07 Mar An astronaut, artist, and scientists to discuss how art enables science communication at Embry-Riddle April 8th

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Project PoSSUM and the Art of Science Communication, an interdisciplinary forum focused on how astronautics enables science communication through human stories and artistic interpretation will be hosted at Embry Riddle. The forum is free, open to the public and will take place at the Daytona Beach Campus, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Willie Miller Auditorium.

Project PoSSUM and the Art of Science Communication will include artist, retired astronaut and Embry-Riddle alum Nicole Stott, neuroscientist and SciArt Exchange Executive Director Dr. Jancy McPhee, Project PoSSUM Executive Director Dr. Jason Reimuller, and Embry-Riddle mathematician and composer Dr. Greg Spradlin.

“PoSSUM is making novel measurements of noctilucent clouds from aircraft, high-altitude balloon, and soon suborbital spacecraft,” said Reimuller. “We are observing the most sensitive part of our planet in ways never seen before, and these observations enable new ways for both scientific analysis and artistic interpretation. Scientific analysis helps us better address fundamental questions of our atmosphere; artistic interpretation allows these insights to be communicated in many ways to many different communities”

The forum is part of a PoSSUM course titled “SciArts and Science Communication”, a collaborative effort between Project PoSSUM and the SciArt Exchange that is instructed by Dr. Jancy McPhee and teaches students how to best express science through art. The program will be held from 6-8 April and is open to all interested students. Registration may be made online here.

“Really wonderful things happen through the integration of art and science,” said Stott, who is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Embry-Riddle. “I look forward to this PoSSUM program discussion on The Art of Science Communication as we explore this SciArt topic.”

The science and art forum will coincide with PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidate Class 1701, which will bring citizen-scientist candidates from around the world to Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus to study noctilucent cloud science. These citizen-scientists will learn how to operate PoSSUM instrumentation in simulated suborbital spaceflight through a one-week program April 7-12.

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