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Public Nights
Tuesday and Thursday at
DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Current start time is 7:30 pm
Costs to the public are:
$4.00 adults, $3.00 children

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Public Night

2017 DAS Holiday Party

December 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center
10250 E Costilla Ave
Centennial, CO 80112

Sorry, no walk-ups.


Happy Hour with Cash Bar starts at 6:00 pm
Dinner Served at 7:00 pm
Presentation Starts around 8:00 pm


Karly Pitman, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Space Science Institute

Space Science Institute – A Partner in Discovery, Education, and Inspiration

Space Science Institute (SSI) is a science research and informal STEM education nonprofit headquartered in Boulder, CO with locations across the U.S. and worldwide that brings together world-class expertise in space, planetary, and Earth science. SSI’s Executive Director, Dr. Karly Pitman, will be at the Denver Astronomical Society’s holiday party to talk about SSI’s 2017-2018 programs and research highlights and discuss potential partnerships between DAS and SSI to enhance the connection between Denver and Boulder space resources and share the joy of science in our local communities.


Dr. Pitman specializes in interpreting surface and atmospheric spectral signatures for Mars, outer Solar System moons, and asteroids and in performing laboratory astrophysics experiments to infer the makeup of interstellar dust in support of NASA and NSF. Her technical areas of expertise include computational radiative transfer modeling, remote sensing and hyperspectral analysis, and spectroscopy and refractive index determination at ultraviolet to far-infrared wavelengths.

She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Louisiana State University and an A.B. in Astronomy and Geology from Vassar College. Previously she worked at Planetary Science Institute, Washington University – St. Louis in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, as a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow and affiliate contractor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and as a graduate research assistant at SSI where her career began.

Dr. Pitman has an active leadership and service record in the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Physical Society, with a focus on professional development, demographics, and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employment pipeline. She is a featured scientist on the NASA Solar System Exploration website, the 51 Women in Planetary Science project, and the American Physical Society Women Speaker’s Program.

Dinner Menu

($25.00 per person)

Salad: Embassy House
Mixed greens | sun-dried tomatoes | bacon | parmesan cheese | lemon vinaigrette

Maple brined chicken | cherry wild rice | green beans
Butternut Squash Ravioli | hazelnut brown butter | haystack mountain goat cheese

New York Cheesecake | Seasonal Berry Sauce
All dinners include a salad, water, iced tea, dessert and coffee.
Special dietary restriction meals are available, though there may be an extra charge.

Reservations Closed

The Holiday Party is a DAS members and guests event.

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