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Friday, May 25
 

3:00pm EDT

Earth Rise: 50 years
50 years ago, humans got their first look at the Earth from another body in space. Apollo 8, in orbit around the moon, took a stunning image of the Earth rising above the lunar horizon. Since then, we have explored all the planets in our solar system, up close (including Pluto!) and many smaller bodies (comets and asteroids). The images and other data from these historic observations have completely revolutionized how we see the solar system, the universe and our place in it. As we begin the next 50 years of planetary exploration, what new discoveries will reshape our view of the cosmos? Come hear NASA scientists discuss the last 50 years of discovery and get a sneak peak at a look into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Lou Mayo

Lou Mayo

Astronomer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Lou Mayo is a planetary scientist and program manager working for ADNET Systems at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and professor of astronomy at Marymount University. His research interests include modeling planetary atmospheres of the outer planets. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Douglas E. Rowland

Douglas E. Rowland

Douglas Rowland is an astrophysicist in the Space Weather Laboratory of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research interests include suprathermal particle acceleration and ion-neutral coupling throughout near-Earth space. He has developed small satellite... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Weaver

Kristen Weaver

Outreach Specialist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/SSAI, Inc.
Kristen Weaver is the Deputy Coordinator for the GLOBE Observer project, which aims to extend the long-standing citizen science program Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment to non-school based audiences. She is also an Outreach Specialist for the Global Precipitation... Read More →
avatar for Ernest T Wright

Ernest T Wright

Ernie Wright has been a programmer and animator at the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 10 years. He works primarily with the education and public outreach team for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft that's been in orbit around the Moon... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
  Science

4:00pm EDT

How Science Fiction Inspired Exploration Achievements
Wernher Von Braun presented fantastic drawings and a narrative of space stations and lunar landers to Collier’s magazine in the 1950s to spark the drive for space exploration. From Apollo to the current International Space Station and our views toward returning to the moon and going to Mars, much of our national vision traces back to the inspiration of those stories. What does current science fiction such as The Martian suggest about our future plans and potential for success?

Speakers
avatar for Peter McGrath

Peter McGrath

Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Space Exploration Division, Boeing
As Global Sales and Marketing director for Boeing’s Space and Missile Systems, Peter McGrath leads Boeing’s business development team in shaping, extending, and capturing business in support of human space exploration missions. Prior to joining Space Exploration in July 2010... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B

6:00pm EDT

Will Asteroid Mining Solve our Resource Shortages?
As humanity continues to industrialise and advance technologically, deposits of accessible minerals are being exhausted, leading to concerns of global shortages of rare materials over the next 40 years. But many minerals that are rare on Earth are abundant in space, and space-based-solar is an order of magnitude more productive without night or atmosphere.

Will the industrialisation of space solve our resource and energy shortages of the future?

Moderators
avatar for Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, futurist, software developer, and science educator. Paul is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience, machine ethics, space exploration, and mental health. His dynamic presentation... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B
  Science
 
Saturday, May 26
 

10:00am EDT

The 7 Dwarves (OK, TRAPPISTS)
In February 2017, NASA announced one of its most exciting discoveries to date: 7 exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, some of which have the potential to support life as we know it. Join a set of NASA scientists to learn more about the TRAPPISTS, exoplanets in general, and how such discoveries are possible.

Moderators
avatar for Giada Arney

Giada Arney

Dr. Giada Arney is an astrobiologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves planets of all types, especially planets orbiting other stars called exoplanets. Her research focuses on detecting and characterizing potentially habitable exoplanets with future telescopes. Using... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Garcia-Sage

Katherine Garcia-Sage

Dr. Katherine Garcia-Sage is a space scientist at NASA Goddard and a research associate at the Catholic University of America. She specializes in computational modeling of Earth's ionosphere and magnetic field and how they are affected by Solar activity. She then works on applying... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Kopparapu

Ravi Kopparapu

Dr. Ravi Kopparapu is an astrophyscist and planetary scientist at NASA Goddard. His research interests are in exoplanets and habitable worlds. His habitable zone calculations were used to identify all the potential habitable planets known to date. He did his Ph.D from Louisiana State... Read More →
avatar for Aki Roberge

Aki Roberge

Research Astrophysicist, NASA
Ask me about exoplanets = planets around other stars. We're planing amazing future space telescopes to study a huge range of exotic exoplanets, find the truly Earth-like worlds in the solar neighborhood, and search them for signs of life!

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
 Annapolis 4
  Science

11:00am EDT

Humans, Cyborgs, Androids: Companions in the Exploration of Other Worlds
Someday before long we will explore new worlds together—humans, cyborgs and androids—each with our own strengths and our own weaknesses. And we will work as a team. In this panel we will examine what each can bring to the task and how the others can ensure the success and safety of the missions. What will these worlds be? The moon? Mars? Other bodies in our solar system? Or even around distant stars? How far are they? How long will it take for signals to pass exchanging information? What will it take to reach each destination, establish settlements, and explore?

