Event

SETIcon conference in Santa Clara, CA
8.13.10 - 8.15.10
 
Join other scientists, science fans, students and educators and learn more about our universe and our planet at the SETIcon conference in Santa Clara, CA. Renowned scientists and experts from several organizations, including NASA, will share information about current research and what it has revealed.

SETIcon is weekend conference hosted by the SETI Institute where science and the imagination meet. The conference includes four programming tracks that will appeal to everyone from the science community to science and sci-fi fans that want to learn more about our universe and our planet. Part of the programming will be geared toward the general public and there are panels designed to educate and entertain. The conference includes: talks from noted scientists from NASA, SETI and around the country who will explain new science developments in everyday language; stars of science fiction TV series and movies, plus the advisors who help with the science; panels to air controversial issues and compare perspectives; special sessions to ask questions of guests in a smaller setting; a family room with hands-on activities (for kids 12 and older). Teachers who attend the entire weekend and participate in some of the educational programs will be able to receive credit through San Jose State University.

The conference is being held August 13-15, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara hotel, located at 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA.

For more information, including programming and ticketing, visit: http://www.seticon.com/

Summary of NASA-related Events (all times Pacific Daylight)

10 – 11 a.m., Aug. 13
What: "The Future of Our Quest: SETI Institute, TeamSETI, and the Next 25 Years" panel discussion
Who: Frank Drake, member and chairman emeritus of the SETI Institute Board of Trustees; Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute; Jill Tarter, director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute; Tom Pierson, chief executive officer (CEO) of the SETI Institute; Edna DeVore, deputy CEO and the director of Education and Public Outreach at the SETI Institute; David Morrison, senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute; and John Gertz, president of Zorro Productions Inc., will share their ideas of what the future may hold for the SETI Institute.
Where: Ballrooms ABC

10 – 11 a.m., Aug. 14
What: "Multiverses: Is One Cosmos Enough?" panel discussion
Who: Dana Backman, director of education and public outreach for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) mission at NASA Ames will moderate the discussion, featuring Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif.; Alex Filippenko, professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley; Robert J. Sawyer, will present their ideas about the possibility of multiple universes.
Where: Ballrooms FG

10 – 11 a.m., Aug. 14
What: "Should Humans Explore the Moon, or Do We Leave It to Robots?” panel discussion
Who: Adrian Brown, planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif., and NASA Ames will moderate the discussion, featuring David Morrison; Rusty Schweickart former NASA Apollo astronaut; and Phil Plait, astronomer, author the Bad Astronomy blog on Discovery.com, will discuss human and robotic exploration of the moon.
Where: Magnolia Room

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Aug. 14
What: "Worlds for ET: What Kind of Planets Are There Around Other Stars?" panel discussion
Who: Adrian Brown will moderate the discussion, featuring Gibor Basri, professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkley and co-principal investigator on NASA's Kepler mission; Debra Fischer, professor of Astronomy at Yale University; and Franck Marchis, planetary researcher at the SETI Institute, who will discuss whether any of the planets discovered beyond our solar system could sustain life.
Where: Magnolia Room

12:30 p.m. – 1:30, Aug. 14
What: "Pack the Sunscreen and Sterilize Your Luggage: Your Trip to Mars" panel discussion
Who: Cynthia Phillips, planetary geologist at SETI and NASA Ames will moderate the discussion, featuring Jennifer Blank, astrobiologist at the SETI Institute and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; Margaret Race, at the SETI Institute; and Mary Roach New York Times bestselling author, will discuss exploring the Red Planet and what a trip would entail.
Where: Ballrooms FG

12:30 p.m. – 1:30, Aug. 14
What: "Asteroid Armegeddon: Will the Kind of Rock that Obliterated the Dinosaurs Get Us Next?" panel discussion
Who: Franck Marchis will moderate the discussion featuring David Morrison, Phil Plait and Rusty Schweickart who will present their ideas about the large asteroid impact the helped kill the dinosaurs and many other species 65 million years ago, and how to avoid a similar catastrophe.
Where: Ballrooms ABC

12:30 p.m. – 1:30, Aug. 14
What: "How DO you keep that thing steady? The story of NASA's SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy" presentation
Who: Dana Backman will give a presentation about how SOFIA works and its science goals.
Where: Magnolia Room

1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Aug. 14
What: “In Conversation with Dave Morrison” question and answer session
Who: David Morrison
Where: Ballroom E

1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Aug. 14
What: "Passion and Purpose: How The Jetsons led me to NASA" presentation
Who: Yvonne Pendleton, director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute, will lead a discussion that explores the wonders of the universe and journeys through the cosmos.
Where: Magnolia Room

3 – 4 p.m., Aug. 14
What: "'Warp Eight, Mr. Scott': Will It Happen? The Future of Space Travel” panel discussion
Who: Andre Bormanis, writer and television producer, will moderate the discussion featuring Sean Carroll; Kevin Grazier, investigation scientist and science planning engineer for the Cassini/Huygens Mission at JPL as well as science advisor for the PBS animated series The Zula Patrol and the SCI FI Channel series Eureka and Battlestar Galactica; Greg Papadopoulos, technology industry expert; Tim Russ, amateur astronomer and actor who portrayed Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager who will share their ideas about the future of space travel.
Where: Ballrooms ABC

3 – 4 p.m., Aug. 14
What: "The Ultimate Hard Hat: Protecting the Planet from Asteroid Impact” presentation
Who: Rusty Schweickart, will discuss efforts to protect Earth from devastating asteroid impacts.
Where: Ballrooms FG

3 – 4 p.m., Aug. 14
What: "The Kepler Mission: Our Search for Earth-Like Worlds" presentation
Who: Gibor Basri will discuss the Kepler space telescope efforts to determine the frequency of Earth-size planets using the transit method.
Where: Magnolia Room

