Science on Site
DATE: Saturday, May 31, 2014
TIME: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
VENUE: NYU, Gould Plaza
PARTICIPANTS: Victoria Weeks, Hilary Peddicord, Steve Howell, Bill Yosses


See our home planet as you’ve never seen it before: projected and animated on a giant, suspended globe, Science on a Sphere®  from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Watch dramatic weather unleash furious historic storms, see special spherical movies about space, tsunamis, and waterfalls, and meet the scientists who study our climate.

This day’s schedule includes:

A full day of interactive weather entertainment and learning, including the spherical films, “Tsunamis” and Water Falls.” Plus interactive presentations about extreme weather, forecasting and a “Best of Science on a Sphere®” seeing the earth at night, Hurricane Sandy, and more.

12pm: Anthropocene – Visualizing Humans as the Dominant Forces of Change on the Planet (NOAA)
12.30pm: Cooking on an Exoplanet – with Steve Howell and Bill Yosses
1.15pm: When the water goes away, run the other way!! Science of TSUNAMIS (NOAA)
1:45pm: Tsunami, a spherical movie
2pm: Cooking on an Exoplanet – with Steve Howell and Bill Yosses
2.45pm: New Horizons, a spherical movie
2:50pm: Water Falls, a spherical movie with introduction by the film maker, Victoria Weeks
3pm: Science on a Sphere film maker Victoria Weeks premieres her new film Pale Blue Dot, and discusses the art of communicating science through film.
3.30pm: The Best of Science on a Sphere” Surface Current, Solar Systems, Air Traffic, Air at Night. Tsunamis (NOAA)

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Victoria Weeks is a filmmaker and the founder of Verglas Media, a production company focused on inspiring audiences through the partnership of art and science. Spending over a decade as a science media producer for NASA, Victoria specialized in spherical filmmaking and was the editor of Footprints, the original film for Science On a Sphere (SOS). Since then she has helped produce numerous SOS films, two of which were selected as finalists by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Her work has taken her around the world, from the geographic North Pole to the islands of New Zealand. Victoria’s love of shooting in the field has inspired her to develop the technique of full-wrap videography on the sphere. Her most recent work on SOS can be seen in the latest NASA film entitled Water Falls, as well as Verglas Media’s new spherical film Our Pale Blue Dot.

NOAA Education Specialist

Hilary Peddicord is a science educator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Her work supports the Science On a Sphere program, which uses a massive globe and projection system to explain storms, climate change, and other atmospheric patterns. She runs professional development activities for science teachers, coordinates outreach activities for thousands of local students, and leads a group of Science On a Sphere museum educators across the U.S. Her eclectic background of teaching dance, bartending, cattle-wrangling, and coordinating film festivals contribute to her warm and engaging style.


Steve B. Howell is the project scientist for the NASA Kepler mission and the NASA K2 mission. Steve received his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam and has worked in many aspects of astronomy including instrument building for ground and space-based telescopes, university education, and public outreach. The Kepler Space Telescope, launched in 2009, had a goal to discover planets orbiting other stars – exoplanets – using the transit technique. To date, Kepler has discovered over 3500 exoplanets candidates, nearly 1000 confirmed exoplanets, and many hundred exoplanets that are similar to the Earth in size. The K2 mission has just begun and promises to continue the search for exoplanets around the closest and brightest stars as well as provide the best scientific datasets ever obtained for many of the famous star clusters and well-known stars along the Zodiac. Howell has written over 700 scientific publications, numerous popular and technical articles, and has written and edited 8 books on astronomy and astronomical instrumentation. He has also written his first science fiction book, A Kepler’s DozenHe is currently working on a molecular gastronomy scientific education and cooking book with his friend and White House head pastry chef, Bill Yosses. Steve is highly involved with informal and formal scientific education for kids to adults, enjoys gourmet cooking and playing blues music.

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Since January 2007, William Yosses has held the prestigious title of the White House executive pastry chef. Other executive pastry chef experience include The Dressing Room in Westport Connecticut, Josephs Citarella in New York City, Bouley Bakery, and Bouley Restaurant. As pastry chef of the White House he has been closely involved with Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative with the goal of reducing childhood health problems related to diet. He conducts bi-weekly tours of the White House vegetable garden for school groups. In a related project, he has given lectures on science and cooking in the school of engineering and applied sciences at Harvard University. He has delivered cooking and science presentations at The Association for the Advancement of Science, the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), NYU: Experimental Cuisine Collective, UCLA, and CUNY. Yosses earned an A.A.S. degree at New York City College of Technology in hotel management and a M.A. at Rutgers University in French language. He has published two books: Desserts for Dummies and The Perfect Finish, Special Desserts for Every Occasion.