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     Current job:Astronomy Education Public Outreach, Communication Scientist
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsAstronomy & Science Education, Astronomy Communicator, Education And Public Outreach Specialist
    CV

    2010
     

    EDUCATION

     

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    2008
     

    Master of Science, Space Sciences & Tech, Canakale University, Turkey
    Research area: Extrasolar Planets: State Report, Observation, Cataloging

     

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    2002
     

    Bachelor of Science, Physics, Canakale University, Turkey 
    Research area: Largest Telescopes of the World & Research Areas                                              

     

    • High School, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Turkey  

     

    PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, NETWORKS & GROUPS

    • Turkish Astronomical Society, Board Member
    • AAVSO
          -  Speakers &Writers Bureau Member
          -  Education & Public Outreach Committee Member
    • International Dark Sky Association, Affiliate Member
    • Astronomers Without Borders – National Contact Point
    • Sidewalk Astronomers – National Representative
    • European Southern Observatory (ESO) Science Outreach Network (ESON) – National Representative of Turkey
    • European Association for Astronomy Education – National Contact Point
    • International Cassini Scientist for a Day  - Turkey SPoC
    • NASA Museum Alliance Member

    CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

    • ESO Science Outreach Network has established a network of persons in the ESO Member states and other countries who serve as local contacts for the media in connection with ESO developments, Press Releases, etc. At the same time, they may help to provide useful contacts between the media and the scientists in their area. The ESON members, or their representatives, are typically full-time science communicators who know the national players (media, academia etc.) and regularly interact with them, are able to find a national angle, have a strong interest in promoting ESO and provide regular inputs and ideas for how to best reach the target groups in their area.
    • Cosmic Diary Project – Blogger Throughout this project, all the bloggers will be asked to explain one particular aspect of their work to the public. In a true exercise of science communication, these scientists will use easy-to-understand language to translate the nuts and bolts of their scientific research into a popular science article. This will be their challenge.
    • Portal to the Universe – Editor Keeping up-to-date with cutting-edge astronomy and space science breakthroughs has just become that much easier, thanks to the Portal To The Universe, the latest Cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). As a high-tech website embracing Web 2.0 technologies, the Portal To The Universe aims to become a one-stop-shop for astronomy news.
    • The Evening Sky Map – Turkish Translation
    • NASA Space Math Problems – Translation
    • Astrobiology & Origin of Life Discussion Group
    • Beyond International Year of Astronomy

     

    PUBLIC OUTREACH & MEDIA COVERAGE

    • Scientific Magazine Articles
      • Astrobiology Studies in Turkey (2009)
      • Your Name in Space (2008)
      • Summer Science Camp for Elementary School (2008)
      • A New Step for Astronomy in Turkey (2007)
      • Everbody Follows the Meteors (2007)
      • Radiation & Environment Symposium (2006)
      • Structure & Spectrums of Atom, Molecule & Nucleus Systems (2006)
      • H. Moseley Workshop (2006)
      • World Year of Physics Activities (2005)

     

    • Popular Astronomy Articles
      • Exoplanet Explorations (Turkish Astronomical Soc. E-Bulletin, 2010)
      • E-ELT Site Choosen (Popular Astronomy Mag., 2010)
      • Turning Planetary Theory Upside Down (Popular Astronomy Mag., 2010)

     

    • International Year of Astronomy Activities (2009 – 2010)
      • Website Design & Maintenance
      • Portal to the Universe – Editor
      • Cosmic Diary Project – Blogger
      • IYA2009 Translation of Educational Astronomical Presentations
      • Social Networks (Moderated Facebook Groups & Pages)
        • Beyond IYA (Members: 2854)
        • Global Astonomy Month (2691)
        • Portal to the Universe (2252)
        • Astronomy World (460)
        • Kepler Mission (5511)
        • The Evening Skymap (459)
        • Sidewalk Astronomers (1595)
      • Public Activity Coordinating:
        • 100 Hours of Astronomy
        • Galilean Nights
        • Galileo Teacher Training Program
        • Astronomy Summer Camp
        • Space Studio I-II
        • Cassini Scientist for a Day Competition – NASA JPL
      • Turkish Copy Sites - Moderate & Webmaster
        • NASA Image of the Day
        • ESO Image of the Week
        • NASA HEASARC Image of the Week
        • Symmetry Mag. 60 Seconds Series
        • The Evening Sky Maps
        • NASA Space Math
        • Chromoscope
        • NASA Cosmic Distance Scale
        • ESO Science Outreach Network – Press Releases

