I want to congratulate my friend, colleague and skyentist “Sarah Anderson” on her #Starstruck series and the upcoming launch! So proud of you Sarah and can’t wait to grab my copy!!!!
I have been very social media quiet. I had to make some important decisions regarding my career and some projects I am currently involved in. I needed some time away from a lot of things to really think things through. Some decisions are never easy but I believe I made the right decisions 🙂
Happy Earth day to all my Earthlings!
Let’s save our planet! I was so happy to be a part of the Earth day clean up!
Blogging Friday: Mars Research week
Time in Hawaii, USA
The first time I looked at my study region involving the Hale crater on Margaritifer Terra, Mars, I thought I saw secondary crater clusters that were not mapped by 2011 Jones et al map.
After looking at the study region and reading papers I soon began to realize that an ice rich surface surrounded Hale (SW and SE) and I was looking at a knobby terrain (SW of Hale).
My initial guess about the secondary crater clusters were wrong as I began to realize that they were pits formed by substances called “volatiles” related to the formation of the Hale crater. These volatiles are exploded as gases when they are quickly warmed by the heat of the Hale impact. Volatiles exploded out of ejecta and caused the formation of these pits (Runyon, 2015).
“Unrelated sand dunes near the top of the image have since blown over portions of the pits” (Runyon,2015).
@AirandSpace @Global_Mars #SLMars #LikeAMartian
Blogging Friday: Global Mars week
(Post for 03/ 31/2017)
Update: Currently we are working on our Global Mars curriculum.
@Global_Mars #SLMars #LikeAMartian
Social Media campaign update!
First I apologize for not blogging yesterday 03/31/2017. Where I am currently staying had wifi issues but now it’s fixed! YAY!
Below is the the theme for the social media campaign every week.
week 1 -> March 20th to March 24th : Pilot week
week 2 -> March 27th to March 31st: Global Mars week
week 3 -> April 3rd to April 7th: Mars Research Week
@Global_Mars #LikeAMartian #SLMars
My new Social Media Campaign
I started a new social media campaign! This week was the pilot week. I will be using below social media to talk about planetary science EVERYDAY! I will be talking about Mars research and Global Mars with the goal of diffusing planetary science.
Soundcloud Mondays: soundcloud.com/Hiruni Senarath Dassanayake
Twitter Tuesdays: twitter.com/senarahc01
Instagram Wednesdays: instagram.com/hirunisenarathdassanayake
Tumbler Thursdays: hirunisenarathdassanayake.tumblr.com
Blogging Fridays: hirunisenarathdassanayake.wordpress.com/blog
I actually waited till friday to post this on my blog. HAHA
Stay Tuned and Enjoy!
@Global_Mars #LikeAMartian #SLMars
Lately, I have not been working on my research as I have been spending all my time on Global Mars.
But today I saw an amazing HiRISE image of Uzboi Vallis!
I have been studying Margaritifer Terra for almost 4 years now (on and off). I realized how much I miss my research. So I decided to balance my time between “Global Mars” and research.
I can’t wait to get back on research tomorrow. But first I need good night sleep! 🙂
@HiRISE @global_Mars #SLMars
Today I had the honor of meeting Dr. Asha de Vos. I attended her talk on Sri Lankan blue whales and it was great.
I know we are on different fields of science but it was very encouraging to see a female from the developing world making changes!
It was a pleasure meeting you Dr. de Vos 🙂
#GlobalMars #SLMars @ashadevos
Happy International Women’s Day 2017!
“I started my adventure scientist journey when I was only 17 years old. After years of hard work, here I am……..still chasing my dream. I am not where I want to be in my career but I am working towards it. I made mistakes and had setbacks along the way. I have learnt a lot in my journey and most importantly I love the person I have become in this process.”
– Hiruni Senarath Dassanayake
Global Mars Sci Storytelling [Out Now!!!]
A scientist is a storyteller……….
