Randall H. Landsberg is the person to contact for the big picture
of what Cosmus was, is, and is supposed to be. He is Director of Public Outreach for
the University of Chicago Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
Director of Education and Outreach at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and he directed the
Education and Outreach Programs for the National Science Foundation's
Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica.
Mark SubbaRao is a researcher at the University of Chicago
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Director of the
Cyberspace Gallery at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. He
makes visualizations of astronomical data, particularly the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, of which he is
an active member.
Dinoj Surendran is
a graduate student at the University of Chicago Department of Computer
Science. He makes visualizations of astronomical and other data.
Cosmus has its roots in the 2003-4 SCOPE Museum
Presentations in Science Program; its interns were Daniela Rosner, Stephanie Andrews, Andrey Zhiglo, and
Joi Podgorny, Eric Jojola,
and Dinoj Surendran. Its coaches were Randy Landsberg and Mark
The template for this website was created by Joi Podgorny and
People that we know of who have used material on this site include
- SciTech Hands-on Museum in Aurora, IL : used SDSS+WMAP, VERITAS Tours, Planetary Globes, Mars pictures. (Note: we host the Mars pictures for Adler.)
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum : Mark is an Adler employee, and has used the SDSS interactives there. Of course, Adler has used the Mars pictures that we host for them.
Josh Frieman used the first SDSS animation at the AAAS meeting in January 2004.
The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics has used several demos on this site for geowall demos.
- Max Tegmark (used an SDSS animation in his talk/s)
EVL@UIC uses SDSS+WMAP and Planetary Globes in its geowall demo dvd collection.
26 Feb 2005: The Dangerous Life of Cosmic Rays. University of
Chicago Laboratory School Science Expo, Paolo Privitera,
D. Surendran (using the GeoWall of SCOPE).
10 Feb 2005: GeoWall Demo at University of Chicago Alumni Event, San Francisco. J. Carlstrom, A. Olinto, M. Turner , M. SubbaRao
5 Feb 2005: Demonstrations as part of a campus research tour to attendees of the 2005 National Conference of Black Physics Students (Chicago, IL). M. SubbaRao
2-4 Feb 2005: GeoWall Demo at Seeing the Universe NASA Explorer Institute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY. R. Landsberg & D. Surendran
10-13 Jan 2005: "3D Visualizations of Current Astrophysical Research for Public Explorations & for the Classroom" at the Gadgets & Gizmos Session at the 205th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, San Diego, CA. R. Landsberg, M. SubbaRao, D. Surendran
6 Dec 2004: Opening Fermilab Particle Astrophysics Center (Fermi National Laboratory Batavia, IL).
Interactive demonstrations with the public and researchers involved
in the science on display on the Cosmus Geowall (esp SDSS & Auger).
M. SubbaRao, R. Landsberg, J. Frieman
10-18 Nov 2004: Auger Collaboration Meeting, Malargue, Argentina. Presentations of stereo
photos of Auger & 2D animations of cosmic ray showers.
20-23 Oct 2004: Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Conference (Detroit, MI). Interactive Demonstrations R. Landsberg & D. Surendran
19 Oct 2004: 3D Visualizations for Public Explorations of Current Astrophysical Research, High Energy Physics Seminar, Michigan State University. R. Landsberg
24-26 Sep 2004: Extreme Astronomy @ the Planetarium KICP Cosmology Short Course for Planetarium Staff Chicago, IL. Demo of 3D Visualizations. D. Roberts & M. SubbaRao
~30 June 2004: "Visualizing the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Other Data Sets in 3-D Stereo", Invited Talk at the
Education and Outreach Workshop at the Aspen Center for Physics. M. SubbaRao & D. Surendran.
Ongoing Demonstrations throughout the Workshop M. SubbaRao, D. Surendran, R. Landsberg
27 Mar 2004: Cosmus: Virtual 3D Cosmology in Public Science Museums at "VR for Public Consumption Workshop" at IEEE VR2004 Conference (Chicago,
IL) March 27, 2004.
Stephanie Andrews, Eric Jojola, Randall H. Landsberg, Joi Podgorny,
Daniela Rosner, Mark SubbaRao, & Dinoj Surendran, Ronen Mir, Leo Kadanoff