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Web Home for Dr. Carol Christian



Welcome to the internet home for C. Christian.

Dr. Carol Christian is an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Her position as the Hubble Space Telescope Outreach Project Scientist is to ensure that accurate scientific information is distributed through STScI's products for the media, educators and the general public. She also is a co-Host of the Afternoon Astronomy Coffeeseries held weekly to discuss the latest astronomical research with the teams who study the cosmos. She has held a few different positions at STScI, and served as a Science and Technology Policy Advisor at the US Department of State, for 3 years, promoting pervasive use of Geographic Information Systems and satellite remote sensing data to Department bureaus and posts. She has invented and teamed on a number of education and outreach programs and currently is a collaborator on 3D Astronomy, a project bringing Hubble data and other information to visually impaired individuals through the use of 3D prints. This project also is aimed at stimulating student interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Technology) and career opportunities in STEM fields. She received her PhD in Astrophysics from Boston University.

Former positions held:

  • Deputy of the Community Missions Office (CMO), the division of STScI that finds creative solutions and applies expertise from Hubble to new scientific missions and programs.
  • Head, Office of Public Outreach at STScI
  • Head, Guest Observer Program for the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer

Memberships

Formerly

Projects

  • 3D Astronomy: Hubble and other data printed with a 3D printer with textures to share astronomical research especially with visually impaired individuals
  • Amazing Space: educational resources for supporting pre-college curricula and teacher training (50 states, > 250 school districts!). [initial creator]
  • Tour the Cosmos: radio/internet simulcasts on hot topics in HST research [co-creator]
  • Hubble Heritage Team
  • Innovation in the SharkCage - an intensive workshop for STScI personnel to apply their accumulated expertise to challenges in providing exemplary service to the science community at an optimum cost.