Crafting Fascinating Stories of the Stars with Kimberly Arcand, Ph.D.

Crafting Fascinating Stories of the Stars with Kimberly Arcand, Ph.D.

This week’s episode features Kimberly Arcand, Ph.D., Visualization Scientist and Emerging Technology Lead at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

We discuss a range of topics related to effective storytelling about the abstract topics of space and the cosmos.

You’ll hear about:

  • What makes a story compelling and how Kim goes about crafting hers
  • What Kim means by the ethics of storytelling and speaking to audiences with intention
  • Some of the favorite stories Kim tells about her work to general audiences
  • Why it’s important to make talks a “two-way street” – more of a dialogue than simply a presentation that’s received by the audience with little interaction
  • What Kim means by the “little presents” she gets from interacting with her audience
  • How Kim encourages audience questions and makes her listeners feel comfortable asking them
  • How Kim makes the abstract topics that are the focus of her work not merely understandable but also engaging and relatable to non-experts

Resources from the episode:

TED talk

Books

https://www.amazon.com/sk=kimberly+arcand&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

https://www.kimarcand.com/media

https://chandra.si.edu/photo/2020/sonify/

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