Bryan Mendez

Bryan Mendez
Contact Information
7 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94730-7450
Phone Number: 510-295-3735

Bryan hails from Traverse City, Michigan where the dark sky enthralled him from a very early age and inspired him to study astronomy. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 with degrees in Astronomy, Physics, and Saxophone Performance. Bryan continued his education at the University of California at Berkeley, where he researched the large scale flow of galaxies in the nearby Universe by measuring their distances. He earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2002.  Dr. Méndez now works as an astronomer and public education specialist who educates and inspires others about the wonder and beauty of the Universe; develops programs for the public through the web and museums; develops classroom materials for students in K-14 classrooms; conducts professional development for science educators; and teaches college courses on astronomy. Bryan is bicultural, of Mexican and European backgrounds, and strives to foster diverse perspectives in his work.



Here is a NASA wavelength list of actvities that I had a hand in developing:

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Heliophysics
My SMD Projects:

*Calendar in the Sky (Project Director: sparking interest in NASA science through connections in the astronomy of the Maya; ,
*WISE (E/PO Lead: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer,
*Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum (Co-I and former director, ,
*AMANTISS (PD for Mentor-Novice teacher pairs using GEMS Space Science Sequence, Co-I, )
*ATLSS (Co-I, PD for teacher leaders on GEMS Space Science Sequence)
*Heliophysics Educator Ambassadors (Co-I, with RHESSI mission and Heliophysics SEPOF,
*THATIEN (Co-I, Toolkits about Heliophysics for ASP Sky Rangers and Night Sky Network,
*Energy from the Sun (teacher professional development in California on solar energy and solar science. Co-I,
*Navajo Sky: Education Modules for Digital Planetariums (digital planetarium shows showcasing traditional Navajo astronomy and current astrophysics, Co-I,
*Automated Planet Finder (E/PO for new robotic telescope at Lick Observatory, project director)
*Stardust@home (citizen science project to find interstellar dust returned by the Stardust mission, Co-I)
*CHIPS (Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer, Deputy E/PO Lead)
*ELISA (Teacher PD and Latino community outreach on heliophysics and Maya cultural connections, Co-I)
*SECEF (Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum, Co-Director)

My Professional Societies:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
American Astronomical Society
American Geophysical Union
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
National Science Teachers Association
California Science Teachers Associaion

My Publications (journals, blogs, products):

Refereed Publications (Selected)

Mendez, B. J., The enigmatic local Hubble flow: Probing the nearby peculiar velocity field with consistent distances to neighboring galaxies. 2002. Thesis (PhD). UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, Source DAI-B 64/02, p. 764, Aug 2003, 168 pages.

Mendez, B.; Davis, M.; Moustakas, J.; Newman, J.; Madore, B.F.; Freedman, W.L. Deviations from the Local Hubble Flow. I. The Tip of the Red Giant Branch as a Distance Indicator. 2002. The Astronomical Journal, Volume 124, Issue 1, pp. 213-233.

Conference Presentations & Proceedings (non-refereed, selected)

Mendez, B. J. Research in the Classroom with the WISE Mission. 2010. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2010, abstract #ED51B-01

Peticolas, L.; Méndez, B. J. H.; Yan, D.; Bartolone, L.; Robinson, D.; Maggi, B.; Adams, P.; Walker, A.; Reiff, P.; Beisser, K.; Turney, D. A Heliophysics Education and Public Outreach Effort: Training and Supporting the Trainers. 2010. Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future. Proceedings of a conference held September 12-16, 2009 in Millbrae, California, USA. Edited by Jonathan Barnes, Denise A. Smith, Michael G. Gibbs, and James G. Manning., p.420

Mendez, B. J.; Smith, D.; Shipp, S. S.; Schwerin, T. G.; Stockman, S. A.; Cooper, L. P.; Peticolas, L. M. Science Education and Public Outreach Forums (SEPOF): Providing Coordination and Support for NASA's Science Mission Directorate Education and Outreach Programs. 2009. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009, abstract #ED31A-0527

Mendez, B. J.; Peticolas, L. M. Exploring Magnetism: from Standards-based physical science concepts to cutting edge NASA research. 2008. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2008, abstract #ED11B-0

Peticolas, L. M.; Mendez, B.; Hawkins, I.; Whitworth, C. Effective Strategies for Engaging Latino/Hispanic Audiences in Astronomy during the International Year of Astronomy. 2008. Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-On Symposium ASP Conference Series, Vol. 400, proceedings of the conference held 1-5 June, 2008, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in Conjunction with the 212th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society. p.422

Mendez, B. J.; Bartolone, L.; Craig, N.; Dussault, M.; Gould, R. R.; Grier, J. A.; Lestition, K.; Lochner, J.; Plait, P.; Porro, I.; Range, S.; Reinfeld, E.; Silva, S.; Steel, S. J.; Universe Forum; Universe EPO Team, Modeling the Universe: Professional Development for Teachers Designed by NASA's Universe Forum Education and Outreach Program. 2005. American Astronomical Society Meeting 206, #04.01

Mendez, B. J.; Peticolas, L. M.; Craig, N.; Holman, G., Exploring Magnetism: Bringing The Sun-Earth Connection into the Classroom via Basic Science. 2005. American Geophysical Union, Spring Meeting 2005, abstract #SH11A-05

Mendez, B. J.; Peticolas, L. M.; Schultz, G.; Craig, N., High Leverage NASA Education & Public Outreach Teacher Professional Development Programs. 2003. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2002, abstract #ED41D-1192