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“Science on a Sphere” in Teaching and Research

A Faculty and Graduate Student Workshop

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
MSU Museum | Science On a Sphere Gallery (1st Floor)

The MSU Museum’s new “Science On a Sphere” gallery offers exciting opportunities for innovative teaching, research, and artistic creation. Developed by scientists in the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science on a Sphere allows for the animated visualization of complex datasets in three dimensions, projected on a globe that simulates a planetary body rotating in space. Through integrated data streams–drawn from NOAA and NASA remote sensing platforms and research programs the world over–users can globally envision a vast range of geophysical, environmental, public health, and socioeconomic phenomena.

This workshop explores the Sphere’s pedagogic possibilities for inquiry-based learning, including integrating hands-on observation of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts, student re-interpretation of big data, faculty-student collaborative authoring of original immersive visualizations for projection on the sphere, and the development of game-style simulations of environmental, economic, and historical dynamics. We will also explore potential affordances of the Sphere in promoting scholarly inquiry in evolutionary theory and climate modeling, as well as the system’s possible uses as a digital canvas for new works of art, performance, and story-telling.

Please RSVP to Nick VanAcker at: vanack22@msu.edu

In advance of the workshop, please suggest to Nick any datasets you would like to see presented on the sphere, from the NOAA catalogue at https://sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School, the College of Social Science, the College of Natural Science, CREATE for STEM Institute, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

The MSU Museum Science on a Sphere gallery is supported by a generous challenge grant from the MSU Federal Credit Union.

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