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LRSC faculty earns honor

By   Erin Wood
02/02/2018

Dr. Betsy Bannier, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Lake Region State College, recently completed training to be a certified Solar System Ambassador volunteer.

Solar System Ambassador program is volunteer outreach coordinated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech. The Solar System Ambassadors program is a public engagement effort that works with motivated volunteers across the nation to communicate the science and excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and discoveries to the people in their communities.

Bannier will be hosting NASA-related community events (lectures, discussions, and children's activities) in the Milwaukee area and also in North Dakota.

“As a Solar System Ambassador, I am able to interact with NASA scientists and access a wide variety of NASA resources to assist me in developing community programming events! I look forward to hosting family-friendly NASA Trivia Nights and children’s moon mapping classes, as well as lectures on topics ranging from NASA’s space telescopes and probes to recent discoveries related to planets, stars, and black holes,” Betsy says.

Betsy Bannier is a tenured Associate Professor of Chemistry Online at LRSC. She lives near Milwaukee, Wis. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education with an emphasis in online science education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Bannier also earned a master’s degree in analytical chemistry from UND. She has almost 20 years’ experience teaching and coordinating learning activities for students of all ages. Her international speaking engagements and research interests currently include global trends in higher education and the motivation of online learners.

If you are affiliated with a school or organization which might be interested in a free programming event, contact Bannier at betsy.bannier@lrsc.edu

Lake Region State College is a student-centered, open-access, comprehensive community college within the North Dakota University System. Lake Region State College provides quality academic education, vocational/technical training, workforce training, educational outreach opportunities, and life-long learning. www.LRSC.edu.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers information and excitement about real missions that explore our solar system. Volunteer ambassadors in communities throughout the country are selected by JPL based on their backgrounds and on their plans for public outreach activities. JPL provides ambassadors with educational materials and training. However, the opinions of Ambassadors are not necessarily those of NASA or JPL. Further information about the Solar System Ambassadors Program is available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.