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Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences

Sommers-Bausch Observatory
2475 Kittridge Loop Drive
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80309

Prior to joining Sommers-Bausch Observatory and Fiske Planetarium, Carla was a STEM Informal Science Educator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of NASA’s Museum Alliance, a volunteer membership network of informal science educators at over 600 institutions in the U.S. She brought together a community of volunteers, provided opportunities for professional development, and managed multiple NASA websites. Carla also designed, developed, and delivered planetarium presentations and STEM curriculums for after school programs, science clubs, libraries, camps, and Boy and Girl Scouts troops. In addition to her work at JPL, Carla was a Telescope Demonstrator at Griffith Observatory and a 60-inch and 100-inch Telescope Operator at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory.

A passion for public outreach and a love of sharing the skies with kids of all ages keeps her involved in the Front Range amateur astronomical community with the Denver Astronomical SocietyNorthern Colorado Astronomical Society, and Rocky Mountain National Park. On a national level, she serves as the Advertising Representative for the Astronomical League’s Reflector magazine and continues her relationship with JPL as a Solar System Ambassador. In 2019, she was honored to be selected for the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP).

A lifelong learner, Carla has a Master of Science in Science Education, emphasis Astronomy from Montana State University and a Master of Education in Organizational Development from Colorado State University.