The Great 2012 End of the World Cruise features an array of eloquent and exciting speakers, including: David Brin, Robert J Sawyer, Andre Bormanis, Kevin Grazier, Astronaut Steve Hawley, Michelle Thaller, Erica Ellingson, Nick Schneider, Doug Duncan, Timothy Slater and Stephanie Slater.
David Brin is a scientist and best-selling author whose future-oriented novels include Earth, The Postman, Startide Rising and The Uplift War. David has received He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell, and Nebula awards, as well as the Freedom of Speech Award. Brin is known as a leading commentator on the impacts of technology and on the responsibilities of humans to make the world a better place.
His website and blog can be found at http://www.davidbrin.com/
Andre Bormanis is best known for his work as the science consultant with the Star Trek series, including Voyager, Enterprise, Deep Space Nine, and with The Next Generation feature films. He is also a writer/producer, on such series as Tron: Uprising, Legend of the Seeker, and Eleventh Hour. He has written several stories and teleplays for both the Star Trek series, and is the author of the Pocket Books Star Trek Science Logs. Academically, Andre is well known for his policy work related to human space exploration.
Andre’s personal website can be found at: http://www.skybynightproductions.com/Index.html
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year: Hugo award (Hominids), the Nebula award (The Terminal Experiment), and the Campbell Memorial Award (Mindscan). In his writing, Rob’s specialty is extrapolating today’s scientific, medical, and ethical concerns into the near future, and making the radical changes that are forthcoming understandable to any audience.
Rob’s personal website can be found at: http://www.sfwriter.com/
Kevin Grazier is a writer/producer and also currently the science advisor on Falling Skies, Syfy’s upcoming epic Defiance, and the summer blockbuster Gravity. He served as science advisor on Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, The Event, and several other series. He was the co-author of The Science of Battlestar Galactica, editor of The Science of Dune, The Science of Michael Crichton, and Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists. Kevin is a recovering rocket scientist, and spent 15 years on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan.
Kevin’s personal website can be found at: http://home.roadrunner.com/~grazier/
NASA Astronaut Steve Hawley served on five Space Shuttle flights, including the flight on which he and his crew deployed the extremely successful Hubble Space Telescope. He is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas where he teaches the popular course, “The Quest for Extraterrestrial Life.”
Mayan Hieroglyphics Expert Inga CalvinInga has been teaching a course in Mayan hieroglyphics at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 20 years. Dr. Calvin uses tracings of Mayan glyphs to learn from, and she will teach anyone who wants on our cruise to do the same. Is that cool or what? She will also lead us on a custom tour of the ruins.
NASA’s Michelle Thaller is well known for her many appearances on the National Geographic Channel's Naked Science , the History Channel's series The Universe, the Science Channel's How the Universe Works, and the award-winning video podcast series IRrelevant Astronomy.
Erica Ellingson is a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she works on topics concerning the evolution of galaxies and quasars, and observational cosmology– the origin, contents and evolution of the universe. In addition to hiking around the Mayan ruins, Erica will share her work in, “Beyond the End of the World: Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the End of the Universe (with musical accompaniment).”
Nick Schneider is a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder where his research interests include planetary atmospheres, planetary astronomy, space physics, instrumentation, scientific visualization, and science education reform. He is involved in NASA’s upcoming MAVEN mission to Mars and will share his work in “Martians: past, present, and future.”
Doug Duncan is an astronomy faculty member at the University of Colorado, where he directs the Fiske Planetarium and Science Center, and serves as a national leader in presenting the excitement of scientific discoveries to the public. In 2011 he received the prestigious Richard Emmons award presented to the “Outstanding Astronomy Teacher in the US.”
His home page is at http://casa.colorado.edu/~dduncan
Tim Slater is an Endowed Chair at the University of Wyoming where his research focuses on the ways in which humans come to understand the Earth & Space Sciences. He is the author of 10 books and nearly a hundred of scholarly publications. In addition to his strictly scholarly work Tim can frequently be seen at national fan conventions and on cruise ships as part of the Smithsonian Series.
You can find Tim’s Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/Timothy-F.-Slater/e/B001HD44HO
Stephanie Slater is the Director of Research at the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. She is internationally recognized for her scholarly work in understanding how the public thinks about science, particularly in the fields of astronomy and geology. Stephanie is also a huge fangirl, and can’t wait to attend the panels, and the Masquerade Ball. Look for SheHulk.