Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones
Contact Information
Organization:Planetary Science Institute
Address:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Road, Building 34
Code 690
Greenbelt Road, MD 20771
Phone Number: 301-614-6862
Bio

I am an Education Specialist with the Planetary Science Institute, based out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. I conduct education and communications activities for NASA Earth and planetary science missions and programs. My background is in planetary geology (specifically studying Mars and Venus) and education. I earned my undergraduate degree in Geology from the College of William & Mary and a Masters degree in Geosciences, with a focus in planetary geology, from the University of Arizona. I worked at an outdoor science education camp in California and as an educational ranger in Canyonlands National Park. I also worked as an astronomy consultant for a middle school teacher through Project Astro. I have worked in NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division since 2010, incorporating planetary scientists in educational programs and connecting planetary scientists to outreach opportunities. My colleagues and I have designed and implemented professional development workshops for teachers, librarians, National Park interpreters, museum professionals, and other educators, including the award-winning Lunar Workshops for Educators (http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html) that have been recognized by the NASA Office of Education and NASA review panels as an exemplary model of teacher professional development. I am the Education and Communications (E&C) Lead for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, E&C co-Lead for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument team of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, the E&C Lead for the Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E) and Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration (FINESSE) teams of NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), and I am also a member of the Dynamic Response of Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars (DREAM2) SSERVI E&C team. I direct the annual worldwide observing campaign, International Observe the Moon Night. I am a Science Education Provider in the NASA SMD education programs CosmoQuest and the Heliophysics Education Consortium. I was part of the NASA Earth and Planetary Education and Public Outreach Forum Leadership Teams, serving as the Earth Forum representative on the Informal Education Working Group and the Reporting Implementation Team, and representing both the Earth and Planetary Forums on a Diversity Task Force. My colleague, Lora Bleacher, and I have years of experience connecting the scientists and engineers who work in or with Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division with education and outreach opportunities, and thoughtfully and effectively integrating them into our educational programs.

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Earth Science
My SMD Projects:

Education & Communications (E&C) Lead for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

Director of International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)

Co-E&C Lead for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite onboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

E&C Lead for the NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E) team 

E&C Lead for NASA's SSERVI Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration (FINESSE) team

E&C Team member for NASA's SSERVI Dynamic Response of Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars (DREAM2) team

Science Education Provider, NASA SMD Education - CosmoQuest

Science Education Provider, NASA SMD Education - Heliophysics Education Consortium

Education Meetings and Conferences I Usually Attend Annually:
Science Meetings and Conferences I Usually Attend Annually:
My Professional Societies:

American Geophysical Union

National Association for Interpretation

American Camp Association

My Publications (journals, blogs, products):

 

Invited Oral Presentations

Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Shaner, A.J., 2014. Successfully Engaging Scientists in NASA Education and Public Outreach: Examples from a Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series and a Planetary Analog Festival. ED41B-03, AGU Fall Meeting, 15–19 December 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Jones, A.J.P., Bleacher, L.V., 2014. An introduction to the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite and Education and Public Outreach program. 258-3, GSA Annual Meeting, 19–22 October 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Jones, A.J.P., 2014. Lunar Workshops for Educators: A program made possible through NASA E/PO. Planning workshop for Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring the Intersection of NASA Space Science and Education: A Workshop, sponsored by the National Research Council, 12 September 2014. Washington, D.C.

Jones, A.J.P. International Observe the Moon Night. 3 September 2014. Cosmoquest “Learning Space” Google Hangout.

Jones, A.J.P. LRO and Curiosity highlights from a NASA Education and Public Outreach Specialist. 4 April 2014, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.

Jones, A.J.P. The curiosity of Kennedy. JFK Plus 50—Passing the Torch. 24 November 2013, Riverside Church, New York, NY.

Jones, A.J.P. LRO, LADEE, and ways to get involved in NASA Lunar Science. 7 September 2013, Almost Heaven Star Party, Spruce Knob, WV.

Jones, A.J P. Curiosity update: mission overview and recent activities. Northern Virginia Astronomy Club meeting, 10 March 2013, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Jones, A.J.P. Exploring Mars with NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. 30th Annual Star Gaze, 6 October 2012, C. M. Crockett Park, Fauquier County, VA.

