Live From Mars was active July 1996-December 1997.


Live from Mars Volunteers

Mansel A. Nelson

I am a chemistry teacher on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. This is my fifth year as a high school teacher. Prior to becoming an educator, I completed 14 years military service. I am working on a number of projects to introduce students to technology and applications of technology. I am interested in smart filtering because I see it as a way to get my students involved in exciting applications of the Internet. I plan to have my students complete the work under my supervision.

Nick Miller

I am a junior at the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNY Tech.). My major is computer science focusing on UNIX, object oriented systems, and distributed computing. In addition to my work with computers, I also focus my studies in physics, astronomy, and space technology. I plan to finish my post-graduate work here by the spring of 1999. My motivation to volunteer as a smart filter comes from my childhood dream of growing up to become an astronaut. Those dreams fell short when I failed the color blindness test. Becoming a smart filter enabled me to still participate in the NASA experience and feel like I'm still a benefit to the organization. I hope to educate the public on how technology developed by NASA and the military benefits us in our civilian life. Visit my website.

Megan Gilliland

I'm 14 years old, in the 10th grade (1996-97), and I'm homeschooled. My favorite subjects are math and science. I've been interested in space and aviation ever since I can remember. I read as much as I can on these subjects; my favorite is "Lost Moon" by Jim Lovell and Jeffery Kluger. This past summer I worked at the Peoria Lakeview Planetarium, and I ran the shows all day every Friday. This is something I enjoyed very much, and I'm planning on doing it again every summer. I've been a regular visitor to the Planetarium since I was a small child. I also like to build and launch model rockets. I do this for fun, and as a 4-H project; this year I won 1st place for it. Another thing I enjoy doing is looking around at NASA's webpage, this is something I constantly am doing. I do it so much in fact, that when my browser starts up it automatically goes to NASA. But what I really enjoy doing the most is being a smart filter. This is a challenging, but an extremely fun job, and I'm glad I have it. Check out my homepage.

Steve Cooperman

I'm a teacher at a private high school for girls in Pasadena, Ca, called "Westridge." The school is grades 4-12, and I teach 9th grade "Concepts in Chemistry and Physics," about a 1/2 year of each subject, and 12th grade Honors Physics. The main theme is astronomy and we do the course "backwards" concentrating on optics, electromagnetic spectrum, and relativity first. I also teach A.P. Physics - the "B" course, so this includes all the topics. I've lectured at the Griffith Observatory Planetarium (the one you recently saw on Star Trek Voyager) since 1976, and I was a guide there for three years before that. That was during the time I was an undergrad at Yale, and I graduated there in 1975 with a degree in Physics and a strong concentration in Space and Geosciences.

From 1977-1984 I was a grad student at UCLA's Earth and Space Sciences department, and that's where I got my masters' degree and "most" of a PhD (I defended successfully, but I didn't submit my final draft because I got involved in full-time teaching and that was more fun). While I was in grad studies at UCLA, I taught astronomy at CalState Northridge (general astronomy to large auditorium groups, planetary science to one class, and observational astronomy for several years at night). Check out my website.

Karen Young

I teach at Serrano High School in Phelan, California (a small town at the edge of the Mojave Desert). I live in Wrightwood, CA, a ski resort town at 6000 feet in the San Gabriel Mountains, eight miles from the high school. I teach science and math. My background is in astronomy (B.A. UCLA, 1973; M.S. Brigham Young University, 1976). I worked part-time for JPL at Table Mountain Observatory in the early 70's doing spectroscopy of the atmospheres of Mars and Jupiter. In the late 70's I taught astronomy at the community college level.

John Niedermeier

I am an aerospace engineer working in the compressor aerodynamics department at General Electric's Aircraft Engines facility near Cincinnati, Ohio. I've worked in the industry for about nine years, and I have always been interested in astronomy and space flight. I never got around to applying to the manned space program, so I thought I would get involved anyway I can. I'm married and have a 2 1/2 year old son.

Evan Justin

I am a former research biochemist and statistician, now teaching 8th grade earth-space science and math at McMurray Middle School on Vashon Island, between Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state's Puget Sound. A longtime avid amateur astronomer and online ferret, I'm currently involved in developing online atmospheric learning resources for Earth and Mars as a Live from Earth and Mars SciLive96 Summer Institute participant.

