Maggie Masetti

Maggie Masetti

  • 301.614.6067
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 660.4
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: ADNET SYSTEMS INC
  • Brief Bio

    Maggie Masetti is the Social Media Lead and Web Site Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope mission. She writes science content for use on multiple platforms, and is always look for new and interesting ways for NASA to engage with the public. She organized a 2016 Artist Event, which became a 2017 art exhibit and an ongoing social media JWST-inspired art campaign. 

    She has previously done web development and education/outreach for missions including Suzaku and the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, and for the Astrophysics Science Division (NASA Blueshift) and the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics. During a stint in Earth Science, she worked on the "Echo the Bat" and "Amelia the Pigeon" education/outreach projects, as well as on web development for the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, and the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics.

    Education

    Maggie Masetti received BS degrees in Physics and Astronomy/Astrophysics, with a Math minor, from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997.

    Current Projects

    The James Webb Space Telescope

    JWST is a large infrared space telescope, currently being assembled and tested, which will launch in 2021.

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society, 1997 - Present

    Awards

    Adnet Unsung Hero Peer Award, 2018
    Adnet Outstanding Acheivement Award, 2018
    Adnet CREW Award (Customer Recognition of Exemplary Work), 2014
    Adent Outstanding Acheivement Award, 2010
    NASA Group Acheivement Award to JWST Project Team, 2009
    SSAI Outstanding Acheivement Award, 2005

    Other Professional Information

    Maggie has been involved in education & public outreach (as well as website development) at NASA since her summer internship in 1996. She has worked for the Lab for High Energy Astrophysics, the Lab for Terrestrial Science, the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, and the Astrophysics Science Division. As a result, she has had experience in both the space and earth sciences, though her background is in astrophysics.

    Over the years she has: written articles about astrophysics; worked with teachers; developed activities and lesson plans; created posters and other print materials; designed and created websites, on-line learning centers, and Flash games; and run social media accounts and events - all to help bring NASA science to the public and to educators.

    Currently, she is the social media lead for the JWST mission, and also manages their website (http://jwst.nasa.gov).

    Select Outreach/Social Media Highlights:

    Profiles and interviews:

    NASA.gov profile: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/meet-maggie-masetti.html

    Conversations with Goddard profile: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/about/people/MMasetti.html

    Girl Teaches Girl: 2017 interview: 
    https://www.girlteachesgirl.com/single-post/2017/08/26/Spotlight-On-Maggie-Masetti-NASA-Social-Media-Lead-Website-Manager

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Masetti, M. E. 2012. "Combining Social Media with Innovative Ways of Communicating about the James Webb Space Telescope." Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 44:

    Masetti, M. E., and S. Bowers. 2011. "The James Webb Space Telescope RealWorld-InWorld Design Challenge: Involving Professionals in a Virtual Classroom." Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 43:

    Krishnamurthi, A., J. C. Lochner, C. Conaty, et al. S. Eyermann, T. Ferrell, G. Gliba, B. Griswold, M. Masetti, S. Mitchell, F. Reddy, T. Toth, and A. Vandoren. 2010. "Using IYA to Bring the Universe Down to Earth in the Metro DC Area." Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future Proceedings of a conference held September 12-16, 2009 in Millbrae, California, USA Edited by Jonathan Barnes, Denise A Smith, Michael G Gibbs, and James G Manning, p363,

    Mitchell, S. E., M. Gibb, M. Masetti, et al. T. Nelson, F. Reddy, and E. Winter. 2010. "NASA Blueshift: Mobilizing The Astronomy-Interested Public Through New Media." American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #46505; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol 42, p504,

    Masetti, M. E. 1998. "Shedding a New Light on the Universe." Shedding a New Light on the Universe, [Full Text (Link)]

    Special Experience

    Maggie is conversational in Norwegian.

    She is also a notary public in Maryland. Commission expires Sept 13, 2022.

    Brief Bio

    Maggie Masetti is the Social Media Lead and Web Site Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope mission. She writes science content for use on multiple platforms, and is always look for new and interesting ways for NASA to engage with the public. She organized a 2016 Artist Event, which became a 2017 art exhibit and an ongoing social media JWST-inspired art campaign. 

    She has previously done web development and education/outreach for missions including Suzaku and the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, and for the Astrophysics Science Division (NASA Blueshift) and the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics. During a stint in Earth Science, she worked on the "Echo the Bat" and "Amelia the Pigeon" education/outreach projects, as well as on web development for the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, and the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Masetti, M. E. 2012. "Combining Social Media with Innovative Ways of Communicating about the James Webb Space Telescope." Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 44

    Masetti, M. E., and S. Bowers. 2011. "The James Webb Space Telescope RealWorld-InWorld Design Challenge: Involving Professionals in a Virtual Classroom." Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 43

    Krishnamurthi, A., J. C. Lochner, C. Conaty, et al. S. Eyermann, T. Ferrell, G. Gliba, B. Griswold, M. Masetti, S. Mitchell, F. Reddy, T. Toth, and A. Vandoren. 2010. "Using IYA to Bring the Universe Down to Earth in the Metro DC Area." Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future Proceedings of a conference held September 12-16, 2009 in Millbrae, California, USA Edited by Jonathan Barnes, Denise A Smith, Michael G Gibbs, and James G Manning, p363

    Mitchell, S. E., M. Gibb, M. Masetti, et al. T. Nelson, F. Reddy, and E. Winter. 2010. "NASA Blueshift: Mobilizing The Astronomy-Interested Public Through New Media." American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #46505; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol 42, p504

    Masetti, M. E. 1998. "Shedding a New Light on the Universe." Shedding a New Light on the Universe [Full Text (Link)]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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