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    Bill Anderson, Washington, DC

    Bill Anderson manages the portfolio of all NASA education projects, including higher education opportunities, elementary and secondary projects, and informal education experiences for all learners. A former schoolteacher from Memphis, Tennessee, Anderson has 32 years of experience developing and presenting NASA education programs, products and services for educators and students at all levels.

    Kim Kowal Arcand

    Kim Arcand is responsible for overseeing the design and production of all visual and multi-media public outreach and education products for the Chandra program. Her areas of responsibility include the Chandra public web site; the public images, illustrations and multi-media materials to support press releases; printed materials such posters; multi-media products including Cd's and DVD's; multi-media materials on the public web such as the award-winning Chandra podcasts; graphics and media products used for public exhibits; and requests from broadcast and multi-media producers.

    Bob Armstrong, Adak, Alaska

    Bob Armstrong is an aerospace engineer who works for NASA as the education and outreach lead in the Ares Projects Office. Bob has been with NASA for over 27 years. In his aerospace career, which spans more than 30 years, he has worked on numerous projects, including shooting chickens at aircraft windshields, Space Shuttle, Space Station, X-34, X-37, and Orbital Space Plane, prior to joining the Ares Projects. Bob got interested in aeronautics and space as a child, growing up as the son of a Naval pilot.

    Shari Asplund, JPL, Altadena CA

    Shari Asplund manages education and public outreach efforts for NASA's Discovery and New Frontiers Programs of pioneering space science investigations. She aims to share the excitement and meaning of NASA's discoveries with students, educators, and the public by developing and writing web site content, newsletters, engaging educational materials, and workshop trainings.

    Beth Beck, Washington, DC

    Ms. Beck is the Outreach Program Manager for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, enjoys sharing stories to inspire your passion for the discoveries and innovations of space. Go ahead. Ask her about our outpost in space that orbits 220 miles above Earth 24/7 with three crewmembers, or about the two female spacecraft commanders who simultaneously led Shuttle and Station missions this year. Find out when the Space Shuttle will fly its last mission. Beth worked at the University of Texas, Central Intelligence Agency, United States Senate, and the Johnson Space Center, but she'll keep those juicy stories to herself.

    Rosalie Betrue, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California

    Rosalie Betrue, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Rosalie is part of the NASA Solar System Exploration Education and Public Outreach Forum. Her focus the last seven years has been managing the NASA/GSUSA Partnership's Core Trainer Program. This program trains Girl Scout adult staff and trainers from across the country how to share NASA content with adults and children in their own region.

    Lora Bleacher, Annapolis, MD

    Lora Bleacher works as an Outreach Specialist on the education and public outreach teams for several NASA missions, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and the Mars Science Laboratory rover. Her primary interest is working with informal learning institutions, such as museums and science centers, to increase public understanding of science.

    Chakaia Booker

    Chakaia Booker is best known for her use of recycled rubber tires to create highly expressive sculptures that address universal themes as well as environmental issues. Ms. Booker has been commissioned by prestigious art institutions and organizations including the NASA Art Program to create such works as, Remembering Columbia, 2006 where she pays tribute to the lost Space Shuttle Columbia using tire remnants preserved from Columbia’s previous missions.

    Les Bossinas

    Les Bossinas is an artist/designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. He held several jobs in Graphics and Industrial Design in the Greater Cleveland Ohio area. He worked with the NASA Glenn Research Center doing air and space craft concept illustration and technical illustration before retiring in 2001. He remains active in Fine Arts.

    Durlean Leslie Bradford, Huntsville, Alabama

    Durlean L. Bradford is an Educational Specialist for WILL Technology Inc. in the Academic Affairs Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Since September 6, 2001 she has been the project manager for the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race and coordinator for the Student Volunteer Service Program. She is a retired educator from the Huntsville City School System.

    Gregg Buckingham, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Gregg Buckingham serves as the Chief, Education Programs and University Research Division of External Relations, at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. Gregg works to utilize NASA mission-related content in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to attract and retain more students in those disciplines. He also serves as KSC’s history point-of-contact and in the past several years worked with various historians on several KSC-related history projects and a series of oral histories with space center personnel.

