Biography

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José Francisco Salgado, PhD José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe.
His "Science & Symphony films" have been presented in more than 120 concerts and have reached a combined audience of more than 290,000 people in concert halls, museums, and lecture halls spanning more than 50 cities in 15 countries. Some of the orchestras that have presented these works include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. His first two films were named by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO as Special Projects for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). In 2012 his film "Gustav Holst's The Planets" was chosen for Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago initiative. In 2014, his collaboration with composer Chris Theofanidis, "The Legend of the Northern Lights" was premiered with Grant Park Orchestra to critical acclaim in front of 32,000 people.
From 2006 until 2008 Salgado hosted "Nuestra Galaxia", a weekly astronomy news segment on Univision Chicago (WGBO) for which he received an Emmy nomination. Dr. Salgado also produces and presents short science films with musician/composer Tom Bailey (from British pop group Thompson Twins) as part of the audiovisual ensemble Bailey-Salgado Project, and with harp duo Beyond Pluck.
As an experimental photographer, Salgado has visited more than 30 scientific sites in places including the South Pole, the Atacama desert, the French Pyrenees, and the South African Karoo and has contributed visuals to documentaries produced for the History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic channels. As a public speaker, he has given presentations about science and art in all seven continents, including a presentation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
 

Honors and Accomplishments

2015 U of Michigan Astronomy 2015 Distinguished Alumni Lecture: "Science & Symphony Films"
2014 "The Legend of the Northern Lights" premiered with Grant Park Orchestra to critical acclaim in front of 32,000 people
2012 "Gustav Holst's The Planets" selected for Ravinia's One Score One Chicago initiative
2010 Citibank’s Hispanic Heritage Award
2010 Teatro de Rojas Best Concert of Season award for "Astronomical Pictures at an Exhibition"
2010 Named ESO Photo Ambassador by the European Southern Observatory
2009 Distinguished Alumnus, School of Natural Sciences, U of Puerto Rico
2009 Lecturer, Distinguished Lecture Series of the School of Art and Design, U of Michigan
2009 His first two science films named by the Intl. Astron. Union and UNESCO as Special Projects for the International Year of Astronomy
2008 AstroFilm Festival Piestany, Slovakia, Audience Award for "Gustav Holst’s The Planets"
2007 Photoshop Guru Award finalist for artwork entitled "Orion Rising"
2003 Emmy Award nomination for "Nuestra Galaxia" news segment (WGBO)
1999 Photoshop Guru Award finalist for artwork entitled "Active Galaxy Over the Adler"
1990s Rackham Dissertation Fellowship, U of Michigan
1992-96       Puerto Rico Community Foundation Research Grant
1991 Facundo Bueso [Physics] Medal, U of Puerto Rico
1988-91 University of Puerto Rico Honors Program
 
For a copy of his latest CV please send a message to: admin "at" KV265 "dot" org.
 

Biografía

El Dr. José Francisco Salgado es un astrónomo nominado al Emmy (BS en Física por la Universidad de Puerto Rico; PhD en Astronomía por la Universidad de Michigan), fotógrafo experimental, artista visual y orador que crea trabajos multimedia que divulgan ciencia de forma atractiva. Como Director Ejecutivo y Co-fundador de KV 265, organización no lucrativa de educación científica y artística, el Dr. Salgado colabora con orquestas, compositores y músicos para presentar películas que provocan curiosidad y un sentido de admiración por la Tierra y el Universo.
Sus "Películas Sinfónicas de Ciencia" han sido presentadas en más de 125 conciertos y han alcanzado públicos diversos con más de 300,000 personas en salas de concierto, museos y aulas en más de 50 ciudades en 15 países. Algunas de las orquestas que han presentado sus trabajos incluyen a la Sinfónica de Chicago, la Boston Pops, Sinfónica de San Francisco, Orquesta del Teatro Regio de Turín, la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Checa y la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México. Sus filmes "Los Planetas de Gustav Holst" y "Cuadros astronómicos de una exposición" fueron nombrados por la Unión Internacional Astronómica y por la UNESCO como Proyectos Especiales para el Año Internacional de la Astronomía (AIA2009). Su colaboración con el compositor Christopher Theofanidis, "La leyenda de las luces del norte", fue estrenada en Chicago por la Orquesta Grant Park, ante 32,000 personas.
El Dr. Salgado fue el presentador de "Nuestra Galaxia", un segmento semanal de noticias de astronomía en Univisión Chicago (WGBO), trabajo por el cual recibió una nominación al Emmy. El Dr. Salgado también produce y presenta cortometrajes con el músico y compositor Tom Bailey (líder del grupo de pop británico Thompson Twins) como parte de su conjunto audiovisual Bailey-Salgado Project, así como con el dúo de arpas Beyond Pluck.
Como fotógrafo experimental, Salgado ha visitado más de 30 centros de investigación científica que incluyen el Polo Sur, el desierto de Atacama, los Pirineos franceses y el Karoo sudafricano. Ha contribuido con visuales en documentales de los canales de televisión History, Discovery, la BBC y el National Geographic. Como orador, ha dictado conferencias sobre ciencia y arte en los siete continentes, incluida una presentación en la estación Amundsen-Scott del Polo Sur.

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