Explore Langley Space Tech: Aircraft Polymer Finds a Way into Our Hearts
Thursday 08/13/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Students, Parents, & Educators in Grades K-16
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

As is so often the case when science and engineering advance, new discoveries lead to unexpected applications. Through its Spinoff Program, NASA takes what it learns as it advances aeronautics and aviation, and then brings that "technology down to Earth." At NASA Langley Research Center, an attempt to create a new polymer for supersonic passenger jets (e.g., the X-59 QueSST now being built for the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration) has quite literally gone straight to the heart. In this webinar, we'll explore the humble origins of the Langley Research Center-Soluble Imide (LaRC-SI) polymer in Langley's high-speed wind tunnels and its now widespread biomedical use in human pacemaker implants that keep hundreds of thousands of human hearts beating all around the world. Relevant instructional resources will also be 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.