    Ginger Butcher

    Ginger Butcher started working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1997 developing web sites and other educational products. Her Echo the Bat website was launched in 1998 and helped students in 5th - 8th grades learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and false color satellite imagery. This was following by a pop-up book in 1999 for younger children to help them learn about identifying features in satellite imagery. She also created an interactive website for younger students based on a story about Amelia the Pigeon. She now works for NASA Headquarters and continues her work on web sites and activities for students. Ginger has a BS in Cartography and graduate work in Instructional Systems Development.

    Patrick Buzzard, Houston, Texas

    After living and working in Russia for seven years as a US Diplomat in support of NASA's International Space Station (ISS) Program, Patrick Buzzard now serves as the ISS Strategic Outreach and Partnerships specialist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for focusing resources to help enhance internal communications within the ISS Program, in addition to promoting and supporting educational and outreach efforts, and facilitating the development of collaborative efforts with industry, academia and U.S. government agencies.

    William Carlsen, State College, Pennsylvania

    Bill Carlsen is a professor of science education at Penn State University and the director of its Center for Science and the Schools. Since September 2007, he has directed the Aerospace Education Services Project, NASA's longest running K-12 educational project. AESP education specialists provide teacher professional development and other programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

    Brooke Carter, Laurel, MD

    Brooke Carter is a Science Education Specialist with a background in structural geology and science education. She taught in the formal education arena for two years, and in the informal for 5 years. She currently works on the education and public outreach teams of several NASA missions, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Aura. In her spare time, Brooke likes to hike, bicycle, rock climb, and camp.

    Troy Cline, Greenbelt, MD

    Troy Cline is the Educational Technologist of NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum team and has produced many podcasts. Before coming to NASA, Troy was a high school mathematics teacher and Educational Technology Coordinator at an alternative high school in Virginia, working with 'at-risk' students. He has taught in a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school for three years in Arizona prior to joining the United States Peace Corps and served in Chad, Africa, as an Algebra and Geometry teacher.

    Tara Clopper, Greencastle, PA

    Tara Clopper is a teacher-on-loan and currently serves as an education specialist in Goddard’s Office of Education. While in the classroom, Tara taught Earth Science, Astronomy and Women in Science I and II at Greencastle-Antrim High School, Greencastle, PA. Tara holds graduate (Geoenvironmental Studies) and undergraduate (Earth/Space Science BS Ed.) degrees from Shippensburg University.

    Tiara Coleman, Hampton, Virginia

    Tiara Coleman, Virginia Commonwealth University aspirant, is completing an internship at NASA Langley Research Center in the pilot year of the Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Education (INSPIRE) program. INSPIRE is designed to encourage the future generation of explorers to pursue an education and careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

    Jennifer Collings, Hampton Virginia

    As a science writer at NASA Langley Research Center, Jennifer Collings specializes in communicating the research of atmospheric scientists to the public. She writes feature stories highlighting recent accomplishments and discoveries, and assists in the organization of community events and outreach activities.

    Rory Collins, Hampton, VA

    Rory Collins is a Science Writer for the Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center. Before moving to the Science Directorate, Rory worked for the Office of Strategic Communications & Education as a Public Outreach Specialist. Rory has her B.A. in Political Science and is expecting her M.A. in International Studies and Professional Communications in December 2008.

    Pamela G. Covington

    Pamela G. Covington (Pam) serves as Manager of the External Affairs and Education Office. In this position she provides supervisory and managerial responsibility for two broad programmatic areas-Education and Public Affairs. She provides expert advice and guidance on programs, processes, policies, and issues impacting Education and Public Affairs.

    Mrs. Covington previously served as the Director of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Office at NASA Headquarters. Her responsibilities included managing, planning, directing, and implementing a comprehensive Equal Opportunity Program for NASA Headquarters. She was the principal advisor and consultant to supervisors and top management official on all equal opportunity matters.

    At Stennis Space Center Mrs. Covington held various progressively responsible positions in the Human Resources area before entering the Equal Opportunity field. She was a secretary in the Human Resources Office and she developed her knowledge, skills and abilities to advance as one of the senior Personnel Management Specialist during her tenure in the Human Resources Office.

    Mrs. Covington began her career with NASA in 1984 as a Co-op intern. She earned a B.S. in Business Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, and is currently pursuing a dual advanced degree in Organizational Psychology and Public Administration.

