She is a scientist at the Space
Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. She is the Hubble Space Telescope Outreach Project Scientist, supporting the HST mission in all things regarding information for the media, eduators and the general public. She also is a co-Host of the Hubble Hangouts series held weekly.
She continues her collaboration with WYPR,
the Baltimore NPR radio station where she co-hosts the astronomy
"Skywatch". It can be heard at 8:33AM Thursday mornings
and as a
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.
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 directed the interesting
design of the DTI website.
In previous incarnations, Dr. Christian was
the Head of the Office of Public Outreach, directing the Hubble
News program, the construction of the main STScI
public website,and the SITES HST
In addition to being a member of the Hubble
Heritage project, she also created the two educational programs:
- Amazing Space:
educational resources for supporting pre-college curricula and teacher
training (50 states, > 250 school districts!).