Welcome to the Think like A.., podcast sponsored by the Alabama Association for Gifted Children or AAGC. The purpose of this podcast is to explore different professions to see what it takes to be successful. We hope you will join us each month to listen to a conversation with a professional in a career. We will learn what skills are required to be successful and education requirements, and what you really do in this career. If you have a suggestions of a career that you would like for us to feature, please email us at alabamagifted@gmail.com

Episode 1 of Think Like a .....Mitzi Adams, Assistant Manager of the Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch

Learn what it takes to be an astrophysicist, and more specifically a heliophysicist for NASA. Meet Mitzi Adams, Assistant Manager of the Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch. Mitzi Adams joined the NASA workforce in March, 1988 as a graduate co-op student and was made a permanent employee in January 1991, upon completion of the Master’s Degree. Ms. Adams primary research work involved the use of ground-based data from MSFC’s solar vector magnetograph. With the launch of Hinode in 2006, Ms. Adams switched the research emphasis to data acquired in space and she uses data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, launched in 2010. In addition to the research work, Ms. Adams supported Dr. John Davis with analysis from testing of the Solar X-ray Imager, built and tested at MSFC and launched in 2001 on the GOES-12 spacecraft.

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