Andy Shaner

Andy Shaner
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Organization:Education and Public Engagement
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058
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International Observe the Moon Night
Twitter: @observethemoon, #moonnight

My first experience with planetary science education came as a graduate student at the University of Arizona, where I was a member of the E/PO program for the Mars Phoenix mission. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a master’s degree in Teaching and Teacher Education, along with a minor in planetary science, I taught high school physics and Earth and space science for one year before coming to the Lunar and Planetary Institute in 2009.

At LPI, I lead multiple planetary E/PO efforts. Since 2010 I have led the E/PO efforts for the ChemCam instrument onboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. ChemCam E/PO has focused on a website and high school teacher professional development trainings. Between 2009 and 2013, I led an authentic, high school lunar research program for the LPI/NASA JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE). During this time, CLSE was a member of the NASA Lunar Science Institute. Since 2014, CLSE has been a member of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). During this time I have continued the high school research program and expanded it to include asteroid research in addition to lunar research. I have also developed content for small, portable traveling exhibits intended for small libraries and science centers and am partnering with CosmoQuest to bring NASA SSERVI science and exploration to the public though monthly Google Hangouts.

I also lead two of LPI’s outreach programs. The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series is a public lecture series that engages residents of the Houston community with scientists from across the country conducting current research in space science and exploration topics. Sky Fest events are quarterly, thematic pubic events at LPI featuring night sky viewing with the JSC Astronomy Society, hands-on activities, and presentations from LPI or JSC scientists. These events often celebrate celestial events and NASA mission milestones.

In addition to the programs I lead, I have assissted other LPI E/PO staff with their programs. These programs include other teacher professional development trainings and professional development trainings for informal science educators through LPI's Explore! program.

Between 2011 and 2013 I was the external evaluator for the NASA Year of the Solar System Undergraduate Research Symposium. The purpose of this meeting was to provide undergraduate researchers an opportunity to present their research to their peers in a professional conference atmosphere one day prior to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), followed by participation in LPSC with guidance from scientist mentors. In 2014, I led the meeting as PI.

I have worked extensively with others in the planetary community, including the MAVEN mission E/PO team, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter E/PO team, E/PO specialists with the Planetary Science Institute, and E/PO teams with the NASA Lunar Science Institute and NASA SSERVI. Most of my work with these colleagues has been in implementing International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). As a member of the InOMN coordinating committee, I manage the event's website, social media accounts, and listserv.

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Planetary Science
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American Geophysical Union

My Publications (journals, blogs, products):

Shaner, A., Koenig, M., and Williams, M. (2015) Interpreting the moon through a global celebration: International Observe the Moon Night, Legacy, National Association for Interpretation, 26(3), pp. 12–14.

Shaner, A. J., Allen, J. S., Shipp, S. S., Kramer, G.Y., Nahm, A., Balazs, L., Fuller, J., Newland, J., Snyder, R.D., Kring, D. A. (2014). Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS): An Authentic, Open-Inquiry Research Experience for High School Students, presented at the American Geophysical Union's 2014 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2014.

Shaner, A. J., Shipp, S. S., Allen, J. S., Kring, D. A. (2011). Moon 101: Introducing Students to Lunar Science and Exploration, presented at the American Geophysical Union's 2011 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2011.

Kring, D. A., O. Abramov, M. G. Galenas, K. H. Joy, G. Y. Kramer, C. N. Mercer, A. L. Nahm, T. Niihara, T. Öhman, J. F. Rapp, A. J. Shaner, S. Simmons, M. B. Weller, and O. L. White (2011). Lunar Analogue Training at Meteor Crater, AZ & the San Francisco Volcanic Field, AZ (Field trip guide), O. Abramov (editor), 113 p., Lunar and Planetary Institute contribution 1618, Houston, TX.