Dawn Turney

Dawn Turney
Contact Information
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723
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Mars Education Student Data Teams: http://crism.jhuapl.edu/education/index.php

Student Planetary Ambassadors:

Van Allen Probes:

As an Education/Public Outreach specialist for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Dawn works in a variety of capacities, including education and communication, to make mission specific science and technology accessible to students, teachers and the public. She works well with external organizations, networks and forms collaborative partnerships to facilitate programs; bringing about educational programming, student driven research, mentor opportunities, and reaching traditionally underserved populations. Prior to working for JHU/APL, Dawn was a middle school science teacher for eight years. She has also worked as an education specialist for World Wildlife Fund, a program specialist for The Audubon Society, an educator for Delaware State Parks, and a volunteer coordinator for Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council.

Education and Training

2014      Graduate Work, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, Astronomy/Science Education

2003      Graduate Work, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, Education

1995      University of Delaware, Newark, DE, College of Earth, Ocean, Environment- Physical Geography, B.A.

Professional Positions

NASA Education/Communication Specialist, JHU/APL, Laurel, MD, 2007-present

Middle School Science Teacher, St. Mary of the Mills School, Laurel, MD, 2000-2007

Teacher Research Fellow, University of MD & NOAA, Cambridge, MD, 2003-2004

Children’s Program Coordinator, Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD, 1999-2000

Education Assistant/Intern, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC, 1998-1999

Volunteer Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council, Newark, DE, 1996-1998

Assistant Education Supervisor, Delaware State Parks, Wilmington, DE, 1994-1996


  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Van Allen Probes 2012
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, CRISM 2011
  • Teacher of the Year, St. Mary’s School, Laurel, MD, 2004

Professional Memberships:

  • STEM Leading Ladies, Washington DC Chapter.
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
  • Maryland Association Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE).
  • American Geophysical Union, (AGU).



Professional Information
Primary Forum:Heliophysics
My SMD Projects:

I have participated in Heliophysics Educator Ambassadors, helped to coordinate Heliophysics Community of Practice, and Mars Education Student Data Teams, led efforts with Student Planetary Investigators, TIMED education efforts, CRISM education efforts, and the Van Allen Probes (formerly RBSP) launch events.

The mission teams which I have participated or led eduation and communication efforts for include:

Van Allen Probes- Van Allen Probes, formally the Radiation Belt Storm Probes is part of NASA's Living With a Star program, provides unprecedented insight into the physical dynamics of Earth's radiation belts and gives scientists the data they need to make predictions of changes in this critical region of space which influences many of our space based technologies as well as life on the ground.

TIMED- The TIMED (Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics) mission is studying the influences of the Sun and humans on the least explored and understood region of Earth's atmosphere - the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere/
Ionosphere (MLTI). The MLTI region is a gateway between Earth's environment and space, where the Sun's energy is first deposited into Earth's environment. TIMED is focusing on a portion of this atmospheric region located approximately 40-110 miles (60-180 kilometers) above the surface

CRISM- The CRISM instrument is an instrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: CRISM is a visible-infrared imaging spectrometer with a scannable field of view. CRISM can cover wavelengths from 0.362 to 3.92 microns (362 to 3920 nanometers) at 6.55 nanometers/channel, enabling the CRISM team to identify a broad range of minerals on the Martian surface.

Mini-RF instrument onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)- The Mini-RF project launched two radar instruments to the moon to map the lunar poles, search for water ice, and to demonstrate future NASA communication technologies. The first instrument, launched on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, mapped both polar regions. The second instrument, currently flying on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), has been mapping the different geologic units of the lunar surface.

New Horizons- New Horizons mission to study the Pluto system and in its secondary mission the Kuiper belt, performing a flyby of Pluto and one or more other Kuiper belt objects (KBOs).

My Professional Societies:

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

STEM Leading Ladies, Washington DC

Maryland Association for Outdoor and Environmental Education (MAEOE)