Engaging Students in Science Using the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education's AccessScience
Recorded on 05/18/2017

Summary:

Join AccessScience with Dr Jay Pasachoff for a live webinar that will explore the upcoming total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. With examples of bringing this rare scientific event to the public, this presentation will outline the importance of using current events to engage students in scientific concepts and to inspire further exploration.


Speaker:

Dr. Jay Pasachoff

Director of Hopkins Observatory
Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy
Williams College

Jay Pasachoff specializes in studying the sun at total solar eclipses. He and his collaborators carry out experiments to study the million-degree-temperature of the solar corona in order to monitor its dynamics and how it varies with the sunspot cycle, and to provide observations to help distinguish between scientific models of how the corona gets so hot. Their research at the 2017 total solar eclipse is supported by the National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation. He is the author or coauthor of 26 books/editions, including The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium (4th edition), the Peterson Field Guide to Stars and Planets (2016 updated printing of the 4th edition), and The Sun, which is forthcoming from Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press in June. See sites.williams.edu/solar-corona for his books.