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March 12 Workshop on Public Understanding of Planetary Science

You are invited to participate in a one-day workshop, "Public Understanding of Planetary Science," on Sunday, March 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the 37th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Presentations will explore how the media portrays our solar system and beyond, results from recent surveys of the public’s understanding of planetary science, and what research tells us about the best way to present science – and tackle misconceptions. During interactive sessions participants will identify misconceptions and discuss strategies for effectively sharing planetary science information with the public.

The workshop is hosted by the South Central Organization of Researchers and Educators and the Structure and Evolution of the Universe Forum, part of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s Education Support Network. The workshop is intended to bring together scientists and educators to inform these communities about - and address issues in - space science education.

Scientists and E/PO leads are invited and encouraged to participate. The workshop is free. Attendees must register using the workshop registration form at:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2006/lpsc2006.educ.cfm

A limited number of travel grants are available. For more information, please contact Stephanie Shipp at 281-486-2109, shipp@lpi.usra.edu.