Mari Nichols

I'm a mother of four children ranging from two-year-old to ten. During the day, I work as a computer consultant and have taught Computer classes. But at night, I stare skyward and wish I were an astronaut. Needless to say, I'm an amateur astronomer and missed my life's calling.

Hugh Thomson

I am Scottish but have been living in Australia for a lot of years now. I teach Computing Studies at Irrawang High School. My school has about 1100 students and their ages are between 12 and 18 although we do have a few mature age students. I have been interested in science and space travel since I was a child and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to get our students involved with NASA and the Smart Filter project. The student volunteers are from year 10 (15-16 years old) and are students who have shown an interest in science in school.

 Gayle Remisch

Hi, my name is Gayle and I am a very happily married mother of one 4 year old little girl (Anna-whom we homeschool). I provide day care for 5 other homeschooled children ages 3-5-10-17. My husband is Paul, he works for Canada Post. Born in England and raised in Montreal and Rio de Janeiro, I was schooled at a private boarding school on the Isle of White in England, and am the grand-daughter of a scientist. My grandfather, the late Terrence Ivey, invented the first portable mass X-ray unit during WWII, the first working Fiberglass tanker trucks for hauling hazardous chemicals, and built 2 telescopes himself by hand, even grinding the lenses himself. This is what I remember of him most, his telescopes set up in the back yard, all the work that lead up to them, watching the stars and planets night after night, charts, tables, short wave radio, his workroom where I played and listened to his scientific passions. I am still fascinated by the space sciences and these projects are a way for me to keep his memory alive. Presently I serve as a volunteer Outreach Advocate to homeschoolers and eastern Canada and am the Canadian Distribution Agent for the PTK programs. I am pleased and honoured to be a part of it even in a small way.

C. Daniel Chase

Presently I am a trainer for CompUSA, doing onsite corporate training here in Chattanooga, TN. I train users in the use of particular software packages on their PCs. Formerly, I taught school here for a short while, and am still very interested in the education. Working as a Smart Filter allows me to stay in touch with both the scientific community, as well as the educational world. I also was a Smart Filter during the Life From the Stratosphere project. I am 38, single and enjoy a variety of activities beyond my work, such as skiing, swimming, bicycling, hiking, camping, photography and reading. Much of my time is also spent doing genealogy research as well, and my current research can be viewed on the web at Dan's Place.

Wade Oliver

I have a B.S. of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University / Purdue University at Fort Wayne Indiana. I am currently working on my M.S. degree in Educational Computing and Instructional Design at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. My goal as a lifelong learner is to examine and explore technology, and its infusion in future education. I am currently involved in two other projects. The first is called project MCM (Murdock Computer Masters). This project involves computer training of students in grades 3-5 at Murdock Elementary in West Lafayette, Indiana. I also maintain the Educational Launch Pad. This is a continually evolving project in which I have attempted to build a web site which students, teachers, and parents will find useful. Wading through all the information available on the web can sometimes be overwhelming, and frustrating, so I have tried to list some good starting points. The final destination of the Launch Pad has yet to be determined. I am constantly searching for a focus that will best serve the intended audience.

Jorge Brown Segui

I am a Mining Engineer. I am also a lecturer assistant at the post grad course at Universidade Federal do Rio grande do Sul / Brazil. I live in Porto Alegre. I work at LPM Minning Research Laboratory and I have been involved with Blasting Tech for more than 12 years working directly with the industry. I am finishing a MSc degree in Blasting Technology. By August I intend to begin my PhD in Blasting Technology at JKMRC, University of Queesland, Australia. I have loved astronomy since childhood and to become a member of such a fantastic group as this one was a pleasure and an honor for me.

Walter Wagner

Here at the university I "teach how to teach" chemistry for all kinds of future chemistry teachers, from grade 1-13. This department is called "Didaktik der Chemie", which can be traduced with didactics of chemistry. I'm not sure if you have something similar at American universities.

