Your Ticket to the Universe

A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos, by Megan Watzke & Kimberly Arcand

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Kimberly Kowal Arcand


Kim was working in biology and public health when she chanced upon a job opening for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in 1998. Since she always wanted to be an astronaut when she was little, this opportunity got Kim close to the cosmos but without the hazards of a long distance commute. These days, when not answering the myriad of questions her two inquisitive kids have about the Universe, she enjoys traveling for science visualization and communications projects, talking about color and light, and squeezing in some reading and knitting.

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Curriculum Vitae:

Kimberly Kowal Arcand directs visualizations and other communications efforts for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, at the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) located in Cambridge, Mass. Her role includes direction of the full range of products and activities supporting the Chandra Communications and public engagement effort, including imaging and astronomical visualization and research, program evaluation, digital storytelling and product development, exhibition creation and coordination, and development of museum/planetarium and broadcast products. She has been the recipient of group and individual awards from NASA and the Smithsonian. She was team lead in the development of the Chandra submission that won the Pirelli International award for science communication in Physics in 2007. She is a principle researcher in the Aesthetics and Astronomy image response research project with international participation. She is principal investigator and co-chair for the “From Earth to the Universe” (FETTU) astronomical exhibition project occurring in 1,000 locations across 70 countries (in 40 languages) worldwide throughout 2009, 2010 and 2011.  FETTU was awarded the Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach for which prize Kim co-presented the keynote speech at the Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2010 Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. Kim is also principal investigator for the follow up exhibition series “From Earth to the Solar System” that was displayed worldwide in over 100 sites from 2011-2013.  Kim has been an employee of the Smithsonian Institution since June 1998.  She co-wrote the non-fiction book “Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide To Exploring the Cosmos,” published by Smithsonian Books on April 2, 2013.



i. Professional Preparation

Brown, Public Humanities, M.A.,  2013 (summer)

Harvard, Computer Science/IT, graduate cert. coursework, 1999-2002

University of Rhode Island, Biology (PreMed/Parasitology concentration) B.S., 1997


ii. Professional Appointments

1998-Present: Visualization Lead & Media Coordinator, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

1997-1999: Instructor, University of Rhode Island, Computer Science 101

1996-1998: Developer for Public Health project, University of Rhode Island Center for Vector-Borne Disease


iii. Selected Recent Publications

Smith, L.S., Arcand K.K, Smith, J.K, Smith, R.K, Bookbinder, J., Watzke, M. "Examining Perceptions Of Astronomy Images

            Across Mobile Platforms" JCOM Science Communication Journal. March 2014.

            http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/13/02/JCOM_1302_2014_A01/?searchterm=arcand

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., Rector, T. Levay, Z.G., DePasquale, J., Smarr, O. “Processing Color in Astronomical Imagery”,

            Studies in Media and Communication, December 2013 http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/smc/article/view/198.

Arcand, K.K. “Accessible Science” & “Bringing Science to the Masses.” International Innovation. July 2013.

            http://www.research-europe.com/magazine/REGIONAL/NA14/index.html (high res PDF)

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., “From Earth to the Solar System: A Case Study for Public Science Events” Communicating

            Astronomy with the Public Journal, issue 13, April 2013 http://www.capjournal.org/issues/13/13_20.php

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., Fletcher, J., Scalice, D., ““From Earth to the Solar System”: Public Science Exhibitions

            for NASA’s Year of the Solar System” Astronomical Society of the Pacific “Connecting People to Science”

            Vol. 457, 2012. http://www.aspbooks.org/a/volumes/article_details/?paper_id=34184

Slane, P., Slane, R., Arcand, K.K., Lestition, K., Watzke, M.  "STOP for Science! - A School-Wide Science

            Enrichment Program" Astronomical Society of the Pacific “Connecting People to Science” Vol. 457 2012.

            http://www.aspbooks.org/a/volumes/article_details/?paper_id=34229

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., “Creating Public Science with the From Earth to the Universe Project” Science

            Communication. September 2011; 33 (3) http://scx.sagepub.com/content/33/3/398.abstract.

Arcand, K. K.; Watzke, M.; Smith, L. F.; Smith, J. K. “The Aesthetics of Astronomy: Exploring the Public's    

            Perception of Astronomy Images and the Science Within” Astronomical Data Analysis Software and

            Systems XX (ADASSXX) Evans,, I.N, Accomazzi, A., Mink, D.J. & Rots, A.H. (eds). Vol 442, p179-187.

