Explore Flight: What on Earth is Aerobiology?
Thursday 12/03/2020
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.

For decades, NASA scientists have hunted for signs of life on other planets. The Perseverance rover will analyze Martian soil samples for biosignatures, but it is known that Earth-based microbes can also make their homes in our atmosphere. In this webinar, we'll explore how NASA uses its aircraft and high-altitude scientific balloon research platforms to extend the new field of aerobiology on Earth, and how that affects NASA's future plans for Venus, Mars and Titan. 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.