magazines, museums & misc

High Tech on the Hudson, Fall 2011

Visitors to the Liberty Science Center can hear oceanographers talk about this underwater robot glider through their cell phones. Credit: Kate Florio.

The Liberty Science Center in New Jersey is using mobile phones to extend the museum learning experience, allowing guests to engage and interact with exhibits in a new way. They’re calling it Science Now, Science Everywhere. I worked with the team there to develop an audio piece for an exhibit on underwater robots called gliders.

To hear the segment, just dial 201.537.6714 and when prompted, punch in 320 and then the pound sign (#). Or you can listen here:

Credit: Kate Florio.

Rachel Jackson, Fall 2010: The Hermitage

The Hermitage was the home of President Andrew Jackson. I worked with independent museum media writer and producer Sandy Goldberg to produce an additional set of stops for their audio guide. It tells the controversial story of Jackson’s wife, Rachel. Here are a couple of the audio stops from the tour:

Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Spring 2010: The Smithsonian American Art Museum

Norman Rockwell's Triple Self-Portrait

I co-produced a podcast with Sandy Goldberg about the first major exhibition to explore the connections between Norman Rockwell’s iconic images of American life and the movies. Two of America’s best-known modern filmmakers — George Lucas and Steven Spielberg — recognized a kindred spirit in Rockwell and formed significant collections of his work. Rockwell’s paintings and the films of Lucas and Spielberg evoke love of country, small town values, children growing up, unlikely heroes, acts of imagination and life’s ironies.

Rockwell was a masterful storyteller who could distill a narrative into a single frame. His pictures tell stories about the adventure of growing up, of individuals rising up to face personal challenges, the glamour of Hollywood and the importance of tolerance in American life. He created his pictures with strategies similar to those used by filmmakers.

They All Live for a Yellow Submarine, 3/2010: Spectrum Magazine

I wrote an article for Spectrum Magazine about the underwater glider robot that Rutgers students and scientists piloted across the Atlantic. The magazine team did a beautiful job with the artwork. You can pick it up on newsstands, or you can view the online version by clicking here. Spectrum also described my reporting of the article in their Back Story feature, which you can read here.

Rutgers University scientists dubbed their RU27 robot sub the Scarlet Knight, after their university's mascot.  The probe's record-breaking voyage gave both professors and students more cause for celebration than any victory on the playing field. Credit: Dan Crowell/Deep Explorers.

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