NASA, The National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian are all dedicated to bringing Science Technology Engineering Art & Math (STEAM) to traditionally underrepresented groups. However, bringing the awe and wonder of space exploration to people who are blind and visually impaired (BVI) has proven to be uniquely challenging. While many attempts have been made, few […]
While many still contend that Art and Science are opposed fields, they are not and they never have been. From the earliest cave paintings, to Da Vinci, to Prussian Blue, to modern video games, art and science are intertwined in a synergistic relationship where each inspire the other and expand the reach of both. We […]
Dr. Henry “Trae” Winter III is an astrophysicist working for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Dr. Winter has worked on eight NASA missions observing the Sun with varied duties such as designing optics, analyzing complex data sets, instrument calibration, planning observations, and designing software to automatically detect features in big data streams. His primary research focus is improving computer simulations to explore how energy is released in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, and in other stars. Doctor Winter also designs video wall exhibits that bring the wonder and beauty of the Sun and the universe to public. His exhibits have been featured at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library, and the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery. His latest project, Eclipse Soundscapes (EclipseSoundscapes.org), designed and built unique tools that brought the awe and wonder of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse to people who are blind and visually impaired.