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LC30 Science Guests

While we will try to keep this accurate, be warned that with the exception of our main guests these guys come on their own dime. Because of that things can come up and plans can change, so it is a bit of a moving target

 

Tom Barclay

Tom Barclay

Scientist



Dr. Thomas Barclay is an Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he is Deputy Director of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission's Guest Investigator program. He was formerly Director of the Kepler/K2 mission Guest Observer Office at NASA Ames Research Center where his work with the astronomical community led to thousands of astrophysical and planetary science discoveries including new planets, galaxies and supernovae. Dr. Barclay analyzes data from both ground and space-based exoplanet surveys to search for small, rocky planets and he specializes in devising new methods to confirm their planetary nature...

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Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Scientist



Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover's infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC)...

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David Bogen

David Bogen

Scientist



David Bogen (BSEE, PE, Corporate Fellow) has been in the electric utility industry for more than 35 years and has helped implement many changes that analyze, control and monitor the conditions of the electric transmission system. In 1990 David earned his Professional Engineering License in the state of Texas. In 1994 David was picked to be a member of the team that implemented the first Energy Management System for TXU Energy which transitioned the utility from using traditional SCADA system to then cutting edge control and analysis applications...

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Tim Bolgeo

Tim Bolgeo

Fan / Scientist



Richard Timothy 'Uncle Timmy' Bolgeo is the Chairman of LibertyCon Emeritus and an admitted (by everyone else, denied by him) Secret Master of Fandom (SMoF). A retired electrical engineer by profession with over 30 years with theTennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Uncle Timmy has been a permanent fixture in fandom since 1976. Fandom is a way of life in the Bolgeo clan, and his wife, two children and three grandchildren are no strangers to Southern Fandom. His daughter Brandy, has taken over as Chair of LibertyCon, and the family tradition lives on...

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Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Scientist



Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of science fiction, his main avocations now involve history, futurism and skepticism...

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Karl Gallagher

Karl Gallagher

Scientist / Author



Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship and Torchship Pilot are available on Amazon and Audible.

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Robert E. Hampson

Robert E. Hampson

Scientist / Author



Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to surviving the Apocalypse, from prosthetics to TV & movie diseases, and from fictional depiction of real science to living in space...

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Valerie Hampton

Valerie Hampton

Scientist / Author



Dr. Valerie Hampton is a history professor and author, who founded the American Society for Neo-Medievalism, speaking often at academic conferences on the intersection between popular fantasy and medieval history. She has a Film degree and is an associate producer for the Margaret Weis film, Star of the Guardians.

https://works.bepress.com/valerie_hampton/

www.antiquarianboardgames.com



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Daniel M. Hoyt

Daniel M. Hoyt

Scientist / Author



Daniel M. Hoyt is a systems architect for rocket trajectory software, when not writing or wrangling royalty calculations for indie presses. Since his first sale to Analog, Dan has appeared in other magazines and anthologies, notably Witch Way to the Mall, Strip Mauled, and Fangs for the Mammaries (Baen), and Mike Brotherton’s groundbreaking Diamonds in the Sky. Dan has also edited a couple DAW anthologies, Fate Fantastic and Better Off Undead. His debut space opera, Ninth Euclid’s Prince, launched in 2015; sequels are underway. Catch up with him at http://www.danielmhoyt.com

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Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Scientist / Author



Paula S. Jordan, a poet, occasional blogger, actress, and former orbit analyst for NASA and NOAA, where she supported 30+ science missions, including the lunar-orbiting Clementine mission that first detected water on the moon. More recently, she has authored three Analog stories, including Vooorh, a novelette, Jul/Aug 2014. She is now at work on her first novel, set in the present-day North Carolina Mountains. In it, a resourceful small-town group of friends joins forces with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend both humans and friendly aliens from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species...

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Bart Kemper

Bart Kemper

Scientist / Author



Bart is an inventor, soldier, engineer, writer, and photographer. He is active in mechanical, product development, subsea, military, and forensic engineering. P is for Plenty except when it is not.

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Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Scientist / Author



Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq.

His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The Stravinsky Intrigue continues those same themes, and his Fugue & Fable series will culminate later this year in The Tchaikovsky Finale...

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Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn

Scientist / Author



Few can claim the varied background of award-winning author Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery.

Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resume. Her space experience also includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects...

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Mark Paulk

Mark Paulk

Fan / Scientist



Dr. Mark Paulk teaches software engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas and is a consultant and author in software engineering, software process improvement, high maturity practices, agile methods, and statistical thinking. Dr. Paulk was a Senior Systems Scientist at the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2012. From 1987 to 2002, Dr. Paulk was with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon, where he led the work on the Capability Maturity Model for Software...

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Elisa Quintana

Elisa Quintana

Scientist



Dr. Elisa Quintana is an Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission that will launch in 2018 to search for exoplanets around nearby stars. The goal of TESS is to find targets for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope which will look for signs of life in exoplanet atmospheres. Dr. Quintana worked at NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute for many years on the Kepler and K2 space missions to search for Earth-size planets around distant stars...

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Hans G. Schantz

Hans G. Schantz

Scientist / Author



A theoretical physicist by training, Hans G. Schantz discovered how bound or reactive electromagnetic energy becomes radiation and vice versa. He parlayed his scientific expertise into a career as an inventor with more than 40 patents, and he co-founded Q-Track Corporation where he serves as CTO designing and selling indoor location systems that rely on low-frequency near-field wireless technology. He is the author of The Art and Science of Ultrawideband Antennas, and the science fiction techno-thriller, The Hidden Truth. Hans lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, and two sets of twins.

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Gary Shelton

Gary Shelton

Fan / Scientist



Agronomy Degree from Auburn University. Worked at the USDA-Agricultural research service as an Agronomist since 1990. Edits a yearly report that includes Soybean research from the Southern States. Currently working on genetic modifications of Soybeans in the Crop genetics Research Unit Stoneville, MS.

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Cathe Smith

Cathe Smith

Fan / Scientist



Cathe Smith has always been interested in insects. As an entomology undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked as a crop scout in an integrated pest management lab that worked with potatoes, cabbage, and mint. That experience led her to pick up a second Bachelor of Science in agronomy. She also had a paid internship with a butterfly lab where she was trained as a lab tech in molecular genetic work, preparing her for her later job in an insect molecular genetics lab for the U...

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Bill Thomasson

Bill Thomasson

Scientist



Bill Thomasson helps biomedical researchers write their journal articles and grant applications, but that doesn’t begin to capture his broad interest in all aspects of science and what the future may bring. What technologies are going to drive the next 40-year long-wave economic cycle? What social and political changes will that bring? Is an interstellar government conceivable in a slower-than-light universe? He has been reading SF since the first appearance of Rocket Ship Galileo but didn’t discover cons until 1980...

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Philip Wohlrab

Philip Wohlrab

Scientist



Philip Wohlrab is a serving medic in the Virginia Army National Guard, he earned the title Doc the hard way while on his two tours in Iraq serving as a line medic embedded in infantry companies then returned home to pursue his interests in disease prevention. He is a recent graduate with his Masters of Public Health from Liberty University. He currently serves as an instructor in combat medicine, basic lifesaving skills, advanced lifesaving skills (military), and is the NCOIC of the Field Sanitation program...

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