AAS to Tell Congress the "State of the Universe" on Thursday

AAS to Tell Congress the "State of the Universe" on Thursday

The President may brief Congress on the State of the Union every January, but this week the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has an even grander goal — a briefing on the State of the Universe.

Granted, the AAS briefing is not to a joint session of Congress, but it will be held on Capitol Hill and co-hosted by the top members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee:  Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).   The briefing is on Thursday, January 9, from 12:00-1:00 pm ET in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.

Speakers include Meg Urry from Yale University and David Helfand of Columbia and Quest Universities.   Helfand is the current AAS President and Urry is the incoming President.  Other speakers are Ari Buchalter from MediaMath, Blake Bullock from Northrop Grumann, and Peggy Piper from NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program.

The AAS is holding its annual winter meeting this week at National Harbor, just outside Washington, D.C., where astrophysicists from around the world are reporting on recent discoveries from ground- and space-based observations.   Many press conferences are scheduled.  NASA has a list of those related to NASA research.

(And if you’re interested, President Obama’s State of the Union address is scheduled for January 28 at 9:00 pm ET.)

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