Explore Humans in Space: The ISS Biotechnology Facility
Thursday 10/08/2020
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 is central to solving the myriad of challenges associated with deep space exploration by humans. Back in 2000, the U.S. National Research Council and NASA's Task Group for the ISS Biotechnology Facility (BTF) recognized the extraordinary potential of microgravity as a means to explore the fundamental principles of basic and applied cellular biology for both Earth-based and long-duration spaceflight applications. In this webinar, we'll examine biotechnology's role in advancing human disease modeling, regenerative medicine, pharmaceutical research, and life support systems that would reduce astronauts' dependence on Earth for supplies as they travel to Mars. 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.