Jos Wennmacker

I am an MVS systems programmer at the University Center for Information Services in Nijmegen, the Netherlands ( in Dutch). My age is 48. My interest in space comes from my interest in astronomy. I have been an amateur astronomer most of my life, though with different levels of activity: several years at the telescope, some years just with books in the parlor, some years at the computer writing astronomy programs, last year collecting lots of information thru the Web, from NASA to personal pages. My daughter, she is 5 years old, goes to a school, that follows the system developed by Maria Montessori. One very important aspect of this system is 'cosmic education'. So, last year, she explained the 'Big Bang' theory to me one day when she came out of school. This, amongst others, raised my interest in education again. I went looking for information for her, and for the school on the WEB, and the best way to find is to be actively involved in educational projects on the WEB. That's why I signed up as a volunteer. I have been a Smart Filter for the Online from Jupiter last year.

Barb Weimann

I have a BA with a major in foreign languages, and an MA in special education. I have been teaching English as a Second Language on a secondary level since 1984. For the past three years, I have been integrating Internet/E-mail use into my ESL activities. My class has participated in all the Passport To Knowledge projects. After the first LFA project, I was so impressed by the quality of these exceptional interactive educational activities that I was delighted to learn I could volunteer as a Smart Filter and be of help in some small way. For a number of years I had my private pilot's license and flew almost daily. Because of my love of flying, I have always followed NASA's space program with great enthusiasm, and I am particularly excited to see so much educational emphasis on space science -- these activities are indeed "cutting edge," another reason why I'm so happy to be participating as a PTK Smart Filter.

Arnaud Le Floch

I am a french student who is studying Electronic in the University of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom). I have obtained a BTS in Electronic Engineering (French diploma). And now, pursuing a BEng Hons in Electronic Engineering. I am interested in working with your group because I would like to learn more about NASA experiment, and because help other people is, for me, a pleasure.

Dr. Louis S. Binder

I am an Optometrist and Amatuer Astronomer. I live in Sugar Land, Texas. I volunteer at the George Observatory in Brazos State Park. I am a member of the Fort Bend Astronomy Club, and the Team Leader of a Supernova Search using the 18 inch and 36 inch Research Telecopes at the George Observatory. Please visit our web site and drop us a line.

Chris Rowan

Hello! I'm Chris Rowan, and I have been an elementary schoolteacher in Brownsville, Texas for the past 10 years. I have taught at Morningside Elementary for the past 7 years. I have a B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University and a Master's in counseling from the University of Texas at Brownsville. I have won several awards for the way in which I integrate technology into the curriculum. In 1995, I won the State Technology Teacher of the Year Award (sponsored by Technology and Learning magazine). During that same year, I was selected to attend an intensive 2-week NASA NEWEST workshop at Kennedy Space Center near Titusville, Florida. Ever since I was a young boy, I have had a deep interest in space science. When I found out that I could actually be a part of the NASA team in promoting space science education, I jumped at the chance. I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that what I do helps to promote NASA's goals. It's a hoot!

David Rajan

My name is David Rajan, and I just graduated from high school this June. This is my second year Smart Filtering, and it has been a great chance to learn firsthand about what's going on with several of the NASA projects. I got into it by chance--I was surfing the Web, and just happened to see the page asking for Smart Filters--and I filled out the form. In my spare time, I like to fool around with my computer, play the piano and violin--and when I'm not doing that, I'm always down for a good game of chess!

Nick Rosen

I'm a 16 year old high school student in 10th grade (class of 2000!). I live in Ambler, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. I've always been interested in science, computers, and the internet. Going to space (especially Mars a la Red Planet by Heinlen) has a certain excitement associated with it, probably coming from all that science fiction I've read. I worked this summer at the Mann Music Center as an usher getting payed next to nothing, but with "perks". When I grow up I want to do something in science, possibly be an engineer or something. I've really enjoyed being a Smart Filter. In the words of the person who wrote Forest Gump "That is all I have to say about that". Oh, and I have a home page that I haven't touched in at least two months here.

Stephanie Wong

I'm a 9th grader at Louis St. Laurent School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I'm 14 years old. My favorite subject is music, and I play flute. I also play the piano. My passion for space started when I watched the movie Apollo 13. Onwards from there, I found the NASA homepage, and then Quest. After fiddling around Quest for a few months and meeting online with some of the project developers, I thought that smart filtering would be kind of fun. I mean, actually doing something for NASA? Cool! So far, it has gone great! I want to be an aerospace engineer and planetary geologist when I grow up. My biggest wish is to be the first person to go to Mars and my favorite robot is Sojourner.