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Web Home for Dr. Carol Christian



Welcome to the internet home for C. Christian.

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.

Formerly she was the 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. She also has experience in Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Christian is a member of the American Astronomical Society and its Education Committee and is on several committees within the Board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and serves on the NASA Langley Earth Science Data User Group. In addition, she is a member of several technical committees of the Internatiomal Aeronautical Federation (Space Astronomy, Education, Cultural Utilization of Space).

She was a voice on WYPR, the Baltimore NPR radio station where she co-hosted the astronomy vignette "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 Heritage team.

She also created the two educational programs:

- Amazing Space: educational resources for supporting pre-college curricula and teacher training (50 states, > 250 school districts!).

- Tour the Cosmos: radio/internet simulcasts on hot topics in HST research.