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)
Born and raised in Southern California, Erin Moran always wanted to travel the world. She got the chance when she went to college at UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Latin American and lived in Ecuador. When she graduated, she had the opportunity to live in Ukraine, where she learned Russian and taught English for the US Peace Corps. After living abroad, Dr. Moran returned to San Diego to work with refugees living in the US from all over Africa and the world. This experience inspired her to return to graduate school UC Irvine, where she earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology.
Dr. Moran’s PhD fieldwork and dissertation examined the social integration of African refugees living in Ireland. Her 15 months of fieldwork were funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and explored everyday contests over social and political belonging between Irish natives and African asylum seeking women living in Ireland. Dr. Moran found that, although excluded in many ways from Irish social life, African women assert themselves in unconventional ways that are reshaping the Irish social imaginary and offering an alternative vision of the future of the Ireland.
Dr. Moran has taught adults for over 15 years, and especially loves to teach cultural anthropology because she believes it can inspire students to understand the world around them in new and fascinating ways.
Victor is majoring in astrophysics and has been an amateur astronomer for over 20 years.
Victor will present Deep sky image processing with Photoshop and deep sky stacker(open source).
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.