Moderators
avatar for Robert Zelenka

Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Edward Celarier

Edward Celarier

Edward Celarier is a physicist who worked with NASA, among other institutions. His research interests have come to include questions of how complex systems provide both goals and limits for technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. What imperatives underlie the responsibility... Read More →
avatar for Tilak Hewagama

Tilak Hewagama

Tilak Hewagama is a Planetary Scientist with the Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland. His research areas include the role of radiation, molecules and particulates in solar system atmospheres. It is remarkable that natural processes at molecular levels regulate planetary... Read More →
avatar for PJ Manney

PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
 Annapolis 4
  Science

12:00pm EDT

Touch the Sun
The Parker Solar Probe, which is slated to be launched sometime in 2018, is a NASA mission to "touch" the sun in order to study solar wind. Come hear a talk by NASA experts involved in the design and launch of these types of expeditions and learn about what it can tell us about the sun, exoplanets, and alien worlds.

Moderators
avatar for C. Alex Young

C. Alex Young

Associate Director for Science, Heliophysics Science Division, NASA
Solar astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Associate Director for Science of its Heliophysics Science Division. Alex is also a member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors and Chair of the Technology Subcommittee.

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Dennison

Hillary Dennison

Computational Astrophysicist, Naval Research Lab
Hillary Dennison is a Computational Astrophysicist at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. She works for the Space Science division doing solar physics research. As part of this research she has participated in the testing and integration of the white light detectors used in... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kirk

Michael Kirk

Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Michael Kirk is a research scientist in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center with Catholic University of America. He is working in support of the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite studying the physics of the sun, the causes of solar variability... Read More →
avatar for Rosanna Smith

Rosanna Smith

Integration and Test Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Rosanna M. Smith is an Integration and Test Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She has a Bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy and a Master’s degree in space policy. She was on the integration and test team for NASA’s Van Allen Probes... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4
  Science

1:00pm EDT

The Science of Frankenstein
At the turn of the 19th century in Italy, Alessandro Volta and Luigi Galvani sparred over the physiological effects of electricity. Volta’s Pile (the first electrical battery) had new practical applications in chemistry and medicine where the followers of “Galvanism” felt that electric currents were the vital source of life.

The greatest proponent of this theory, Giovanni Aldini took the electro-medical experiments to the extreme, proposing that electric shocks could revive the dead. The macabre public experiments by Aldini and other “resurrectionists” would horrify audiences… and eventually inspire Mary Shelley’s famous story of the resurrected monster, Frankenstein.

Dean Howarth recounts these unsettling stories and recreates (legally!) some of the experiments done by these controversial scientists. Starring Dean Howarth as "the Galvanist" and Rachel OConnell as Mary Shelley.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Howarth

Dean Howarth

The Natural Philosopher
Dean Howarth, a veteran physics teacher, brings history to life at museums, historic sites, festivals, conferences, schools, science and history camps, and other institutions with connections to both science and history. For over 20 years he has engaged in historical interpretation... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Exhibit Hall - B18 (Stage)

2:00pm EDT

Comparative Alien Anatomy
Join us for a discussion of the science behind complex Alien life forms. What biology inspired depictions of hominoid aliens, such as Predator and the Xenomorphs? Are 2-legs a biologically reliable anatomy for complex alien life forms? Of the various insectivoid aliens, which of those have real life biologic counterparts? How about non-carbon based life forms or even 6 (or 7 or 8) legged body plans? Join comparative anatomist, Jandy Hanna, to discuss these possibilities and more.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Stone Gordon

Rebecca Stone Gordon

Biological Anthropologist
I'm a biological anthropologist who studies human remains, depictions of archaeology in popular culture, horror and scifi in film and literature, disability studies, and life in the Nuclear Age. Cornelius is my favorite pop culture archaeologist and if you get me started talking about... Read More →
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4

2:00pm EDT

Think Outside the Can
Bigelow Aerospace habitats are changing the way mission planners think about living and working in space. These habitats allow for launched volumes to increase many times once in orbit, removing the rigid constraints of the “tin can” architecture and opening up a new world of mission possibilities. Moreover, expandable habitats allow for building modular workstations from the inside out, rather than the outside in, making it possible to design just one spacecraft for a wide variety of uses. Let your imagination be your guide as we explore the possibilities together.

