She is a scientist at the Space
Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Her official designation is Hubble Space Telescope Outreach Project Scientist, supporting the HST mission to insure accurate scientific information is distributed through STScI's products for the media, eduators and the general public. She also is a co-Host of the Hubble Hangouts series held weekly.
She was a voice on WYPR,
the Baltimore NPR radio station where she co-hosted the astronomy
"Skywatch". Episodes are available on iTunes as a
podcast.As the Astronomer in Residence for the Center for Emerging Media in Baltimore, she now co-hosts a podcast available on iTunes called "This Week in Space Telescopes" or TWIST.
In 2003-2006, for part of her time, she served
as a Science and Technology Policy Advisor at the US
Department of State, working on promoting pervasive use of Geographic
Information Systems and satellite remote sensing data to State bureaus
and posts. Her home base was the Information Technology group, eDiplomacy.
Formerly, before her work at the Department of State began, she was
the first Deputy of CMO, following
an interesting stint as the Head of "Development, Technology
and Innovation" or DTI at STScI.
For two and a half years, DTI brought you webcasts of science symposia,
technical workshops, science colloquia and a few fun events as well
as significant improvements in processes involving IT.
In past years, Dr. Christian invented "Innovation in the
SharkCage" - an intensive workshop facilitated by DTI for STScI
personnel to apply their accumulated expertise to challenges in
providing exemplary service to the science community at an optimum
cost. She also was one of the first to head the Office of Public Outreach at STScI, directing the Hubble
News program, and various education and public information programs including being a member of the Hubble
She also created the two educational programs:
- Amazing Space:
educational resources for supporting pre-college curricula and teacher
training (50 states, > 250 school districts!).