2017 Festival: Janel Thomas, NASA/NOAA and Science Cheerleader

Janel Thomas, NASA/NOAA and Science Cheerleader

Janel ThomasThe Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Janel Thomas to the 2017 National Math Festival!

Janel Thomas works for both the¬†National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)¬†and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a Training and User Liaison for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) Product Readiness Operations Team. She has also been a member of Science Cheerleader for four years after cheering for the St. Louis University Billikens. Janel studied meterology as an undergraduate, and she has a master’s degree in geography and environmental systems.

2, 4, 6, 8 = Science!

Have you ever thought about physics and engineering principles when watching a cheerleading squad build a pyramid or toss a girl into the air? Understanding the science, technology, engineering, and math inherent in cheerleading gives a new perspective and understanding of cheerleading (and lots of other forces in the world too). Highlights from The Science of Cheerleading, a book created by Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader, will be shared showcasing how science and engineering can be a part of nearly every aspect of our lives; sharing a message of encouragement to follow dreams and challenge stereotypes along with the practicality of scientific pursuits and concepts.