Note: Lisa Thomas will be speaking remotely.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thomas

Lisa Thomas

Deputy Program Manager, Bigelow Aerospace
Lisa Thomas is an engineer and Deputy Program Manager of the B330 and BEAM expandable space habitat programs at Bigelow Aerospace. Her most recent program with NASA, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), successfully demonstrated the world’s first expandable, commercially-owned... Read More →

Staff

Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Science

3:00pm EDT

Cyborfication and Memetic Warfare
Scott and Ostrolenk will discuss the threats to personal security as a result of the integration of technology into human biology and the threats to the human mind from the manipulators of the basic units of thought.

Speakers
avatar for Michael D. Ostrolenk

Michael D. Ostrolenk

Michael D. Ostrolenk, a social entrepreneur, is a leading expert in the field of transpartisan public policy. He has successfully convened policy initiatives in the areas of transparency, privacy, defense, foreign policy and national security Michael co-founded and serves as... Read More →
avatar for James Scott

James Scott

Information Warfare Author
James Scott is the author of more than 40 books with 9 best sellers on the topics of hacking cyborgs, energy sector cybersecurity, nation state cyber espionage and more. He advises to more than 35 congressional offices and committees as well as the American intelligence community... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4
  Science

4:00pm EDT

Returning to the Moon
The United States has committed to “return American astronauts to the moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond.”  What will that look like?  How can we build a sustainable lunar presence, and how will it help us reach Mars?  Join Explorers Club member, science communicator, Project PoSSUM candidate, and Mars Desert Research Station crew member Kellie Gerardi and Commercial Spaceflight Federation Assistant Director, former NASA Flight Controller, and former aerospace systems engineer Jane Kinney as they discuss what a successful lunar colony will look like.  Moderated by MOSF Advisory Board Member Paul Stimers.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Stimers

Paul Stimers

Partner, K&L Gates
Paul Stimers is a MOSF Advisory Board Member. At K&L Gates, Paul focuses his policy advocacy efforts on matters related to emerging technologies, such as commercial spaceflight, quantum technology, IT, nanotechnology, and water technology, and advises a wide range of companies and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kellie Gerardi

Kellie Gerardi

Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, Project PoSSUM
Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace and defense strategist who has supported a number of commercial spaceflight companies, NGO's, and government agencies to accelerate and communicate the progress of the commercial spaceflight industry. Kellie is a Scientist-Astronaut Candidate with Project... Read More →
avatar for Jane Kinney

Jane Kinney

Director of Business Operations, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Jane Kinney is the Director of Business Operations of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Her main focuses for CSF include Export Control, Standards, Spaceports, and the Research & Education Affiliates Program.She has previously worked as a flight controller in Mission Control... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
  Science
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:00am EDT

NASA's Saturn Mission: Exploring Saturn and its Moons
Join NASA scientists from the Cassini-Huygens mission, and go with them behind-the-scenes into some incredible discoveries from the voyage to Saturn and Titan! See them Lift Titan's Veil and learn more about Saturn and its amazing moon.

More info. at:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/cassini-huygens/ 
http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~rlorenz/

Speakers
avatar for Ralph Lorenz

Ralph Lorenz

Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Ralph Lorenz has a B.Eng. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the University of Southampton in the UK and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1994 from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He worked 1990-1991 for the European Space Agency on the design of the Huygens probe and during his PhD... Read More →
avatar for Connor Nixon

Connor Nixon

Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Connor is a space scientist working in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has worked at NASA since 2000 when he joined the Cassini mission team at GSFC. Previously, he studied science in the UK at Oxford and Cambridge Universities... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Science

9:00am EDT

The National Science Foundation’s Night of the Living Limb- How Bioengineering Can Solve the Zombie Apocalypse Problem

When people think of bioengineering, their thoughts often run to the macabre. Frankenstein, Walkers, Caribbean pirates, and all manner of zombies haunt, crawl, and shamble to the forefront of their minds. However, in the real world bioengineering isn’t that scary. We live in a world where lives can be saved, organs can be grown or 3-D printed and new discoveries are constantly on the horizon.

Join us as our NSF-funded experts and entrepreneurs in tissue-engineering and soft materials printing gather to discuss the current state of the art and imagine the future possibilities.


Moderators
Speakers
Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
 Baltimore 3
  Science

10:00am EDT

How Not To Build a Renegade Computer: HAL 2018
Most people recognize HAL as the (evil)  computer and adversary in the 1968 movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. HAL was the self-aware artificial intelligence controlling the Discovery spaceship while working as part of its crew. Over time HAL begins to make mistakes and, eventually, the decision is made to shut him down. HAL discovers this and decides to kill the astronauts to carry on its programming.
We are fortunate to have two experts who help create actual computers that go into space as well as an authority on AI. Our panel will discuss what it takes to create a computer like HAL today and how our current scientists would ensure that the computer doesn’t go “rogue” and perhaps what to do if the unexpected happens.

