The Astrobiology Society (ISSOL), Treasurer (2020 – present)
The American Astronomical Society, CSWA Chair (2019 – 2022)
Gordon Research Conferences, Origins of Life, Chair (2020 conference)
Advocate for Inclusion and Diversity
For almost 10 years, I was a member of the American Astronomical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, which works to support activities and projects dedicated to promoting the careers, networks, and opportunities for women in science.
Advocacy in the News
March 10, 2020, Axios: Astronomy’s continuing harassment problem
Education & Public Outreach
Since 2001, I have been a NASA Solar System Ambassador and have honed my speaking skills at over 170 (and counting!) events around the country. To celebrate 50 years since the Apollo program, I have presented research on contributions of the people of Michigan to the exploration of space. I was interviewed about the “all-Michigan” Apollo 15 crew and have also given several talks, including Michigan on the Moon and Michigan Women in Space. In 2021, I received the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.
Public Outreach in the News
August 9, 2021, Albion College News: Dr. Nicolle Zellner Awarded Carl Sagan Medal by Astronomy Peers
August 21, 2017, Albion College News: Hundreds Gather on Campus to Watch Solar Eclipse
February 15, 2013, WILX TV: Meteorite Hits Russia, Asteroid Scrapes by Earth
June 2012, Venus Transit: Michigan Radio interview, Jackson Citizen Patriot article, Battle Creek Inquirer article, WILX TV interview
What started all of this? I was a member of a team that worked on a space shuttle telescope mission, WUPPE/Astro-2 (STS-67), in 1995.