Written By Hiruni Senarath Dassanayake
This is my first video. I did this video with minimum resources and equipment. Big shout-out to everybody who helped me make this video a success. Stay tuned to Sci Storytelling for more scientific storytelling! Enjoy 🙂
Global Mars Team | #TeamPassionLearning
@global_mars | # Slmars
Couldn’t agree more!! HAHA
I had a great time leading a geology tour for students at the Tapestry Public Charter School. I taught local geology and I was the field expert for this tour.
@Devil’s Hole State Park and Goat Island Niagara Falls, NY
Tour with Mrs. Kelkenberg and her class.
Rocks we saw during the tour.
Our morning geomorphology class. Had too much fun learning about fluvial geomorphology.
@Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls, NY
I saw this in my Modern Physics text book when I learnt about “The Quantum
Theory of Light”
I thought this was really neat! #physicsexplainscreation
Stats for 2016
Stats for 2017
Today I found out my blog has views from Sri Lanka, United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, Spain, Namibia and South Africa!
I am so happy to share my work with the world. I am SUPER excited!!! Thank you for your support and encouragement 🙂
Lets finish this year with a Bang!
Thanksgiving Dinner 2016
Today I had the pleasure of attending this wonderful thanksgiving dinner.
I met researchers, Fulbrighters and storytellers form all walks of life.
It was a great networking opportunity and thank you Mr. Hilton for inviting me.
Where? Colombo, Sri Lanka
International Education Week 2016
I had a great time talking to students about my experience in STEM in the United States.
Thanks for stopping by and making this event a success.
When? 11/19/2016 ,from 2-5 pm
Where? Taj Samudra Colombo, Sri Lanka
And they liked it 😉
I started this blog 7 months ago and today it reached 2,571 views!!!!
The idea of starting a blog came to me 7 years ago.
I had an image in my mind that I wanted to bring to life.
I am glad I did bring it to life this year and I am happy to share it with all of you.
#myMarsstory #Success #Awesomescience #2,571andcounting #Marslove #likeaMartian
I got lucky! I found love early in life………..
This is a supplemental essay I wrote when I was applying for my undergrad studies. One thing I noticed is that I am still the little girl I was 5 years ago.
Yes! I have grown as a person but my vision, interest and passion for what I do have not changed one bit.
If it has, it has only grown 🙂
Thank you for sharing my old essay Aunty Nelum.
Your encouragement get me going when going gets tough!
Today I woke up very tired because I have been working hard on a new project. I wasn’t sure how I was gonna go on like this. One of the first things I do every morning is check my email. As I went through my inbox I realized the kind of response I have from other scientists about my work.
When I started off, I was a beginner all over again and less sure about everything. I only had a vision and the ability to work very hard. Now I am getting amazing feedback on the projects that I initiated, from scientists in America as well as Sri Lanka. So I want to thank you for your encouragement. Getting great feedback is a fulfilling experience for a budding scientist like myself. Your encouragement get me going when going gets tough!
My new project
I have not been blogging a lot lately as I have been working very hard on a new exciting project. I can’t talk too much about it right now but stay tuned to my blog. I am super excited for this one and can’t wait to share it with all of you!
Eighteenth Annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration (SRCC) 2016
Jazz in the garden
Research was not the only thing we did at the Smithsonian. After work on Fridays we walked to the Sculpture Garden for sangria and some jazz music.
This was a great opportunity to for us to de-stress after a long week of hard work. It also gave us the opportunity to get to know each other outside work and helped us bond as a team.
Quote of the day
#WomeninSTEM #Educationismyright #Girlwithabook
Let’s science the sh√(−1)t out of this!!!
#Astrobiology #Spacebiology #Weneedfood #JourneytoMars #Marslove #LikeaMartian
When? Summer 2016
Where? NASA HQ
GEOMORPHIC MAPPING OF CRATER FLOOR DEPOSITS IN SOUTHERN MARGARITIFER TERRA, MARS
2015 GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (1-4 November 2015)
Paper No. 307-11
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
Thanks For The Memories Air and Space
This came in the mail today. I am grateful to have been a part of this.
Where? Colombo, Sri Lanka
Join me on Twitter @senarahc01
Twitter post twitter.com/senarahc01
@Hayden Planetarium New York, NY
Where? Hayden Planetarium, New York, NY
when? Winter break 2013/2014
@Universal Studios Hollywood, CA
When? Summer 2013
Where? Universal Studios Hollywood, CA
An Asteroid that is believed to have come from the Asteroid Belt.