4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Aug. 14
What: "Pluto Politics: Should Pluto be Considered a Planet?" panel discussion
Who: Andrew Fraknoi chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, Calif., will moderate the discussion featuring Gibor Basri, Michael Brown, professor of Planetary Astronomy at Caltech; Dale Cruikshank, planetary scientist at NASA Ames; and David Morrison, who will share their ideas on the International Astronomical Union's decision to modify Pluto from being a planet to a dwarf planet.
Where: Ballrooms ABC

4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Aug. 14
What: "Which Came First -- The Science or the Science Fiction?" panel discussion
Who: Jennifer Blank will moderate the discussion, featuring Robyn Asimov, health care consultant and daughter of author and scientist Isaac Asimov; Andre Bormanis; Kevin Grazier; and Robert J. Sawyer who will share their ideas about how science influences authors of science fiction and how the imagination of writers can lead to new technologies.
Where: Magnolia Room

10 – 11 a.m., Aug. 15
What: "It's a Dirty Job: Searching for Life in Extreme Places" discussion
Who: Jennifer Blank, will moderate the discussion featuring, Janice Bishop, senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and NASA Ames, Peter Jenniskens, astronomer at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames; and Margaret Race will share their adventures as they look for life in extreme habitats.
Where: Ballrooms FG

10 – 11 a.m., Aug. 15
What: “Build a Galileo Telescope” workshop. Free ticket required
When: 10 – 11 a.m., Aug. 15 and 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Aug. 15
Who: Edna DeVore
Where: Cypress Room

10 – 11 a.m., Aug. 15
What: "Giant Worlds and Icy Moons: Exploring the Outer Solar System" panel discussion
Who: David Morrison will moderate the discussion featuring Dale Cruikshank, Ignacio Mosqueira, astronomer at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames, and Cynthia Phillips who will share their ideas about how our understanding of the outer worlds in our solar system has changed in the last three decades due to planetary probes.
Where: Magnolia Room

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Battlestar Galactica: Behind the Scenes - In Conversation with Kevin Grazier" question and answer session
Who: Kevin Grazier
Where: Ballroom E

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Looking for a Few Good Earths: Finding Our Counterpart Among the Stars" discussion
Who: Douglas Caldwell, co-investigator and instrument scientist on NASA's Kepler mission and physicist at the SETI Institute as well as Jon Jenkins, co-investigator of the Kepler mission and principal investigator at the SETI Institute, will share their ideas about how common are Earth-size planets.
Where: Magnolia Room

12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Bad Astronomy: Astrology, UFOs, the Face on Mars, and More" panel discussion
Who: Edna DeVore will moderate the discussion featuring Andrew Fraknoi
David Morrison, Phil Plait and Seth Shostak, who will discuss ideas that challenge accepted scientific belief.
Where: Ballrooms ABC

12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Mining the Solar System" panel discussion
Who: Cynthia Phillips will moderate the discussion featuring Jennifer Blank, Franck Marchis, and Robert J. Sawyer, who will share their ideas about mining the solar system's resources.
Where: Ballroom FG

12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Seeing and Invisible Light" workshop. Free ticket required
Who: Dana Backman
Where: Cypress Room

1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Secrets of the Red Planet: What We Have Learned from Mars Exploration?” panel discussion
Who: Seth Shostak will moderate the discussion featuring Andre Bormanis, Kevin Grazier, Jennifer Ouellette, director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange program at the National Academy of Sciences, and Tim Russ who will share their ideas about movies incorporating science into their plots.
Where: Ballrooms ABC

1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Do They Need to Get it Right: What’s Right and Wrong with Cinema Sci-Fi?" panel discussion
Who: Adrian Brown will moderate the discussion featuring Ross Beyer, planetary scientist at the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames; Janice Bishop, Scott Hubbard, professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, former director of NASA Ames and founder of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, who will share their ideas about recent missions to Mars and the possibility of life there.
Where: Magnolia Room

1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "From Orphan Stars to Slime Worlds: Habitable Planets" panel discussion
Who: Pamela Harman, manager of Education and Outreach at the SETI Institute, will moderate the discussion, featuring Frank Drake; Jon Jenkins; and Ignacio Mosqueira, who will share their ideas about where life could live on different worlds.
Where: Magnolia Room

1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Chasing a Falling Star" presentation
When: 3 – 4 p.m., Aug. 15
Who: Peter Jenniskens will share his experiences chasing an artificial meteor from a NASA research aircraft over the Australian outback and combing the Nubian Desert of northern Sudan for remnants of asteroid 2008 TC3.
Where: Magnolia Room.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Is Doomsday 2012 For Real, or Will You Still Have to Pay Taxes in 2013?" panel discussion
Who: Andrew Fraknoi will moderate the discussion, featuring John Billingsley, best known for his role as Dr. Phlox on Star Trek Enterprise and as Mike Spencer on True Blood; David Morrison and Phil Plait who will share their ideas about the 2012 myth.
Where: Ballroom ABC

4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Aug. 15
What: "Send the Robots, Forget the Astronauts" panel discussion
Who: Adrian Brown will moderate the discussion, featuring Andre Bormanis, Scott Hubbard, Cynthia Phillips, and Ben Shelef, co-founder of the Spaceward Foundation and a member of the Space Elevator community, who will share their ideas about sending humans into space.
Where: Magnolia

What: Autographs and book signings by guest speakers
Where: Ballroom D

Saturday, Aug. 14:
  • Rusty Schweickart
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Kevin Grazier
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Cynthia Philips

Sunday, Aug. 15
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Peter Jenniskens
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Kevin Grazier
  • 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.: Cynthia Philips