Michelle Thaller

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Michelle Thaller

Dr. Michelle Thaller is the Assistant Director of Science for Communications at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  Michelle has a Bachelor’s in astrophysics from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University. Michelle has used ground and space-based telescopes to study massive binary star systems and published her research in journals such as the Astrophysical Journal.  After a post-doctoral research fellowship at Caltech, Michelle became particularly interested in public outreach and science communication and served as the public outreach lead for the Spitzer Space Telescope at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory before moving to Goddard in 2009.  Michelle has also worked at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. assisting with strategic communications across all of NASA.  Outside of her work at NASA, Michelle is one of the regular hosts of Discovery Science Channel’s “How the Universe Works” and "Space's Deepest Secrets." Michelle also hosts the podcast “Orbital Path” on public radio.  She has received several high-profile awards for online science journalism and science leadership.


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