MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach Team
The MESSENGER education and public outreach program is conducted by a dedicated team of individuals and organizations with a long track record in space science education in both formal (classroom) and informal (museum and science center) settings.
Education/Public Outreach Project Manager and Team Lead
Julie Edmonds is Co-Director of the Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE), which conducts professional development institutes for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and science programs for middle and high school students. Over the past 10 years she has designed many educational materials for NASA programs, including MESSENGER, that have been distributed nationally and are in widespread use by educators and students. She oversees the MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach program, including teacher training, curriculum design, and the dissemination of educational materials through both digital and conventional media.
Science Team Liaison to the Education/Public Outreach Team
Clark is an expert on impact cratering and has been involved in studies of asteroids, Mercury, the Moon, and the satellites of Jupiter. He is co-leading the analysis of Mercury’s crater record and participating in the analysis of Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) and Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) spectral observations. He was an early winner of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Carl Sagan medal for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences and is a member of the MESSENGER Geology Discipline Group from the Southwest Research Institute.
Stacy Hamel is the Education Program Manager for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, where she manages the MESSENGER Educator Fellowship Program, the Center’s nationwide professional development initiative for educators in support of NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Stacy manages the Center’s Family Science Night program at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, which has been running nearly 20 years, and has seen attendance by over 50,000 students, teachers, and parents. She serves as the National Program Manager for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). She also manages SSEP International participation through the Center’s Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education. Stacy oversees the operational phase of SSEP, which includes real microgravity experiment design competitions, proposal submission, experiment selection, and experiment validation. In this capacity she also serves as the liaison to NanoRacks on the selected flight experiments and all issues associated with NASA flight safety review.
Bob Hirshon is Senior Project Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is Principle Investigator for the NSF-supported Kinetic City project for children, featuring the Codie Award-winning, web-based Kinetic City After School program, Peabody Award-winning Kinetic City Super Crew radio show, and McGraw-Hill book series. Hirshon hosts Science Update, a daily radio feature now in its 23rd year on the air. He also created and oversees the Science NetLinks project for K-12 science teachers, with nearly 400,000 user session per month.
Heather Weir has many roles in various NASA missions and is located at Goddard Space Flight Center as part of Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Her EPO roles on the MESSENGER team are curriculum design, teacher training, outreach programs, social networking coordinator using Facebook and Twitter, and liaison to other missions. Besides MESSENGER, Heather is New Horizons Educator Fellow Program Lead, PI on NASA Climate Day, and an EPO team member of DREAM (Dynamic Response of the Environment At the Moon).
Keri Hallau is an Online Science Curriculum Development Specialist at the Montana State University. She began writing curriculum materials for Project WET, the Worldwide Water Education foundation, and now for various NASA missions. Her work has evolved to include online curriculum materials, and specifically interactive animations exploring concepts relevant to those missions. She has created interactives and other support for the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan, the Chandrayaan-1 (Indian Space Research Organisation) mission to the Moon, the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission exploring the Van Allen belts around Earth, as well as the MESSENGER mission to Mercury.