Explore Earth: "Denting" Our Planet's Magnetic Field
Thursday 09/24/2020
6:30 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.

A consequence of Eath's molten iron core, the magnetic field shields our planet and its inhabitants from the solar winds, gusts of charged particles emitted by the Sun. While interactions between the magnetic field, atmospheric molecules and these charged particles can produce the hauntingly beautiful aurora borealis and australis lights, solar winds can also impair electronics, pose health risks to astronauts aboard the International Space Station...and even alter the ability of our planet to support life in the distant future. In this webinar, we will explore our evolving magnetic field, the underlying geologic processes that produce it, and how NASA scientists are monitoring changes in order to keep satellites and astronauts safe. 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.