    Brian Day, NASA Ames Research Center, California

    Brian Day is the Education and Public Outreach Lead for LCROSS, NASA's next mission to the surface of the Moon. Brian works in the Education Office at NASA Ames Research Center where he has been the Lead for the Education Technology Team. His projects combine his experience as an astronomer, educator, and software developer.

    Mindy Deyarmin, Bowie, MD

    Ms. Deyarmin, with 17 years of support to the Hubble Space Telescope Program, has supported all 4 servicing missions and now provides employees and the public with up-to-date information on the Hubble mission. The recipient of a Customer Service Excellence award and the coveted Silver Snoopy award, she still finds time to spend with her family and her foster cats.

    Emilie Drobnes, Greenbelt, Maryland

    Emilie is the Education and Public Outreach Lead for the Solar Dynamics Observatory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Emilie is responsible for the development and implementation of various education and outreach efforts such as the NASA Family Science Night, The Sunday Experiment, and various programs held around the country. Her main goal is to excite students, teachers and families about science ultimately changing their perceptions of what science is and who scientists are.

    Joy Dukemineer, Huntsville Alabama

    Joy Dukemineer is the counselor at the Huntsville Center for Technology, a career technical training center for students who are a part of Huntsville City Schools. In her school career, which spans more than 30 years, she has worked as a classroom teacher, middle school counselor, and in her present position. Among her other duties Joy is a part of the team who enters a moonbuggy into NASA’s Great Moonbuggy race each year.

    Nicky Enright

    Nicky Enright is a multimedia artist and founder of Big Hands Murals. His work has been exhibited across the country and he has executed numerous commissions for clients such as NASA, NBC News, the MTA Arts for Transit (NYC), and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. His work has been published and reviewed in several publications including The New York Times and Public Art Review. For more info visit www.Big-Hands.com

    Sarah Eyermann

    Sarah Eyermann is an Education and Outreach Specialist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She recently graduated with a Master's degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Missouri and now works full time on out-of-school-time astronomy programs for middle-school aged children.

    Michelle Ferebee, Langley Research Center, Hampton VA

    Michelle serves as the NASA Agency Program Manager for the Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), a comprehensive project designed to reach out to the formal and informal education communities in all fifty states and the U.S. territories. Aerospace Education Specialists provide professional development to educators using NASA mission content to enhance knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Prior to her AESP assignment, Ms Ferebee spent 24 years at Langley Research Center developing and managing scientific computer and data systems to support earth science missions.

    Mary Edna Fraser, Charleston, SC

    The pioneering art of Mary Edna Fraser has been collected and exhibited worldwide. Working in the ancient textile medium of batik, Fraser merges modern dye technology on silk with aerial and satellite photography, maps and charts. The National Academy of Sciences, Duke University Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, NASA, and National Geographic have featured her large-scale batiks.

    Elicia Dynae Fullwood, Hampton, Virginia

    E. Dynae Fullwood is a three-year veteran of the Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP). As an Aerospace Education Specialist for Langley Research Center under contract for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through The Pennsylvania State University, she functions to acquaint the national education community and civic organizations with the role of NASA in the exploration of air and space.

    D. Elaine Gause, Hampton, VA

    Elaine is a Public Affairs Specialist with NASA Langley Research Center. She communicates the mission of NASA, and Langley Research Center’s role in that mission to the public through various outreach activities.

    Ivelisse Gilman, Yorktown, VA

    As the Informal Education Manager at NASA Langley Research Center, Ivelisse’s job is to partner with partners with museums, community based organizations and other informal education groups to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. This job involves developing educational hands-on activities, training educators and planning events to engage the students and the general public in NASA’s mission. A veteran of 28 years at NASA, Ivelisse has always been in public affairs, public outreach, legislative affairs or education. Just recently, Ivelisse managed NASA’s partnership with Jamestown 2007, linking 17th century exploration with NASA’s exploration of space in the 21st century.

    Edward Goldstein, Washington, DC

    Ed is the lead writer at NASA Headquarters. He helps to write speeches, opinion pieces and other communications for NASA’s leadership team. Ed recently served as project manager for a special magazine commemorating NASA’s 50th anniversary. Ed, a native of Denver, Colorado, created an exhibit about NASA for his sixth grade science fair.

