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Kimberly K. Arcand

Center for Astrophysics
Visualization scientist and emerging technology lead


Dr. Kimberly Arcand is an expert in astronomy visualization and has been a pioneer in 3D printing and extended reality applications in this field. Kim began her career in molecular biology and public health before moving to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian in 1998. In addition to being an award-winning producer and director, she is an expert in studying the perception and comprehension of high-energy data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum. Her latest works include augmented reality, holograms and data sonification as applied to astrophysics data sets. Kim has co-written seven popular science books, including two children’s books.

University of Otago, Ph.D.: 3D models/XR in astrophysics & spatial skills; Brown University, M.A., Public Humanities: Scientific image & meaning Harvard University, Computer Science graduate work University of Rhode Island, B.S., Biology: pre-med/parasitology & molecular biology