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NASA award will strengthen Boise State’s partnership with Central Dark Sky Reserve

Brian Jackson, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, recently received a $1 million award from NASA’s Science Activation Program that connects NASA science experts with community leaders. The cooperative agreement will support the Boise State Physics Astronomy outreach program and build a partnership with the Central Dark Sky Reserve, the sole reserve of its kind in the U.S.

The NASA cooperative agreement will support many projects, including the training of Boise State astronomy undergraduates as members of the AstroTAC (Astronomers-in-Training Assisting the Community) team. Team members will provide STEM programs for schools, scouting troops, and other community groups. The award will also support an astronomer-in-residence. The chosen astronomer will spend several weeks in Idaho and in the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, working on public outreach and education.

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