[ASA] EPOC Update: Membership and Steering Committee Elections

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Wed May 8 10:16:26 AEST 2013

Dear ASA Members,
With an upcoming annular/partial solar eclipse [see below] putting astronomy in the public eye again, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the ASA's Education and Public Outreach Chapter (EPOC).

1. Membership
If you are not already a member of EPOC, I would like to invite you to consider joining.  All it takes is an e-mail to

asaepoc at gmail.com 

Membership in EPOC is open to all current ASA members.  As a member, you might then consider taking part in the...
2. Steering Committee Election
On behalf of the Steering Committee, I would like to thank Michael Burton, Andrew Jacob, Jonathon Kocz and Jacinta Delhaize (student representative) for their valuable contributions as members of the inaugural EPOC Steering Committee.  
EPOC is now calling for nominations from amongst its members for:
- Three 2-year positions (open to all categories of ASA membership except student members)
- One 1-year position for a student representative 
Nominations will close on Tuesday 14 May at 9am AEST, to be followed immediately by a one-week voting period.
To nominate, please send an e-mail to asaepoc at gmail.com with:
A. Your name.
B. Position you are nominating for (2-year position or student position).
C. An appropriate photograph (head-shot) plus a brief biographical statement summarising your main interests or involvement in education and public outreach, which will be presented to ASA members during the voting period.
Finally, to current and new EPOC members, I would like to invite you to send me any:
3. Member reports
Please send an e-mail to asaepoc at gmail.com with a summary of your education and outreach activities during the first 4 months of 2013.  These reports will be summarised and presented at the next Steering Committee meeting (early June). Reports can contain highlights, lessons learnt, challenges faced, or anything else you feel is important to report on.  

Please provide the following with your report:
A. Your name
B. Institution/organisation you are reporting on behalf of.
C. Nature of the activities, including approximate number of participants.
D. Whether you are happy for your report to be shared with EPOC Members.
For more information on EPOC see:  http://asaepoc.wordpress.com/
For EPOC Factsheets, see: http://astronomy.org.au/education/factsheets/

Annular/partial Solar Eclipse - Friday, 10 May: http://australianastronomy.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/factsheet_25x.pdf   

Thanks for your attention,
Chris Fluke
Chair, Steering Committee
ASA Education & Public Outreach Chapter
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