Ashley Peery is an educator for the "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. In this role, Ashley works with science experts to create educational programs for the public. She also supports and trains the volunteer corps who interact with visitors to "Outbreak." Her favorite aspect of the job is fostering “lightbulb” moments for the museum’s visitors by making complex topics understandable for all. Before joining the Office of Education and Outreach at the museum, she received her PhD in Entomology from Virginia Tech.