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Science Panels and Events [clear filter]
Friday, February 16
 

11:00am

Making a Monster
A scientist, an artist and the audience team up to discuss scientific accuracy in film and TV and then create plausible (yet often hilarious) aliens…

Panelists
avatar for Mick Schubert

Mick Schubert

Science Maker
Professionally writing, editing, and making magic out of science. Come and chat!

Friday February 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Program C

5:00pm

The Mars Rovers: An Update
Kim Steadman and Sarah Milkovich of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory join us for a special look at the current and future state of the Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity, running on the Red Planet today.


Friday February 16, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Program C
 
Saturday, February 17
 

11:00am

Cassini: The Grand Finale
Guests from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory join us as we look back at the incredible history of the Cassini mission to Saturn, which recently ended its mission at the ringed planet with a spectacular dive!


Saturday February 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Program C

2:00pm

Hyperloop Technologies
Anita Sengupta of Hyperloop One talks about the work going into the revolutionary superspeed ground transportation technology and how it will literally change the future of travel.

Guests
avatar for Dr. Anita Sengupta

Dr. Anita Sengupta

Chief Product Officer / Professor, ASX / USC
I am an aerospace engineer, former NASA rocket scientist, and Professor of astronautics at USC. My day job is designing the next generation of EVTOL aircraft for autonomous urban air mobility as Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX). Tom... Read More →


Saturday February 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Program C

3:00pm

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
A special panel discussion about the status of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math: where we are today, where we're going tomorrow, and what still needs to be done to bring more girls and young women into the fields of tomorrow.

Guests
avatar for Dr. Anita Sengupta

Dr. Anita Sengupta

Chief Product Officer / Professor, ASX / USC
I am an aerospace engineer, former NASA rocket scientist, and Professor of astronautics at USC. My day job is designing the next generation of EVTOL aircraft for autonomous urban air mobility as Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX). Tom... Read More →

Panelists

Saturday February 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Program C

4:00pm

The Science of Doctor Who, Third Semester: Seeing Beyond the Ordinary, Creating the Extraordinary (Session A)
Our special family-oriented event Saturday afternoon featuring convention safe and totally unconventional science experiments for the Doctor & Companion to blend every day science with the magic of Doctor Who: science experiments and hands-on learning for children and their parents alike! Note: this event is SOLD OUT; participants should show up to the meeting room five minutes before, and those without tickets can check Member Services to see if there are any cancellations.

Panelists

Saturday February 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Program E

6:00pm

The Science of Doctor Who, Third Semester: Seeing Beyond the Ordinary, Creating the Extraordinary (Session B)
Our special family-oriented event Saturday afternoon featuring convention safe and totally unconventional science experiments for the Doctor & Companion to blend every day science with the magic of Doctor Who: science experiments and hands-on learning for children and their parents alike! Note: this event is SOLD OUT; participants should show up to the meeting room five minutes before, and those without tickets can check Member Services to see if there are any cancellations.

Panelists

Saturday February 17, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Program E
 
Sunday, February 18
 

12:00pm

The James Webb Space Telescope
Suzi Casement brings us insight into the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, the new imaging platform being built by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and ESA for launch in 2019.

Panelists

Sunday February 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Program E

3:30pm

Screwball Science
Doctor Who (and other shows) often rely on technobabble and hand-waving (aka "wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey") explanations for the show's plot devices, dressing up magical thinking in scientific trappings. There are, however, *real* scientific theories and phenomena that at first glance look just as unlikely and screwball. Our panelists examine and compare some of both, and look for those places where Dr Who's inventions actually intersect the real world.

Panelists
avatar for Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche has been making costumes since he was 8 (and has the photographic evidence to prove it!). He was honored with the International Costumers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In his secret identity as a research scientist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, he's hard... Read More →

Sunday February 18, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Program E