Monarch Butterflies and Citizen Science
Senior Scientist, Maryland Science Center
Serving the Maryland Science Center (MSC) in numerous functions for more than 30
years, Mr. O’Leary is responsible for the planning, production and presentation
of programs in MSC’s Davis Planetarium and the Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory
and is MSC liaison to large-format (IMAX) film producers and distributors. He has
produced dozens of programs for the Davis Planetarium, seven of which have played
in more than 650 planetariums worldwide.
Under his direction, the Maryland Science Center's IMAX Theater was converted to
IMAX 3D projection technology and completely renovated in 2000. He also led the
design for MSC’s innovative SpaceLink gallery, a space science update center, which
served as the model for similar installations at museums in Boston, Chicago and
Denver, as well as the model for MSC’s TerraLink and BodyLink galleries.
Mr. O’Leary is a frequent lecturer on topics of Earth and space science to both
adults and children, and a familiar face and voice on TV and radio, where he is
often called upon to interpret space science and astronomy. Since 2001 he has hosted
the weekly Skywatch radio program on the local NPR affiliate, introducing listeners
to the latest space science and astronomy news.
O’Leary serves as Vice President for Production for the Museum Film Network, on
the Professional Development Committee of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, and
is a Fellow of the International Planetarium Society.
Program Coordinator, Monarchs in the Classroom University of Minnesota
Mr. Bowers has been working in the Monarch Lab since the summer of 2005. For three
years as an undergraduate research assistant, Mr. Bowers helped graduate students
with their research and maintained the lab until he graduated in May of 2008. After
graduation, he became the Program Coordinator for Monarchs in the Classroom. Grant
is excited to have the opportunity to work with teachers and provide the tools they
need to teach science, inquiry, and conservation biology.
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