The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is one of the world’s largest natural history museums. The Museum has a full-time scientific staff of 200 active researchers, collections of more than 33 million specimens of plants, animals, minerals, and cultural artifacts, a growing frozen tissue collection with the capacity to house approximately one million samples, and digital collections that include astrophysical data, molecular and genomic sequences, and satellite imagery. AMNH has a distinguished history as a leader in in science visualization technology designed to convey sophisticated science concepts to a general audience and a long record of successful partnerships with NASA that enhance science education for large local and national audiences.
Linköping University is one of the worlds leading universities in the field of Scientific Visualization. The desire for an interactive exploration tool for scientific data and the ability to communicate scientific findings initiated the development of the OpenSpace project in 2014. Since then, student internships at NASA Goddard and AMNH have contributed to the development of the project. Since 2002 LiU has conducted a successful series of masters thesis internships with AMNH to visualize its Digital Universe 3D Atlas (DU), a data set originally supported by NASA during the millennium rebuild of the Museum’s famed Hayden Planetarium. This work spawned the commercial software called Uniview and the company SCISS that authors it as now one of the world’s leading vendors in planetarium technology.
The Visualization and Data Analysis (ViDA) lab at New York University’s (NYU) Polytechnic School of Engineering has a strong tradition in the development of open source tools. One of its best known examples is the open source data exploration system VisTrails. VisTrails is used in NASA labs, and has been partially funded by NASA. Another major project is the Ultrascale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tools (UV-CDAT), a novel climate data analysis system, which recently won the Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award. NASA is one of the partnering institutions in the development of UV-CDAT.
The Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah has established itself as an internationally recognized leader in visualization, scientific computing, and image analysis applied to a broad range of application domains. SCI Institute research generally falls into the areas of scientific visualization, scientific computing and numerics, image processing and analysis, and scientific software environments. A particular hallmark of SCI Institute research is the development of innovative and robust software packages, including the SCIRun scientific problem solving environment, Seg3D, ImageVis3D, FluoRender, ViSUS, and map3d. All these packages are broadly available to the scientific community under open source licensing and supported by web pages, documentation, and users groups. Software at the SCI Institute is developed in close collaboration with application users to satisfy real needs within their research communities.
Informal Science Institution Partners
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) seeks to illuminate nature and inspires its conservation through what do we know?, how do we know?, what is happening now?, and how can the public participate? questions. Opened in 1879, the NCMNS is the largest natural history museum in the southeast, is Raleigh’s top-rated attraction and strives to embody progressive trends in nature and science museums globally. The NCMNS has been locally and nationally recognized -- notably, in 2014 at the White House with a national medal for outstanding community service, in 2015 by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau with its top award for economic impact, and in 2016 by the Raleigh Mayor’s Award for service to those with disabilities. The NCMNS is also one of three nationwide partners of the Smithsonian Science Education Center.