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NISE Network Earth & Space Partner Meeting 2019 - Plenary Sessions

Overall Plenary Slides

Kristen Erickson

Director, Science Engagement and Partnerships

NASA Science Mission Directorate 

  • Welcome and Introduction Video

Lindy Elkins-Tanton 

Space Initiatives at ASU

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, and principal investigator of Psyche, selected in 2017 as the fourteenth mission 
in NASA’s Discovery program.

The drive that humans have to explore is increasingly taking us to space. ASU is one of the university leaders in space exploration: right now we are involved in 17 active missions. Our faculty have contributed instruments to missions at the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, and we are leading missions to the Moon, to search for exoplanets, and to the metal world Psyche. Further, the ASU Interplanetary Initiative is working on defining and creating our human space future combining disciplines including policy, psychology, philosophy, sociology, science, and engineering. In this presentation I’ll talk about the progress of the Psyche mission and the latest projects in research and education in the Interplanetary Initiative.

Jim Bell, School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU

The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide: A Futuristic Journey Through the Solar System

Jim Bell is professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and president of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest public space advocacy organization. His research group at ASU primarily focuses on the geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets using data obtained from telescopes as well as spacecraft missions to these worlds. 

Do you dream of traveling to other worlds? Well, then, why not? Come with noted astronomer, planetary scientist, and interplanetary travel guide Professor Jim Bell on a predictive tour of what the solar system will have to offer in the year 2218. Hiking, sightseeing, photography, musical performances, fine dining, extreme sports, even citizen science research opportunities abound across our solar system, from Mercury through the gas giants and moons of the outer planets, and even beyond. How should you dress? What should you bring? What kinds of adventures can you expect? Let’s find out! 

  • Prior to Jim Bell's presentation the Thursday morning video includes welcomes from:
    • Paul Martin, Arizona State University
    • Larry Bell, Museum of Science
    • Kristen Erickson, NASA Science Mission Directorate
  • Film clips shown during Jim Bell's presentation:

Ed Finn, The Center for Science and the Imagination, ASU

Science and Imagination: A Blueprint for Better Futures

Ed Finn is founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University and associate professor in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America, and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas, and the future. Ed’s research and teaching explore digital narratives, creative collaboration, and the intersection of the humanities, arts, and sciences. 

Most people don’t think about the future, or if they do, it is with anxiety or ambivalence. How can we change our relationship with the future and connect positive outcomes with our choices today? This talk will discuss the work of the Center for Science and the Imagination in designing and sharing visions of the future that are imaginative, inclusive, and inspiring.

Big Stories in Earth & Space Science

  • Introduction 
    Darrell Porcello, Children’s Creativity Museum

  • Visualizations
    Horace Mitchell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Big Stories in Astrophysics 
    Denise Smith, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • HeliophysicsBig Stories in Planetary Science
    Lou Mayo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Big Stories in Earth Science
    Lin Chambers, NASA Langley Research Center
    Theresa Schwerin, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
  • NASA's Solar System Trek Portals
    Brian Day, NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
    Emily Law, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab 

Progress, evaluation findings, and future plans

NISE Network Earth & Space Partner Meeting 2019 - Friday Afternoon Plenary: Rae Ostman from NISE Network on Vimeo.


This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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