Dean has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy.
Dean is the co-host of Star Gazers, a new twist on an iconic backyard astronomy program made famous by Jack Horkheimer, which airs on over 100 PBS stations around the world. He is a Contributing Editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine and a contributor to Astronomy Magazine, where he won 2008 “Out-of-this-World” Award for astronomy education. Dean has written over 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogs for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured on television and radio. Since 2012 Dean has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and his first book, "Facts From Space!" hit the shelves in October 2016.
At the Cincinnati Observatory he has developed his skills as a dynamic writer and public speaker who brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages.
From Super-Secret Spacecraft to Volcanoes in Outer Space, Extraterrestrial Facts to Blow Your Mind!
Dean's first book will take you from the Earth to the edge of the universe and back. Facts From Space will be available October 1, 2016.
What facts lie ahead? How did turtles, flies, meal worms, and bacteria become the first living things to go the far side of the Moon? How do you go to the bathroom in zero-gravity? Where should we look for aliens?
You will see a Martian sunset, swirl in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and skim the corona of the Sun. You may not bodily go where no one has gone before, but your imaginations will soar among the stars, see constellations from different perspectives, and fall into a black hole.
NEAF, Northeast Astronomy Forum - Speaker - April 8, 2017 NEAF
Grand Canyon Star Party - Speaker - June 20 and 21, 2017 Grand Canyon
Bryce Canyon Star Party - Keynote Speaker - June 23, 2017 Bryce Canyon
USA Today - December 28, 2016 Highlights of 2017
Science Friday with Ira Flatow - December 23, 2016 Science Friday
Starry Night, Gainesville, Florida - Speaker - November 4, 2016 - Starry Night
Joseph-Beth Booksellers - Book Signing - October 27, 2016 Joseph-Beth
Books by the Banks - Meet the Author - October 15, 2016 Books by the Banks
Grand Canyon Star Party - Speaker - June 4 and 5, 2016 Grand Canyon Star Party
Kalamazoo, Michigan Astronomy Day - Keynote Speaker - May 14, 2016 Kalamazoo Astronomy Day
Science Friday with Ira Flatow - May 6, 2016 Transit of Mercury
Skywatching DVD - Available April 24, 2016 A Sky and Telescope Magazine DVD
Huffington Post - April 13, 2016 Get Ready for the Transit of Mercury
NEAF 2016 - Speaker - April 9, 2016 Northeast Astronomy Forum
Winter Star Party - Speaker - February 8, 2016 Winter Star Party
Huffington Post - September 24, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse
Science Friday - September 18, 2015 Keeping an Eye on our Celestial Companion
Science Friday - June 5, 2015 How I Explained the Sun
Dean is currently working on his next book entitled, "Don't Trust the Astronomers."