Carolyn Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions.
She is an award-winning science writer with more than two dozen Loch Ness Productions shows to her credit and is responsible for show development, editing and writing contracts, and other outreach services for Loch Ness Productions clients. Carolyn has also written custom scripts for Evans & Sutherland Corporation, edited scripts for Sky-Skan, Inc., and created shows for major planetaria across the U.S.
Carolyn’s most recent projects include writing a series of 32 short multimedia media pieces for Starmap, an iOS-based astronomy app for iPad and iPhone. Her latest book, released in July 2013 is Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe published by Adams Media.
She wrote, narrated and co-produced the show Losing the Dark, a joint production with the International Dark-Sky Association. From 2007-2010, she wrote and co-produced a nine-part vodcast series titled Space Weather FX for a NASA-funded Loch Ness Productions-MIT Haystack Observatory project, as well as a 10-minute video program about the Mileura Widefield Array. In addition, Carolyn wrote and narrated a series of scripts for animations included with Seeker and TheSky, astronomy software programs created and produced by Software Bisque.
Carolyn currently serves as associate producer for AstroCast.TV, an online video magazine focused on astronomy and space science topics. She produces segments called Our Night Sky and The Astronomer’s Universe on a monthly and bimonthly basis.
Carolyn was as Associate Editor of GeminiFocus from 2002-2012 published by Gemini Observatory. She has also written and edited material for the National Astronomy Observatory of Japan’s Subaru Telescope in Hawai’i.
In 2010, Carolyn served as senior exhibit writer for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s von Kármán Visitor’s Center. This followed on the heels of a project with Cinnabar California, to write a climate change exhibit for the California Academy of Sciences. In 2005 and 2006, she worked as the senior science writer for the Griffith Observatory exhibits program, in conjunction with the Friends of the Observatory and New York City-based exhibit designers C&G Partners.
Carolyn has taught several workshops on planetarium script writing and science writing, including a four-week Winter Session class in 2006 at Williams College, Williamstown, MA, an April, 2011 symposium focused on fulldome production practices called “Cosmix” held at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and was honored to lead workshops for students and teachers three times at the University of Massachusetts annual Women in Science and Engineering Day.
Carolyn is an accomplished public speaker, and frequently appears on behalf of Smithsonian Travels on selected cruise ships. She has spoken before audiences in the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. She has made presentations on planetarium outreach at several symposia, including the semi-annual Communicating Astronomy to the Public meeetings held in Germany and Athens in 2005 and 2007 respectively, as well as the 2006 International Planetarium Society conference in Australia.
On the Web, Carolyn is proprietor of TheSpacewriter.com, a popular Web site that contains the Henrietta Leavitt Flat Screen Space Theater — the Web’s first online planetarium show, and The Spacewriter’s Ramblings, a blog about astronomy, science, and related subjects.
She also voices several characters on Outpost: A Star Trek Fan Production.