Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cosmic Conference, Search for ET, UFO Oct 5-7, 2012

Cosmic Exploration: Science, UFOs and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

This is going to be one of the best conferences of its type, the agenda looks great, the speakers are outstanding  and the subjects being covered are all relevant. If you are going to attend any conferences of this type throughout the year you may want to put this one in your calendar. 

This first of its kind conference will examine both current knowledge and future possibilities within the fast-growing, scientific exploration of outer space. Through the interface of cosmology, astrobiology, sociology and cutting edge physics, we will explore the search for earth-like exoplanets and extraterrestrial life; the potential implications of contact; and technologies which might exist within civilizations thousands or millions of years ahead of us. We will also present a rigorous and rational overview of the UFO question, as it should be understood within a scientific, historical context. Our goal is to bring these many interrelated areas together for the first time, as presented only by leading, credentialed professionals, and to begin a dialogue within an expanded scientific framework about the search for signs of life in the cosmos and its implications.

This group comprises one of the best group of speakers I have seen in a very long time, here is just a sampling.
Leslie Kean
Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist and author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record (Crown Publishing Group, 2010), a New York Times bestseller. Since the release of UFOs, she has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, The Colbert Report, NPR;  and in USA TodayUS News and World Report, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Huffington Post, and The Arizona Republic.  In 2011 she co-produced a feature documentary for the History Channel based on her book. Previously, Kean worked as a radio producer/host  on Pacifica Radio and published articles in the Boston GlobeBaltimore SunInternational Herald Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, Globe and Mail,  and The Nation, among many other publications. She is coauthor of Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit: The Struggle for Democratic Freedom and Dignity (Aperture, 1994).
George Knapp
George Knapp has been the chief reporter on Channel 8′s I-Team investigative unit (based in Las Vegas) since 1995. He has earned five regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a national Edward R. Murrow award for his investigative stories on the voter registration fraud in the Clark County election of 2004. Knapp also won a Peabody Award, 19 Emmy Awards and nine Mark Twain Awards for best news writing from the Associated Press. In 1990, his series about UFOs was selected by United Press International as best in the nation for Individual Achievement by a Journalist.
John Alexander
John Alexander is a retired Army Colonel and a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons. In addition to many military awards for valor and service, Aviation Week & Space Technology selected him as a 1993 Aerospace Laureate and inducted him into their Hall of Fame at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.  His books include The Warrior’s Edge (Wm. Morrow, 1990), Future War (St. Martin’s Press 1999), and the sequel, Winning the War (2003).  His latest book, UFOs: Myths Conspiracies and Realities (St. Martin’s Press, 2011) documents his organization of an interagency group to explore the question of unidentified flying objects in relationship to any potential US government role in investigating the phenomenon.
Jeffrey Bennett
Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California at San Diego and an M.S. and Ph.D. in  astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has taught at every level from preschool through graduate school in subjects including astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He is the author of leading college textbooks in astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and astrobiology, including Life in the Universecoauthored with Seth Shostak, the #1, best selling textbook for astrobiology courses. Bennett is also author ofBeyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and It’s Astonishing Implications for our Future (Princeton University Press, 2008), Math for Life (Roberts & Co 2012), and several award-winning children’s books includingMax Goes to the MoonMax Goes to MarsMax Goes to Jupiter, and The Wizard Who Saved the World. He served two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters, and co-created the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Ben McGee
Ben McGee is the Founder and Principal Research Scientist of Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting LLC and the resident scientist on the National Geographic Channel’s reality series, Chasing UFOs.  Prior to helming Astrowright’s scientific projects and contracts, McGee initiated and directed a wide array of hydrological, geomorphological, and radiological scientific field investigations for industry leaders and quasi-governmental clients, including Northrop-Grumman, Bechtel, the Department of Energy, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  An established author and scientific peer-reviewer, he has served for several years as adjunct faculty in the Physical Science Department of the College of Southern Nevada, and in 2011 he successfully completed FAA-certified suborbital-scientist astronaut training at the National Aerospace Training and Research Center.
McGee is currently engaged in research exploring alternative temporal implications of Special Relativity, documenting the industrial archaeology of the NASA-AEC Nuclear Rocket Development Station, and developing guidelines for xenoarchaeology, a speculative form of archaeology assessing possible alien life and culture.  He received a B.S. in Geology with an emphasis in Planetary Science and Glaciology from the University of Wyoming and is currently pursuing graduate work in the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.  -

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