Explore Solar System & Beyond: NASA's Hunt for Signs of Life in the Outer Solar System
Tuesday 06/16/2020
12:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Students, Parents and Educators in Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

In this second chapter of NASA's Hunt for Signs of Life on Other Planets, we apply what NASA has learned from its reconstruction of Venus's planetary history and its search for possible life signatures on Mars to the gas giants of our outer solar system. Or rather take what we thought we knew about searching for signs of life and turn it on its head. Join us as we explore how Cassini, Dragonfly, and OSIRIS-Rex are shifting the conversation about what planetary conditions are necessary to support life on other planets. Relevant instructional resources included.

Dr. Anne Weiss is the Education Professional Development Specialist at Langley Research Center, which serves Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Anne originally trained as a neuroscientist, which included a research assignment in genetics at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since 1998, Anne has taught Earth science, chemistry & biochemistry, physical science, human anatomy & physiology, and general biology at the K-12 and higher education levels. As a graduate assistant, Anne served as Community Manager of the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON), the subject of her dissertation on online teacher professional development, for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP). Anne earned a B.S. in Vertebrate Physiology (with history minor) from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Physiology from the Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.