Physics Major Selected as NASA Ambassador

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Publication Date: 11/10/2008


Joshua Fuchs ’11, a physics major from Austin, Texas, has been selected as a NASA International Year of Astronomy Student Ambassador. NASA IYA Student Ambassadors help generate excitement about NASA scientific discoveries in astronomy within their local communities and beyond by planning numerous activities during 2009, the International Year of Astronomy

Fuchs will receive a $2,000 stipend and a $700 supplemental fund to carry out his proposed astronomy projects that involve several outreach programs with the Memphis community. Through the Rhodes Learning Corridor, a partnership with four local public schools and other neighboring community and educational organizations, Fuchs hopes to reach at least 150 K-12 students through astronomical observing sessions and activities.  

Fuchs plans on designing a series of meetings called “Astronomy: Past and Future.” This series, aimed at school age children and their parents, will cover both the cultural and scientific implications of astronomy and its place in daily life.