SETI enthusiasts to invade Santa Clara – SETIcon 08.13.10

by Eric on August 12, 2010

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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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