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MMS Education & Public Outreach Team

Troy Cline Troy Cline
MMS Education & Public Outreach Mission Lead

Troy is the E/PO Lead for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS). He is responsible for mission level public outreach activities and coordination of overall EPO efforts. His responsibilities include planning, coordinating, implementing, and managing the MMS mission’s outreach activities to meet NASA’s EPO goals and guidelines. He also serves as the Educational Technology Integration Specialist for NASA’s Sun-Earth Day and Space Weather Action Center programs. He provides ongoing educational technology support and leadership in the development and distribution of educational programs and materials reaching over 50 million people world wide.

During his time at NASA he initiated and maintained the formal development of new research based approaches to educational technology integration within the Heliophysics education. His team approach lead to the development of a new Heliophysics education program that allows students to create Space Weather Action Centers in their schools. These centers encourage students to collect Space Weather data from existing resources, analyze that data and deliver an inexpensive video report on space weather and/or mission science. He continues to lead his team in social media integration, applications and in the development of new podcasting programs.

Before coming to NASA, Troy was a high school mathematics teacher and Educational Technology Coordinator at an alternative high school in Virginia, working with ‘at-risk’ students. While there he led the creation and maintenance of an Instructional Technology Plan leading to the integration of current and accessible technologies into educational curriculum. Prior to working in Virginia, his teaching career took him to some exceptional places beginning with his first teaching experience on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Kinlichee, AZ. While there he taught in a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school for three years. He later joined the United States Peace Corps and served as an Algebra and Geometry teacher in Chad, Africa. While there he led the development of a French/English mathematics database consisting of proven lesson plans and educational methodologies.
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Patricia ReiffPatricia H. Reiff
SMART Education & Public Outreach Lead

Professor Patricia H. Reiff is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Rice Space Institute at Rice University. Her research focuses on space plasma physics, mostly in the area of magnetospheric physics. Her research includes study of the aurora borealis, solar wind-magnetosphere coupling (including solar wind control of magnetospheric and ionospheric convection), and magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. She was a Co-I on the “IMAGE” magnetospheric imaging mission (launched March, 2000), Jim Burch, SWRI, P.I. She was the first person to propose radio sounding of the magnetosphere, which that spacecraft includes as a key instrument. She is a Co-Investigator on the “Peace” plasma instrument (begun by the late Alan Johnstone of Mullard Space Science Lab) on the ESA “Cluster 2” 4-spacecraft suite which was launched in July and August 2000. She is a Co-Investigator for science and EPO on the “Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission” which is planned to launch in October 2012. She is instrumental in bringing real-time WIND data and “Space Weather” information to the public.

She is PI for a major project which has developed an off-ramp for the information highway by “Creating the Public Connection”, bringing real-time earth and space science data to museums and schools (originally sponsored by NASA’s Digital Library Technology Program), and now sponsored by the IMAGE program and the NASA Science Mission Directorate. Over a million people have interacted with her exhibits and planetarium shows at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and other museums, and another million with her web sites. She has also been quite involved in other public education activities, including being director for four years for teacher education projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Eisenhower Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. Carolyn Sumners of the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). Their latest collaboration is the creation and marketing of “Discovery Domes”, portable digital theaters to teach earth and space science. She has guided many scientific tours, including total solar eclipse trips to Peru, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Black Sea, Madagascar, Libya, and western China in 2008 and upcoming trips to China in 2009 and Tahiti in 2010.

She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union , where she serves on the SPA Public Education Committee. In 2009, she received the AGU “Athelstan Spilhaus Award” for service in public education. She is the Rice University representative and former Chair of the Council of Institutions of the USRA - the Universities Space Research Association. She has served on advisory committees for NASA, NCAR, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NAS/NRC and AAU.
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