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Dr. Jennifer A. Grier
Affiliation - Research Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona
Education - Ph.D. Planetary Sciences, B.S. Astronomy, University of Arizona
Currently -
  • Education Officer for the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS)
  • Acting/Temporary Education Officer for the AAS
  • Course Instructor Johns Hopkins University - Graduate School of Education (Course this semester - Understanding and Teaching the Solar System)
  • Contract Education Specialist for the Origins Forum, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • EPO Lead for two ROSES EPO opportunities for PI's Pierazzo and Bleamaster, through PSI
  • And "To The Moon" Faculty!


Areas of Scientific Interest - Craters. All craters. But mostly Moon craters. :) Specifically, cratering chronologies as determined
by different methods of inquiry: from 40Ar/39Ar dating of impact rocks from the Earth, Asteroids, and Moon; to crater counting
studies of young volcanic terrain on Mars; to examining multi-spectral data of the Moon for trends in the optical maturity of impact
crater ejecta.

Areas of Education Interest - Misconceptions, how and why they form, and how we can change them. The cognitive conscious
and unconscious mind, and the development of basic precepts for constructing mental models of our surroundings and
experiences. The development of critical thinking skills, and the acquisition of 'that's gotta be crap' radar to deal with the scams
and urban legends fraught in our society. Encouraging and enabling the participation of active research scientists in education.

Past Employment - Includes University of Arizona, Planetary Sciences Department and Astronomy Department as a Teaching
and Research Assistant, and Instructor. Planetary Science Institute as both an Education Specialist and Research Scientist.
American Power Conversion as a Senior Technical Writer. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory as an Education Specialist. Contract work as an Education Specialist for a host of other wonderful
institutions including CET, MARSSB, STSCI, NASA, JPL and lots of others!

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Please allow me to advertise my favorite place on Earth - Zion National Park, Utah


Favorite Honors - Having an asteroid named after me (7808 Grier). Having my husband agree to marry me :)
Becoming a published poet. (Especially the ones I've had accepted by science fiction mags!) Having friends.