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NASA media specialist lectures on developing creativity

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Developing a creative mindset in fields that aren't traditionally considered creative and transforming ideas into a concrete product will be the topic of a lecture Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Hodson auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

Michael Starobin, senior producer for television and electronic media at The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will give a talk entitled Creativity Where You Least Expect It. With content drawn from space based observatories, fine art and high-tech business practices, Starobin will present tools artists and nonartists can implement to produce creative solutions to a wide array of challenges.

In 2006, Starobin led an effort to develop the technology and techniques for the first spherical movie, Footprints. Named one of the best inventions of the year by Time Magazine, the film is projected onto a six-feet-in-diameter, 360-degree screens suspended from a ceiling. There are more than 100 currently installed in science museums around the world. He has since produced and directed six additional spherical movies, including a film released in January.

In 2011 Starobin produced Goddard's first three-dimensional production, incorporating data visualization, animation and live action. He also played a key role in the development of the NASA Visualization Explorer, an iPad application designed to showcase science news and feature stories at NASA, and publishes a weekly blog on the topic of creativity.

For more information, contact April Boulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, at boulton@hood.edu.