Explore Humans in Space: Human Factors - Our Immune System
Thursday 10/01/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators, Students, & Parents in Grades K-16
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

This year, NASA marks 20 years of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Partly a U.S.-designated National Laboratory, the ISS provides a one-of-a-kind platform to conduct unique immunological research aimed at improving life on our blue planet. As NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) moves towards full operations, larger astronaut crews aboard the ISS will enable more studies examining, among other things, the effects of long-duration spaceflight on astronauts' immune systems. In this webinar, we'll take an in-depth look at immunology experiments conducted thus far (including the NASA Twins Study) as well as implications for both deep-space and Earth-based medicine, including potential infection epidemics. 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.