I was chosen as a new volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador for the 2013 year. Solar System Ambassadors create and present at least four outreach events per year, and share information about space science and NASA missions with the public. As a Solar System Ambassador, I am available to speak at community events and schools.
February 9, 2013 – 2:30-3:30 P.M. – UND Clifford Hall Room 210, Grand Forks – Outer Space in the Great Plains, Kepler and Exoplanets
Fellow Ambassador Annie and I presented the first talk in our Outer Space in the Great Plains series – Kepler and Exoplanets. I provided an overview of exoplanet detection methods, known exoplanets, and the future of exoplanet research, and Annie told everyone about the currently operating Kepler mission.
March 9, 2013 – 2:30-3:30 P.M. – UND Clifford Hall Room 210, Grand Forks – Outer Space in the Great Plains, Jupiter and Its Moons
Annie and I presented the second talk in our Outer Space in the Great Plains Series – Jupiter and Its Moons. I started off by showing the discovery of the Galilean satellites and their importance throughout history, and then provided information on what we currently know about these four moons and the Jovian system. Annie then provided an intriguing account of the Juno mission, which currently has a spacecraft en route to Jupiter.
March 21, 2013 – 3:45-8:15 P.M. – Alerus Center, Grand Forks – ArtTrek Booth
The annual ArtWalk for showing off elementary school kids’ artwork was space-themed this year. Annie and I had a Solar System Ambassadors booth with space activities and handouts for the kids and families. Lending a third hand was the North Dakota Space Grant education coordinator, Caitlin Nolby. Over 200 kids and parents stopped by our table.
April 6, 2013 – 2:30-3:30 P.M. – UND Clifford Hall Room 210, Grand Forks – Outer Space in the Great Plains, Resources for Aliens
Annie and I presented the third talk in their Outer Space in the Great Plains Series – Resources for Aliens. This was an interactive presentation on where aliens might find useful resources in our solar system. Annie and I welcomed our audience of alien entrepreneurs and gave them an overview of “Solar System 6742.” Then we addressed the audience’s requested resources, providing background information on their uses and where they could be found in the Earthlings’ solar system.
April 21, 2013 – 1:00-4:00 P.M. – 1110 7th Ave S, Grand Forks – Super Science Day
Annie, NASA ND Space Grant Coordinator Caitlin Nolby, and I returned to the masses of Grand Forks children at the annual Super Science Day, a free event hosted by the Dakota Science Center. We had a booth set up with pencil rockets, planet sorting, and lots of cool space-related hand-outs. Approximately 100 kids and community members stopped by our table.
August 28, 2013 – 12:30-1:00 P.M. – Leo’s Good Food, Redfield, South Dakota – Jupiter and Its Moons at the Redfield Kiwanis Club
I got a second use out of my Jupiter and Its Moons presentation at a Kiwanis Club meeting in Redfield, South Dakota. I told the seven Kiwanis Club members about the significance of the Galilean satellites throughout history, what is currently known about the moons, and the upcoming Juno mission.
Katrina proved to be responsible, showing initiative, great working ethics, reliable, creative, and not afraid to take a challenge or learn something new. She impressed me with how focused she is on her dream to have her own science TV show one day. Everything she does in terms of her work is definitely one step forward to achieving her dream.
Silvia StoyanovaPresident, Amika Studio; former NASA Goddard producer
Katrina proved herself to be someone who takes initiative, who is persistent in reaching goals, who has very strong communication skills (including research, writing, and production), and who has a keen mind and eye. We came to think of her as our ‘buzz saw,’ someone who could be given a vague project idea and wish list only to have her turn it into an amazing finished package for review in a ridiculously short period of time.
We chose Katrina from dozens of other internship candidates because of her passion for science and her unique vision for sharing the results of our missions through popular media. … Katrina’s accomplishments in planetary and astronomical sciences coupled with her passion for media arts and performance are rare for someone at this stage of their career.