science
Guests are listed in alphabetical order by first name.
 

A childhood trip to tour the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá sparked Drew’s interest in archaeology and anthropology. His current research focuses on the peopling of South America during the Pleistocene and the ways in which people learn a brand new landscape.

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In his two decade career, Fon Davis has worked on over 30 feature films. As a alumnus of the Industrial Light and Magic Model Shop, Fon has worked on features such as Star Wars, Pearl Harbor, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Terminator III, Mission Impossible III and the Matrix series. In addition to his work in visual effects, Fon has also worked in Disney’s art departments as a concept designer/model maker, and on several stop motion projects including The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. More recently, Fon worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. Fon is a creative director at New Deal Studios, instructor & co-host at the Stan Winston School, writes and develops his own projects, frequently using his broad knowledge in entertainment and visual story telling. With his vast experience, Fon is well-placed to discuss the art and craft of model making for cinema, from concept design to hybrid practical and CG VFX, with a particular expertise in knowing where models and miniatures can play a role in today’s digital world.

 

Fon will be signing at the Entity Eye Entertainment Booth - 1633!

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Heather is a biologist who studies microscopic organisms that live in underwater volcanoes. She often fantasizes about finding microbes like these on other planets! Her research has enabled her to dive down to the ocean floor in the famous submersible Alvin.

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Joseph is a biological anthropologist who lived and worked in southwest China for three years with a detection dog named Pinkerton where together they studied the evolution and conservation of black prested gibbons. Pinkerton helps him find scat from these endangered primates to study their population genetics.
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Josh is an astronomer who’s research explored the gorgeous, brilliant stellar explosions we know as supernovae. Josh is driven by a desire to share scientific discovery with students, peers, and the public, and is currently the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow at the American Astronomical Society.

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Kennda’s career path has taken her from working with the International Space Station Program to develop habitation hardware for the astronauts, to studying extreme environments on Earth as models for potentially habitable environments on Mars and other bodies in the Solar System.

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Lilah is a biologist who wants to know everything about how bacteria function. She works to understand the Magneto of the bacterial  world: bacteria that take iron from the environment and turn it into magnetite, a mineral that gives them magnetic super powers!

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Lisa is an anthropologist who studies the past by reconstructing landscapes that are now submerged under large bodies of water. She also uses the super powers of sedimentology, geophysical survey, microfossil analysis, and microdebitage to uncover areas of potential interest to archaeologists.

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Moshe is an environmental microbiologist who lived, worked, and played ultimate frisbee for roughly two years in Israel while studying the microorganisms that inhabit the Dead Sea. He’s recently transitioned to studying the human microbiome and how it is affected by HIV.

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Svet is currently working on how to create new laser instruments to put on future missions to Mars and other planets. Her lasers will be optimized to detect and characterize the signatures left by lifeforms that may have once inhabited those places, called fossil biosignatures.

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