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University of Illinois-Chicago
AIP Niels Bohr Library and Archives
American Institute of Physics
Kristen Larson_SPS Presentation 2018.pdfAbstract:
The newest exhibit addition to the Niels Bohr Library and Archives, Sounds of Discovery, highlights the works of Frederick Hunt, Robert Shankland and Marie Tharp. The common thread through their varying research was using acoustics to make discoveries or advance current technologies of the period. This exhibit features sound waves as presented in architectural acoustics, sonar development throughout WWII, and ocean floor mapping. By using the oral histories from the archival collections and a few books to shape the historical side, a supplementary element of current/on-going research is provided for those interested in seeing how events have progressed through time. Given that sound is inherently heard and not seen presented an intriguing dynamic in shaping how to display sound in a visual context. By reflecting on the three most common learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic, elements were added to the design process to enhance the learning of the topic for viewers within a limited scope. These fundamental factors proved to create an ambitious yet successful exhibit.
I am currently pursuing my second bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, at which I am approaching my junior year in the physics program (my first degree is a BS in Communication). I regularly collaborate in my university’s SPS chapter by creating a new website and being part of the team that is building a radio telescope. I also volunteer at the Adler Planetarium as a telescope facilitator and my favorite thing to look at (and show people) is the Sun through the hydrogen-alpha telescope. Last year, I ventured on a road trip through Idaho and Wyoming in search of the perfect place to witness the Great American Eclipse, and the view did not disappoint from Casper, Wyoming.
I am excited to be back in Washington D.C. this summer. In May 2017, I rode my bike solo from Chicago to D.C. and it was such a surreal experience. I took two weeks to bike and then only spent a couple days in D.C. before I needed to turn around and go back home. I am looking forward to spending more time in the area with my fellow SPS interns!