immersive environments

The worldviews Network, 2010 - 2013

Type: A national network of 10 science centers and planetariums, 11 custom digital planetarium shows and live events, and a series of online program kits. 

Date: October 2010 - October 2013

Collaborators: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Academy of Sciences, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Elumenati, WGBH Educational Foundation.

Description: The Worldviews Network is a nation-wide collaboration of scientists, artists, and educators using immersive visualization technology to engage communities about global environmental change and resilience.

Role & Duties: Production Coordinator from October 2010 - June 2012.

  • Assisted in the creation and maintenance of a new production pipeline with a distributed production team integrating geospatial data and live presentations for digital immersive environments.
  • Was the point of contact for science center staff, assisting in advisory board development, data acquisition, and event coordination.
  • Led and recorded weekly production meetings, recorded action items from rehearsals, managed calendars and the project website.
  • Assisted in data visualization using GIS and Google Earth and open source software to research, test, and manage geospatial data for technical staff to render in digital immersive environments.
  • Supervised subcontractors and interns.
  • Assisted in grant writing, budgeting, and reporting to funding agencies.

Support: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 

The core team represented 5 institutions: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, The California Academy of Sciences, WGBH, The Elumenati design and engineering firm, and NOAA's Climate Program Office. 10 science centers, distributed across the country made up the network. Visit the Worldviews About page for more info.

case study 1:
valley oaks: an ecological journey through time, 2011

Type: 2 screenings of a live 40 minute planetarium program and 2 community dialogues to 520+ people in the Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences. 

Date: December 8, 2011

Collaborators: Worldviews Network, San Francisco Estuary Institute, California Academy of Sciences.

Description: The presentation was an immersive journey from the canopy to the cosmos exploring the history and ecology of one of California's most iconic and threatened tree species, the Valley Oak. California Academy scientists, indigenous partners, and historical ecologists from the San Francisco Estuary Institute reveal how Valley Oaks and humans are intertwined in a relationship of disturbance and adaptation, with implications for the health and well-being of Bay Area communities.

Role & Duties: Production coordinator

  • Data visualization and technical support during production, rehearsals, and live event.
  • Scriptwriting, storyboarding.
  • Convened and acted as the main point of contact between an advisory board of scientists, NGO's, and indigenous partners and the project team.
  • Managed production schedule and tasks between project leads and the technical team; including location scouting and filming.  
  • Event coordination and facilitation of 2 screenings and 2 community dialogues for 520+ people.
  • Audience evaluation.
  • Grant writing and successfully received additional funding from Yahoo to expand our collaboration and increase the impact of the event. 

Support: NOAA, Yahoo Employee Foundation, Christensen Fund

The Story (raw excerpts)

The Production Process

The Event 

Case Study 2:
Living maps: from cosmos to community, 2011

Type: A video recorded segment from the Worldviews Network Living Maps presentation given in a portable immersive environment ("GeoDome").

Date: Sept 26, 2011.

Collaborators: Worldviews Network, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, Land of Sky Regional Council (Asheville, NC)

Description: Living Maps: From Cosmos to Community explores the conditions and systems that support complex life, from the outer edges of the solar system to the communities in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. 3 screenings and discussions were hosted with audiences who represent an array of regional governmental, planning, NGO, and academic institutions tasked to develop regional and local strategies for sustainable development. For more information see Worldviews.net/living-maps/

Roles & Duties: Production coordinator

  • Technical support for distributed production team, GIS and data visualization.
  • Storyboarding and scriptwriting, asset research and acquisition.
  • Acted as the main point of contact for science center staff and project team. 
  • Led and recorded weekly production meetings, recorded action items from rehearsals, managed calendars and the project website.