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 Coffee series 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
Technical committees of the Internatiomal Aeronautical Federation (Space Astronomy, Space Outreach and Education = Vice Chair, Cultural Utilization of Space, co-organizer and mentor for Next Generation Space Leaders program).
Innovation in theSharkCage - 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. [creator 2001]