Jones, A.J.P. International Observe the Moon Night. Association of Science–Technology Centers Conference Astronomy and Aerospace Showcase, 13 October 2012, Columbus, OH.

Jones, A.J.P. The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) E/PO program: Goddard’s support of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. NASA’s GSFC Solar System Exploration Division Director’s Seminar, 26 September 2012, Greenbelt, MD.

Jones, A.J.P. Earth and Planetary Science Education and Public Outreach (E/PO). Mars and Girl Science, 11 April 2012, Kopernik Observatory, Vestal, NY.

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Farley, K.A. and 447 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. In situ radiometric and exposure age dating of the martian surface. Science 343 (6169).

Grotzinger, J. P. and 447 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. A habitable fluvio-lacustrine environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343 (6169).

McLennan, S. M., and 447 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Elemental geochemistry of sedimentary rocks at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343 (6169).

Ming, D. W., and 447 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Volatile and organic compositions of sedimentary rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343 (6169).

Vaniman, D.T. and 447 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Mineralogy of a mudstone at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343 (6169).

Webster, C.R., and 446 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Low upper limit to methane abundance on Mars. Science 342 (6156).

Bish, D.L., and 463 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Volatile, isotope, and organic analysis of Martian fines with the Mars Curiosity rover. Science 341 (6153).

Bish, D.L., and 463 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. X-ray diffraction results from Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater. Science 341 (6153).

Blake, D.F., and 463 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and analysis of the Rocknest sand shadow. Science 341 (6153).

Leshin, L.A., and 447 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. X-ray diffraction results from Mars Science Laboratory: mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater. Science 341 (6153).

Mahaffy, P.R., and 447 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Abundance and isotopic composition of gases in the Martian atmosphere from the Curiosity rover. Science 341 (6143), 263–266.

Meslin, P.Y., and 448 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Soil diversity and hydration as observed by ChemCam at Gale Crater, Mars. Science 341 (6153).

Stolper, E.M., and 446 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. The petrochemistry of Jake_M: a Martian mugearite. Science 341 (6153).

Williams, R.M.E., and 442 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2013. Martian fluvial conglomerates at Gale Crater. Science 340 (6136), 1068–1072.

Mahaffy, P.R., and 85 co-authors, including Jones, A., 2012. The Sample Analysis at Mars investigation and instrument suite. Space Science Reviews 170 (1–4), 401–478.

Jones, A.P., McEwen, A.S., Tornabene, L.L., Baker, V.R., Melosh, H.J., Berman, D.C., 2011. A geomorphic analysis of Hale crater, Mars: the effects of impact into ice-rich ground. Icarus 211, 259–272.

McEwen, A.S., and 69 co-authors, including Philippoff, A.J., 2010. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) during MRO’s Primary Science Phase (PSP). Icarus 205, 2–37.

 

Book Sections

Jones, A.J.P., 2014. Water on Mars, in Duncan Seraphin, K., Philippoff, J., Pottenger, F.M., Kaupp, L., Lurie, M.H., Lin, D., & Baumgartner, E. Exploring Our Fluid Earth. Honolulu, HI: Curriculum Research & Development Group.

 

Other Presentations, Publications, and Abstracts

Jones, A. J. P., Bleacher, L.V., Glotch, T., Heldmann, J., Bleacher, J., Young, K., Selvin, B., Firstman, R., Lim, D., Johnson, S., Kobb, S., Hughes, S. Engaging students and teachers in immersive learning experiences alongside NASA scientists and with support from institutional partnerships. AGU Fall Meeting, 14–18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA.

Meinke, B., Jones, A., Alima Ali, N., and the NASA SMD E/PO Community, 2015. The NASA SMD E/PO community’s commitment to diversity: engaging women and girls in STEM. AAS STATUS magazine, June 2015.

Buxner, S., Jones, A., Bleacher, L., Shaner, A., Day, B., 2015. Looking for partners to engage the global community in connecting to the sky through International Observe the Moon Night. IAU General Assembly XXIX, 10–14 August 2015, Honolulu, HI.

