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Astronomy workshop scheduled for June
MOREHEAD — Morehead State University and the East Kentucky Science Center will conduct a Stellar Astrophysics Workshop June 11-13 at Morehead State University for middle and high school teachers.

The three-day program will provide middle and high school teachers with an introduction to the underlying physics of stars and the observation of stars in the night sky. The workshop will focus on:

* The role of gravity in stellar evolution.

* The generation of energy in the core of stars and its transport to the outer layers of stars.

* The interaction of radiation and matter in the production of stellar spectra.

* The observation of stars. Each day of the workshop will include a nighttime observation session and instruction on the use of telescopes.

Participating teachers will receive a $150 stipend, room and board at MSU for three days, the "Universe At Your Fingertips" lab/activity book for their classrooms, NASA resources and additional instructional material, and the use of telescopes from MSU in their classrooms during the school year.

Instructors for the workshop include Morehead State University faculty Dr. Jennifer Birriel, Dr. Ignacio Birriel, Dr. Mike Wallace and East Kentucky Science Center assistant director Eric Thomas.

Only 25 teachers will be accepted into the workshop. Teachers must complete a registration form before being accepted into the program. The teacher's school pays a $100 registration fee when the teacher is accepted. Registration fees will be used to purchase materials for the workshop and for the teacher's classroom use. The participating teacher's school also pays mileage to and from the workshop for the teacher.

For an application or for additional information, contact Dr. Jennifer Birriel, Morehead State University, by phone at (606) 783-2924, by fax at (606) 783-5002, or by email at For additional information about programs at the East Kentucky Science Center, call the Center at (606) 889-0303 or visit the Center's website at

The Stellar Astrophysics Workshop is made possible through the assistance of the Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and NASA.

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