The Race to Find Alien Life


Saturday June 23rd, 2012
3:00 pm
Ballroom A


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Panelists:

Robert Picardo - Robert Picardo is a graduate of Yale University and has been a well-known actor on stage, screen, and television for over 25 years. Mr. Picardo is recognized around the globe for his popular role as the Holographic Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. He also starred as Commander Woolsey on Stargate Atlantis, making him the only actor to play regular roles on both of television’s most enduring science fiction franchises. He is also well known for his roles on China Beach and The Wonder Years (for which he received an Emmy nomination), not to mention countless guest star appearances on other shows. Mr. Picardo has appeared in over 30 feature films and played leading roles on Broadway, including the son of legendary Jack Lemmon in Bernard Slade’s Tribute. He has performed at many of Southern California’s leading theaters and has been nominated for an Ovation award. Buy Robert Picardo's SETIcon II Interview DVD
Richard Quinn - Is the surface of Mars really sterile, or could there be still-undiscovered traces of life littering this hostile landscape? Chemist Richard Quinn focuses on understanding the reactive processes that take place on the surface of the Red Planet, and how these might give a better idea of the potential for habitable environments. As the Viking landers found three decades ago, there is an abundance of complex, photochemically driven oxidative processes on Mars. These are comprised of atmosphere, dust, and soil interactions. Richard says that the key to understanding martian carbon chemistry is to unravel the dominant reaction mechanisms and kinetics of soil reactivity and organic compound decomposition.
Scott Hubbard - G. Scott Hubbard has over 25 years of experience making significant contributions to research, development and management of space science missions, with more than 10 of those years directly related to Mars missions. He has extensive experience as a project manager and technologist, with an outstanding record of success in formulating new concepts and developing bold space exploration initiatives.

Moderating:

Cynthia PhillipsCynthia Phillips - a planetary geologist at the SETI Institute with experience in processing spacecraft images of the planets, She is particularly interested in active geologic processes on such worlds as Mars, Europa, Io, and Enceladus. Cynthia has also co-authored twelve popular-level books, including Space Exploration for Dummies, and is a public speaker and blogger on the subjects of astrobiology, the outer Solar System, and space exploration. In addition to her scientific interests, Dr. Phillips also leads two undergraduate research programs at the SETI Institute - the REU program in the summer, and the URSA program during the academic year.