Jones, A., Bleacher, L., Glotch, T., Bass, E., Selvin, B., Firstman, R., 2015. RIS4E Education and Public Outreach. NASA’s SSERVI Exploration Science Forum, 21–23 July 2015, Moffett Field, CA.

Bleacher, L.V., Jones, A., Farrell, W.M., Misra, P., 2015. Dynamic Response of Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars (DREAM2) Education Efforts. NASA’s SSERVI Exploration Science Forum, 21–23 July 2015, Moffett Field, CA.

Jones, A., Heldmann, J., Lim, D. Johnson, S., Garry, B., Hughes, S., Nawotniak, S., 2015. FINESSE Education and Public Outreach. NASA’s SSERVI Exploration Science Forum, 21–23 July 2015, Moffett Field, CA.

Bleacher, L.V., Jones, A.J.P., Shaner, A., Day, B., Buxner, S., Wegner, M., 2015. International Observe the Moon Night: An effective model for public engagement with NASA content. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXVI, 2281, 16–20 March 2015, The Woodlands, TX.

Glotch, T. D., Dyar, M. D., Bleacher, J. E., Schoonen, M. A. A., Petro, N. E., Jones, A.J.P., and the RIS4E Team, 2015. Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E): First year of science and exploration. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXVI, 2178, 16–20 March 2015, The Woodlands, TX.

Jones, A.J.P., Bleacher, L.V., Buxner, S., Canipe, M., 2015. LRO’s Lunar Workshops for Educators: A proven model of exceptional professional development for teachers. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXVI, 1898, 16–20 March 2015, The Woodlands, TX. (Poster Presentation)

Jones, A., Bleacher, L., Buxner, S., Canipe, M., 2014. LRO’s Lunar Workshops for Educators: A proven model for exceptional teacher professional development. Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring the Intersection of NASA Space Science and Education: A Workshop, sponsored by the National Research Council, 2–3 December 2014. Washington, D.C.

Bleacher, L.V., Jones, A.J.P., Shaner, A., Day, B., Buxner, S., Wenger, M., 2014. International Observe the Moon Night: A successful model for annual public engagement. Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring the Intersection of NASA Space Science and Education: A Workshop, sponsored by the National Research Council, 2–3 December 2014. Washington, D.C.

Bartolone, L., Borun, M., Brochu, L., Davey, B., Davis, H., Gurton, S., Jones, A., Krishnamurthi, A., LaConte, K., Nelson, A., Nichols, M., Peticolas, L., Schwerin, T., Shipp, S., Smith, D., 2014. Science Education and Public Outreach Forums Informal Educator National Survey Results. Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring the Intersection of NASA Space Science and Education: A Workshop, sponsored by the National Research Council, 2–3 December 2014. Washington, D.C.

Canipe, M., Buxner, S., Jones, A., Hsu, B., Shaner, A., Bleacher, L., 2014. Providing effective professional development for teachers through the Lunar Workshops for Educators. 212.05, 46th DPS Annual Meeting, 9–14 November 2014, Tucson, AZ.

Wenger, M., Buxner, S., Jones, A., Hsu, B., Shaner, A., Bleacher, L., Day, B., 2014. Investigating visitors’ and facilitators’ experiences at International Observe the Moon Night events. 212.06, 46th DPS Annual Meeting, 9–14 November 2014, Tucson, AZ.

Bonaccorsi, R., Baldino, T., Jones, A.J.P., Kyriazis, S.F., Devore, E., Fuhrmann, K.K., McKay, C.P., Willson, D., Mahaffy, P.R., Bleacher, L.V., 2014. MarsFest events and on site outreach activities in Death Valley Natl. Park: A journey into a crater. 258-8, GSA Annual Meeting, 19–22 October 2014, Vancouver, BC.

Bartolone, L., Gurton, S., Jones, A., LaConte, K., Nichols, M., 2014. Informal Education Community Needs: NASA SMD Science EPO Forum Survey Results. ASP Annual Meeting, 2–6 August 2014, Burlingame, CA.

