Dan Neafus

Operations Manager, Gates Planetarium

Dan has produced engaging audience experiences for over 30 years,and continues to do so as Operations Manager of one of the finest immersive theaters in the world, the Gates Planetarium. He is President of the Rocky Mountain Planetarium Association and director and founder of IMERSA.

His consulting firm Neafus Network, provides publicand performance artworks across the country. With an emphasis on technology, Dan utilizes many tools in his work, from supercomputer graphics, to 3d sound and automated lighting. His fulldome productions are distributed to theaters world-wide. By collaborating and inspiring fellow visionary pioneers he has charted a course for the future of domed theaters and the immersive experience.

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Carolyn Collins Petersen

Communications Coordinator

Carolyn Collins Petersen, IMERSA Communications Coordinator. Carolyn is a science writer and producer of astronomy and space-science media for planetarium facilities, observatories, science centers, and Web pages. She is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a unique multimedia production company. Her latest production is "Losing the Dark", a collaboration with the International Dark-Sky Association. She has authored several books on astronomy and planetary science, and more than 75 documentary scripts.

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Michael Daut

Director of Show Production/Marketing at Evans & Sutherland

Michael Daut serves as the Director of Show Production/Marketing at Evans & Sutherland, developing a library of shows for the digital fulldome community and has a passion for immersive media. He is an award-winning writer, producer, and director for fulldome videos, theatrical productions, music videos, live concert videos, commercials, documentaries, corporate videos, and trade show presentations. He has a BA in Media Communications with a video/film emphasis from Webster University, where he also served as an adjunct professor. He created the world's first digital fulldome film for SIGGRAPH 99 in Los Angeles, and also helped create the world's first digital fulldome transfer of a giant screen film, Africa the Serengeti in 2007. As a result of this groundbreaking first step, there are now more than 50 giant screen films that have been converted to digital fulldome.

Michael Daut is a member of the Producer's Guild of America, a founding member of the Association of Fulldome Innovators, a member of the Telly Awards' Silver Council, a board member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, and a Vice President and Director of IMERSA.org, the Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science and Arts organization dedicated to raising the visibility of immersive media across a variety of disciplines throughout the world.

 

Ryan Wyatt

Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization, California Academy of Sciences

Ryan Wyatt assumed his role as Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization at the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) in April 2007. Prior to arriving in San Francisco, Wyatt worked for six years as Science Visualizer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; previously, he opened technologically-advanced planetariums in Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ryan Wyatt assumed his role as Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization at the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) in April 2007. Prior to arriving in San Francisco, Wyatt worked for six years as Science Visualizer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; previously, he opened technologically-advanced planetariums in Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wyatt’s professional interests include making research data sets accessible to the general public, and developing standards and “best practices” in the fulldome video community. A paper co-written for Natural History magazine reflects on the role of modern planetariums in bringing cutting edge science to a variety of audiences, and his “Visualizing Science” blog provides an informal look at his ideas and opinions related to visual representations of science. Wyatt also indulges avid enthusiasms for archeoastronomy, the history of science, and intersections between art and science.

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