Plenary Talks

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 Plenary Talks

Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, FRAS: an astrophysicist who contributed to the Nobel Prize winning work discovering the first radio pulsars. She is a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Professor Emeritus Freeman Dyson, FRS: a winner of the Lorentz Medal, the Max Planck Medal, and the Templeton Prize, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Physical Society, and a member of the US National Academy of Science. He is known for his work in quantum field theory, solid-state physics, astronomy, nuclear physics, and his thoughts on science & society.



Watch Freeman Dyson’s talk at the 2012 PhysCon here:

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Dr. John Grunsfeld:an astronaut with a PhD in Physics. He participated in three of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, has been in a total of five space flights, and has served as NASA’s Chief Scientist, and is currently the Associate Administrator for the NASA Science Directorate.





Dr. John Johnson: an assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech, his research is in the detection and characterization of exoplanets. His work, specifically with gas giants, has been featured in popular science magazines like “New Scientist” and “Sky & Telescope.”






Dr. John Mather, NL: 2006 Nobel Prize winner for his work on cosmic microwave background radiation. He is currently senior project scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope and senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He is also a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, SPIE, and the American Physical Society, to name a few.







Dr. Mercedes Richards: a winner of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Award and the Musgrave Gold Medal. She is currently a professor at Pennsylvania State University and President of the International Astronomical Union Commission 42 on Binary Stars. In her research, she uses tomography to model binary star systems, and her talk will focus on the many and varied interdisciplinary aspects of tomography.

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Special Lunch Speakers

Dr. Dan Green: Physicist Dan Green is a Senior Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he has worked for more than 30 years. Recently he has conducted experimental research with the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. He served as U.S. CMS Program Manager from 1996 to 2007 and Chair of the CMS Collaboration from 2009-2010.





Dr. David Saltzbergcurrently a Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California Los Angeles. He has served as the science consultant for CBS’s The Big Bang Theory for the past six years.

Audio from Dr. David Saltzberg’s talk is unavailable for streaming.





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2 Responses to Plenary Talks

  1. Sabrina M. Rosa says:

    I’m a student from the Department of Physics in the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao. I want to know if you provide transportation from the hotel to the event?

    • You must get yourself from the airport to the hotel, but the majority of the conference is at the hotel. We provide transportation for the tours of NASA Kennedy Space Center.

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