InfoAge Science Center will host a presentation by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientist Kimberly Kowal Arcand on “How to Color the Universe” in 2D and 3D. The event will take place on March 9, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Evans in Wall, New Jersey.
Arcand is the visualization lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass. Arcand is an award-winning producer and director and is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum.
As a science data storyteller she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics. She was selected as a “Changemaker” for the White House State of Women Summit in 2016.
Though astronomy has been an inherently visual area of science for millenia, a majority of its significant discoveries take place in wavelengths beyond human vision. To visualize such data, we must translate the information into something that can be seen. Arcand’s talk will explore choices made during the image processing pipeline, and current technological innovations transforming such data from 2D into 3D and immersive experiences.
The talk will touch upon the ways these processes are similar – and different — to how a linguist translates a foreign text, or how a photographer might choose filters and lighting.
Seating is limited. The event is open to the public, but the primary audience is school-aged children who want to better understand the universe around them.
Admission is $15 per person and tickets are only available online at http://www.infoage.org/arcand/