Dan Goods is the Director of the Museum of Awe and the visual strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  If you want to hear how science...

Game Changer: Dan Goods - NASA & CREATIVITY

Location:

2000
Australia

Venue:
City Recital Hall
Game Changer: Dan Goods

Speakers

Dan Goods

Visual Strategist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dan is passionate about creating moments in people’s lives where they are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive.

During the day, he is the visual strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There he shepherds an amazing team developing creative ways of communicating, and works to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. His team's work is seen in public spaces, art museums, and is in outer space.

He is currently developing the "Museum of Awe” with peers David Delgado and Ivan Amato.

Dan graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design in 2002. In 2012 he was selected as “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles” by the LA Weekly. He currently lives in Altadena, CA with his wife and three kids. 

Bernie Hobbs

ABC SCIENCE WRITER, BROADCASTER AND HOST

Bernie Hobbs is best known as a popular judge from ABC TV's The New Inventors, and she's a firm favourite with audiences for her weekly science spots on ABC radio around the country.

Bernie has that rare combination of a sharp intellect, quick wit and warmth. With a background in medical research, environmental writing and science teaching, Bernie can tackle tough or technical subjects and bring the driest topics alive for lay or expert audiences.

She's worked with kids, animals and rocket scientists, and shared the stage with prime ministers and rock stars. She happily takes the hot seat at triple j when Dr Karl can't, and loves nothing more than working with a live audience.

Bernie has won awards for the kids tv show the experiMENTALS, and for her infamous greenhouse website Planet Slayer — where you find out what age you should have died at so you don't use more than your share of the planet.

She has a first class honours degree in biochemistry and microbiology, a very nerdy habit of birdwatching, and more than a passing interest in cycling, kayaking and ridding her backyard of asthma weed.

She's emceed and chaired her way through forums and events for clients including:

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science, the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia, a swathe of CRCs, GHD, Queerscreen, the Queensland Government, The Queensland Resources Council, CSIRO, The Australian Society of Medical Research, The Australian Fodder Industry Association, Brisbane Ideas Festival, The World Congress of Science Journalists, Questacon.

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Event Details

Dan Goods is the Director of the Museum of Awe and the visual strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  If you want to hear how science and creativity can come together to make meaningful experiences – this is the talk for you. You don’t need to be a scientist, a designer or an artist to appreciate the work that Dan creates. He specialises in making people understand complex problems with ease.

Dan likes to present experiences that remind people of the beauty and privilege of being alive. This might be through a magic box that lets people see particles from exploded stars in real time or through listening to the location of satellites.

At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab he creates installations that encourage people to discover more about planets and stars and he is involved in developing future space missions.  He also likes to put things in perspective and has been known for drilling a hole into a grain of sand to show our place in the vast universe.

In his keynote we will hear how he went from a kid playing with soda bottles to art student and finally – his own unique position at the world’s preeminent space and science institution.
Outside of NASA, Dan is creating the Museum of Awe, a mind blowing experience of art, science and theatre that brings together collaborators from around the globe. Recently, Goods was named as “one of the most interesting people in Los Angeles”.

Prepare to be amazed as Dan makes the world around you come to life in new ways - hear about buildings that pulsate, how to talk to spaceships, why we are all connected and discover what exactly humans are made of.

Dan will be joined by the sharp, surprising and witty Bernie Hobbs, a passionate science communicator on ABC radio, TV and on-line.

If you have ever wondered what makes the world tick or are just curious to know more about space – come along.

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Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.