THE PROP: Scientific instruments have been favorites of Kimberly Kowal Arcand since she was a girl.
Visualization and media coordinator – NASA Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; author
Why did you select your profession?
Growing up, some of my favorite toys included a chemistry set, a microscope, a stellarium and a dollhouse. … I have remained passionate about science and communicating science with diverse audiences – hopefully, helping to inspire future generations of scientists and citizen scientists.
Where do you see yourself professionally in 10 years?
I would love to teach college-level courses again. … And I hope I will have written a couple more books.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Do what you love, if you can.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Hurricane Floyd will not ruin your outdoor wedding by the water, so enjoy those last few days of preparations.
What is your favorite Rhode Island escape or hobby?
Stargazing in Rhode Island … such as catching the Perseid meteor shower while overlooking the Scituate Reservoir. •