Head, Education & Public Outreach, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Dr. Amanda Bauer is the Head of Education and Public Outreach (EPO) for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) which will begin operations in 2022. Amanda provides leadership for the development of EPO’s strategic and creative vision through construction and into operations. She leads an interdisciplinary team of astronomers, educators, writers, and developers whose mission is to offer accessible and engaging online experiences that provide non-specialists access to, and context for, LSST data so anyone can explore the Universe and be part of the discovery process.
Previously, Amanda was a Research Astronomer and Outreach Officer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) based in Sydney, Australia. Her research explores variations in how galaxies form, how they live their lives, and how they evolve into the diverse array of galaxy species we see today. Highlights from her role as Outreach Officer include creating a successful outreach strategy for the AAO, which involved launching social media platforms, redesigning the public website, acting as the main media contact, producing unique video content, and working with staff to document, advertise, and track EPO accomplishments. Amanda was named one of the “Top 5 Under 40” Australian Scientists and Science Communicators in 2015.
The Role of Education and Public Outreach (EPO) During Construction and Operations
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 10:50 am
This session will explore models for the construction and operations of EPO at large facilities, including integrating EPO construction and facility construction (e.g. LSST), and other ways to build and support quality EPO programming.