Gary has been a space geek since watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon on his birthday! He earned his A.B. degrees in math and physics at Washington University in St. Louis before pursing his Ph.D. in Space Physics & Astronomy at Rice University (where Kennedy first announced plans to land a human being on the moon). From there, he pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in suburban Washington — fulfilling a dream to “work for NASA one day.” His research involves using weather balloons (which fly to altitudes of 100,000 feet — the edge of space) to measure atmospheric ozone — an important trace gas that protects us from ultraviolet radiation from the Sun, but when at ground level, leads to poor air quality. He currently serves at Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.