types of meetings, events, and activities we do! Please wear a mask inside as it is University policy. We are so excited and hope to see everyone there!

If you have friends who were unable to visit us at the involvement fair, know anyone interested in astronomy & space, or are interested in joining our GroupMe:

You can also find us at go.osu.edu/astrosociety. Any questions or other inquiries can be sent to astrosociety@osu.edu!

Dr. Horack joins Astro Society this Thursday

This week, we welcome Dr. Horack, Professor and Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy, who will be joining Astro Society for a special talk. Our meeting will take place virtually Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 pm EST.

Dr. John M. Horack is the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy, and holds a joint appointment between the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, in the College of Engineering, and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

You can read more about him here. 

If you missed the meeting, you can watch it by clicking the link below.

Elections!!!

The Astro Society Election Application is live! You can read about the positions up for election and choose which ones you’d like to run for. Election day is Thursday, February 25th so the application will be available until noon that day. To apply, visit here and submit an application! All positions are open and we encourage you to apply to all the positions you are interested in.

PRESIDENT
– The President is in charge of registering our club in Autumn as an official student organization at Ohio State. They work with fellow E-Board members to plan meetings and reach out to potential speakers. They handle any administrative tasks that arise and delegate tasks to the rest of the E-Board. The President oversees the planning and funding of our annual Green Bank trip, along with any other major events. They also lead our weekly, large-group meetings.

VICE PRESIDENT OF EVENTS
– The Vice President of Events is in charge of event planning. This includes everything from star parties to our annual Green Bank trip. For the trip to Green Bank, they work alongside the President and Treasurer to plan and fund this event. They are also in charge of the Astronomical Society Booth at the Student Involvement Fair. The Events Vice President will also take an active role in the planning of weekly meetings, including emailing speakers and communicating meeting ideas with the rest of the E-Board. They are tasked with leading the Events Committee, which includes meeting with their members weekly.

VICE PRESIDENT OF INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, AND RETENTION
– The Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Retention is our newest addition to the Astro Society E-Board, and our third vice president (thrice president if you will). The main responsibility of the IDR vice-president is to be a liaison between Astro Society and UMAAC, Physics Climate and Diversity Committee, and local community outreach incentives. With the help of their committee, the IDR vice-president will also monitor the climate of Astro Society, and come up with ideas to make the club a more inclusive environment for all.

VICE PRESIDENT OF MEDIA
– The Vice President of Media manages all social media platforms for Astro Society, including the website. They are in charge of posting weekly to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The Astro Society website must be updated weekly. They also lead the Social Media Committee.

SECRETARY
– The Secretary manages the Astro Society email, records Astro Society meetings, and takes minutes at E-Board meetings. They send out weekly emails to members sharing important updates about the club and upcoming meetings. They also create, edit, and publish the Astro Society Newsletter every Friday, which covers space news, club meetings, campus/world space events, and more. They lead the Newsletter Committee as well to help with its creation, editing, and publishing.

TREASURER
– The Treasurer is one of the most important roles on the E-Board, as they manage all the finances. They are tasked with submitting programming funding requests each semester along with annual paperwork needed for the club. They are in charge of purchasing food, fundraising materials, etc. whenever needed. They work alongside the Vice President of Events and the President to plan the annual Green Bank trip and reserve bussing for any trips. They also oversee the Events Committee.

Perseverance and Social Hour

This Thursday we will be watching a recording of the Mars Perseverance Rover and learn more about it. We will also go into a group discussion about the rover. After we will have a social hour where everyone can relax, chat, play games, and even work on some homework.

The Last Stargazers with Emily Levesque

Emily Levesque

This Thursday, February 11th, we welcome astronomer Emily Levesque to discuss her latest book The Last Stargazers. Emely Levesque is a professor of astronomy at the University of Washington. Her focus is “On improving our overall understanding of how massive stars evolve and die.” Along with discussing her book, she will answer any questions on her Colloquium talk taking place earlier in the day on Thursday.

Join us at 7:00 pm EST via Zoom. The meeting link will be emailed early on Thursday.

If you missed the meeting, you can watch it here:

 

Game Night!!

Come join us for a much-needed break this Thursday, February 4th. We’ll start off by introducing new committees and discussing elections. After that, we’ll be breaking off into groups to play games and have fun. Can’t wait to see you there!