Featuring speakers Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist, NASA-Ames Research Center and Kanna Rajan, Principal Researcher for Autonomy, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Moderated by Brian Malow.
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Now an accomplished stand-up comic whose career has spanned more than a decade to include performances on CBS, A&E, TechTV, and the Discovery Channel, Brian Malow turns his sharp wit upon his first love: the world of science.
Malow entertains and ignites interest in science with hysterical, thought-provoking science comedy routines about the environment, insects and viruses, evolution and extinction, the speed of light, gravity, cell phones, computers -- everything under the Sun -- and even the Sun itself!
Malow makes science funny, exciting and easily digestible for all audiences.
Dr. Christopher P. McKay, Planetary Scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames. Chris received his Ph.D. in AstroGeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1982 and has been a research scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center since that time. His current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human exploration.
Chris been involved in research in Mars-like environments on Earth, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys, Siberia, the Canadian Arctic, and the Atacama desert to study life in these Mars-like environments. His was a co-I on the Titan Huygen's probe in 2005, the Mars Phoenix lander misson for 2007, and the Mars Science Lander mission for 2009.
Kanna is the Principal Researcher for Autonomy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute which he joined October 2005. Prior to that he was a Senior Research Scientist and a member of the management team of the Autonomous Systems and Robotics Area at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, California.
As the Program Manager for Autonomy & Robotics for a $5M FY05 program at Ames he was tasked with putting together a credible demonstration of Human/Robotic collaboration on a planetary surface. The field demonstration at the Ames Marscape in September 2005 end, showcased how autonomous systems and EVA astronauts could "work" together towards exploration tasks. Before this programmatic assignment, he was the Principal Investigator on the MAPGEN Mixed- Initiative Planning effort as a decision s support system to command the Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the surface of the Red Planet. MAPGEN continues to be used thru 2005, twice daily in the mission-critical uplink process.