Jones, A.J.P., Hsu, B.C., Heldmann, J., Lim, D., Colaprete, A., 2014. FINESSE Education and Public Outreach program. NASA’s SSERVI Exploration Science Forum, 21–23 July 2014, Moffett Field, CA. (Poster Presentation)

Bartolone, L., Borun, M., Brochu, L., Davey, B., Davis, H., Gurton, S., Jones, A., Krishnamurthi, A., LaConte, K., Nelson, A., Nichols, M., Peticolas, L., Schwerin, T., Shipp, S., Smith, D., 2014. NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education and Public Outreach Forums Informal Educator National Survey Results. http://smdepo.org/post/7213

Bartolone, L., Borun, M., Brochu, L., Davey, B., Davis, H., Gurton, S., Jones, A., Krishnamurthi, A., LaConte, K., Nelson, A., Nichols, M., Peticolas, L., Schwerin, T., Shipp, S., Smith, D., 2014. NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education and Public Outreach Forums Informal Educator National Survey Results: Recommendations. http://smdepo.org/post/7213

Bonaccorsi, R., Jones, A.J.P., Baldino, T., Thickpenny, A., Bleacher, L., 2014. Mars Fest: an annual planetary analog event hosted by Death Valley National Park. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXV, 2904, 17–21 March 2014, The Woodlands, TX.

Jones, A.J.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Alima Ali, N., Hauck, K., Peticolas, L., 2014. Invisible Mars: the MAVEN education and public outreach Science on a Sphere program. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXV, 2691, 17–21 March 2014, The Woodlands, TX. (Poster Presentation)

LaConte, K., Jones, A., Bartolone, L., Nichols, M., 2014. Engaging scientists in NASA education and public outreach: informal science education and outreach. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXV, 2682, 17–21 March 2014, The Woodlands, TX.

Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Hessen, K., 2013. Engaging scientists in educator professional development workshops: lessons learned from E/PO professionals, and tips for scientists. ED51E-03, AGU Fall Meeting, 9–13 December 2013, San Francisco, CA. (Oral Presentation)

Low, R., Schwerin, T., Soeffing, C., Hsu, B., Jones, A., Davey, B., Woroner, M., Bernoskie, B., 2012. Educating and communicating about the changing planet: activities of the NASA Earth EPO Forum. IP67, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Conference, 4–8 August 2012, Tucson, AZ.

Buxner, S., Hsu, B., Canipe, M., Wenger, M., Jones, A., Hessen, K., 2013. The impact of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter education and public outreach Programs. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Conference Thread: Documenting NASA EPO Impacts, E.NI11, 20–24 July 2013, San Jose, CA.

Buxner, S.R., Wenger, M., Jones, A.J.P., Hsu, B.C., Hessen, K., 2013. The challenge of evaluating large outreach events: results and recommendations from evaluation efforts of International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXIV, 2479,18–22 March 2013, The Woodlands, TX.

Jones, A.J.P., Bonaccorsi, R., Kyriazis, S., Baldino, T., Bleacher, L.V., 2013. Mars and the Mojave: a planetary analog festival in Death Valley National Park. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXIV, 2846, 18–22 March 2013, The Woodlands, TX. (Poster Presentation)

Jones, A.J.P., Hsu, B.C., Hessen, K., Buxner, S., Canipe, M., 2013. Lunar Workshops for Educators: evaluation results from year three. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXIV, 2532, 18–22 March 2013, The Woodlands, TX. (Poster Presentation)

Ali, N.A., Hsu, B.C., Jones, A.P., 2012. Invisible Mars: using Science on a Sphere to explore Mars’s atmosphere loss. ED53G-06, AGU Fall Meeting, 3–7 December 2012, San Francisco, CA.

Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Hessen, K., Bleacher, L., 2012. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Lunar Workshops for Educators. ED43A-0715, AGU Fall Meeting, 3–7 December 2012, San Francisco, CA. (Poster Presentation)

Chambers, L., Davis, A., Jones, A., Riebeek, H., 2012. Interpreting with NASA—a guide to visual media and other resources. Interpretive Sourcebook: Proceedings from the 2012 NAI National Workshop, 13–17 November 2012, Hampton, VA. (Oral Presentation)

Jones, A., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Hessen, K.K., 2012. Lunar Workshops for Educators: year 3 mid-summer report and lessons learned. Lunar Science Forum, 17–19 July 2012, Moffett Field, CA. (Poster Presentation)

Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Daou, D., Day, B., Jones, A., Mitchell, B., Shaner, A., Shipp, S., 2012. Reaching an international audience with lunar science through International Observe the Moon Night. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXIII, 2021, 19–23 March 2012, The Woodlands, TX.