            2011. http://aspbooks.org/a/volumes/article_details/?paper_id=32882

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., Smith, L, Smith, J.K "Surveying Aesthetics & Astronomy:  A project exploring the

            public’s perception of astronomy images and the science within" Communicating Astronomy with the

            Public. Issue 10 December 2010.   http://www.capjournal.org/issues/10/10_13.php

Smith, L.S., Smith, J.K, Arcand K.K, Smith, R.K, Bookbinder, J., Keach, K.  Aesthetics and Astronomy: Studying

            the public’s perception and understanding of imagery from space.  Science Communication Journal.

             August 2010. http://scx.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/07/01/1075547010379579.abstract?rss=1

Arcand, K.K, Watzke, M., “Bringing the Universe to the Street: A Preliminary Look at Informal Learning

             Implications for a Large-Scale Non-traditional Science Outreach Project”. JCOM Journal of Science

            Communication.  Vol 09, Issue 02, June 2010.

            http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/09/02/Jcom0902%282010%29A01/

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., De Pree, C., Exploring the Invisible Universe: A Tactile and Braille Exhibit of

            Astronomical Images. Communicating Astronomy with the Public.  Issue 8, pp 15-17, June 2010.  

            http://www.capjournal.org/issues/08/08_15.php

Watzke, M., Arcand, K.K., “The Universe Brought Down to the Streets: The “From Earth to the Universe” Project”.

             Mercury magazine. Volume 39 #1. Spring 2010.

            (excerpt: http://www.astrosociety.org/pubs/mercury/39_02/watzke.html)

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., Connecting with our Universe: From Earth to the Universe.  Spark: The AAS Education

            Newsletter,  American Astronomical Society. 2010.

Arcand, K.K., Lestition, K., Watzke, M., Steel, S, De Pree, C., The Invisible Universe: A Tactile and Braille Exhibit

            of Astronomical Images. American Astronomical Society. 2010.

Arcand, K.K, Watzke, M, “On the Journey From Earth to the Universe”. Communicating Astronomy with the Public

            Journal. pp10-13, November 2009. http://www.capjournal.org/issues/07/07_10.php

Watzke, M, Arcand, K.K,  “From Earth to the Universe”: IYA2009 Cornerstone project, XXVIIth IAU General

            Assembly conf. proceedings. 2009.

Arcand K.K, Smith, L, Smith, J.K,  Holterman Ten Hove, K. Watzke, M, Smith, R.K, Aesthetics and Astronomy,

            Astronomical Society of the Pacific conf. proceedings. 2009.

Watzke, M, Arcand, K.K,  “From Earth to the Universe”: A Worldwide Exhibition of Astronomical Images.

            Astronomical Society of the Pacific conf. proceedings. 2009.

Smith, L, Smith, J.K, Arcand K.K, Smith, R.K, Holterman Ten Hove, K.  Aesthetics and Astronomy: How Experts    

            and Novices Perceive Astronomical Images. American Psychological Association conf. proceedings. 2009.

Arcand, K.K, Watzke, M, Bringing the Universe Down to Earth.  Sky & Telescope’s Beautiful

            Universe 2009.

Watzke, M, Arcand, K.K,, From Earth to the Universe:  Bringing the beauty and science of astronomical images to

           the World.  Mercury magazine. 2008.

Watzke, M, Arcand, K.K, An Overview of “From Earth to the Universe” in the International Year of

            Astronomy 2009. Astronomy Society of the Pacific. 2008

Evans, G. Christensen, L.L., Arcand K.K. & Watzke, M., Taking the Public From Earth to the Universe, UK NAM

           2008

Evans, G. Christensen, L.L., Arcand K.K. & Watzke, M., From Earth to the Universe - the Liverpool Prototype

            Exhibition, JENAM 2008

Arcand, K.K, Watzke, M, & Christensen L.L, From Earth to the Universe: Image Exhibitions in the

            International Year of Astronomy 2009. Communicating Astronomy with the Public. 2008

Arcand, K.K, Watzke, M, Maximising the Mileage from the Chandra Podcasts. Communicating

            Astronomy with the Public 2007.  2007

Watzke. M. Arcand, K.K, et al., From Athens to Around the World: Taking the Cap2007 Image Exhibit to IYA2009,

          Proceedings from Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007.

