Paper Session #2b

Paper Session #2b

  • The IPS’s Science and Data Visualization Task Force · Mark SubbaRao, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL
    Abstract: I will give an overview of the International Planetarium Society’s newly formed Science and Data Visualization Task Force. The mission of the task force is to streamline the process of going from data to dome, increasing the potential for scientific communication and storytelling in the planetarium.
  • 10 Years of Fulldome Show Design: What Have We Learned? · Mike Murray, Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City, UT
    Abstract: The Clark (formerly Hansen) Planetarium started working in fulldome digital techniques in 2002. Since then it has produced 16 different shows, and each has been a unique learning experience. Through both internal and external post-evaluation, we are constantly applying new methods to our production pipeline. But these are not just about technical applications. Show topic selection, story development, script approach, narration style, sound design and other elements have gone through several changes. Recently we even conducted a survey to the planetarium community about show designs and audience expectations. Those results and our transformative experiences will be shared in this presentation.
  • TIPS on Planning and Implementing a Conversion to Fulldome Technology · Waylena McCully, William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Champaign, IL
    Abstract: The Technology Standards ad hoc committee has been busy composing the first draft of this new TIPS booklet. This document will be different from previous booklets in that it will need regular updating from members with a variety of technological perspectives. Learn about progress on this new TIPS booklet, and find out how you (yes, you!) can help.
  • Online Astronomical Clock Project · Adam Leis, Bowling Green State University (formerly), Bowling Green, OH
    Abstract: Astronomical clocks are fascinating machines that require an intimate understanding of mechanics, time, and any relevant astronomical events. In my studies, I stumbled upon astronomical clocks and found quite an interest in their unique ability to tell the passage of time, whether it be for the day, month, or year. I decided to build a web-based astronomical clock. The challenges of mechanics are not removed by using the web medium, they are simply changed to another form. The results, however, have great potential as a teaching tool. This project can grow in many directions, so come see what I have so far, and help me build a great (and free) teaching tool for everyone.
  • Archiving a Museum · Dale W. Smith, Bowling Green State University Planetarium, Bowling Green, OH
    Abstract: During the past year I have digitized the entire collection of the village museum in my boyhood hometown of Ames, New York. Steps included photography of physical items, scanning of paper items, organization of images into folders, optical character recognition of text, indexing of special collections, creating a table of contents, and storage of all on archival DVDs. I will describe this volunteer work and its results.
  • A Planetarium Job Description: A Powerful Tool for the Planetarian · Keith Turner, Carmel Clay Schools Planetarium, Carmel, IN
    Abstract: In the spring of 2013 I had an administrator ask what exactly do I do? I took advantage of this opportunity by supplying an updated job description with exactly what I do as part of planetarium operations and public outreach. The document is written exactly for my job description based on a job description Gregg Williams wrote in the 1980s. I updated this and included the modern changes that have happened recently. Do not assume anyone knows what you do. Do not assume anyone understands what you do. Be ready at a moment’s notice to give them your job description. Administrators, Deans, Department Chairs all should find this document helpful if you replace a Planetarium Director, build a new Planetarium, or update an existing facility.
  • Exploring Multi-Screen Video Production at the Ball State Planetarium · Dayna Thompson, Ball State University Planetarium, Muncie, IN
    Abstract: The Ball State University Planetarium currently houses a Spitz A3P projector in a 30-foot dome with an automated 5-screen digital projection system. Programs that were once played using slide projectors have been converted to play using digital projectors. This task was completed using multi-screen video production and playback software. This software has also contributed greatly in the production of live and pre-recorded planetarium programs.
  • Designing a Degree in Planetarium Studies · Nicholas Anderson, Bowling Green State University Planetarium, Bowling Green, OH
    Abstract: I will share my experiences creating an Individualized Planned Program at Bowling Green State University and explain why this was a better option for me than pursuing a traditional major.
  • The Benefits of Working in a Planetarium as a Student · Chris Karlic, Ward Beecher Planetarium, Youngstown, OH
    Abstract: During my two years at the Ward Beecher Planetarium, I have learned many things, including how my life has been changed.
  • Fundraising for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Planetarium · Robert Allen, Univ. of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
    Abstract: A former student has agreed to give funds to our planetarium. We will undergo a drive to obtain matching funds.