PULLMAN – WSU physics undergraduate Sarah Myers has the opportunity to share her passion with others as part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) celebrations.
 
Myers has been selected as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Washington state student ambassador for IYA2009. NASA chose 52 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country to reach out in their local communities and teach the public about our solar system and beyond.
 
As part of her duties, Myers is visiting school classrooms as well as arranging star parties at the Jewett Observatory and shows at the WSU Planetarium. She also hopes to set up teleconferences where students can talk with current and former astronauts about their experiences.
 
“I want to show them the universe is at their fingertips,” she said. “We’re lucky to have an observatory and planetarium here at WSU, as both are great tools for demonstrating astronomy.”
 
Before coming to WSU, Myers worked in the U.S. Air Force Space Command for five years.  After graduating this spring with a degree in physics and a minor in astronomy, she will begin work at the Kirtland Air Force Research Branch in Albuquerque, NM.
 
For more information, go ONLINE @  http://astronomy2009.org and the local Web site ONLINE @ www.nasaiya.com.