Current Title/Institution: Assistant Planetarium Director, Charles W. Brown Planetarium @ Ball State University
“As of 2018, I have been assistant planetarium director at Ball State University since 2012.
While getting my MS in Physics from Ball State University I worked in the planetarium giving shows to school and community groups. I also used my creativeness to further develop existing planetarium experiences and programs.
Because of these opportunities, I realized that working in an informal education setting was right for me. It is a great mix of science, creativity, and outreach.
As assistant director, I manage school group visits and public programing at the Brown Planetarium which sees over 22,000 guests annually.
Since graduation, I have worked on over eight full-length, fulldome planetarium programs in various roles such as: script writer, director, program manager, 3D content programmer, editor, sound recorder and editor, and more. Two of my full-length, fulldome programs, “Saturn & Beyond” and “Halloween: Celestial Origins” are available for planetariums world-wide and have sold to venues such as the Planetarium at the University of Maine (Orono, ME), the Roberson Planetarium (Binghamton, NY), and the Casper Planetarium (Casper, WY).
I have also received over $59,000 in grant funding for various planetarium related projects including “GIS Data to Planetarium Dome,” “To the Stars and Back: Exploring Our Planetary Backyard – Summer Science Camp for Middle School Girls at Ball State University and Pre-service Teacher Field Experience for Multicultural Education,” and “The New Charles W. Brown Planetarium STEM Activity Stations 2014-15.”
Through these projects and more, I have developed multiple, original hands-on activities and exhibits and adapted them for use during planetarium presentations.
I am also a role model for the FabFems project, am active in the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS) movement, and have served on the Great Lakes Planetarium Association Executive Committee as Technology Chair and webmaster."
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