Laura and Katie are getting ready to collect their dissertation data this summer. Laura will be studying volunteers at Hatfield Visitor Center to see how they interact with visitors. Katie is studying scientists and non-scientists to see how they make meaning from images like those projected on the Magic Planet.

Each has navigated the proposal process and is in the midst of the Institutional Review Board approval for their projects. In the meantime, they are piloting data to make sure what they thought in their heads works in real life; Laura’s been ensuring that the looxcie cameras that visitors will wear will not get dropped in the touch tanks or record too much video in the restroom. Katie’s been making sure her images show up correctly and that the eyetracker doesn’t burn anyone’s eyeballs.

Each of them has been interviewed about their projects. You can listen to the podcasts:



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