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Networking, NASA, and the Impact on STEM

Networking, NASA, and the Impact on STEM

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Interview with Dr. Angela Gibson and Rachel A. Adler
Dr. Gibson is a Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at APU.
Rachel is a Social Communities Coordinator at APU.

This is not your typical networking event. Some may view networking as a time for socializing and exchanging business cards and friend requests. For others, it involves those same components but it extends further into their area of interest. In this podcast we interview two STEM enthusiasts, Dr. Angela Gibson and Rachel A. Adler. Both have attended more than a few NASA socials where they’ve had the ability to go behind the scenes with rocket launches, and have had educational opportunities for topics like understanding the effects of climate change, and moon buggy races where they’re divided up in teams. At these socials attendees are also given direct access to scientists, engineers, and researchers at NASA. Interested in learning more about these incredible networking opportunities? Listen on to hear more of their thoughts based around the following questions:

  1. What are some of the biggest advantages of attending a NASA social event?
  2. What do you think is the strategy behind NASA inviting people from all walks of life to their events?
  3. How is NASA impacting the field of STEM with their PR, outreach, and brand loyalty?

About the Speakers

Dr. Gibson has been published in various peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Community College of Research and Practice, and Issues in Educational Research. She is active in regional and national education associations performing in roles as reviewer, chair, discussant, and mentor. Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for education journals.  Dr. Gibson received a B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University, a Masters of Arts in Human Performance Systems, with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, from Marymount University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with concentrations in Adult Education, Higher Education, and Community College Education, from Texas A & M University – Kingsville. Additionally, Dr. Gibson volunteers as an informal STEM educator creating learning opportunities at schools and with community organizations as well as providing social media outreach for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). She is a recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) 2014 Effective Practice Award.

Rachel is a native NYer who has ventured down south to be part of the incredible APUS Team. She is a Tweet-aholic as well as digital native. When she is not experimenting in the kitchen, listening to records, or reading whatever she can get her hands on she likes to volunteer her time to various causes and community events to try and make the world a little better then how she received it. She’s also a political junkie and pop culture savant.

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