Educational Institutions

TIME IN COSMOLOGY

Fostering research, communicating scientific research, and providing educational opportunities.

aka Taking Up Space, Time in Cosmology, SASTPC   |   Tucson, AZ   |  https://timeincosmology.com

Mission

The mission of Time in Cosmology is to bring together researchers, post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate students, and other interested parties in astronomy, physics, philosophy, mathematics, and cosmology; and to investigate the physical and mathematical nature of time. Our outreach program, Taking Up Space, sends Native American Children to U.S. Space Camp. We are dedicated in establishing a strong K-12 outreach collaboration to reduce and hopefully eliminate the barriers associated with STEM disciplines across age, gender, and ethnicity. We feel that Art and the Humanities also be included into our overall S.T.E.A.M mission.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Czarina Salido

Main address

902 N Columbus Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85711 USA

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Formerly known as

The Joint Center for the Study of Time

EIN

47-1365561

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services N.E.C. (U99)

Astronomy (includes Observatories) (U31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a serious problem in middle school of maintaining a girls' interest in STEM. This is particularly true in underrepresented populations where the need for STEM is even greater. We believe in order to keep a girl interested in STEM we must instill confidence and self-esteem, while providing a unique STEM experience and opportunity that goes way beyond the classroom.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Time in Cosmology Speaker Series

To further our mission and spark public interest in science, cosmology, philosophy, and related areas, the Free Public Speaker Series was created in collaboration with The University of Arizona's Philosophy Department. We actively pursue high quality speakers that will engage and promote science in Tucson by giving an open forum public talk.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$2,000

The Taking Up Space mission is to expand the opportunities and future educational and career goals for Native American girls by immersing them in the horizon-broadening Space Camp experience.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$40,000

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Females,Children and youth (0-19 years),Indigenous people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is for all public events.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is to spark public interest in science, cosmology, philosophy and time. We work towards creating knowledge about STEM, cultivating critical thinking skills, and transforming the potential of girls’ lives by maintaining an interest in STEM throughout the critical middle school years.

Our Taking Up Space program serves underrepresented Native American girls by granting them an adventure at Space Camp in Huntsville, Al. The Space Camp journey involves communication, team building, expertise in multiple STEM areas, and critical thinking skills. Participants learn that problem solving is a human endeavor that cuts across all disciplines and ethnicities. The program is intended to create a deep life changing impact while nurturing our future scientists, engineers, and teachers.

While there are many STEM Programs, Time in Cosmology is unique in having the flexibility of crossing multiple platforms. As a non-profit we can work with several tribes that are willing to collaborate. Moreover, we can crossover to different Reservations around the USA.

Success is measured by surveys and feedback at our events and on social media. Our program continues to grow and new participants have been added. Interest and press is progressing with new articles found online and in print. 80% of Taking Up Space attendees have maintained their grades and an interest in STEAM.

Time in Cosmology has successfully established an outreach program, Taking Up Space, that has awarded 9 Space Camp scholarships. We are continuing the program and adding new tribes. Individual donations and donors are increasing, and progress is being made towards the first ever powwow and Native American week at Space Camp.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our board.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    Due to feedback we are implementing a new aspect to our outreach program.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TIME IN COSMOLOGY

Board of directors
as of 5/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Bruce Bayly

University of Arizona Math Department

Term: 2017 - 2022

Bruce Bayly

University of Arizona

William Tifft

University of Arizona

Heidi McPeak

Palo Verde High School

Stewart Barr

Pima Community College

Irene Pease

HRL Laboratories

Matt Bunting

Chris DiScenza

University

Robert Gibson

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Shelia Tobias

Harvard University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/25/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/25/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Keywords

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