PSI’s Larry Lebofsky Mixes Astronomy With Education Efforts

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PSI’s Larry Lebofsky was the focus of a recent report on Tucson television station KGUN 9, where his education and public outreach efforts, as well as his 50-year career in astronomy and him being honored as a 2024 American Astronomical Society Fellow, were discussed.

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KGUN reporter Ryan Fish talked with Lebofsky about his scientific career, as well as his efforts to teach kids, as well as teachers, hands-on learning about planetary science.

“We just brought in a number of teachers and worked with them as to, ‘What can we do to bring hands-on experiences to them and their students?’” said Lebofsky, PSI Senior Education and Communication Specialist.

The story was titled Longtime astronomer a star in the Tucson community: Larry Lebofsky has been sharing his universe of knowledge for decades.

The AAS Fellows program was established in 2019 to recognize AAS members for their contributions toward the Society’s mission of enhancing and sharing humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe. Fellows may be cited for original research and publication, innovative contributions to astronomical techniques or instrumentation, significant contributions to education and public outreach, and noteworthy service to astronomy and to the Society itself.

Five of the 21 AAS Fellows named for 2024 were from PSI. In addition to Lebofsky,  JA Grier, Amanda Hendrix, Robert M. Nelson and Grace Wolf-Chase were honored.

PSI’s Larry Lebofsky discusses his efforts to encourage hands-on learning in planetary science in area schools. Credit: KGUN 9.