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Professor and Scientist Collaborate to Make Science Come Alive in New Kid's Book

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Amzeal -- Eleven-year-old Jackson Bishop, better known as Jax, has left writing a report on space until his school break. When he starts his laptop, he is connected with Zaria from the planet ZX55A, or Zix. Zaria has to interview an Earthling for a report about Earth so she can pass the next level of her "zorketh training." The two then decide to collaborate: Zaria tells Jax about space, and Jax tells Zaria about Earth.

An Alien Helped Me with My Homework! includes 35 high-resolution images provided by NASA and other organizations, as well as black and white comic-style sketches at the beginning of each chapter. All the science information has been fact checked by a senior astrophysicist.

Professor Lisa Smith is the former Dean of the College of Education and Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Originally from the States, Lisa has an extensive background in child development. In 2008, she co-founded the Aesthetics and Astronomy Group, made up of astrophysicists, image development professionals, and educators who explore public perceptions of astronomical images and how best to communicate their underlying science to the public. Lisa has written or co-authored over 130 publications. She co-presented for the inaugural series, SciTED: Talks About Science That Need To Be Seen, hosted by the Science Communication Centre, University of Otago, in a talk entitled, My Six Year Old Could Draw A Better Supernova Than That!

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Kimberly Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. As a science data "storyteller" she combines her background in molecular biology and computer science with her current work in the fields of astronomy and physics. Kimberly co-founded the Aesthetics & Astronomy Group, working closely with Lisa and their colleagues for over a decade to better understand how people respond to and perceive astronomical data. She has co-written five non-fiction books: Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide To Exploring the Cosmos, Smithsonian Books (2013); Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond, Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette Book Group (2015); Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Guide to Making Spectacular Images of Space, University of Alaska press (2015); Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe, Black Dog & Leventhal, (2017); and Light From the Void: Twenty Years of Discovery with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Smithsonian Books (2019). Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond has been translated into 5 languages. Kimberly resides in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

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An Alien Helped Me with my Homework is available to purchase through bookstores, gift shops, major online retailers, and  the publisher's website at http://www.StillwaterPress.com.

Steven R. Porter

Source: Stillwater River Publications
Filed Under: Science

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