The Ohio State University at Newark

Ohio State Newark Student Receives Planetarium Training Scholarship

NEWARK, Ohio, June 14, 2017 – With construction of a SciDome planetarium underway outside in downtown Newark, work is also being done to make sure the experience inside the facility is top notch. The Ohio State University at Newark student Brittany Myers has been selected to attend a SciDome presentation and production training workshop in Chadds Ford, PA this summer to prepare for her work at the SciDome.

Ohio State Newark and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology recently announced their collaborative $1.4 million SciDome planetarium will be built on The Works’ campus, 55 S. 1st Street in downtown Newark. The 2,200 square foot facility will house a 30-foot tilted dome with 4K digital projection and NanoSeam™ technology with theater-style seating for 60 guests. Completion is anticipated in June 2018. A public groundbreaking ceremony was held June 2.

“Brittany, who is one of the undergraduates that will assist me with the SciDome operation, will attend the comprehensive session which is geared toward new SciDome users/educators and teaching with the Spitz Fulldome Curriculum. I will also attend the same session in preparation for next year’s SciDome opening,” said Dr. Michael Stamatikos, assistant professor in the department of physics, department of astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particles Physics at Ohio State Newark.

Stamatikos is widely recognized for his work on Swift, a NASA satellite mission that was ranked the best science mission in its class in two consecutive NASA biennial senior reviews, and will serve as The Works’ Chief Science Officer funded through an endowed professorship at Ohio State Newark. The university is providing funding for three internships each year (one per semester) to assist with Ohio State Newark programming.

Myers was awarded the Spitz Institute Student Scholarship to attend this year’s Spitz Institute from July 25 – 28. The scholarship helps young talent enter the planetarium and astronomy education field. The institute is an opportunity for emerging planetarium professionals to acquire valuable presentation and technical skills. Myers will interact with dozens of experienced planetarium operators and educators, learning best practices while broadening her professional network. The scholarship includes tuition for the session, four nights hotel accommodation and local transportation.

Here’s what will be covered in Session 1:
• Starry Night Dome: Detailed introduction to astronomy and earth-science simulation, covering basic software functions and settings.
• Comprehensive introduction to Automation: ATM-4 automation and basic show scripting.
• Multimedia: Photo editing, audio editing, and panorama creation for the digital planetarium. Displaying slides and videos on the dome.
• What Your Colleagues are Doing: Lessons and demonstrations from various planetarium sites showing how they approach space and earth-science education in the dome.
• The Fulldome Curriculum: A detailed look at the Spitz astronomy curriculum – how to understand and present a diverse variety of topics.

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