Douglas R. Dechow has spent two years following the space shuttle program. He and his wife, Anna Leahy, write about their adventure at Lofty Ambitions Blog and are working on the book Generation Space. Their photos and commentary have been featured at the BBC Online.
In February 2012, Doug completed a Writing Residency at Ragdale with his wife and co-writer Anna Leahy. While there, the two worked on Generation Space, a book about their year following the end of the space shuttle program.
Doug has worked with the university library's archivist to develop a collection of NASA artifacts and documents. They have a traveling exhibit and presentation based on the Roger and Roberta Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection.
In August 2010, Doug was awarded a scholarship to attend a week-long workshop at the Norman Mailer Center to work on his novel set during the Manhattan Project.
At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in March 2012, Doug presented as part of the "Purloining the Letter," a panel with Diane Simmons, Rachel Hall, Louise Steinman, and Tyrone Williams in which writers examined the use of archival materials in creative projects.
At the Modern Languages Association Convention in January 2011, Doug presented a paper about Chapman University's Freedom Without Walls, a month-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall last year. He and his co-authors published an article version in Teaching German.
Doug helped coordinate the week-long Einstein's Universe
program featuring physicist Brian Foster and violinist Jack Lieback.
In January 2011, Doug led a GIS session at THATCamp SoCal. He was awarded a fellowship for THATCamp Victoria in June 2011.