Michael Starobin fuses rigorous journalistic skills with the soul of a performing artist and the technical oversight of an architect. As senior producer for television and electronic media at The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he helped develop several exciting media technologies, investing often technical content with humanity, artful brio, and energy. His work has played at the Smithsonian Institution, The United Nations, foreign ministries, Congressional and other federal presentations, and on network and cable television. It’s also been selected on multiple occasions for special juried SIGGRAPH exhibitions, and earned a shelf full of industry awards. In 2006 Michael led an effort to develop technology and techniques for
delivering the world’s first movie projected on a fully spherical screen. The resulting film, called FOOTPRINTS, continues to play in science museums around the world. Time Magazine named FOOTPRINTS one of the best inventions of the year. He has since produced and directed six other movies for the Sphere. Michael also recently produced Goddard’s first multi-modal 3D video demonstration (data visualization, animation, and live action), and headed editorial development of the NASA Visualization Explorer, an iPad app designed to showcase science news and feature stories at NASA. Recently he produced an imaginative, ultra-wide presentation for an unusual video wall with playback resolution several times greater than conventional high definition.
Earlier in his career Michael worked in the Washington news corps, overseeing news and video operations for Conus Communications, a national media company. Previously at Conus he helmed the science and technology desk, reporting and producing for the network. Prior to Conus he worked in Public Radio as a producer, but for four years between Conus and MPR, he worked full time in the performing arts. Michael graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with an Anthropology major and honors work in biomedical ethics. His weekly blog on creativity appears on Mondays at 1auglobalmedia.com/news.html