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Dr. David Hurd

 

 

 

EDINBORO UNIVERSITY PLANETARIUM

Meet. Dr. David Hurd

Dr. David Hurd has been educating students on the wonders of science for over 25 years.  Hurd is Professor of Geosciences and Planetarium Director of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Edinboro University is nationally recognized for its service to students with disabilities.

Hurd has gained a reputation as one of the most engaging professors due to his vast academic knowledge, trademark high energy, and inquiry based pedagogy. Dr. Hurd is consistently nominated for a multitude of awards and has received the honor as “Educator of the Year” at his university. 

In addition to his invaluable contributions in the classroom, Dr. Hurd manages the Edinboro University Planetarium and provides the local community with interactive, engaging, and live planetarium programs. Every year, thousands of K-12 and general public participants visit the planetarium for a multitude of educational programming. The planetarium has received national recognition for Dr. Hurd’s inclusion of ALL learners in STEM objectives.

Dr. Hurd has dedicated the last 14 years to producing and implementing tactile astronomy materials for the blind and has facilitated workshops on teaching astronomy to the visually impaired.Partnering with Dr. Cass Runyon, of the College of Charleston, Hurd has produced products for NASA that have helped bridge the gap between the research community and special needs students. Highlights of their work includes the “Tactile Guide to the Solar System: with digital talking text” and other astronomy tactile products. Recently Dr. Hurd served as co-principle investigator on a major Department of Education grant that educated science teachers how to better address the needs of students with visual impairments.

Most recently, with support from NASA’s Lunar Science Institute, Hurd authored and directed the production of a primer on lunar cratering entitled “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” which showcases custom made tactile products of major crater types found on the moon and descriptive text in accessible PDF form and a digitally mastered recording of the text.

This book, along with the many other science tactile products Hurd has contributed to and produced, further build his reputation as a pioneer in the field and continues to ensure ALL learners have an opportunity to learn about the wonders of our universe.

Dr. Hurd is honored to be involved in the field and continues to push for expanded experiences and opportunities for all students to highlight STEM interests and careers. In addition to his professional efforts, Dr. Hurd shares a personal connection to those with disabilities as two of his four sons have significant disabilities. His personal experiences, character, and academic passion has shaped his passion and desire to see expanded opportunities in learning about science.