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My name: Mitch
My career: Program specialist

How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
I support the Office of Public Outreach staff and external organizations in planning, evaluating, implementing, and reporting activities. I also gather, synthesize, maintain, and communicate information involving multiple NASA Astrophysics Education and Public Outreach programs.
What or who inspired me to really go after the
profession I am in now?
Professor Smith, a college professor who taught Critical Reading and Thinking, made me aware that I had the ability to communicate issues, both verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise way. He suggested that I should look into doing something where I could use this ability.
What I like about my job:
I like being part of a team that is responsible for communicating the science of the Hubble Space Telescope.
What school subjects do I use at work?
Reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking.
Resources I would recommend checking out to
learn more about my career:
I would become proficient in Microsoft Office and start reading the editorial page of your local newspaper, because it usually contains the best writing.
What I like to do when I'm not working:
I enjoy reading, listening to music, theatre, biking, hiking, and movies, especially thrillers.
My name:
Ann
My career:
Designer &
illustrator

How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
My job involves working with scientists and educators to develop content for print and web products. After content is nailed down (although that can change during the production process), I generally design a layout and create graphics for whatever format is wanted — for example, for a brochure, or a web page, or an explanatory graphic to accompany a press release about Hubble Space Telescope findings.
What or who inspired me to really go after the
profession I am in now?
It's difficult to name one entity. I suppose my biggest influences have been Alice and Martin Provensen, Ben Shahn, Edward Gorey, Heinrich Kley [illustrators], and Paul Klee [artist of the early to mid-20th century]. Also, as it relates to the information graphics field, Nigel Holmes and other pioneers who found new and exciting ways to parlay information with symbols and art.
What I like about my job:
I enjoy transforming raw data into easy-to-understand graphics. Even more than that, I love illustrating scientific concepts and, on the rare occasion, cartooning or creating whimsical designs. Working with people with very different ways of thinking is interesting (artist vs. scientist, in my case!). It's great to have a chance to learn new software and to share my enthusiasm for the Hubble Space Telescope. I've met and worked with some "stars" in the astronomy community.
What school subjects do I use at work?
I use math, English, art, history, and civics to some extent (any organization is a community with rules and roles).
What I like to do when I'm not working:
I read pretty voraciously -- fiction, non-fiction, essays, biographies, histories, pop culture, editorials, and news. I work the New York Times crossword puzzle every day but Saturday (one almost needs to be a Rhodes Scholar to do that one!) — it's my "mental floss." Indie (independent filmmaker) films inspire me. I still play classical piano a bit, but despite having studied for 10 years and auditioned at Peabody Conservatory, my talent in that area is slim. Still, I love to hear good music and keep my hand[s] in, as it were! Also, I have a passion for travel. I've been all over the world and hope to see more.
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