Current Topics of Interest

Genius with Stephen Hawking

Feb 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, International Appearances, Tele-Explorer

Hey Everyone, I recently had the amazing opportunity to work on a science series called Genius and the press release for Genius has just come out: “January 18, 2016 – PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced today at the PBS portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour that PBS, with National Geographic […]



My Newest Adventure: To Mars!

Mar 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, Current Topics of Interest, NASA

Hello Everyone, Sorry I have been away so long. I have been working on a new project called HI-SEAS: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. I will be spending 4 months living in a Mars simulated environment in Hawaii. The study takes place from April – August, 2013. I am the education outreach officer for […]



FEMA internship

Aug 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Edu-Explorer, Geo-Explorer, Life-Long Learning, Travel Adventures

This year I am on sabbatical from my work. Instead of teaching I will be doing two internships. The first internship starts next week and is at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institution. I will spend 8 weeks there taking classes and working on the science of disasters. Check out the website for EMI: http://training.fema.gov/EMI/ When I […]



AFA Teacher of the year award

Aug 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest

I am the aerospace education officer for my Civil Air Patrol squadron and I was recently (August 6, 2012) presented with the Air Force Association’s Frank Luke (Luke AFB) Chapter Teacher of the Year Award. It was the first time they have given it to a non k-12 teacher. What a terrific honor. The certificate […]



Portugal 2012

Aug 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Geo-Explorer, Travel Adventures

After I finished the Camino de Santiago I took the train to Porto and then on to Lisbon. I loved Portugal. I actually don’t have time to do a cool write-up for Portugal because of my travel. So I’m posting pictures only and the three things I want you to know about Portugal are: 1. […]



The Camino de Santiago 2012

Jul 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

Here are the pages for my Camino de Santiago trip. It is a 500 miles walk (pilgrimage) across northern Spain. I started my journey on June 25, 2012 from Pamplona, Spain. I estimated 30 days to reach Santiago de la Compostella. To read a blog page, just click on the day. Day 1: Shall we […]



Barcelona 2012

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

Hello Mom, family, and friends. I flew to Barcelona for the first time this past week all by myself. I mean literally all by myself! I was lucky and had no one sitting in the seat next to me and it was a full flight. What are the chances of that. I was clearly off […]



HI-SEAS Project

Jun 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, Current Topics of Interest, NASA

Hello everyone, I would like to share with you my latest adventure. I have been selected to participated in a Mars Analog Food Study. The purpose of this study is to understand what foods would work best for a mission to Mars. The crew consists of 9 individuals, six of which will be chosen to […]



Southern Az Wines

Nov 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures

After living in Arizona for over a decade I decided to finally visit the historic town of Bisbee and do a wine tour of Southern Az. Me and some friends made the 3.5 hour drive south. Here are some pictures from the weekend.



Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

Sep 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest

I am a geologist who has lived in Phoenix, Arizona since 1994 and I have never been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon National Park. Ya, I know what you are thinking. How is this possible?? Well, I’m finally going to make up for all my years of ignoring the bottom by not only […]