When? Summer 2016
Where? CEPS NASM Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
The Einstein Memorial
When? Summer 2016
Where? The Einstein Memorial, Washington DC
Thank you Dr. Hewagama and Ms. Reiko Yoshimura for your advice and showing me the Einstein Memorial.
Thank you Buffalo State CDC!
When? May 2015
I started this blog 4 months ago and today it reached 1,024 views!!!!!!! YAY!!!!
#Success #justgettingstarted #staytuned #adventurer #explorer #LikeAMartian
Date: July 31st 2016
Change is home…………..
#sleepingonarock #cantcomplain #geolife
When? Spring 2014
Where? Buffalo, NY
IT’S MARS DAY!!!!
Where? from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
I made it to the front page 2 years ago
I had just started my sophomore year as an undergrad and this is the first science conference I attended.
Thank you Buff State and thank you Raven for uploading this picture! #undergraddays
Getting Ready for Mars day!
Thank you SUNY Buffalo State
Intern Day @ Hazy!
Air crafts and other things
Where? STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER
The Meteorite Tour
Mars and Lunar
ALH 84001 Martian Meteorite: Mars meteorite with possible “nano fossils”
Zagami Meteorite (Martian meteorite)
Nakhla Meteorite (Martian meteorite)
Moon rock (Lunar)
National Museum of Natural History Petrology Labs
Thank you Dr. Nicole Lunning for the tour.
Where: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.
17th and 18th Annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration (SRCC)
When: 17th SRCC Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 2015
18th SRCC Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where: SUNY Buffalo State
NASA Headquarters Library
-June 16th 2016
RECEPTION: NASA Science Day on the Hill
-June 15th 2016
Description: From spacecraft observing Earth and the sun, to rovers and telescopes unlocking secrets of planets in our solar system and beyond, the NASA Science Mission Directorate is exploring our universe like never before.
Join the NASA Science Mission Directorate for this exciting event, where you can interact with over 20 exhibits and hear from NASA scientists as they present their work in front of the popular NASA Hyperwall. Source Link
Event: Engaging Women & Girls in STEM through Data Science
Date/Time: June 15 2016, 1-3:15 p.m.
Location: NASA Headquarters Auditorium Washington DC and NASA TV
In conjunction with the United State of Women Summit, NASA hosted “Engaging Women & Girls in STEM Through Data Science.” This was an afternoon of discussions and presentations on the role of data science at NASA, opportunities for women and girls in data science, and to learn about NASA initiatives to engage women and girls in STEM through data science (i.e., Space Apps Challenge, Data Bootcamp, and Datanauts, etc.). Speakers include Megan Smith, US Chief Technology Officer+; Dava Newman, NASA Deputy Administrator; Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist; as well as program staff and participants from Space Apps Challenge, Data Bootcamp, and Datanauts. The event aired live on NASA Television. Source http://www.hq.nasa.gov/hq/
What’s New in Aerospace?
The Mars Generation: A Conversation with Astronaut Christina Koch
-June 15th 2016
Spaceflight: Then, Now, and Next
John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History Series
Presenters: Michael Collins and Jeff Bezos
Tuesday, June 14
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Museum in Washington, DC
Maj. Gen. Michael Collins, USAF (Ret.) and Apollo 11 astronaut
Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and founder and CEO of Amazon.com
David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group
Event: Appropriate Attire
The past and future of spacesuits with NASM spacesuit curator Cathleen Lewis and NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman
-June 9th 2016
Space Day 2016 National Air and Space Museum DC
-June 4th 2016
Mars Habitat Group Build: I learned a lot from these kids today.
I learned that we need palm trees, strawberry fields, water, shark habitat, spa, swimming pool, cats, dogs, dolphins, HBO, Netflix and water jets that spray people who try to sneak in!
Thank you for stopping by and helping us make a Martian Habitat 🙂
Highlight of the day: My dream of meeting a NASA astronaut came true!!