Coordinating Committee and Partners
The International Observe the Moon Night Coordinating Committee is led by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Public Engagement Team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with representatives from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Planetary Science Institute, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, CosmoQuest, Science Festival Alliance, and Night Sky Network.
Andrea Jones is the Director of International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Public Engagement Lead for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and works with a number of NASA planetary science missions and research teams as an Education and Communication Specialist with the Planetary Science Institute, based in the Solar System Exploration Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Andrea encourages everyone, everywhere, as often as possible, to go look at the Moon! And while you’re out there, the rest of the sky too. There is so much to wonder at, admire, and discover.
Molly Wasser is the Deputy Director of International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Digital Media Lead of NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division and is the voice of @NASAMoon on Twitter. Molly works for ADNET Systems at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Her favorite Moon fact is that the Moon has one of the coldest measured places in our solar system! Hermite Crater at the North Pole is -410 degrees Fahrenheit (-250 degrees Celsius).
Andy Shaner contributes to the International Observe the Moon Night committee’s efforts by identifying and contacting potential partner institutions. He also helps with the translation of InOMN materials. Andy is the Public Engagement Lead for the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. He has worked with education and public engagement teams for NASA planetary science missions and research institutes including the NASA Lunar and Science Institute and the NASA Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute teams.
One of the founders of International Observe the Moon Night, Brian Day is the Lead for Citizen Science and Community Development at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). In this role, he coordinates programs with numerous internal and external partnering organizations, focusing on providing opportunities for students and the public to directly participate in NASA science and exploration. He currently acts as SSERVI’s project manager for NASA’s Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal, a set of tools designed for mission planning, lunar science, and public outreach.
Staci Tiedeken is the International Partnership Coordinator for International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Events Outreach Coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Staci loves to incite wonder in others through public engagement activities and is thrilled to be a part of the International Observe the Moon Night Coordinating Committee. Being an information link between the world of professional astronomy and the general public is something she is incredibly passionate about.
Nikki Whelley is a member of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter outreach and communication team and is the logistics coordinator for the Goddard Instrument Field Team. Nikki also works with several other research teams to bring the team’s science to the public by interacting with teachers, students, and people of all ages. Nikki encourages people to get outside and ask questions, you’ll never know if you don’t ask!
Sanlyn Buxner leads the evaluation team for International Observe the Moon Night. She is a research scientist and education and communication specialist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. She works on several NASA and NSF funded projects in Earth and Space Science. Her work explores how teachers, students, and the general public engages in astronomy and planetary science topics.
Emily Joseph is a member of the evaluation team for International Observe the Moon Night. She is a research assistant at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ where she works on several different kinds of projects - both planetary research and education.
Maya Bakerman works as the evaluator for the International Observe the Moon Night with the host and visitor data. She is an education outreach specialist and data analyst for the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in community education outreach with the College of Education.
Vivian White is the Director of Free-Choice Learning at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco. There she leads the NASA Night Sky Network, a coalition of 450+ astronomy clubs dedicated to sharing the wonders of space with their communities across the US. Her favorite moon memory comes from lunar observing with Buddhist monks in India. She was asked, "When you look at the moon with your eye, it looks smooth. When we see it through a telescope, it is full of holes. And the astronauts who touched it found that it was dusty. Which is it?" She appreciates good questions.
Pamela Gay is the director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She is constantly on the look out for new ways to use technology to help everyone from pros to the public better do science and learn science. Her various online projects are the rainy InOMN answer we all hope you won't actually need.
Julie Fooshee is the Coordinator of the Science Festival Alliance at the MIT Museum where she networks festivals and events across North America and provides resources, professional development, and support for a global audience of live science events practitioners. At the first InOMN in 2010 she volunteered to help staff telescopes at a museum in Florida and now she gets excited every time she dials in to group calls and hears that it’s the “NASA conference call system”. A fun moon fact is that “moon” was one of Julie's first words.