Explore Humans in Space: The Psychology of Long-Duration Spaceflight
Thursday 10/22/2020
6:30 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. While a bulk of the biomedical research explores physiological (physical) effects of microgravity on the human body (e.g., bone and muscle mass loss), the ISS also provides a one-of-a-kind platform to examine the psychological (mental) challenges posed by extreme isolation and confinement. In this webinar, we'll explore the studies that 1) describe the behavioral and cognitive effects of long-duration spaceflight, and 2) test the coping strategies that astronauts will use as they travel ever further from our home planet, with the unexpected application to Earth-based isolation and confinement resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic. 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.