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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.

Prior Projects

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 GoogleEarth technology. See the gSky page.

SkyWatch: was 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.

Development, Technology, & Innovation: a Division I created and headed in 2001 to look at innovative and distruptive ways to improve our processes and operations.

SharkCage 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.

Our 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.

The travel project (ask for report) was aprecursor to using online travel services when all our processes were restricted to paper.

Public Outreach

Office of Public Outreach - 1995-2000Visit OPO website

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 programs
  • Supporting Teacher professional development
  • Pursuing strategic partnerships to support national programs