Education and Public
Outreach Program Manager
Michelle Thaller manages the SSC education and public outreach program. She also writes a monthly science column for the Christian Science Monitor and has made numerous appearances on television, including KCET's Life and Times and the Discovery Channel. Thaller was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She received a B.S. degree from Harvard in 1992 and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Georgia State University in 1998. Her research interests have included hot stars, colliding stellar winds, binary star evolution and evolved stellar companions. When she is not out teaching the masses about infrared astronomy and SIRTF, Thaller may be seen renaissance dancing, singing and acting; painting; drawing; or writing about some of the many amazing stories in science.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center