Marni Berendsen, employed with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), is the lead project manager and developer of the NASA Night Sky Network (http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/), a nationwide coalition of over 200 amateur astronomy clubs dedicated to astronomy outreach. The Night Sky Network is an ASP and NASA-funded program to create and disseminate informal outreach materials and training specifically tailored for use by amateur astronomers.
An amateur astronomer for many years, Marni is a Project ASTRO partner and a member of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in Concord , California , participating regularly in the club's outreach programs and conducting club member workshops.
She received her Masters in Astronomy through the University of Western Sydney . Her master's thesis involved research into outreach and knowledge of astronomy concepts among amateur astronomers, publishing the primary findings in the journal, Astronomy Education Review. She contributed to and co-edited the book, Science Educators Under the Stars: Amateur Astronomers Engaged in Education and Public Outreach, published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 2007.
Her interest in astronomy was sparked as a young Girl Scout camping
out in a high Sierra meadow while Scout leaders told stories of the Greek
gods illustrated by the tapestry of constellations over their heads.
Congratulations Marni Berendsen
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