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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:15-08-2015
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     Current job:"In Saturn's Rings" Co-Producer | Space Image Processor | Astronomy Communicator
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsResearch on planetary atmospheres at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Astronomy public outreach involving social media, space image processing, and digital news media, Cassini mission communications and outreach, spectroscopy, social media
    CV
    SUMMARY
     
    Science Background: Research on planetary atmospheres at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
     
    Public Outreach Experience: Astronomy outreach involving social media, image processing, outreach events, and digital news media
     
     
     
    EDUCATION
     
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
     
    2007 - 2011
     
    B.S. Astronomy
     
    Scholars Program – Science, Discovery, and the Universe
     
     
     
    EMPLOYMENT & SCIENCE BACKGROUND
     
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center                                                                                    2009 – 2012
     
    Research Assistant under Drs. Conor Nixon and Tilak Hewagama, worked on the project: “Analysis of High Resolution Laboratory Propane Spectra (v21, 922 cm-1) and the Interpretation of Titan’s Infrared Spectra”
     
    Analyzed high-resolution propane spectra taken from the McMath-Pierce 1-meter Fourier Transform Spectrometer at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Developed data analysis codes to interpret the propane spectral data and extract model parameters that characterized the data using IDL. The parameters were converted to standardized archival products in the form of molecular spectral-line atlases (HITRAN, GEISA) usable by the general scientific community. This effort involved the identification of underlying parasitic signals that would otherwise constrain the accuracy and precision of the derived data products.
     
     
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center                                                                                    2008 – 2009
     
    Research Assistant under Dr. Paul Romani, worked on the project: “Atmospheric Photochemical Modeling: Jupiter and Titan”
     
    Modeled Jupiter’s and Titan’s atmospheres using FORTRAN programs. Also made visualizations and calculations using SigmaPlot and MathCAD. A model Jupiter atmosphere program was run which created a model atmosphere, evenly stepped in altitude. With the output, a CH4 photochemical program produced an output of ten different species’ mixing ratios including ethylene. A model Titan atmosphere program was also run which created an evenly stepped model atmosphere. The program output mixing ratios of various species including ethane, hydrogen cyanide (HCN), and cyanoacetylene (HC3N) with the corresponding altitude, temperature, and pressure in the atmosphere.
     
     
     
    OUTREACH EXPERIENCE
     
    In Saturn’s Rings                                                                                                                  2012 – Present
     
    Co-Producer of In Saturn’s Rings, a non-profit giant screen film, in production. Film is composed of over 2 million images from NASA’s Earth and space missions: www.insaturnsrings.com 
     
    Image Processor: Calibrate raw (untouched, monochrome) images from the Cassini and New Horizons spacecraft to come to life in color composites using Adobe Photoshop. 
    Personal portfolio: www.flickr.com/photos/valerieklavans
     
    Social Media Leader: Manage the film’s social media sites and team members. Post and produce graphics for the film’s social media sites.
     
     
    Astronomy Outreach                                                                                                             2009 – Present
     
    Volunteer public outreach on astronomy (primarily planetary science) through social media 
     
    “Titan Saturn’s Moon”: Created and maintain a Facebook, Twitter, and Wordpress blog to spread awareness of this extremely Earth-like moon and the Cassini mission, studying Titan and the entire Saturn system.
     
    Facebook & Twitter: Posts focus on rarely seen and newly released images from the Cassini mission.
    www.facebook.com/Titan.SaturnsMoon www.twitter.com/TitanSaturnMoon
     
    Wordpress: Blog entries focus on the latest images and science from the latest Cassini flybys.
    titansaturnsmoon.wordpress.com
     
     
    Public Outreach Events
     
    Selected to attend the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launch NASA Social, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, September 2013
     
    Presented at Maryland’s Place in Space representing the University of Maryland Observatory, Baltimore Convention Center, May 2009
     
    Composed and presented a slide presentation of the Cassini-Huygens mission for Launchfest, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, September 2008
     
     
     
    IMAGE PROCESSING COVERED BY DIGITAL NEWS MEDIA
     
    Produced color composite of Saturn, originally taken by the Cassini spacecraft, May 2014
     
    The Washington Post: Lured by the rings: See Saturn in opposition Saturday
    Gizmodo: A beautiful photo of Saturn taken last Monday
    EarthSky: (1) Give me five minutes and I’ll give you Saturn in 2014, (2) Rainbow rings of Saturn, (3) Happy anniversary, Cassini spacecraft
     
    Co-authored an article and assembled images of the Cassini spacecraft’s first view of Uranus, April 2014 
     
    The Planetary Society: Another Pale Blue Dot — Uranus Spied By Cassini
    NBC News: Saturn Orbiter Spots Another 'Pale Blue Dot': Uranus
     
    Produced color composites of Saturn and its hexagonal jet, originally taken by Cassini, October 2013
     
