This year's speakers include:
The 2004 winner of the Klumpke-Roberts Award awarded by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.
In January 2010 he was elected as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
He has been an observer for Project Phoenix (SETI) as well as an active participant in various international forums for SETI research. He served as Chair of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Group from 2002 to 2012.
Shostak has been nominated by the SETI Institute to be one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty Speakers who will speak about his work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010.
Stephen W. Ramsden is 47 years old and lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Natalie Anderson.
Mr. Ramsden is the founder and director of the world's largest Solar Astronomy educational outreach program The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project and operates www.solarastronomy.org.
He resides in Atlanta, GA. and holds scientific or information technology titles in the STEM fields of planetary science, solar physics, solar imaging, helioseismology, atmospheric science, climatology, mathematics, and aviation safety.
(from Stephen Ramsden's web site)
Victor is majoring in astrophysics and has been an amateur astronomer for over 20 years.
His occupation is "playing with the toys at Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes."
His interest in astronomy began while lying on the concrete of his parents' driveway with a pair of 10x50 binoculars.
Victor assists at the Moorpark College Observatory. He enjoys teaching kids about astronomy.
His greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that he has sparked an interest in the people that he has helped and exposing them to what is possible.
Celestron Advanced VX Mount
Explore Scientific 80ED Carbon Fiber
Inova PLb-MX2 CCD Camera
Orion XT8 Dobsonian Reflector
Starlight Xpress CoStar Autoguider
Canon T5i DSLR Camera
Everything he can get his hands on at Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes.
More speakers to be announced...