FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University’s Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning will host Kim Kowal Arcand from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for a special event in the planetarium on Friday, May 18.
Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. She has spear-headed the creation, distribution, and evaluation of large-scale science and technology communications projects. As a science data “story teller” she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics.
Following her talk, Arcand will demonstrate how she is using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), to communicate the observatory’s findings to the public.
Guests will have the opportunity to see 3D printings of astronomical objects and view them through VR headsets.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and is recommended for ages 14 and older.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended and can be done at www.christa.org/fsuplanetarium.