An anchor that tethers this unstable planet
From its very formation, the Moon has guided the development of life on Earth. It is largely responsible for the long-term physical stability of this planet. But in this year of celebrating the 50th anniversary of modern humanity's “claim” on the celestial body, let us appreciate the Moon for all that it represents, both physical and metaphorical.
Rica S. French
Professor Rica S. French earned degrees in physics and astronomy, spending years doing astrophysical research on primarily star clusters and planetary nebulae until she realized she preferred other targets: non-science majors and their instructors. With collaborators at the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) she is a fellow of the Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS), the nation's largest college-level astronomy education research initiative. French conducts research on the teaching and learning of science, develops and field-tests curricula and assessments, and facilitates professional development experiences for educators at all levels.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Geovanni Somoza from LAAS