Meet the Team
Ms. Shupla manages the LPI Education and Public Engagement staff, assisting with all of the program efforts. She joined LPI education team in October 2005, and has led a variety of its programs, including professional development and materials development for out-of-school time programmers, librarians, teachers, and informal science educators. She leads LPI's scientist engagement efforts , providing professional development and resources to assist planetary scientists in their efforts to share their science with public audiences. She was the principal investigator for the Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program (STEP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy from the University of Texas in Austin, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Shaner is the Public Engagement Lead at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. He is responsible for the implementation of LPI’s public engagement programs, such as the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series , Sky Fest and use of LPI’s digital portable planetarium. Since joining LPI in July 2009, he has been involved in multiple education projects including professional development experiences for early career scientists, teachers, public librarians, and camp professionals as well as educational experiences for the public. Mr. Shaner is the education lead for the LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration. In this capacity, he has managed an authentic, lunar/asteroid research program for high school students (ExMASS) and has developed content for small, portable traveling exhibits intended for small libraries . He also serves on the Coordinating Committee for International Observe the Moon Night as the Partnerships Lead. Mr. Shaner holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from Wichita State University and a M.A. in Teaching and Teacher Education with a minor in planetary science from The University of Arizona. As a graduate student, he worked in the education program for NASA’s Mars Phoenix mission and was a two-time NASA/University of Arizona SpaceGrant Graduate Fellow. Following graduate school, he taught high school physics and Earth and space science for one year before coming to LPI.
I have been with the LPI since September 2010. I assist with all the administrative duties for the education team. I assist with the coordination of meetings, purchasing, and agreements. I also support the team in the preparation of workshops, acquisitions, and shipping of materials, and am the liaison between our team and other departments. I enjoy working with everyone on the education team and am excited about my contribution to the team's space science goals.