Dr. Sanlyn Buxner serves as a Senior Research Scientist & Education and Communication Specialist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Her current research interests include examining issues related to scientific literacy; how to measure it and investigating how it is changed by education, outreach, and online media. Additionally, she investigates how science research experiences can be used to improve both science understanding and empowerment of teachers and students.
Dr. Buxner has worked in space science education and public outreach since 1996. Over the last fifteen years she has worked in formal and informal education in science museums, outdoor schools, and universities. Between 2005 and 2009, she worked as the Education and Public Outreach Specialist for the Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer and NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. In these positions, she conducted classroom outreach, curriculum development, teacher workshops, public tours, summer camps, and public and research presentations in the US and abroad. In addition to her work at PSI, she teaches science and research methodology courses as the University of Arizona.