Moderators
avatar for Steven Danziger

Steven Danziger

Senior Manager of Quality, Site Executive, BAE Systems
Mr. Steve Danziger serves as Quality Manager for BAE Systems Space Systems as well as the Site Executive in Manassas. Mr. Danziger is responsible for improving the overall quality and efficiency for the organization's ($150M/yr in business) products and technology. Mr. Danziger has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bear

Michael Bear

Technical Director, BAE Systems
Michael Bear is a Technical Director at BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He over 30 years of experience in the electronics from advanced device reliability and ASIC design through systems architecture. He has served on both the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and National Academy... Read More →
avatar for Phil Frana

Phil Frana

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, James Madison University
Philip Frana is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He is currently writing a book on the history of artificial intelligence, The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial... Read More →
avatar for Joe Marshall

Joe Marshall

Global Engineering Fellow, BAE Systems
Joe Marshall is a Global Engineering Fellow working on embedded processor systemsat BAE Systems in Manassas, Virginia. He has developed and/or led development of hardware, software and subsystems at GTE, IBM, Loral, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems with the last 29 years focused on... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
 Baltimore 3
  Science

10:00am EDT

In Saturn's Rings, a film for IMAX theaters: The Kubrick, Science & Tech
Stanley Kubrick originally tried to set 2001 at Saturn, as in the novel, rather than at Jupiter, which the technology of the time required, if real images of the planet were to be used.

NASA's Cassini-Huygens has since taken the best images of Saturn in history!

See how NASA's images and Kubrick's visions were brought together for In Saturn's Rings, to such an extent that Christiane Kubrick requested her own personal copy, and called it "an honor for Stanley to be mentioned... in such a carefully-made film."

Director Stephen Van Vuuren takes you into the making of this ground-breaking film for IMAX theaters, the special technology made for it, and the techniques it took to bring Saturn to life using only shots of the real planet, with no CGI. Also on hand will be:
  • Jason Harwell, Co-Producer and Lead Hubble/ESO Image Processor
  • Val Klavans, Co-Producer
  • Bill Eberly, Lead SDSS image processor
  • Bryan Simpson, President & Hubble/ESO image processor, Cincinnati Astronomical Society 

See Saturn -- the REAL Saturn, brought to life for the giant screen, as only a Kubrick family-recognized master can do.

More info. at: 
https://www.insaturnsrings.com/ 



Speakers
avatar for Stephen van Vuuren

Stephen van Vuuren

Filmmaker, In Saturn's Rings
Stephen van Vuuren is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, photographer and ubergeek. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Knoxville, Tennessee. His father purchased a manual 35mm camera for him when he was 12 and his love of image-making began. He has directed, produced and/or shot over... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
 Woodrow Wilson A
  Science, Film

11:00am EDT

The Hunt for Groot: Astrobiology at NASA
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. NASA scientists study astrobiology to better understand our own Earth and the life that inhabits it. For example, by investigating how chemicals and minerals got to other planets, and where they are located (e.g. on the surface or deep inside), we may better understand how the essential compounds for life on Earth arrived and were distributed. The study of astrobiology also informs the search for exoplanets in habitable zones. If we understand how life arose on Earth, we may better identify distant planets that may support life (as we know it).

Come hear real NASA scientists talk about the various STEM fields that contribute to astrobiology, and how it is an integral part of many NASA missions, including the Mars Rovers, Cassini, and even Hubble.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman in a Research Space Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He is an astrobiologist that focuses on comparative planetology. As a member of multiple interdisciplinary teams, he simulates the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Giada Arney

Giada Arney

Dr. Giada Arney is an astrobiologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves planets of all types, especially planets orbiting other stars called exoplanets. Her research focuses on detecting and characterizing potentially habitable exoplanets with future telescopes. Using... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B
  Science

12:00pm EDT

6 Blind Men, or How Will we Know Life on Other Planets?
There is no broadly accepted definition of 'life.' Suggested definitions face problems, often in the form of robust counter-examples. Thus, how will we know what constitutes "life" on other planets? Join us for a discussion panel with a geneticist, physicist, comparative planetologist, and philosopher to talk about this issue when exploring alien worlds.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Adler

Charles Adler

Professor, St Mary's College of Maryland
I'm a lifelong science fiction reader and fan. I wrote a book about the science in science fiction and fantasy called "Wizards, Aliens and Starships," which was the co-winner of the 2015 American Institute of Physics popular science book award. I'm currently working on a book about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman in a Research Space Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He is an astrobiologist that focuses on comparative planetology. As a member of multiple interdisciplinary teams, he simulates the... Read More →
avatar for Robert Zelenka

Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
  Science