    Eddie Gonzales, West Covina, California

    Eddie Gonzales began work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in March 2001, having previously worked in the legal field for over 15 years, most recently as Office Manager of various support departments at one of the largest law firms in Los Angeles, O'Melveny and Myers. As Administrator in the Education Office at JPL, He also is the Administrator for NASA's current Database. Eddie also works directly with NASA Headquarters in the capacity of E/PO for the Science Mission Directorate. He is part of the Business Administration Team (BATS) and a team member of the Solar System Forum at JPL.

    Graham Graham

    Mr. Graham Graham is a Senior Outreach Coordinator in the Earth Observing System Project Science office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has worked at Goddard since July 1997, and for much of that time, his work has centered on outreach efforts for NASA's Earth Observing System. In April 1999, he was the outreach coordinator and webcast moderator for a historic expedition to the North Pole. In addition, Steve has been the Outreach Coordinator for the Aqua mission since March 2000 and is NASA's liaison to the Odyssey of the Mind program. Steve served on the American Meteorological Society's Board on Pre-College Outreach and Education from 2000-2006. He has also presented at numerous Earth Science Education workshops and meetings and has given NASA'S Earth Science E-Theatre at venues across the country . Steve received a B.S. in meteorology (1993) and an M.S. in science education (1995) from The Florida State University.

    Britt Griswold

    Britt Griswold: A multimedia graphics specialist with the Infrared Space Sciences Group at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Britt creates graphics, web sites, and science illustrations as the visual and outreach support for the group. He also worked as a freelance science artist with clients at the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and USDA. Britt is a 26 year member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) and has served as GNSI membership secretary, Board member of Science Insights Inc., and project manager for Science-Art.com. Britt is a Recipient of the GNSI's Distinguished Service Award.

    Beth Hagenauer

    Beth Hagenauer is a public affairs specialist at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center located on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. She has held this position for almost 10 years. She coordinated media activities for the NASA science aircraft based at Dryden. Hagenauer is an employee of the Tybrin Corp.

    Mary Ann Harness

    Mary Ann Harness is a public outreach specialist at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center located on Edwards Air Force Base in California. She is the coordination point of contact for NASA exhibits at Air shows across the country and is exhibits coordinator at NASA Dryden. She is an employee of the Tybrin Corporation.

    Maurice Henderson, Richmond, VA

    After retiring from the telecommunication industry, he has worked five years in a variety of education and public outreach capacities. He was instrumental in getting the "New Views of the Universe: Hubble Space Telescope" exhibit added to the NASA Goddard visitor center, and into the traveling exhibit program. He also introduced the Science on a Sphere system at NASA Goddard, and currently supports the distribution of NASA science to this user community of 20+ museums and science centers.

    Steele Hill

    Dr. Hill is the Media Specialist for the SOHO and STEREO solar study missions. For over 11 years he has produced CDs, posters, illustrations, video clips, litho sets, cards and more to support educators and outreach events. He responds to media requests and consults with museums and TV/film production companies to get them the image and information resources they need.

    Judy Hubbs, Arcadia,California

    Judy has been with Girl Scouts - Mt. Wilson Vista Council since 1992. She is the Program and Volunteer Director. She previously worked as the Volunteer Development and Outdoor Education Specialist, and is a GSUSA/NASA Core Trainer. She has been designing science/engineering programs with NASA content for her council for the last five years.

    Winnie Humberson

    Ms. Winnie Humberson oversees an outreach support team of 12 staffs to the Science Mission Directorate and NASA’s Earth science outreach activities. Winnie’s career began with NASA Goddard in 1980 working for Raytheon. She moved to McDonnell Douglas in 1989 as a Business Analyst supporting the Space Station project at GSFC. In 1991, she joined the Earth Observing System outreach program, developing publications and materials. Winnie’s background is in Accounting and Associate of Art Degree in Graphic Design from Pittsburgh Art Institute.

    Becky Jaramillo, Peoria, IL

    Becky has been an educator for 31 years. Becky’s work with NASA includes serving as the Program Manager for NASA CONNECT, and serving as an Educator-in-Residence in both formal and informal education. She has presented at numerous professional development workshops and conferences and has worked with hundreds of children in outreach settings. Becky received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for her innovative work with students in the classroom. Becky also served on the NASA team to engage the public throughout the Godspeed sails and the Jamestown Anniversary events.

