Popular UC Berkeley Astronomy Professor Alex Filippenko Selected for VIP flight with Blue Angels for San Francisco's Fleet Week 2012

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Professor Filippenko shares his Blue Angels flight experience with the public to promote the importance of math and science curricula as core drivers of technology and medical innovation.


Prof. Alex Filippenko flies with Blue Angels during Fleet Week SF 2012

It starts with the educators, from kindergarten through college. By promoting how fun math and science can be, we inspire the next generation of innovators and prepare them for the demands of the future job market.

University of California, Berkeley astronomy Professor Alex Filippenko was chosen as one of the prominent Bay Area personalities to soar over the San Francisco Bay Area in a pre-performance flight with the Blue Angels on October 3, 2012. Professor Filippenko was selected, along with Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, and Grant Lodes of KRON TV, for his ability to make science accessible. As an educator and parent, Professor Filippenko felt this experience is a great opportunity for him to share with the Bay Area public the science aspects of his flight experience, and how important science and technology are to innovation. As he soars over world renowned technology firms such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Cisco, and Intel, he cannot help but reflect on the technological innovations that made these successful companies possible and the fact that it all starts in the classroom. As Professor Filippenko says, “What if we all focused on education and the important role it plays in our lives. The innovation that math and science foster can make life better for all of us. It starts with the educators, from kindergarten through college. By promoting how fun math and science can be, we inspire the next generation of innovators and prepare them for the demands of the future job market.”

Professor Filippenko is an advisor to the educational outreach program, piZone.org. piZone supports and promotes how entertaining math and science can be with lessons, fun facts, games, contests, and videos. In anticipation of National Pi Day – March 14, 2013 – piZone is assisting in sharing the science and innovation that makes these unique flight experiences possible, and to thank the Blue Angels for their annual support of Fleet week.

ABOUT Alex Filippenko:

Professor Alex Filippenko, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, is one the world’s most highly cited astronomers. He is the recipient of numerous prizes for his scientific research, and was the only person to have been a member of both teams that revealed the accelerating expansion of the Universe. This discovery was deemed the “Top Breakthrough of 1998” by the editors of Science magazine, and it was honored with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics to the team leaders. Winner of the most prestigious teaching awards at UC Berkeley and voted the “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times, he was named the National Professor of the Year in 2006. He has produced 5 astronomy video courses with The Teaching Company, wrote an award-winning astronomy textbook, and appears in numerous television documentaries, including 40 episodes of The Universe series on The History Channel. In 2004 he was awarded Wonderfest’s Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. Alex is on the Boards of the Chabot Space and Science Center, Friends of Lick Observatory, and Wonderfest.

ABOUT piZone:

piZone is a crowd-source resource for all things related to pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter). It utilizes interactive games, video, imagery, demonstrations, art, and even a song to promote the value of action and play in learning, and to emphasize the fun of discovery in math and science. piZone is committed to raising awareness of the pressing need for improved curricula and achievement in math and science in our schools.

Alex Filippenko’s Blue Angel Experience and Demos:


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