My C.V.

March 2016

 LINDA BILLINGS, Ph.D.

 EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., mass communication, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  • ­ M.A., international transactions, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
  • ­ B.A., social sciences, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Instructor, introduction to journalism, newspaper reporting, School of Journalism, Indiana University, 1997-1999.
  • Lecturer, School of Journalism and Technical Communication, Colorado State University, 1993-1996.
  • State Department U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program representative, Budapest and Pecs, Hungary, November 2005.
  • Seminar, “Challenges in Communicating The New Biology,” Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, Atlanta, GA, June 4, 2013.
  • Seminar, “Science, communication, and science communication inside the Washington Beltway,” Hampton University, Hampton, VA, March 19, 2014.
  • Seminar, “Challenges in communicating the complexities of astrobiology research,” Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, October 15, 2012.
  • Seminar, “Who decides what we nee to know and where we need to go? The politics of science and exploration,” George Washington University, Washington, DC, February 5, 2013.
  • Guest lectures: American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Harvard University.

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Research expertise in social studies of science, space policy, space history, mass communication, science communication, journalism studies.
  • Excellent researcher, writer, editor, speaker, strategic planner and organizer.
  • Competency in MS Office, Web 2.0, social media tools.

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • Consultant to NASA’s Astrobiology Program, June 2011-present.
  • Consultant to NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office/Near Earth Observations Program, May 2012-present.
  • Director of Science Communication, Center for Integrative STEM Education, National Institute of Aerospace, September 2011-present.
  • Fellow, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, June 2011-June 2012.
  • Research Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University; and Principal Investigator, NASA Astrobiology Program, May 2009-2011.
    • Manager of Communications, NASA Astrobiology Program, Jan. 2007-May 2009. (Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement).
    • Co-investigator, communication research, planning, analysis, NASA Planetary Protection Office, Sep. 2002-06 (SETI Institute grant).
  • ­ Director of Communications, SPACEHAB, Inc., Washington, D.C., Sep. 1999-Aug. 2002.
  • Chancellor’s Fellow (1996-97), Knight Fellow and instructor (1997-99), Indiana U. School of Journalism.
  • Director of Science Communication, Life Sciences Division, NASA HQ, Oct. 1994-Aug. 1996.
  • Manager of education and outreach, exploration office, NASA HQ, Dec. 1993-Oct. 1994.
  • Senior editor/analyst, BDM International, April 1990-December 1993.
  • Editor, Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co., July 1988-April 1990.
  • Senior editor for space, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, December 1985-July 1988.
  • Public affairs officer, National Commission on Space, Sept.-Dec. 1985.
  • Editor, Space Business News, June 1983-August 1985; Synfuels Week, May 1981-June 1983.
  • Editor/reporter, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., July 1978-May 1981.

 

SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    • Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Achievement Awards, Women in Aerospace.
  • Arlington County Volunteer Award.
  • Media Award, Washington Space Business Roundtable.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Space cowboys: how jingoism corrupts American rhetoric on human spaceflight,” Scientific American, August 2015.
  • “Words matter: A call for responsible communication about asteroid impact hazards and plans for planetary defense,” Space Policy 33, 8-12, 2015.
  • “The allure of alien life: public and media framings of extraterrestrial life,” pp. 308-323 in S.J. Dick, ed., The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • [Book review] Lucky Planet: Why Earth Is Exceptional and What That Means for Life in the Universe, by David Waltham, Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly 21(3), 2014.
  • “Wowing the public: the shuttle as a cultural icon,” pp. 299-322 in R.D. Launius et al, eds., Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2013.
  • “Astrobiology in culture: The search for extraterrestrial life as ‘science’,” Astrobiology 12(10), 2012.
  • Coauthor, P. Ehrenfreund et al., “Toward a global space exploration program: A stepping stone approach,” Advances in Space Research 49, 2-48, 2012.
  • “Media, citizens, and space exploration: conquest and exploitation or discovery and understanding?”, pp. 199-209, in Stewart M. Hoover and Monica M. Emerich, Eds., Media, Spiritualities, and Social Change, Continuum, 2011.
  • “‘Grand questions’ in space exploration generate great stories: the challenge is how to tell them,” Space News, November 30, 2010.
  • “Should we care about other planets?”, The Space Review, July 14, 2010.
  • “A global space exploration enterprise: an idea whose time has come,” Space News, July 7, 2010.
  • Contributor, Sage Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication, Sage, 2010.
    • “50 years of NASA and the public: What NASA? What publics?”, pp. 151-182 in Steven J. Dick, Ed., NASA’s First 50 Years: Historical Perspectives, NASA History Division (NASA SP-2010-4704), 2010.
  • “Ideology, advocacy, and space flight – evolution of a cultural narrative,” Chapter 25 in Steven J. Dick and Roger D. Launius, Eds., Societal Impact of Space Flight (SP-200-4801), NASA History Division, Washington, DC, 2007.
  • “How shall we live in space? Culture, law and ethics in space-faring society,” Space Policy 22, fall 2006.
  • “Exploration for the masses? Or joyrides for the ultra-rich? Prospects for space tourism,” Space Policy 22, summer 2006.
  • “To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond: Culture, Law and Ethics in Space-Faring Societies,” Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, special issue, 2006.
  • Contributing author, First Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, New American Library, 1990 (Ben Bova, ed.).

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2002-present.
  • Society for Social Studies of Science, 1999-present.
  • Women in Aerospace, 1985-2012 (president, 2003).
  • National Communication Association, 1999-2012.
  • International Communication Association, 1996-2012.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Commentary Editor, Science Communication (2010-present); reading tutor and classroom volunteer, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA (2000-present); Member, Panel on Exploration, Committee on Space Research (2010-present); Member, Socioeconomic Data and Applications User Group, NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (2013-2015); member, President’s Group of Advisors to the NASA Transition Team, 2008-2009.

 

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