Arcand, K.K, Watzke, M, Christensen L.L, Zoulias, M, The Universe from Earth: A Cornerstone

            for the IYA2009. Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007.  2007

Lestition, K, Arcand, K.K, Edmonds, P, Watzke, M, Opportunities for Scientist Participation in

            Chandra Education and Public Outreach. American Astronomical Society. 2007.


iv. Selected Honors (group & individual):

Kimberly Arcand, Outstanding Alumni Recognition Award, Scituate RI, 2014

Kimberly Arcand, Rhode Island Providence Business News “40 Under 40” Award, 2013

Pixie Award, Platinum, “Here, There & Everywhere” video (2012)

Pixie Award, Platinum, “From Earth to the Solar System” trailer, and “Hidden Baby Black Hole” animation (2011)

Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Education and Public Outreach  & Communicating Astronomy

        with the Public 2010 Conference Keynote speech (2010)

16th Annual Communicator Award of Distinction, “The Extraordinary Universe” (2010)

14th Annual Webby Award Official Honoree, “The Extraordinary Universe” (2010)

15th Annual Communicator Award for “The Beautiful Universe” (2009)

Aegis Award for science podcast “Truth & Lies About Black Holes” (2008)

Pirelli International Award for Science Communication in Physics (2007)

Smithsonian Institution Special Recognition Award (2000, 2001, 2002)

University of Rhode Island Award for Outstanding Intellectual Property Invention:

        "Ticks Attack...Don't Get Bitten" (2001)

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Educator of the Year (2000)

NASA Outstanding Group Achievement Award (2000)

Aquila Biopharmaceuticals 1997 Public Health Fellowship, RI PHP(1997)


v. Selected Activities:

Member, Kappa II class, Leadership RI, 2014

Member, International Astronomical Union Working Group for ‘Cosmic Light’ Cornerstone of the IYL, 2014

Judge, MIT “The Art of Astrophysics” competition, 2014

Member, FabFems, National Girls Collaborative Project, 2013-

Member/Judge, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Webby Awards), 2013-

Member, Commission 55: Communicating Astronomy with the Public, International Astronomical Union (IAU), 2012

    Steering Committee for IAU Division C, 2012-

Planning Member, Smithsonian Museum 21 conference/SI x, 2012

Member, Accessible Astronomy for Global Astronomy Month/Astronomers Without Borders, 2012-

Principal Investigator, “Here, There & Everywhere” NASA-funded project, 2011-present

Principal Investigator & Team Collaborator, “From Earth to the Solar System” exhibition project, 2011-present

Member, Microsoft World Wide Telescope Ambassadors Advisory Board (Harvard), 2010-present

Member/Judge, International Academy of Visual Arts, 2009-present

Member, Smithsonian Digitization Strategic Plan Committee, Marketing Working Group, 2009-present

Project Coordinator, Exhibit of Chandra Images, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 2008

Co-Chair, IAU’s IYA2009 Cornerstone Project “From Earth to the Universe”, 2007-present

Creator/Director, “8 Years of Science with Chandra: An Exhibition” Huntsville Art Museum, 2007

Creator/Co-Chair, Visualizing Astronomy at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,

2007 - 2009

Creator/Co-Chair, 6 Years of Chandra Visualization Workshop, 2005


vi. Selected Speaking Engagements & Conferences:

Panel Convenor, Making Science Public Conf, “Public Science: Science Comm. in Everyday Situations”, Nottingham, UK, July 2013

Invited Speaker, Leiden Univ. Science Communication Seminar, “Spanning the Spectrum: Public Science”, Netherlands, September 2012

Speaker, European Planetary Science Congress 2012, “Public Science: From Earth to the Solar System”, Madrid, Spain, September 2012

Guest Lecturer, Brown University “Evaluating Informal Science”, April 2012

Poster Presenter, Public Communication of Science & Technology, “Aesthetics & Astronomy,” Florence, Italy, April 2012

Panelist, Brown University “Careers in the Common Good Community”, April 2011

Speaker, Brown University “Making Choices: Ethics of Science” March, 2011

Invited Speaker, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems, November 2010

Speaker, Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting, Portugal, September 2010

Keynote, IAU Communicating Astronomy with the Public, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2010

Invited Speaker, American Astronomical Society, Washington, D.C. Jan 2010

Presenter, Astronomy Visualization Symposium, San Francisco, CA, May 2009

Invited Exhibitor, IAU International Year of Astronomy 2009, Paris, France, Jan 2009

Presenter, IAU Communicating Astronomy with the Public, Athens, Greece, October 2007




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