Hands-On Optics

A young woman with long white hair and wearing a mask, holds the tactile telescope model. She is standing in a large exhibit hall. Astronomy-related images can be seen in the background.

GLAS Education’s tactile telescope cannot be used to gather light. But as ateaching tool, it is quite enlightening. Imagine a telescope that’s been cut in half. Students don’t look through it, theylook into it — or feel inside it. The ingeniously viewable scope came out of aproject called Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (IDATA),which […]

The Sound of Light

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GLAS director Kate Meredith and GLAS team member Ashley Wimer returned Dec. 17 from their trip to Leiden, the Netherlands, for The Audible Universe 2 conference at Leiden University’s Lorentz Center. About 30 researchers from around the world attended the conference from Dec. 12 to 16. The researchers are involved with sonification, the process of […]

Mental Health by Starlight

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If you’re feeling stressed or depressed, look up at the night sky. It could be relaxing and a relief from the pressures of daily life. The International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is researching a connection between astronomy and mental health.  We are creatures of nature, and turning our interests to nature […]

GLAS’ 2022 Moonlight Fundraiser

Gibbous moon shines down over the waters of Geneva Lake causing a bright reflection. Background is dark with some lights from homes in the distance.

“Oh, the moon has a face and it shines on the lake …” Warren Zevon About 80 GLAS Education supporters and friends boarded Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s Belle of the Lake for a three-hour Moonlight Cruise of Geneva Lake with guided tours of the night sky and constellations on Oct. 1. The cruise promoted GLAS […]

Chelsea Cook Helps GLAS with Accessibility Projects

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Chelsea Cook holds the title of solution engineer in the state of Colorado’s Office of Information Technology. Now living in Denver, she’s worked on the state’s accessible website for the blind and visually impaired. Soon, she will be a liaison to the state’s various departments as they develop their own accessible websites. Chelsea said Colorado […]

NaviLens Video

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Zach Meredith, a GLAS Education staff member, presented a 90-second video explaining GLAS Education’s efforts to make its office space user-friendly for the blind and visually impaired during a July 26 presentation. Zach did most of the filming and handled the editing and sound. Interns Daniel Feng and Alex Scerba also assisted with the video. […]

Midwest Space Grant Conference July 25-26th

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GLAS Education director and CEO Kate Meredith and GLAS marketing director Katie Corbett led two workshops on making science accessible to everyone during the Midwest Regional Space Grant Consortium Conference at the Wingspread Retreat and Executive Conference Center in Racine on July 25-26. The Midwest consortium conference included consortium directors from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, […]

Zach SDSS Plug Plate Presentation

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Three years ago, Zach Meredith, then an intern at GLAS Education, was part of the team that started the plug plate project funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. The plug plate project is pretty straightforward. Find a way to use sonification to give the blind and visually impaired an idea of the […]

Ashley Sonification Intern Presentation

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Ashley Wimer of GLAS Education is deep diving into the grant process for research into sonification. “The search is on now to find which funding programs are available,” she said. “Sonification is the process of taking visual data and turning it into sound,” Ashley said during a presentation at GLAS Education on July 20. GLAS […]

Daniel Dark Skies Office Intern Presentation

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Daniel Feng is working on projects to help a local community and a spiritual retreat in northern Wisconsin to evaluate their needs for responsible lighting. Daniel is an intern working on GLAS Education’s Dark Skies Office project. Its goals are to reduce light pollution and promote healthy Dark Skies around the state. Over a weekend […]