    NBC News: Saturn's mysterious hexagon shows its true colors
    Discover Magazine: These Are the Most Epic Pictures of Saturn You’ve Ever Seen
    io9: This stunning view of Saturn will restore your sense of wonder
    Gizmodo: (1) New images show the true color of Saturn's mysterious hexagon, (2) The Most Beautiful Photo of Saturn You've Ever Seen 
    Daily Mail Online: (1) From Saturn's hexagonal storm to the penguin-shaped nebula: MailOnline showcases the most stunning space images of 2013, (2) Saturn's bizarre HEXAGONAL storm system is revealed in true colour for the first time
     
    Produced color composites of Earth and Saturn, originally taken by the Cassini spacecraft, July 2013
     
    NBC News: Did you smile for the camera? Earth glitters in a new view from Saturn
    FOX News: (1) Cassini spacecraft photographs Earth from 900 million miles away, (2) Stunning pictures of Earth from 900 million miles away (video)
    Business Insider: NASA Releases The First Images From Cassini And Messenger's Glimpse Of Earth Last Week
    io9: Behold the Earth and Moon – as seen from Saturn 
    • Yahoo! News UK & Ireland: NASA probe snaps Earth from 900 million miles away
    Daily Mail Online: Just one small dot on the landscape: The spectacular images of Earth taken from Saturn, 900 million miles away
     
    Miscellaneous 
     
    Gizmodo: (1) Impressive new image of Saturn from above the ecliptic plane (December 2014), (2) NASA's smell-o-scope experiment sniffs Saturn's moon Titan (June 2014), (3) Did you know that you can fly in Titan by flapping your (winged) arms? (November 2013) 
    The Planetary Society: (1) Pretty Cassini pictures: animation of Iapetus' north pole, and other fun (April 2015), (2) Terra Cognita (July 2013)
     
     
     
    SKILLS
     
    Microsoft Office Applications
    Programming: IDL, FORTRAN, C, JAVA, MATLAB
    Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
    LaTeX
    HTML
    Adobe Photoshop
    Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram
     
     
     
    PUBLICATIONS
     
    Klavans, V.; Nixon, C.; Hewagama, T.; Jennings, D. E. “Update from the Analysis of High Resolution Propane Spectra and the Interpretation of Titan's Infrared Spectra.” Titan Through Time; Unlocking Titan's Past, Present and Future, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April 3th - 5th, 2012, 83.
     
    Hewagama, T.; Nixon, C.; Jennings, D. E.; Klavans, V. “Analysis of High-Resolution Mid-Infrared Laboratory Allene Spectra and the Interpretation of Titan's Infrared Spectra.” Titan Through Time; Unlocking Titan's Past, Present and Future, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April 3th - 5th, 2012, 79.
     
    Klavans, V.; Nixon, C.; Hewagama, T.; Jennings, D. E. “Analysis of High Resolution Laboratory Propane Spectra (ν 21, 922 cm-1) and the Interpretation of Titan’s Infrared Spectra.” Presented at International Symposium On Molecular Spectroscopy, 65th Meeting, Ohio State University, June 21-25, 2010.
     
    Hewagama, T.; Kostiuk, T.; Nixon, C.; Livengood, T. A.; Jennings, D. E.; Fast, K. E.; Delgado, J. D.; Klavans, V.; Blass, W. E. “Spectroscopic blending and biased abundance retrievals in the 12µm band of ethane in Titan.” Titan Through Time; A Workshop On Titan's Past, Present and Future, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April 6th - 8th, 2010, 71.
     
    Klavans, V.; Nixon, C.; Hewagama, T.; Jennings, D. E. “Analysis of High Resolution Laboratory Propane Spectra (ν 21, 922 cm-1) and the Interpretation of Titan’s Infrared Spectra.” Titan Through Time; A Workshop On Titan's Past, Present and Future, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, April 6th - 8th, 2010, 61.
     
     
    ORGANIZATIONS
     
    AstroTerps                                                                                                                            2009 - 2011
     
    President of AstroTerps (the Astronomy student organization at the University of Maryland) during Junior and Senior years of college. Duties included:
     
    Planned trips to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to attend colloquia on Earth and space science.
     
    Invited speakers from Goddard and UMD's Astronomy department to discuss their research. 
     
    Planned and coordinated AstroTerps' event for Maryland Day 2010 & 2011: “Pondering Planets.” Designed activities aimed at all age groups including explaining planetary bodies and discovering a definition for planets.
     
     
     
    AWARDS
     
    Received a Student Travel Grant from the Dr. Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Space Science Education (for the 65th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy), April 2010
     
    Received the Nancy and Ira Shapiro Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award, for research with Dr. Paul Romani on “Atmospheric Photochemical Modeling: Jupiter and Titan,” October 2009

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