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I received my BS in 1992 in Recording Industry Management, with dual minors in Mass Communications & Entertainment Technology from Middle Tennessee State University. I worked in the Nashville music business with Garth Brooks, Tricia Yearwood, and a host of songwriters and publishers before walking away from that life to go back to grad school. (It's never too late!)
I earned a MS in 2004 in Space Studies researching the policy implications of the Chinese space program and the interplay between science and media regarding the asteroid hazard. I was a co-founder of the Moon/Mars workshop and was part of the United Nations Space Generation Advisory Council [UNSGAC]). After graduation, I taught SpSt200: Introduction to Outer Space in the Space Studies Department at the University of North Dakota.
In 2010, I earned a second MS in Geosciences from Oregon State researching Earth/Mars lava morphology, and working as a consultant on the Cassini radar team for Titan (see R M Lopes, ER Stofan, R Peckyno, et.al. Distribution and Interplay of Geologic Processes on Titan From Cassini Data. Icarus, Volume 205, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 540-558).
If you are interested in more info about me personally including my science work, photography, music, and web/graphic work, visit: http://pecknotes.com
I have participated in local community outreach events in Corvallis with the 4H Program, The SMILE Program, Corvallis High School, The NASA Explorer School Program, DaVinci Days, OSU-GIS Day, etc.
I have served on the Holocaust Memorial Committee and the SHPR Events and Outreach Committee
I provide volunteer web and social media support for Volcano World.