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GHOU 2011 Conference

July 24-30, 2011: Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA

This is the 14th Global Hands-on Universe Meeting

The Global Hands-On Universe conference was hosted by Yerkes Observatory by Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA, with many events held at the adjacent Aurora University, George Williams College. Yerkes Observatory is a facility of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago.


You can see photos from the event.


Yerkes was established in 1897 and is home to the largest refractor telescope ever built (40"). Today the 77-acre, park-like site in southeast Wisconsin provides laboratory space and access to telescopes for research and instruction. Yerkes Observatory bridges important perspectives in formal and informal education and is active in the practice of observational astronomy.


Professional and student astronomers as well as astronomy educators are drawn to the observatory. These communities learn from one another, build relationships, and create programs for young and diverse members of our society.


George Williams College, nestled along the banks of Geneva Lake, is not only in an idyllic setting, but provides modern, well-equipped facilities for conference meetings, computer labs, and housing and food service for conference attendees. Alternate lodging is available at nearby locations as well, and those attendees who stay off-campus have the option of partaking of the campus/conference dining arrangements as well. There is also a "Music by the Lake" summer music festival staged each summer near the lakeshore and a living museum at Beasley Campus Center.


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