SETI enthusiasts to invade Santa Clara – SETIcon 08.13.10

by Eric on August 12, 2010

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the SETI project, and SETI pioneer Frank Drake’s 80th birthday, the SETI Institute is throwing party/convention called SETIcon. Held over 3 days (August 13-15) at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, this year’s SETIcon will include 4 tracks of programming:
  • main programming panels that will include scientists, astronauts, and actors,
  • hard core science talks and panels similar to paper or poster presentations at a scientific conference,
  • an education panel/talk track interspersed with hands-on activities for young people and
  • a series of individual speakers in Q&A sessions, with no set talk but fielding questions from their audience.

Some of the more notable panel discussions:

  • Looking for a Few Good Earths: Finding Our Counterpart Among the Stars
  • Was Stephen Hawking Right: Should We Not Broadcast to Extraterrestrial Civilizations?
  • Multiverses: Is One Cosmos Enough?
  • Pluto Politics: Should Pluto be Considered a Planet?
  • Why Are There No Tourists from Other Worlds?
  • White Lab Coats and Gray Aliens: Images of Scientists and Extraterrestrials in the Popular Media
  • Asteroid Armageddon: Will The Kind of Rock that Obliterated the Dinosaurs Get Us Next?
  • Should Humans Explore the Moon and the Planets or Do We Leave it to Robots?
  • Is Doomsday 2012 For Real or Will you Still Have to Pay Taxes in 2013?
  • Do We Have to Learn Klingon: How Will We Communicate with ET?
  • Secrets of the Red Planet: What Have We Learned from Mars Exploration?
A number of authors will be on-hand at various times to discuss and sign their books:
  • Sean Carroll – From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
  • Andrew Fraknoi – Disney’s Wonderful World of Space
  • Kevin Grazier – The Science of Dune and The Science of Michael Crichton
  • Peter Jenniskens – Meteor Showers and Their Parent Comets
  • Jennifer Ouellette – The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
  • Cynthia Phillips – 101 Things You Didn’t Know about DaVinci” and Space Exploration for Dummies
  • Phil Plait – Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies: These are the Ways the World Will End…
  • Mary Roach – Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • Robert J. Sawyer – Factoring Humanity” and Rollback
  • Seth Shostak – Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
The conference costs $25/day or $35 for the weekend, and includes a Friday night “RockBand” party MC’d by Phil Plait. For more information and the schedule of programs, visit the official SETIcon website.
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