Explore Humans in Space: Zapping Kidney Stones
Tuesday 11/24/2020
4:30 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). This unique orbiting laboratory is central to solving the myriad of challenges associated with deep-space exploration, including fluid shifts within our bodies. Combined with bone mineral loss, astronauts are at greater risk for developing kidney stones while in space and upon their return to Earth. In this webinar, we'll explore the consequences of altered fluid balance on astronauts' bodies, the ISS research that is helping scientists understand and treat resulting urinary system dysfunction, and implications for deep-space and Earth-based medicine. 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.