Jane Miller Jones

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Residing In: Monrovia, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Morris (Mojo)
Homepage: www.whiteoaks.com
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Occupation: NASA Science Educator Astronomer /Sr. Outreach specialist
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I'm on Twitter as @jhjones (Jane Houston Jones) and my astronomy club @Otastro (Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers)

I am on Facebook as jhjones

I am on LinkedIn as Jane Houston Jones

I'm an active amateur astronomer who writes articles for magazines, gives talks about science and astronomy to community groups about the NASA planetary missions I work on - Cassini to Saturn, Juno to Jupiter, InSight to Mars, since 2003, when I switched from Banking and Finance to a day job at NASA. I am lucky to be able to do a lot of amateur Astronomy -- my hobby since 1988 and as my later (started age 50) career dream job with NASA.

Current since 2003, Senior Outreach lead for Planetary missions at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. I develop and implement informal outreach programs with JPL Education Affairs and NASA Science Mission Directorate. I engage the public in the excitement of astronomy through volunteer programs, presentations, talks and articles in magazines, and write website features. I write new mission education/public outreach (E/PO) proposal plans, too! And budgets and proposals and lots of paperwork. I'll retire from this awesome job November 30, 2018.

I was with Bank of America, then consulting at Wells Fargo from 1978-2003. I managed many finance departments, lead product management and project management teams on lots of projects. Before that I was at Bank of Marin while finishing college. I started as a bank proof operator, ended up as a BofA Vice President. Enjoyed it all!

As a banking consultant with Comsys, I wrote securities trading, internet, business banking and telephone banking customer service rep procedures and telephone rep scripts. Lots of fun!

As a Comsys consultant with Pacific Gas and Electric, I tracked project scope on a huge energy utility restructuring project. I estimated project requirement cost and timelines using several interesting project methodologies. I wrote and conducted test phase scripts using a lot of different testing tools. I trained the PG&E staff on project management methodologies, and tracked implementation issues and bugs. Just like banking project and product management, but with different products.

I've pretty much enjoyed all the jobs I've ever had, and now I get paid to do my hobby at NASA.

School Story:

College of Marin 70-74 AA and AS degrees in Anthropology and Banking
San Francisco State University 75-78 BA Business Administration (Finance and Banking majors)

Then Bank of Marin, Independent Bankshares, WestAmerica 1972-1978 Bank of America Vice President 1978-1995

Then Comsys, Inc bank and utility industry project management consulting (at Wells Fargo Bank and Pacific Gas and eElectric) 1995-2003

What Grammar School did you attend in Terra Linda?

Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools, Denton (TX) 2nd through 7th grade. K-1st & half of 2nd grade, New Orleans, LA

Which Junior High School did you attend?

Miller Creek Middle School, San Rafael 8th grade, Denton Jr. High School, Denton TX 7th grade

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
Jane in 2008
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
Here I am aboard Google Corp's G5 corporate jet conducting research on the 2008 Aurigid Meteor shower. Google stores their jets at NASA Ames and in return scientists get to use the jets for research. I'm wearing a little medal that a 7 year old Irish boy gave me when I was over there giving a talk in 2006.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
With my sisters Heidi Miller (TLHS 1972) and Wendy Miller Kovaletz (TLHS LAGNAF 1974) and Wendy's daughter Kristen. We all live in So Cal and get together often. Wendy works at SCE as an environmental manager and Heidi owns Heidi's Tight Assets, 3 clothing stores in Laguna Beach,Newport Beach and Carlsbad CA. She also owns the famous Laguna Beach World Newsstand - on PCH.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
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Me and my Mini-me, with a 1/2 scale model of the Cassini Spacecraft at JPL Open House
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
Mojo and I spend a couple weekends each year as National Park volunteers at Yosemite's Glacier Point. We present astronomy programs by night, and hike by day. Here were are at Glacier Point with Half dome in the background.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM
Here we are with a couple of our larger telescopes - in Borrego Springs, CA November 2008.