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Denise Smith



  • Researcher 


Dr. Denise Smith is an astronomer working in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. She currently directs NASA's Astrophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum, an association of education and public outreach professionals working together to share the science of NASA's astrophysics missions with the public. Denise is also the principal investigator for "Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery", a traveling exhibit for libraries that celebrates the legacy of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. She has contributed to professional development experiences for educators in formal and informal science education settings, and a range of formal and informal science education materials. Denise received her Ph.D. in astronomy from Cornell University, and held postdoctoral research appointments at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute prior to assuming a position in education and public outreach. Her scientific research focuses on rapid episodes of star birth and the properties of dust in galaxies.  




Gibbons, H., Bergsman, K. C., and Smith, D., 2008, "Adapting Formal Education Materials for Informal Education Settings," whitepaper for NASA's Science Mission Directorate