    Harriet Jenkins

    Harriett G. Jenkins is a retired member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, who consults on a variety of projects. Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Equity Panel, and of the Prison Committee of the National Academy of Public Administration. Formerly, she served as Director of the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices in the United States Senate. For over 18 years, she was Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs at NASA. In that role she managed exemplary programs and strategies, which ranged from the hiring and advancement of minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities within the agency, to adjudication of allegations of discrimination, and to the establishment of research centers in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority Universities. Dr. Jenkins served as teacher, vice-principal, principal, director of elementary education and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in the Berkeley Unified School District in Berkeley, California. She received numerous awards and recognition during her professional career including: two President's Meritorious Executive Awards (1980, 1992); the President's Distinguished Executive Award (1983); NASA's highest awards, the Distinguished Service Medal (1977, 1988), and the Outstanding Leadership Medal (1981); and two Equal Opportunity Medals (1992, 1997). In 1986, Dr. Jenkins was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2000, NASA honored her by establishing in her name the "Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program.” Dr. Jenkins earned an Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration and an M.A. in Education, both at University of California at Berkeley. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from Fisk where she also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science. She completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Dr. Jenkins earned a J.D. from Georgetown University.

    Anita Krishnamurthi, Greenbelt, Maryland

    Anita Krishnamurthi is the lead for Education and Public Outreach in the Astrophysics Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. An astrophysicist by training, she is deeply interested in public understanding of science. She has been working on designing and implementing education and outreach programs for a diverse range of audiences for the past 10 years.

    Irene Ladd, New Hampshire and Florida

    Dr. Irene Ladd is a retired teacher who joined the Surface Ozone Measurements for GLOBE (SMOG) team to develop the GLOBE protocol and field test instruments used for measuring surface ozone. She has developed educational materials and training for the program. The collaboration to incorporate the use of ozone sensitive plants with the Surface Ozone Protocol is a natural extension.

    Daniel Laughlin

    Dr. Laughlin is the NASA Learning Technologies Project manager at Goddard Space Flight Center and a research scientist at UMBC. NLT supports the research and development of cutting-edge educational tools that combine NASA mission content with innovative technology and best teaching practices. Dr. Laughlin's research interests include information technology management, cognitive science, educational technologies and the use of computer and video games as educational tools. He is co-author of the NASA eEducation Roadmap: Research Challenges in the Design of Persistent Immersive Synthetic Environments for Education & Training (2007).

    Anthony D. Leavitt

    Tony Leavitt is an Aerospace Education Specialist at Penn State University and is assigned to the Educational Programs Office at NASA Ames Research Center. He covers the northwestern United States including Alaska and Hawaii. Mr. Leavitt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, his Bachelor of Science degree in Education at the University of Maine at Farmington and his Master of Science degree at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater.

    Mr. Leavitt is currently completing his sixth year with the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project. Prior to joining the AES Program, Mr. Leavitt was a high school science teacher, athletic coach, outing club and community service leader.

    Mr. Leavitt is a native of Turner, Maine, and now resides in southwestern Washington state. His loves include planetary geology, astronomy, sports, hiking, biking, kayaking and travel.

    Elaine Lewis, Greenbelt, MD

    Elaine Lewis is a science educator and curriculum developer. Since working at NASA GSFC in 1996, she has coordinated programs including GLOBE, the JASON Project, and Sun-Earth Day. Together with spacecraft mission personnel, she made near real-time NASA space weather data accessible for inquiry-based learning. She also coordinates distance learning training opportunities.

    James Lochner

    Dr. James Lochner has developed educational materials for NASA for the past 10 years on topics ranging from black holes to the origin of the chemical elements to our evolving understanding of the nature of the universe, all collected on the HEASARC's Imagine the Universe! web site. To this endeavor, he brings a lifelong fascination with astronomy and a background as an astrophysicist, as well as his experience enabling teachers and students to improve their understanding of the universe.

    Katherine Lorentz, Hampton, VA

    Katherine Lorentz is the lead science writer for the Science Directorate at NASA Research Center. She coordinates story writing for the breadth of research activities and field campaigns that Science Directorate personnel are engaged in, both for internal NASA media and for the broader public.

    Lori Losey

    Lori Losey began her career at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in 1988 as a freelance camera operator for the STS-26 Return-to-Flight Space Shuttle mission following the Challenger accident.

