"Collaboration makes the world go 'round"
A few weeks ago I had the distinct honor and privilege of watching the hard work of a unique collaboration finally come to life. No, I'm not talking about Song of the Stars - I've already talked about that enough! - but a joint project between OSU and COSI. This particular project involved two of my physics undergraduate students, Grace Calhoun and Anna Voelker, working with Ty Owen and the rest of the planetarium staff to create a one-of-a-kind show that premiered at the last Family Friday Night.
The show was a hit, and we're working now to transform it into a regular feature. The collaboration itself served as a test; to explore the ways we can merge the skills and talents available within the OSU Physics Department with the skills and talents available within the COSI Theaters team. What they accomplished together can serve as a model for many other collaborations. OSU presents an incredible amount of untapped resources, from senior faculty to graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom would love the chance to create outreach opportunities through COSI. And my unique joint appointment allows both institutions to develop and strengthen those natural connections - if you're interested in knowing more, just ask me!