Henry Trae Winter

Chief Scientist - Advanced Research in Inclusion and STEAM Accessibility (ARISA) Lab


Overton High School, Memphis, TN

University of Memphis


Montana State University


Henry Winter is part of NASA's Science Activation Program (SciAct). SciAct has projects and NASA teams across the U.S. that are helping learners of all ages do science!

What first sparked your interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or math?

Henry Winter

I always loved science fiction as a kid, but I started learning about real science after finding Carl Sagan's “Cosmos” at my local library.

What Science Activation project(s) are you affiliated with?

Eclipse Soundscapes: Citizen Science Project

The Eclipse Soundscapes: Citizen Science Project is studying how eclipses affect life on Earth. Eclipse Soundscapes citizen scientists will help collect and analyze sound data from the October 14, 2023 annular eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse.

Tell us about your job. What do you do?

I develop the scientific programs for Advanced Research in Inclusion and STEAM Accessibility (ARISA) Lab's projects including the Eclipse Soundscapes: Citizen Science Project. I also design and build the software and technical elements necessary to enable citizen scientists to carry out their observations and analysis.

What's one piece of advice you would give to someone interested in learning more about science?

Always remember, the physical feeling of learning something new is not elation, but frustration. When you are working on a difficult problem and are frustrated, embrace the frustration because you are on the cusp of understanding something you did not understand before.

What is your favorite science image or visualization, and why?

I love the images of the Sun from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. The Helioviewer tool makes it easy to make your own visualization and movie based on AIA images.

Close view of the surface of the Sun
Near-Live image of the sun in 304 angstrom as seen by NASA's SDO on Nov. 25, 2022.
Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.