    As a full time videographer for 20 years, Losey has earned several awards and accolades from the agency including a NASA Public Service Medal, three Videographer of the Year awards and a QASAR, Quality And Safety Achievement Recognition, award for the production of a lessons learned video entitled “X-31-Breaking the Chain.” This same video also received a Communicator and Telly award for its compelling and dramatic safety message to the entire aviation community.

    When Losey was very young, she always wanted to be on television. After being cast as an extra in a CBS movie called Hatter Fox in 1977, she discovered she was more interested in what was happening behind the camera. From that moment, she never looked back at the type of career she wanted. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting, she did some work in front of the camera reading news, weather and sports at a local TV station in her hometown of Lancaster, California. But when she stumbled upon an opportunity at NASA Dryden located on Edwards Air Force Base in California, she found her dream job.

    Losey has traveled the world documenting various NASA programs. She worked in Russia, Sweden, Chile, Costa Rica and made several trips to Hawaii covering NASA’s involvement in aviation research and history. She has directed the live TV broadcast coverage of space shuttle landings at Edwards for the past 15 years and also coordinates all of the audio/visual production of Dryden events. But perhaps the job Losey is most envied for is her role as an aerial videographer. She has logged over 500 hours in high performance aircraft such as the F-18 and T-38. She has also shot from helicopters, T-34s, KC-135 and KC-10 tankers among others.

    Losey is currently the NASA Dryden Video Department supervisor, but still maintains her role as the senior producer/director and aerial videographer.

    Maria Lott NASA Astro Camp Director John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

    Ms. Lott has been the Astro Camp Director since 1995. In addition to the Astro Camp, Ms. Lott is also the Lead Teacher for Hancock County Schools in Mississippi. Her experience includes 25 years teaching experience in the classroom with specialty areas of Math and Science. Ms. Lott’s ability to captivate the students’ attention, engage the students in hands-on learning activities, and apply the knowledge for life long learning makes a wonderful experience for all to inspire the next generations. Catching the excitement of learning for elementary and middle school students is a passion in all of the program activities Ms. Lott designs.

    Ms. Barbara Marino, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi Week 1 & 2

    Ms. Barbara Marino serves as Education Technology Specialist for Jacobs Technology, Inc., a support contractor to the NASA Office of External Affairs and Education at John C. Stennis Space Center. She serves as technology trainer and facilitator for NASA's electronic planning system assisting education and non-profit groups through the process of creating strategic plans.

    Lou Mayo

    Lou Mayo is a planetary astronomer and an education outreach specialist. He has developed a network of over a hundred afterschool astronomy clubs. He has also worked extensively with other NASA centers and Girl Scout USA, training Girl Scout leaders on heliophysics materials.

    Brian Mitchell, Somerville, Alabama

    Brian is the lead for the Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, Education and Public Outreach effort at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. His expertise is in NASA's Lunar Robotic missions: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), and Lunar Mapping. Brian manages teams that travel the US conducting workshops to teach educators about these exciting missions as well as facilitating Program exhibits and internet media sites.

    Sara Mitchell

    Sara Mitchell is an Education and Outreach Specialist for the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She serves as a "translator" between the Division's scientists and engineers and their audiences -- teachers, students, and the public. Since 2003, Sara has supported a variety of outreach programs, including NASA's Family Science Night, Afterschool Universe, and the podcast Blueshift.

    Danielle Moran, Trinity, Alabama

    Danielle Moran is excited to be part of NASA’s return to the moon. She works in communications, education, and public outreach for NASA’s Lunar Precursor Robotic Program at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Danielle informs and engages the public in the robotic missions that will lead the way back to the moon.

    Tiffany Nail, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Tiffany Nail is a specialist for NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Tiffany's work requires her to be in front of the camera as the host of NASA's web cast for pre-launch coverage, and behind the camera as an award winning producer of expendable launch vehicle videos.

    Lisa Neasbitt

    Elementary Science Education Lead Human Research Program Education and Outreach Project

    Lisa Neasbitt holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and has science curriculum and instruction experience totaling over 20 years. She supports the NASA Johnson Space Center Human Research Program designing elementary and middle school STEM educational materials concerning the U.S. Vision for Space Exploration. Lisa’s work also includes training educators nationally and internationally on NASA contented materials, and publication on project implementation. Before joining the HRPEO team, her previous work experience included science and technology education; curriculum development, publication, and instruction for museums; curriculum correlation for textbook publishers; science and technology facilitation in independent school districts; and internal facilitation for federal school grant recipients. Lisa has been the recipient of many local, regional, state and national science education distinctions. She was nominated by her students for Educator Astronaut, and was an Educator Astronaut applicant.

