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Dr. Kimberly Arcand, via Zoom

Two Decades Plus with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory

December 8, 2020

7:30 p.m.



Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This meeting is open to AAAP members and the public. Please mute yourself if not speaking. Limit 100 participants.

We are planning to make use of chat for the Q&A session and are planning on ways to reduce the background noise. To address background noise, we are going to follow the rules in the table below regarding the audio. If the background noise gets to loud during Q&A or the Business Meeting we will Mute All.

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Only the Business part of the meeting will be locked.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Arcand a science communicator and the Visualization and Emerging Technology Lead for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory will give a talk on "Two Decades Plus with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory". In the past 20 plus years, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has made profound discoveries and contributed invaluable information about objects in our Universe. Chandra is part of a rich legacy of telescopes with its X-ray lineage stretching back to the Space Age when scientists and engineers pioneered instruments that were sent above the Earth’s atmosphere. Each decade has brought new innovations and new capabilities, culminating in Chandra’s launch aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999.

Chandra has strong astronomical family ties across the electromagnetic spectrum. As part of NASA’s “Great Observatories” program, Chandra was designed and built to observe X-rays alongside the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Compton Gamma-ray Observatory. The quest to explore the Universe is both multi-wavelength and multi-messenger in nature, with many significant discoveries requiring information from different types of light as well as gravitational waves and more. Learn more about Chandra, and the pivotal role it has played in understanding our Universe.

Speaker’s Biography: Dr. Kimberly Arcand is an expert in astronomy visualization and has been a pioneer in 3D imaging, 3D printing and virtual reality. She presented her TEDx talk entitled "How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hands" in 2016 on 3D printing, the same year she was selected as a “Changemaker” for the White House State of the Women Summit. In 2019, she was featured in the Smithsonian’s How to be a Scientist video series both for her work in 3D visualization, 3D printing and virtual reality applications of astronomical objects, and her work with under-represented groups in STEM. She began working with additive manufacturing in 2011, and led her team’s effort to product the first-ever data-driven 3D print of an exploded star, using NASA observational data. She also led a team of researchers to launch the first-ever data-driven virtual reality application of a supernova remnant using NASA data, and has successfully launched subsequent projects in other areas of emerging technology.

Arcand began her career in molecular biology and public health before moving to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in 1998. In addition to being 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 is principle researcher in the Aesthetics and Astronomy image response research project with international participation. Her current work focuses on applications of holograms, augmented reality and data sonification to astrophysics data sets. She has co-written five non-fiction science books and had her first two science-related children’s books come out in 2020.

Using Zoom: While we are, social distancing AAAP has chosen to use Zoom based our belief that many have already used it and its ease of learning. One of its great features is you can choose whether you want to install the software on your computer or use it within your browser.

How to Join the November Meeting: For the meeting, we are going to follow a simple two-step process:

 1. Please make sure you have Zoom installed on your computer. You do not need a Zoom account or need to create one to join the meeting. Nor are you required to use a webcam.

 2. The link to the meeting is --
  https://zoom.us/j/92763343640?pwd=ZWZpZ3FJWEJIN1AzTXhmc2FaSG4wUT09

  Meeting ID: 927 6334 3640
  Passcode: 392317

NOTE: The meeting room will open at 7:00 PM. You will be placed in the waiting room until the speaker has joined us. If you do not have Zoom installed on your computer. tablet, or phone, it will be automatically installed when your join the meeting unless you choose the browser option.

If you click on the meeting link and it doesn’t work, simply copy and paste it into your browser.

More Information on Zoom: The Zoom site has many training videos most are for people who are hosting a meeting. If you’re unsure how Zoom works you might want to view the videos on how to join a meeting or how to check your computer’s audio and video before the meeting.

Journal Club Presentation: We are off to a good start, but still need a member to give a short Journal Club presentation at our December meeting. These talks are given after the break. If interested, please contact either director@princetonastronomy.org or program@princestonastronomy.org. We’d like to keep our momentum going!

Program Chair: This month’s program will be my last as the AAAP Program Chair. I hope you’ve found the talks interesting, informative, and wide-ranging. If you did, I accomplished what I set out to do. I’ve enjoyed being Program Chair these last 5+ years and I am ready to pass the baton to somebody else. Since the November meeting, Victor Davis has chosen to serve as Program Chair for the remainder of my term starting in January. I believe he will make a great Program Chair! During the transition, I’ve agreed to help him learn the role and provide advice as needed. As of the December 31, I will continue as part of the AAAP as a club as a member. If you wish to contact me, you may do so at ipolans@princetonastronomy.org. Thank you for your support and the Board’s support these last 5+ years.

Looking forward to you joining us on Zoom at the December meeting!

Ira Polans,
Program Chair