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To contact us please send us an e-mail message to:
630-886-6443   Executive Director
312-565-1028   Director of Marketing
or write to us at:
KV 265
PO Box 482
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Administrative Staff

José Francisco Salgado, PhD
Executive Director and Co-Founder


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 100 concerts in 15 countries with chamber musicians and orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino. Recently, 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.
Dr. Salgado also produces and presents short 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 such as the South Pole, the Atacama desert, 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 & Accomplishments

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, UPR
2009 Lecturer, Distinguished Lecture Series of the School of Art and Design, U-M
2009 "Gustav Holst's The Planets" and "Astronomical Pictures at an Exhibition" named by the International Astronomical 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-M
1992-96       Puerto Rico Community Foundation Research Grant
1991 Facundo Bueso [Physics] Medal, UPR
1988-91 University of Puerto Rico Honors Program


Anne Barlow
Director of Development and Co-Founder
Ms. Barlow has more than 20 years experience in marketing and public relations holding positions as Director in the Media Practice of Buron-Marsteller, and at Golin-Harris in Chicago working in corporate and crisis communications. Ms. Barlow has worked with a wide variety of clients including: Accenture, Michelin, Chrysler Corporation, McDonald’s, Bayer Aspirin, Abbott Laboratories, Campbell’s Soup, Energizer, First Alert, Florida Department of Citrus, Glaxo Wellcome, and Ortho McNeil.
Ms. Barlow holds a Masters in Fine Arts, and studied clarinet with Larry Combs, retired principle clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also serves on the Board of Directors of KV 265, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Northwestern Brain Institute Advisory Board.


Mark SubbaRao, PhD
Educational Programs Developer
Mark SubbaRao was born in Charlotte North Carolina in 1968. He received his bachelors degree in engineering physics from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. from The John Hopkins University in astrophysics. His Ph.D. thesis concerned the characterization of the distribution and evolution of the luminosity of galaxies. After obtaining his degree he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make the largest 3D map of the Universe. He was a developer of the survey’s spectroscopic pipeline which measured classified and measured their distances to one million deep sky objects. He is an author of over 100 scientific publications.
In 2003 he joined the staff of the Adler Planetarium, currently directing their Space Visualization Laboratory. He has led the development of major exhibition galleries such as “The Universe: A Walk Through Time and Space”. He has also produced, written and directed a number of HD, stereoscopic videos as well as full dome planetarium shows. These include the feature planetarium shows Welcome to the Universe and Cosmic Wonder. His visualizations have been widely shown in print and television. Dr. SubbaRao chairs the International Planetarium Society’s Task Force on Science and Data Visualization, and is a member of the Data Visualization Advisory Committee of the Research Computing Center at the University of Chicago. He chairs the Adler Planetarium’s Internal Research Committee and is the Adler Planetarium’s institutional representative on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project