Join The Dicussion With Kimberly Kowal Arcand At InfoAge

How to Color the Universe, in 2D and 3D

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. This 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.


Ms. Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an award-winning producer and director. She is a leading expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice- expert spectrum. 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.

Kimberly Arcand was working in molecular biology and public health when she was hired 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 long distance commute. Today, Kim uses data to help tell stories about science, whether in the form of a 3D model of an exploded star, a book about the Universe, or a tweet about how fireflies glow. Don’t miss this opportunity on March 9th from 2:00 to 4:00pm, to meet her and learn about how the universe really looks! This event will be popular, so reserve your tickets now using the button below. Seating is limited. $15 per person.
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