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Pacific Coast 3

Scheduled as of 2022-11-23 20:14:22

FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
5729. Space Exploration
Join a panel of aeronautics experts in discussing the current state of space and what's coming next. Moderated by Arlene Busby.
Chris Butler, Melora Larson, Arlene Busby, Alfred Nash, John Paterson

FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
5739. Fringe Science, Pseudoscience, and Junk Science
Not all ideas are created equal. Discover the dangers of not citing your sources. Moderated by Varoujan Gorjian PhD.
Ashish Mahabal, Daryl George Frazetti, J. L. Doty, Varoujan Gorjian_PhD, Gregory Benford

FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
5750. Apollo Missions
Our panel will discuss the history of this important chapter in human space exploration, up to the Moon landings and Apollo-Soyuz mission. What have we learned? What did we learn that we expected to learn, and what were some surprises? Moderated by Timothy G Cassidy-Curtis.
Arlene Busby, Chris Butler, Timothy G. Cassidy-Curtis, Alfred Nash, John Paterson

FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
5758. Will Human Beings Go Extinct?
What could cost human beings (or their descendants) to cease to exist? Isn't getting everyone actually a pretty high bar? No breeding humans left in spite of genetic engineering etc? Even pandemics only get a percentage. And in a few years, even single planet-destroying collisions won't be enough? But could evil robots do it? Moderated by G. David Nordley.
G. David Nordley, Timothy G. Cassidy-Curtis, Ashish Mahabal, Varoujan Gorjian_PhD, Tad Daley

Pacific Coast 3

SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am
5777. We Know the Future: Data Collection and Human Behavior
From "Don't Be Evil" (Ha!) to "Minority Report," from Palantir to the Eye of Sauron, from Princess Ozma's Magic Picture to the Telescreens of 1984, science fiction and fantasy (and real life) have always had devices and methods for learning stuff about people. We will examine these methods, and discuss their advantages and drawbacks. Moderated by Victor Frost.
Alfred Nash, Ashish Mahabal, Victor Frost, Tad Daley

SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
5788. Launching the Space Program
From Apollo to the Space Shuttle and Beyond. Where are we going with BIG Government space? Should the Government get out of the way and leave everything to Elon Musk, etc. Or do we need more leadership and inspiration with China looming over us? Moderated by Timothy G Cassidy-Curtis.
Chris Butler, G. David Nordley, Timothy G. Cassidy-Curtis

SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
5799. What's new in Science?
What new ideas in science have had the biggest impact on the world today? Moderated by Tim Griffin.
Ashish Mahabal, Timothy G. Cassidy-Curtis, Tim Griffin, Gregory Benford

SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
5807. Getting the Science Right
The importance of accuracy. Moderated by James C. Glass.
Alfred Nash, Arthur Sellers, James C. Glass,

SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
5819. What makes us human?
What defines us? And how is this idea explore in science fiction? Moderated by Glen W. Olson.
Ashish Mahabal, Glen W. Olson, Timothy G. Cassidy-Curtis, John Paterson

SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
5828. James Webb Telescope
What it is and what it can do? Could it make any game-changing discoveries? Can we extend its life, like the Hubble scope's life might be extended? What's the next step? Moderated by G. David Nordley.
Alfred Nash, Chris Butler, G. David Nordley, Melora Larson, Varoujan Gorjian_PhD

SAT 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
5890. Memorial for Greg Bear
Michelle Pincus, Gregory Benford, David Brin, David Gerrold

Pacific Coast 3

SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am
5852. Welcome quilt for the new JPL director (stories behind the squares and the quilt)
Hear the stories behind the squares on JPL's quilt!
Melora Larson

SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
5864. Futurus Rex' with author Lynn Barker
GoH's Susan Fox and Gene Turnbow interview Lynn Barker on her collaboration with the late D.C. Fontana. Moderated by Gene Turnbow.
Gene Turnbow, Susan Fox, Lynn Barker

SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
5867. Are we alone in the universe?
The question of whether or not life exists elsewhere in the universe is one that has fascinated people for decades. Find out more in this panel. Moderated by Arlene Busby.
Arlene Busby, Chris Butler, David Brin, Varoujan Gorjian_PhD, Ashish Mahabal

SUN 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
5877. The History of JPL: From Science Fiction to Science Fact
What did science fiction have to do with the start of JPL? Come and see as we'll trace the history of NASA/Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory from the time it was started by amateur and academic rocket enthusiasts (and one very notable occultist) to becoming a research center for the US Army's missile development program, to helping launch the United States' first satellite and becoming NASA's key center for robotic exploration of the solar system and beyond, all while never having done any jet propulsion research!
Varoujan Gorjian_PhD