New York Hall of Science
I am a professional biologist who has been developing science exhibitions at the New York Hall of Science since 1989 after a career in research. My goals have focused on bringing complex science, in engaging ways, to our audiences in order to understand our relationships with the world around us. I developed a number of exhibitions and programs on the roles of microbes in the environments both around us and within us, evolution, life in the universe, and animal cognition. Understanding AIDS expanded our visitors understanding of transmission of HIV and a humane approach to illness. In The Chemistry of Living Things I explored the evolutionary relationship between all living things, from bacteria to snails to flies and birds. We are all made up of the same molecules just packaged differently. The Search for Life in Our Universe expanded on this theme exploring Martian environments, and in our universe and comparing them to extreme environments supporting life on Earth. Two evolution exhibitions, one on its relationship to our health, and another is about bird evolution for younger children. What Animals Really Think is an exhibition exploring common cognitive abilities between us and other animals eg our dogs, cats, fish and birds. For Transmissions I decided to use a comic book format to engage middle school children to use inquiry skills important to understanding science and solving scientific problems. We created it in a digital form in order to be able to use interactive features afforded by the internet.