Jones, A.J.P., Bleacher, L.V., 2012. Education and public outreach for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXIII, 2930, 19–23 March 2012, The Woodlands, TX. (Poster Presentation)

Jones, A.J.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., 2012. Scientist involvement in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Lunar Workshop for Educators teacher professional development series. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXIII, 2916, 19–23 March 2012, The Woodlands, TX. (Poster Presentation)

Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L., Shaner, A.J., Dalton, H., 2011. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Lunar Workshop for Educators, year 1 report. ED53C-0800, AGU Fall Meeting, 5–9 December 2011, San Francisco, CA. (Poster Presentation)

Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Shaner, A., Dalton, H., Shupla, C., Burnett-Kurie, K., 2011. Lunar Workshops for Educators: mid-summer progress report. 355, Lunar Science Forum, 19–21 July 2011, Moffett Field, CA. (Poster Presentation)

Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Daou, D., Day, B., Jones, A., Shaner, A., Shipp, S., 2011. International Observe the Moon Night: a successful means for sharing lunar science with an international audience. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXII, 1608, 7–11 March 2011, The Woodlands, TX.

Jones, A.J.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., 2011. Designing, implementing, and evaluating thematic, inquiry-based, standards-aligned professional development experiences for educators through NASA mission education and public outreach. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXII, 1812, 7–11 March 2011, The Woodlands, TX. (Oral Presentation)

Daou, D., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Day, B., Jones, A., Mitchell, B., Shaner, A., Shipp, S., 2011. 2010 National Observe the Moon Night! American Astronomical Society Meeting 216, 310.04, 3–7 January 2011, Washington, DC.

Bleacher, L., D. Daou, Day, B.H., Hsu, B.C., Jones, A.P., Mitchell, B., Shaner, A.J., Shipp, S.S., 2010. International Observe the Moon Night—an opportunity to participate in the Year of the Solar System while sharing the excitement of lunar science and exploration with the public. ED21D-06, AGU Fall Meeting, 13–17 December 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L., Day, B.H., Daou, D., Jones, A.P., Mitchell, B., Shaner, A.J., Shipp, S.S., 2010. International Observe the Moon Night: providing opportunities for the public to engage in lunar observation. ED31B-0616, AGU Fall Meeting, 13–17 December 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Millham, R.A., 2010. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter professional development workshop series: example of an excellent mechanism of scientific dissemination. ED21D-0617, AGU Fall Meeting, 13–17 December 2010, San Francisco, CA. (Poster Presentation)

Mahaffy, P.R., Bleacher, L., Jones, A., Atreya, S.K., Manning, H.L., Cabane, M., Webster, C.R., 2010. Bringing a chemical laboratory named SAM to Mars on the 2011 Curiosity rover. ED21D-08, AGU Fall Meeting, 13–17 December 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Millham, R., 2010. LRO professional development workshop: example of an excellent mechanism of scientific dissemination. 63, Lunar Science Forum, 20–22 July 2010, Moffett Field, CA. (Poster Presentation)

Bourke, M.C., Philippoff, A., Bridges, N. 2009. Studies of dune change on Mars combining MOC and HiRISE images. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXX, 1748, 23–27 March 2009, The Woodlands, TX.

Philippoff, A.J., Tornabene, L.L., McEwen, A.S., Baker, V.R., Melosh, H.J., Berman, D.C., and the HiRISE Science Team, 2009. Geomorphic mapping of Hale crater, Mars. Lunar and Planetary Science XXXX, 1737, 23–27 March 2009, The Woodlands, TX. (Poster Presentation)

Philippoff, A.J., 2005. A morphometric history of the Venusian Nightingale Corona and a portrayal of three distinct orogenic hypotheses for Artemis. B.S. Honors Thesis, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA: 60 p.