3DAstronomy: This project a collaboration with A. Nota (STScI/ESA), Jonathan Eisenhamer, Larry Bradley and Perry Greenfield (STScI) and Noreen Grice (YouCanDoAstronomy) to name a few. We created a process to produce tactile representations of HST images and data for the visually impaired. Our project webpage has a description and a gallery.
The scientific data that forms the basis of the 3D tactile prints is first, an HST program to study the star cluster Westerlund 2 and oter star clusters, and secondly, the study of cluster populations in nearby galaxies of varied morphology.
The applicabiity of the materials is to instroduce students and other individuals to astronomical data and the technology of 3D printing to stimulate an interest in STEM. Other people can benefit from the materials as well, but the focus to date has been to support STEM summer camps at several institutions that build life skils and experience for students with B/VI.
Google Sky: a collaboration with A. Conti (STScI) and Google to
bring HST data to the public and create a portal to astronomical resources for science research using the
technology. See the gSky page.
a weekly radio vignette on
Baltimore's NPR, WYPR, FM station (88.1)
discussing the latest astronomy news. I now co-host the Hubble Hangouts series on Google+.
Department of State Satellite Image of the Week: A website devloted to bringing
examples of the use of commercial, unclassified satellite imagery for foreign policy and diplomacy.
Technology, & Innovation: a Division I created and headed in 2001 to look at innovative
and distruptive ways to improve our processes and operations.
Innovation Project: I invented this methodology to take advantage of nuermous innovation and process improvement strategies to
critically look at was to improve our service to users. An example is the
"where is my data"
project or Hubble DataTracker.
first webcast of the STScI Spring Symposium (Dark Matter) was in 2001. We published a
report on webcasting
and and the rest, as they say, is digital history.
travel project (ask for report) was aprecursor to using online travel services
when all our processes were restricted to paper.
Office of Public Outreach
HST Mission Office - Outreach Project Scientist -2012+
This office strives to provide an environment making
science research as broadly accessible and relevant to the public
through projects that engage the astronomy and astrophysics communities
of researchers, engineers and technologists both at STScI and nation-wide.
During my tenure as Head of the Office, OPO investigated methods
that sensibly integrated the astrophysics community into public
programs and dissemination networks. The staff in OPO, backed by
the Institute, was strongly supporting evolution of the research
culture so that scientists and engineers are motivated to take an
active role in science communication. Specific activities included:
- Showcasing results from HST through News
and Journalist services.
- Supporting pilot programs and evaluation
- Fostering the creation of raw materials,
resources and tools for educational use
- Employing emerging technology in experimental
- Supporting Teacher professional development
- Pursuing strategic partnerships to support