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Andrew Fraknoi

Andrew Fraknoi

Astronomy Professor, Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco

Disciplines: Astronomy Education


 Andrew Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and now teaches non-credit astronomy courses for retired people at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the OLLI Program at San Francisco State. He served as the Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for 14 years and still assists the Society training young astronomers on how to be better explainers.  With Sidney Wolff, he was a founding editor of the journal Astronomy Education Review.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and is Vice Chair of the Board of the Friends of Lick Observatory. 


Fraknoi appears regularly on local and national radio, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language, and was the California Professor of the Year in 2007. He is the lead author on a free, on-line college textbook, Astronomy, published by the non-profit OpenStax project at Rice University, as part of a national program, underwritten by major foundations, to reduce the costs of college.  He has written two children’s books and two activity guides for teachers on astronomical topics. He also writes science fiction stories, and has had three of them published during the last few years. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science. 


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