     

    SELECTED TALKS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

    • Seminars:
      • International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, International Activities given by Arif Solmaz (IYA 2009 Coordinator of Canakkale Astrophysics Research Centre & Ulupınar Astronomical Observatory - CARC) – 2010
      • IYA 2009 National Activities of CARC – 2009
      • IYA 2009 Local Activities of CARC – 2009
      • Mars Exploration, Astrobiology II, Graduate Course Seminar (GCS) – 2009
      • Astrobiology & Future of Exoplanet Exploration, Astrobiology II, GCS – 2009
      • Earth like Extrasolar Planets, Astrobiology I, GCS – 2009
      • Artifical Satellites & Planets, Celestial Mechanics, GCS – 2009
      • Galium Experiment for Neutrino Detections, Course Seminar (~20 students, for non-majors) – 2008
      • “Extrasolar Planets and New Solar Systems” Course Seminar (~ 30 students,for non-major) – 2007
      • “Evolution of Universe & Galaxies”, Course Seminar (~ 40 students, for major) – 2006
    • Conferences:
      • Solmaz, A. Extrasolar Planet Observations, Transiting Planets”, XVII. National Astronomy & VI. National Student Astronomy Meeting, Cukurova University, Adana/TURKEY, September 1-4, 2010
      • Önal, Ö., Solmaz, A. “Today and the Future of Exoplanet Studies (poster presentation)”, The Sun & Sun-like Stars Symposium, Istanbul University, İstanbul/TURKEY, June 11, 2010
      • Solmaz, A.“IYA Related Public Outreach Activities at Canakkale Observatory (poster presentation)”, IYA2009 Activities in Turkey, Istanbul University, İstanbul/TURKEY, November 20, 2009
      • Solmaz, A.“Extrasolar Planets & Their Cataloging (oral presentation)”, XVI. National Astronomy & V. National Student Astronomy Meeting, Canakkale University, Canakkale/TURKEY, September 8-12, 2008, Proceedings book pp. 420
      • Solmaz, A.2006, “Science for Society”, International Student Conference of Balcan Physical Union & Turkish Physical Society 4th International Physics Student Congress (Muğla University, August 29 - September 3, 2006), Proceedings Book, pp 28.

     

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE in HIGHER EDUCATION

    • Observational Astronomy (2004 – 2010)
    • International Year of Astronomy – Coordinator (2009 – 2010)
    • Science Journalist at Popular Scientific Mag. (2005 – 2009)
    • Assistant Observer (2004 – 2006)
    • Teaching Experience
      • Modern Astronomy (Spring 2009)
      • Life in the Universe (Spring 2008)
      • Life in the Universe – II (Fall 2008)
      • Astrobiolog (Spring 2008)
    • Scientific Secreteriat
      • “Renewable Energy Sources” (Wind, Solar, Thermal, Fossil etc.), Dec. 2007, Canakkale University
      • “XVI. National Astronomy Congress”, September 8-12th, 2008, Canakkale University
      • “V. National Student Astronomy Congress”,September 8-12th , 2008, Canakkale University
      • “World Year of Physics 2005” April 18th, 2005, Canakkale Cosmology Group

     

    COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS

    • OSLinux, Windows
    • Programing LanguageFortran 90, C++, Java, Phyton, HTML,
    • ScientificMathematica 7, Matlab, IRAF, IDL,
    • OtherMicrosoft Office, Open Office, Corel Draw, Gimp, ImageJ, Adobe PhotoShop

     

    A SHORT BIO

    I am a professional astronomer and a communication scientist, working primarily on improwing our understanding of extrasolar planets. I work at the Astrophysics Research Centre & Ulupınar Observatory of the University of Canakkale in Turkey. I graduated physics department in 2007. My thesis is about ‘A Status Report and Planning of Future for Exoplanet Observations . I’m interested in this topic and effects on society. COMU has an astrophysical research centre and observatory, I’ve been working there since 2004 ,and now  working as an observer for a universal researcher science project which coordinated between ESO, SAO & Canakkale University Astrophysics Res. Centre.


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