"Seamless Astronomy: How astronomers share, explore and discover"
APRIL 16, 2011 -- PART 3: COMMITMENTS FOR 2011
The final part of the Congress will connect the strands of day one and consider what can be done. There will be a keynote on how communities can effect change followed by reports from the five Communities of Interest, concluding with a session where attendees will be asked what they want to do, or will do, as a follow-up to the Congress. Attendees will film each other outlining their commitments as part of both the larger Commons community and as part of their Community of Interest. There will then be a closing keynote including a report on the large "game changer" by Stephen Friend.
At the conclusion of the Congress attendees will understand how their own work connects to the greater movement of change in how we must approach biology and how biology relates to health care. Participants will be challenged to articulate how their work from the previous day and over the next year might lead to more sharing, better resource allocation, and faster progress. Participants will have established a set of communities ready to do active work.
Alyssa Goodman is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Goodman and her research group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA study the dense gas between the stars. They are particularly interested in how this interstellar gas arranges itself into new stars. Their investigations use a variety of observational techniques covering the spectral range from X - ray to radio.
Goodman received her undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard in 1989. She held a President's Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley from 1989-92, after which she took up a post as Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Harvard. In 1997, she received the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society for her work on interstellar matter and became full professor at Harvard in 1999. She currently serves as Chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.