    Ruth Netting

    Ms. Ruth Netting is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. She is responsible for setting policy, establishing standards, and monitoring results for Technology development and manages community and public outreach activities. Ms. Netting previously served as Operations and Administration Manager at the Software Engineering Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V) in West Virginia. She has served as program manager for NASA’s National Community Service Office demonstrating NASA technology to students, teachers, city libraries and business communities. She has also provided 18 years of in-depth budget experience in the Federal Budget process. Prior to joining NASA in 1980, Ms. Nettings experience included budget analyst for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and also served 5 years as an auditor with the Department of Agriculture. Ms. Netting earned her Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College and is currently enrolled at George Mason University, School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

    Carolyn Ng, Greenbelt, MD

    Carolyn Ng has a background in Earth Science and she works with the space science education communities. She coordinates with NASA heliophysics missions to distribute education and outreach materials. She also facilitates communication with informal education institutes and groups involved in Sun-Earth Day. The most recent project (in parternship with the Exploratorium in San Francisco) has taken her to the western most part of China to prepare for a live webcast of a total solar eclipse on August 1, 2008.

    Sten Odenwald, Greenbelt, MD

    Dr. Sten Odenwald is an astronomer, a writer, and an education and public outreach member of several heliophysics spacecraft missions. He has also appeared on a number of radio talk shows including National Public Radio, and Let's Talk Stars, as well as NASA TV programs such as CONNECT, Destination:Tomorrow and The SciFiles.

    Greg Poteat, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA

    Greg Poteat works in the Strategic Communications Office at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Edwards, Calif. He is the Innovative Partnerships (IPP) Office Lead, and also serves as the DFRC New Technology Representative and Awards Liaison Officer. In this position, Poteat is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Dryden’s technology transfer program, which include the identification of and submission to the patent attorney of emerging new NASA technologies for patent protection. He facilitates the commercialization of intellectual property and establishment of technology transfer partnerships.

    Marty Quinn

    Design Rhythmics Sonification Research Lab works with scientists and museums to turn information and data into music. Why music? Not only do we love music, but it just so happens that music is composed of a very rich palette of qualities upon which data may be mapped and thereby perceived by the brain through the auditory channel. Music stimulates cognition and memory, and offers those who are blind or visually handicapped the opportunity to understand information and gain knowledge in new ways. By working with scientists who are shedding new light on our world, and the museums and centers who are helping to disseminate it, we seek to create innovative, pleasurable and accessible audio information presentation solutions for the public to "get it" by hearing. Whether online or live, our work makes science accessible to more people, and maybe, just maybe, its like listening to the music of the spheres.

    Created by computer scientist and composer/percussionist Marty Quinn, these sonifications demonstrate how data of all kinds can be translated into music for the purposes of expanding and enhancing our perception of the earth and our environment. Dr. Rita Colwell, former director of The National Science Foundation, cited this work in one of her speeches for being an innovative merging of art and science.

    Currently, we are working on a 2-year NASA Ideas grant to create a museum exhibit based on sonified, musically encoded representations of data and imagery from the STEREO Space Mission. New image sonification and visualization techniques for solar images and data has also led directly to new techniques to present works of art, increasing the accessible of art by making the content of paintings generate music based on the color data present in the pixels in a photograph of the art. We will be showcasing and discussing these approaches at the upcoming Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference poster session on Sept 6th in Chicago and the Soundscapes panel at the Art Education for the Blind 2007 Conference in NYC Sept 29th sponsored by Art Beyond Site and the MET. For this grant, we are excited to be collaborating with the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord, NH and UC Berkeley's Space Science Lab.

    Pat Rawlings

    Pat Rawlings creates images based on scientific and technical themes that appeal to both rocket scientists and regular folk. Rawlings' desire to travel in space and time motivate him to make scenes as accurate as possible. After consulting with numerous space experts around the country, he uses hand-built and computer models, topographical maps, and space and family vacation photos to mentally create his worlds. “Space art,” says the artist, “provides me with an excuse to talk to some of the most interesting people in the country, build miniature models of space ships, and then sit in my studio painting or working on the computer for hours while listening to movie soundtracks and classical music.”

