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  • Shannon SchmollAstronomy Update - Dr. Shannon Schmoll
    The annual Astronomy Update Lecture, a highly-rated conference event, provides the latest astronomical information, investigates what has changed in the past year, and explores current theories on the workings of the Universe.

    Dr. Shannon Schmoll is the director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University where she has been working to expand both astronomy programming and learning of other subjects under the dome. She earned a joint PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Education from the University of Michigan in 2013. Her research has focused on integrating field trips to informal learning environments into formal science curriculum. She is currently working on research around extending learning beyond the dome after planetarium shows. She was also a member of the first cohort of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors program and continues to provide outreach around why we build so many telescopes in Chile.

  • Patricia MooreReturning to the Moon — NASA’s Artemis Program - Patricia Moore
    NASA's Artemis Program will return the next man and the first woman to the Moon by 2024. Patricia Moore from NASA's Artemis Communication Team will discuss upcoming Artemis missions, share digital outreach resources, and answer questions from the audience.

    Patricia Moore experienced her first taste of STEM education and aerospace outreach while working at Johnson Space Center's visitor center, Space Center Houston, in college. She fell in love with inspiring students to pursue STEM careers and sharing NASA's story with the public so she continued working at Space Center Houston following the completion of her degree in Early Childhood Education. As the Special Projects Education Specialist, Patricia went on to manage a variety of student and teacher education programs from 2006-2009.

    In 2009, Patricia accepted at a job as a Digital Learning Network Education Specialist at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) from 2009-2014 and led a team of Education Specialists to develop and implement unique learning opportunities utilizing state-of-the-art video conference technologies. During her time with the DLN, she presented over 1000 live, on-camera educational lessons, hosted the NASA TV Music in Space event, and created unique content for special events.

    Patricia now serves as a Communication Strategist and the Museum Liaison for NASA's Deep Space Exploration Systems. She travels the country integrating Human Exploration resources at museums, science centers, planetariums, libraries and other information education groups. Her continuous efforts to provide resources, individualized support, and authentic NASA experiences enables valued community partners to inspire the next generation of explorers.

Further information about speakers scheduled for the 2020 virtual conference will be added as it becomes available.