[ASA] New "Media and Outreach Coordinator" co-opted ASA Council position

Andrew Hopkins andrew.hopkins at aao.gov.au
Mon Feb 17 13:49:53 AEDT 2014

Dear ASA members,

     On behalf of the ASA Council, I am pleased to report that Dr Michael Brown,
a Future Fellow at Monash University, has been appointed to the new
"Media and Outreach Coordinator" role on the Council.

    Following the restructure to the ASA Council that was passed last year in
the constitutional amendments approved by the Society Members, an
additional co-opted Council position was created. The Council decided that
our best use of this position would be to appoint someone to take on primary
responsibility for managing the ASA's media and public engagement presence,
as well as being the Council representative on the Education and Public Outreach
Chapter (EPOC).

This new co-opted role, with the title of "Media and Outreach Coordinator",
will involve overseeing the Council's education and outreach resources,
promoting the Society and member activities to the media and public through
traditional and new media avenues, serving as a point of contact for the ASA
with various media organisations, and expanding the Society's visibility as the
peak body representing Australian Astronomers nationally.

Michael is well positioned for this role, with his active and growing media 
including regular contributions to "The Conversation", a visible social media
presence, and regular media interviews. The Council looks forward to working
with Michael for the coming two years of the appointment.

Andrew Hopkins
President, ASA

A.Prof. Andrew Hopkins, Head of AAT Science
Australian Astronomical Observatory
P.O. Box 915, North Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia
ph: +61 2 9372 4849  fax: +61 2 9372 4880

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