painter and video artist
Ben is founder and director of SkyDay and is best known for his large scale paintings and twenty-four hour video projections called Revolutions. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and positively reviewed in Artforum and elsewhere. Highlights include solo shows at the Delaware Contemporary, Chicago Cultural Center, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gallery Henoch (NY) and a 2006 video installation on Times Square's giant Astrovision screen. To create Revolution Stonehenge Ben was granted permission to spend four days and nights with the great stones - an experience he will never forget! You can find out more about Ben's work here.
NASA ASTRONAUT, AQUANAUT, ARTIST
Nicole is a veteran astronaut with 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the ISS. Among her many accomplishments she was the 10th woman to perform a spacewalk, the first to fly the robotic arm to capture the free flying HTV cargo vehicle, the last crew member to fly to and from the ISS on the Space Shuttle, a crew member for the final flight of Discovery AND she is a NASA Aquanaut holding the Women's World Record for saturation diving following her 18 day mission on the NEEMO9 crew of the Aquarius undersea habitat. And as if all that wasn't enough Nicole is also an accomplished artist and managed to convince NASA to allow her to bring her paints to the space station where she made the first painting off of planet earth! You can find out more about Nicole's work here
RESEARCHer And ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES at NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Dan is a researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. He is a climate scientist with diverse research interests including: climate impacts and extremes, detection and attribution of recent climatic and deep time paleoclimatology. Prior to Northwestern, Dan spent four years as a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford, earned his PhD in geological sciences at the University of Michigan, and obtained bachelors degrees in atmospheric science and physics from Texas A&M and Tulane University respectively. Between undergrad. and grad. stints he served five years in the US Air Force as a weather officer and operational meteorologist.
Dan is particularly interested in developing new curriculum pieces at the intersection of art and science. You can find out more about Dan's work here
professor of Atmospheric science at
Univ. Of Illinois and Lead author for the IPCC
Don is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois where he has been since 1994. He was Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences from 1994 - 2006. Don is an expert in atmospheric physics and chemistry with over 500 scientific publications related to the Earth's climate, air quality and ozone layer. However his work goes well beyond that through providing analysis and development of metrics used in national and international policy and in developing analyses for understanding climate impacts on society and ecosystems, plus potential resilience and societal responses. He has co-authored a number of international and national scientific assessments, including those by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. You can find out more about Don's work here.
Scientist, Poet, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University
Sam Illingworth is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, in the UK. With a PhD in atmospheric physics, his current research is centered around developing two-way dialogue between scientists and non-scientists, mainly through the use of poetry and tabletop games. Sam also partners with SkyTeam member and poet Dan Simpson performing around the world as Dr. Illingworth and Mr Simpson. Together they create popular science projects and shows inspired by their shared passions for spoken word and for sharing the incredible research and experiments happening in science. You can find out more about Sam and his work here.
Poet, performer, producer
Dan Simpson is a poet, performer and producer. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is popular, smart, and funny. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; geek culture and video games; people and poetry. Dan has performed around the UK and USA including at Glastonbury Festival, The Green Mill (Chicago), Roundhouse Camden, and the BBC Fringe Slam. He has created five solo stand-up poetry shows for Edinburgh Fringe, and he hosts and co-produces comedy vs. poetry gig Stand Up & Slam.
Often working in scientific contexts, Dan has appeared at popular science events and talks, partnering with Dr. Sam Illingworth to create shows and run interdisciplinary spoken word and science projects. You can find out more about Dan and his work here.