    Carla Rosenberg, Washington DC

    Carla Rosenberg serves as the Assistant Education Program Manager in the area of human space flight at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. She has worked for NASA for over 15 years, developing educational materials for teachers and students and running educational outreach programs. Her background is in Instructional System Design.

    Frank Seitzen

    RTM V Speaker/Correspondent, Space.com

    Frank Sietzen, Jr. is a Washington, DC-based journalist and analyst that specializes in space transportation, national security space, and commercial space issues. He was editor of the award-winning newsletter Military Space from 1994 to 1999, and space technology editor of Space Business News from 1989 to 1993. Sietzen has written for publications ranging from Popular Mechanics to the United Press International wire service, and is the author of three trade publications on space matters. He is former Editor-In-Chief of the bi-monthly magazine Ad Astra. Currently, Frank is Washington D.C. correspondent for space.com.

    Karen Smale

    Karen Smale has been a contractor at NASA/Goddard for over 20 years, supporting solar and high energy astrophysics missions. Her current work is as a web and graphic designer for the Astrophysics Science Division. Karen creates educational materials such as posters and CDs, and she develops web sites for scientists and for the public.

    Stephanie Smith, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

    Stephanie is a member of the NASA JSC Learning Technologies team, an education technology incubator bringing advanced technologies infused with NASA content to students and educators located across the country and in online, virtual world communities. Stephanie is currently working in Second Life developing NASA education resources and activities. Download the award winning MathTrax from prime.jsc.nasa.gov.

    Nathan Sovik, Ph.D.

    Dr. Sovik is currently serving as the University Affairs Officer for NASA’s Stennis Space Center. His expertise is in environmental policy modeling and analysis, GIS and remote sensing, software design, and systems integration. His current research interests include the development of Web-based geospatial applications and management information systems. He has taught and carried out research in Europe, Africa, and the United States.

    Tony Springer

    Tony Springer is the lead, communications and education for NASA Aeronautics. He has also served as the director for NASA Centennial of Flight activities, resident manager for a NASA experimental vehicle program, a diver in the neutral buoyancy simulator, and a launch vehicle aerodynamicist and wind tunnel test engineer.

    Stephanie Stockman, Greenbelt, MD

    Stephanie is a Senior Education and Outreach Specialist at Goddard Space Flight Center. She is the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Lead for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Goddard Center for Astrobiology, and the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. She also coordinates the EPO efforts of Aura, an Earth-observing atmospheric chemistry satellite. She has over 15 years of experience in geoscience education and research including developing curriculum materials, designing and conducting teacher workshops, teaching geology and chemistry at the community college level, and providing education support to the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics at Goddard Space Flight Center.

    Timothy Ryan Tawney, HQ

    Mr. Tawney has worked for the past six years as an International Programs Specialist in the Office of External Relations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He came to NASA in June 2000 as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked in the Office of Space Flight and at the Goddard Space Flight Center in the Office of Public Affairs. Mr. Tawney has interned for the U.S. Department of State in Manila, the Philippines; the Government Relations Offices of the Heritage Foundation and Caterpillar, Inc., and in the British House of Commons, as a Parliamentary Aide to Nigel Jones, MP. Mr. Tawney is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, with degrees in International Studies and Economics. He received his Master’s Degree in German and European Studies from Georgetown University and has studied at the London School of Economics in London, England, and the Free University in Berlin, Germany.

    Rick Varner, Catonsville, Maryland

    Rick is an Aerospace Education Specialist with Penn State University & NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center serving as the educational liaison for the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to his work with NASA, Rick served as a middle grades educator and administrator in Gainesville Florida for 25 years.

    Erika Vick, Washington DC

    Erika provides creative and effective communications tools for NASA using state-of-the-art technology to increase public awareness of and support for NASA missions. Her background with NASA spans more than 20 years supporting the Human Spaceflight Program, the Office of Education, and now Strategic Communications.

    Heather Weir, Columbia, MD

    Heather Weir is a Science Education Specialist and works for SSAI and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. A former classroom teacher, Heather now uses her formal education experience to help implement the education and public outreach programs of several NASA missions, including the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.