Explore Solar System & Beyond: Using a DART for Planetary Defense
Thursday 12/16/2021
7:30 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.

It sounds like the plot from a blockbuster movie: Earth faces an imminent asteroid or comet impact that would wipe out all life as we know it on the planet, and astronauts are tasked with neutralizing the threat. But, in late 2022, science fiction may move closer to science reality. In this webinar, we'll explore how NASA has been tracking near Earth objects for over 20 years while also developing planetary defense strategies against them. 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.