Laura Peticolas

Laura Peticolas
Contact Information
Organization:Education and Public Outreach Group
Phone Number: 707-665-2244
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Twitter: @lauraurora

Dr. Laura Peticolas is Associate Director of EdEon STEM Learning at Sonoma State University.  She manages and co-leads the EdEon team, which engages teachers, high school students and college freshmen in earth and astronomy participatory experiences using coding, hardware, and experimental design. She is a Co-Investigator on several NASA efforts: NASA's Neurodiversity Network, the NASA IMAP's Student Collaboration CubeSat Project, and NASA's Heliophysics DRIVE MACH Science Center. She is also a Co-Investigator on a Department of Education high school science education development and research effort that involves the Learning by Making curriculum developed and supported by the EdEon team.

Dr. Peticolas received her B.A. in mathematics and physics at the University of Oregon Honors College and her Ph.D. in physics studying the aurora at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She spent 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California’s Space Sciences Laboratory continuing her study of Earth's aurora using NASA’s Fast Auroral SnapshoT satellite data and computational models. During this time, she expanded her research to include developing computer models of the Martian aurora. She continued these computational research efforts while transitioning to the profession of education and outreach in 2008. Dr. Peticolas’ research continues to be referenced and used in scientific research involving aurora and the transport of electrons in atmospheric phenomena.

In 2010, she became a Senior Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of Multiverse, the Space Sciences Laboratory’s education group. This move completed her transition from science research to science education as a focus. In 2017, she moved from UC Berkeley to Sonoma State University to pursue her passion working with middle and high school pre-service and in-service teachers, while maintaining NASA-funded research and education initiatives. Dr. Peticolas’ passion for equity, inclusion, and social justice influences all of her science and engineering education work. 

Teaching Magnetism Using Online Webinar Technology
Professional Information
Primary Forum:Heliophysics
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American Geophysics Union

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