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About Mitzi Adams
Mitzi Adams is a solar scientist for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), where she studies the magnetic ﬁeld of the Sun and how it aﬀects the upper layer of the solar atmosphere, the corona. Ms. Adams, a daughter of Atlanta, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a mathematics minor from Georgia State University. In 1988, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA made her an “oﬀer she couldn’t refuse” and she moved to Alabama, where she earned a Master of Science degree in physics and began work at NASA/MSFC. With a professional interest in sunspot magnetic ﬁelds and coronal bright points, friends have labelled her a “solar dermatologist”. Frequently involved in educational outreach activities such as viewing solar eclipses and transits of Mercury and Venus, Ms. Adams sometimes seeks innovative material in unusual places. While few women travel alone, she has often been seen alone and in groups in the wilds of Peru, northern Chile, Guatemala, and southern Italy.
About David Baron
David Baron is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his thirty-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environment correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston's WBUR, and health and science editor for PRI’s The World.
In the course of his reporting, David has visited every continent and earned some of the top honors in journalism. These include the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University, the National Academies Communications Award, and, on three occasions, the annual journalism prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
David’s written work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Outside, Lonely Planet, and Reader’s Digest. His 2003 book, The Beast in the Garden, received the Colorado Book Award. An avid umbraphile who has witnessed five total solar eclipses, David has crossed the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia to catch the shadow of the moon. His new book is American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win Glory for the World.
About Anna Green
Anna Green is Planetarium Manager for the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium. She oversees and participates in the delivery of all programming related to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the Science Center’s Space and Planetary Science content areas.
About Christian Greer
Christian Greer is Chief Education and Programs Officer at the Saint Louis Science Center. He oversees a diverse team who work together to facilitate learning within informal, experience-based environments featuring science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
Greer’s 20-plus career experiences include the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Hive Learning Network, and Pepperdine University.
About Dr. Robert Pasken
Dr. Robert Pasken has been a meteorologist and faculty member at Saint Louis University for over thirty years. Dr. Pasken notes that one of the best parts of being a research meteorologist is being able to participate in research field experiments. One of the exciting aspects of these field experiments is that they are in just about every part of the world you can think of to collect data. Another aspect of my research is the creation and management of the Missouri Mesonet. In cooperation with AmerenUE Saint Louis University has constructed a mesoscale meteorological network to provide improved forecasts for metropolitan Saint Louis area. In an exciting project related to the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Dr. Pasken will participate in an Eclipse Ballooning Project where students conduct high altitude balloon (HAB) flights from about 25 locations across the 8/21/2017 total eclipse path, from Oregon to South Carolina, sending live video and images from near space to the NASA website.
About Dr. Mike Reynolds
Dr. Mike Reynolds has forty years in astronomy and space sciences in the gamut of a high school and university instructor, planetarium and museum director, researcher, and college administrator. He has received numerous recognition for his work, including the 1986 Florida State Teacher of the Year, NASA Teacher-in-Space National Finalist, G. Bruce Blair Medal in Astronomy, and the Astronomical League’s Leslie Peliter Award.
Reynolds has written a number of astronomy books and articles, including service as an Astronomy magazine contributing editor. He was an invited TED speaker, talking about The Universe is our Classroom. Reynolds has appeared on several Discovery Channel and National Geographic programs, such as Auction Kings. Reynolds’ total solar eclipse chasing, starting with the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse, has taken him to eighteen total solar eclipses, with 18 total successful total solar eclipses and some 53 minutes spent in totality “under the shadow.”
Reynolds is currently a Professor of Astronomy at Florida State College and the Executive Director Emeritus of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California. He also is the Eclipse Coordinator for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO), and currently serves as the Executive Director of the ALPO.
Mike Roberts is client services director for Home Care Assistance of St. Louis. Mike is well known in St. Louis as a long-time meteorologist at KSDK. He joined Home Care Assistance after taking early retirement from KSDK in April 2016. Mike has agreed to serve as master of ceremonies for speakers on the "Main Stage" of our June 17 2017 St. Louis Solar Eclipse Expo.
About Dr. Angela Speck
Dr. Speck is Professor and Director of Astronomy at the University of Missouri Columbia. She also is Co-Chair of American Astronomical Society’s Eclipse Task Force which is planning for the 2017 Total Eclipse in the US. In addition to helping the US get ready for the 2017 Total Eclipse, she has big plans for Columbia MO and students at Mizzou when the eclipse passes through Missouri. Named after the iconic Angela Davis, she likes bright colors, is a nerd at heart, and has wanted to be an astronaut since she was 5 years old. Originally from Yorkshire (England) she went to college in London where she was able to pursue her childhood dreams by majoring in astrophysics. After a brief stint as an R&D technician in a Lancashire company run by crazy new-age hippies, she returned to London and completed a PhD in astronomy. While she loves living in Columbia, sometimes she still gets cravings for good curry and unadulterated Wensleydale cheese.
About John Weis
John Weis has been an Education Specialist with NASA for the last 12 years. He is currently stationed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to providing online professional development for educators, John is responsible for educational outreach including professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers, community programs and liaising with state and local education agencies in the Marshall region of Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee.
John earned a BS in Science and Mathematics Teaching with an emphasis in Mathematics and Physics from the Florida State University and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. Before joining NASA education, he spent 10 years as a secondary science teacher in Volusia County, Florida. His areas of specialization include Mathematics, Physics, Earth/Space Science, and Astronomy.
About Michael Zeiler
Michael Zeiler produces maps and animated maps published on many websites. He is a geographer employed by the leading provider of geographic information systems (GIS) software, esri.com. Michael has witnessed total solar eclipses since 1991. In 2009 while writing his book, Modeling Our World, he realized how advanced GIS technology could be applied to publish new eclipse maps of high precision and good cartographic quality. After creating his first eclipse maps for the total solar eclipse of July 22, 2009, Michael launched eclipse-maps.com in 2010 to showcase new and historic eclipse maps. Recognizing the widespread public interest of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, Michael launched GreatAmericanEclipse.com on August 21, 2014. Michael is a member of the International Astronomical Union Working Group on Solar Eclipses.