SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-09-10_2200, 100 YEAR STAR SHIP (MAE JEMISON & KARL ASPELUND)
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GUEST(S): (See Event Announcement with links below the break)
- Dr. Mae Jemison. She is a former astronaut, the first African-American woman in space, former Peace Corps medical officer, and the founder of the 100 Year Star Ship Project.
- Dr. Karl Aspelund, a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Material Culture, teaches at the University of Rhode Island.
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Houstonians Invited to “Think Bigger and Bolder” about Space Exploration at the 100 Year Starship 2014 Public Symposium
September 18-21, 2014 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center
- Houston, Texas, September 5, 2014—Houston is known for big thinking when it comes to space. Now 100 Year Starship (100YSS) is inviting people to think even bigger, creating the radical leaps in technology and bold social and cultural commitments necessary to explore deep space beyond our solar system—and improve life on Earth—in the next 100 years.
Houston will host the third annual 100 Year Starship Public Symposium at the George R. Brown Convention Center from September 18-21, 2014. This unique four-day event is a global experience of imagination, hands-on programs, and thought-provoking discussions on the frontiers of science, space, technology, civilization, music and art, film screenings, and fun events for people of all ages. Themed “Pathway to the Stars, Footprints on Earth” and chaired by Dr. Mae Jemison, the 2014 Symposium brings together experts, enthusiasts, celebrities, innovators, educators, and leaders from around the world.
The symposium has an uncommon, inspiring mix of topics and Special Guests. Here is a sampling:
- Jill Tarter, Ph.D. astronomer and co-founder of the SETI institute who was the inspiration for the main character of the movie Contact
- Actor, icon and activist Nichelle Nichols,
- TED Fellow and astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi, PhD.;
- A sneak peak at not-yet-released Beyond Earth, the next installment of the Civilization mega game series.
- Participants will explore the mechanical creativity of Steampunk with the world’s expert Mike Pershon, PhD and real rocket scientists;
- Deep Dive into a Space Elevator system to transport hundreds of tons from a platform in the sea,
- Examine the State of the Universe with former NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck, PhD.; and
- Share in hearing about the next big concept in life sciences in space exploration.
The public may register for the entire 4-day event, purchase day passes, or attend special ticketed or free events including:
Accelerating Creativity: MAKERS: Women In Space – Saturday, September 20, 7pm. A spectacular evening to celebrate the intersection of art and science centered around a premiere screening of the documentary MAKERS: Women In Space narrated by Jodie Foster and panel discussion with women pioneers in space. It includes dinner, classical guitarist and dancing. Tickets are $75 each, or $150 Accelerator ticket with special reception, underwriting for youth attendance and a one-year membership to 100YSS. Location: George R. Brown Convention Center.
Science Fiction Stories Night—Friday, September 19, 6-10pm. Discuss context, story and technology motivation with four award winning authors –from hard science writers like NASA exotic propulsion expert Les Johnson and Edward M. Lerner, to cultural science fiction author Yoon Ha Lee, and spiritual successor to Octavia Butler, Nisi Shawl. Then grab your popcorn and candy—included in the price and see the original The Day the Earth Stood Still and critique it with the authors and a biomedical engineering professor. Tickets are $24 in advance purchased online and $40* at the door. (*An earlier version of this post stated a different price at the door for Science Fiction Stories Night. We apologize for the error.)
EXPO Inspire!—Saturday, September 20, 9:30am-4pm. This is an exciting, fun, hands-on learning experience for children, students and parents to explore the world of space and science. Try your hand at launching an Alka Rocket, be the bee that transfers the pollen, visit the Bayer Making Science Make Sense Kid Zone, make stuff, learn the Science of Magic, sit under the stars in the planetarium, H-E-B Starship Quest, walk over The Edge exhibit, catch the Scholastic Book Fair, sing with astronomers and meet astronauts, with talks, live entertainment and much more. Tickets: Free for everyone under 18, $5 for adults at the door. Location: George R. Brown Convention Center.
Explore the 2014 100 Year Starship Symposium, register for the event, or purchase day passes and individual event tickets at http://2014.symposium.100yss.org/
For more information about 100 Year Starship, its mission, membership opportunities and other activities throughout the year, visit www.100YSS.org.
- Profile of Dr. Karl Askelund (guest): http://www.uri.edu/hss/tmd/Karl.html
- Profiles of Dr. Mae Jemison (guest, leader of the 100 Year Star Ship project):
Last Year’s Interview of 100YSS: SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Sept. 18, 2013, The 100 Year Star Ship Symposium (Posted on September 17, 2013SHOW AUDIO: Start at 1m17s, [https://thinkwingradio.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/kpfthd3_2013-09-18_100-year-star-ship-symposium.mp3]
- A Section of Region IV of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: http://www.aiaahouston.org/