Alyssa Goodman: An "Insider's" View of the Milky Way, at Canadian Institute for Thoeretical Astrophysics (CITA), Toronto, ON, Thursday, November 21, 2013

Abstract: It has been almost 100 years since the Shapley-Curtis debate. Today, we have fantastic images of the "spiral nebulae" Shapley wanted to leave in our Milky Way, and we are quite sure that they are external galaxies. But, our knowledge of the Milky Way's structure is still quite fuzzy. We are buried deep within the mucky plane of the Milky Way, and hence our view of it is highly obscured.

Alyssa Goodman: Why do we need a WorldWide Telescope and glue to solve the Mysteries of the Universe?, at Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Description: The great statistician John Tukey didn't just invent the Fast Fourier Transform.  In the 1970s, Tukey began experimenting with what is now called "linked view" data visualization, where many views of data are investigated on an interactive computer display at once, linked together so that selections in one view automatically highlight relevant corresponding data in another view.