All Aboard the 100 Year Starship!

Saturday June 23rd, 2012
1:30 pm
Ballroom A

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Mae Jemison - an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first woman of color to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actor in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer, and holds 9 honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. Mae and her team established the 100 Year Starship with the goal to make interstellar space travel a reality by 2112. Buy Mae Jemison's SETIcon II Interview DVD
Richard Rhodes - the author or editor of twenty-four books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History; and four novels. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Program in International Peace and Security and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series. Buy Richard Rhodes' SETIcon II Interview on DVD
Bill Nye - Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life.
Dana Backman Dana Backman is director of SOFIA's Outreach programs. An infrared astronomer, his research interests include formation of planetary systems, nearby stars with planetary debris disks, and the evolution of our solar system, especially the Kuiper Belt. He also teaches introductory astronomy and other science courses at Santa Clara University and in Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program. He is co-author of three introductory astronomy textbooks with Mike Seeds of Franklin & Marshall College.


Adrian Brown - a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute who analyses spectroscopic data gathered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. For example, he’s interested in finding subtle hints that large bodies of water might once have flooded the northern regions of this now-dry world, hints that the Orbiter’s spectroscope could provide. In addition to his search for water, he also hunts for clues to volcanic activity in these same northern realms, because the energy provided by such eruptions could fuel microscopic life.  A native of Australia, Adrian has spent a lot of time walking the rugged outback of the western part of that continent, learning how minerals in dry environments can be the fingerprints of water. That expertise helps him search for clues to Mars’ hydraulic past, when not just water, but alien life might have decked the landscape.