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Dr. Anne Weiss


Education Specialist
NASA Langley OSTEM/EPDC/Texas State University

Dr. Anne Weiss is the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) Specialist at Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. In a quest to fulfill a lifelong dream of flying in space, Anne originally trained as a neuroscientist, which began with undergraduate research internships examining DNA damage & repair genes (with suspected roles in triggering cancer) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Subsequently, Anne examined the role chronic stress may play in disruption of nervous and endocrine function in various organisms. Both projects led to authorship or co-authorship of several peer-reviewed journal articles and a poster presentation at the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology’s 2001 national conference. However, it was because of a graduate assistantship leading lab sections of a non-majors biology course that Anne discovered a passion for inquiry-based learning.

Since 1998, Anne has taught Earth science, chemistry & biochemistry, physical sciences, and biology in Arizona and Virginia at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. She began doctoral studies in 2007 with an interest in student retention along the STEM pipeline and science curriculum policy because of her experiences as a female initially majoring in physics and space sciences. In 2010, Anne earned a graduate research assistantship with NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), serving as Community Manager of the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON). This resource eventually became the subject of her dissertation on teacher retention in online professional development communities, which was supported by both an Andrew V. Kozak Memorial Educator (Phi Delta Kappa) Fellowship and a Penn State College of Education Student Dissertation Research Initiation Grant.

Anne earned a B.S. in Vertebrate Physiology (with history minor) from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Physiology from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration (also) from the Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time, Anne loves to hike, visit the beach, travel, and play with her two beloved tabby cats, Mr. Hockey Puck and Miss Ninja (who during the pandemic have stepped up at NASA Feline Education Specialists).

Sessions in which Dr. Anne Weiss attends

Thursday 4 February, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
8:15 AM
8:15 AM CST - 9:15 AM CST | 1 hour

Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as the Deputy Crew Surgeon for STS-130 and Expedition 24, he was selected as an astronaut in June 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. Dr. Lindgren flew on Expedition 44/45 and logged 141 days i...

2:30 PM
2:30 PM CST - 3:15 PM CST | 45 minutes
Networking Lounges and Tours

Join Space Center Houston's expert staff, Steve Swanner and others as they guide you through our Independence Plaza Exhibit. You will explore the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and the Space X Falcon 9 exhibit.

Friday 5 February, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
8:00 AM
8:00 AM CST - 9:00 AM CST | 1 hour

How did we get here from the Big Bang? Astronomers, geologists, and biologists all look back in time to work out the picture. I will show the history of the universe from the Big Bang to now, and how we found out. I will show the basic forces leading to complexity, from hurricanes to life. And how far can we go? That depends on our ingenuity, and on what Nature gives us to work with. Let’s get on with it!John C. MatherDr. Mather is the Senior Proje...

9:15 AM
9:15 AM CST - 10:45 AM CST | 1 hour 30 minutes
Networking Lounges and Tours

Get to go where very few people get to go...The Floor of the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center. Talk to experts about Orion! Joshua Santora, Public Affairs Specialist, Launch Commentator, and past SEEC presenter, will provide a LIVE tour through portions of the VAB, where he and two subject matter experts will provide an upd...

Saturday 6 February, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
12:15 PM
12:15 PM CST - 1:15 PM CST | 1 hour
Grades K-12

Join us for a special panel on the research being conducted on the International Space Station. The event will be led by Dr. Liz Warren, Ph.D., Senior Program Director, ISS National Laboratory. Lucie LowDr. Lucie Low is a Scientific Program Manager for the NIH Tissue Chips (also known as ‘organs-on-chips’) program at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is also the NIH-NASA Liaison Point of Contac...

3:15 PM
3:15 PM CST - 4:15 PM CST | 1 hour

Persevering with innovation is a consistent theme in science fiction and in real life. Join us as author Andy Weir, astronaut Cady Colman, and IntelChief Data Scientist Melvin Greer, discuss ScienceFiction, ScienceFuture, and ScienceNow through the lens of space exploration and Andy’s new book Project Hail Mary.Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowe...