40 minutes | Feb 6, 2018

002 - Chris Blair of NASA

This episode features Chris Blair, who works in the Communications Departments for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. In addition to his work with NASA, Chris talks about making a serious mid-life career transition and encourages others to think about their passions and how those might motivate a career transition. Chris discusses what he does for the Center currently along with previous roles like running the Facebook page for a NASA center. We then get into Chris' backstory, which took him from high school band director to education outreach at Kennedy Space Center and how he made the transition from public education to NASA outreach. As part of the discussion for this outreach, Chris references resources for parents and teachers, including:The NASA Educator Resource CentersEducation Express e-mail list From there, Chris talks about some common misconceptions he has heard about NASA. One of which is that there are numerous centers around the country, which can be found on this interactive map of NASA Centers and Facilities. A connection between the education and communication outreach efforts is generating public interest. Making people aware of what NASA does, what opportunities may be available, and getting them excited in order to turn people into champions for NASA. Finally, we wrap up with Chris' favorite parts of his time at NASA and the biggest lesson he has learned from his career transition. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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