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Elisa Quintana

Elisa Quintana

     Scientist

LibertyCon 30 Science Guest of Honor (2017)

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. In 2014 she led a team of astronomers to confirm Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet found to orbit within the habitable zone of another star. Her interest in space research began when she was a student at UC, San Diego, where she was advised by former astronaut and physics professor Dr. Sally Ride. She received a Ph.D. in physics in 2004 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Quintana has participated in the discovery of hundreds of exoplanets using Kepler and K2 data, and her research focuses on studying planets in extreme environments (in multiple star systems, around red dwarfs) that were once only in the realm of science fiction.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Elisa Quintana

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Event
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM The Discoveries of Kepler-186f and Kepler-37b
Science GOH Elisa Quintana and Exoplanet scientist Tom Barclay discuss their historic discoveries Kepler-186f and Kepler-37b.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM The Search for Life in the Universe
Science GOH Dr. Elisa Quintana will moderate this discussion of the current state of this enterprise of grand discovery, to include SETI, missions to the moons in our Solar System, searching for signs of life on exoplanets and updates from the Goldilocks zone.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Urban Fantasy: Druids in the 'Hood Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches
Urban Fantasy themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!
Sat 04:00PM Planetary Formation
Science GOH Elisa Quintana and Exoplanet Scientist Tom Barclay will host this presentation on latest breakthroughs in the science of planetary formation.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Dr. Robert Hampson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch
Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros
Sun 01:00PM Celebrity Jeopardy
Watch as Kevin Hearne, Dan dos Santos, and Elisa Quintana battle it out with fast answers on Art, Science, Literature and other fun topics.