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  • Title: Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: .. Search for:.. Home.. Speaker Profiles Synergies between Space and Offshore Exploration.. Welcome.. Welcome to RSI.. Mission Statement.. Leadership.. About RSI.. Events.. Scientia Conference.. Scientia Workshop: Description.. Scientia: Speaker Profiles.. Scientia: Thematic Program.. Scientia Conference Logistics.. Special Lecture on Solar Space.. Synergies between Space and Offshore Exploration November 15, 2012.. RSI/UKTI Roundtable.. Presentations.. History.. Resources.. @Rice.. @NASA.. @Houston.. @Texas.. @Large.. Contact Information.. News Archives.. Select Month.. November 2012.. October 2012.. September 2012.. August 2012.. July 2012.. May 2012.. April 2012.. March 2012.. Upcoming Events.. An error has occurred; the feed is probably down.. Try again later.. Meta.. Log in.. Entries.. RSS.. Comments.. WordPress.. org.. Mars Curiosity Team visits Rice University.. November 5th, 2012 by psj1.. Two members of the team that landed the.. Curiosity rover on Mars.. this summer visited Rice University on November 1.. Ravi Prakash, descent and landing engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and Bobak Ferdowsi — aka.. “Mohawk Guy”.. — the mission’s activity lead and flight director, discussed their experiences and the science behind the high-profile Curiosity, which landed on the red planet on Aug.. 5 in a risky multi-stage maneuver that was billed by NASA as.. “Seven Minutes of Terror.. ”.. http://youtu.. be/o2IiATREYDM.. Posted in.. Uncategorized.. |.. Comments Off.. NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) Fall 2013.. October 31st, 2012 by psj1.. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) Fall 2013, on October 10, 2012.. The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities home page at.. http://nspires.. nasaprs.. com/.. , selecting Solicitations, then selecting Open Solicitations, and, finally, selecting the solicitation number NSTRF13.. NASA s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) seeks to sponsor U.. S.. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration and economic future.. This call for graduate student fellowship applications, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2013 (NSTRF13), solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master s (e.. g.. , M.. ) or doctoral (e.. , Ph.. D.. ) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.. universities.. This call is open to students pursuing advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).. The goal of NSTRF is to provide the Nation with a pipeline of highly skilled researchers and technologists to improve America s technological competitiveness.. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders.. com/external/solicitations/summary.. do?method=init solId={67565659-36F8-8888-A19E-6DC271DA6ED5} path=open.. Chichén Itzá as Maya Pilgrimage Center.. October 25th, 2012 by psj1.. The Equinox Serpent of Light and Shadow at the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent: Chichén Itzá as a Maya Pilgrimage Center.. November 5, 2012.. 4:00-5:00 p.. m.. Humanities Building Rm.. 100.. John B.. Carlson, Ph.. Director, The Center for Archaeoastronomy.. University of Maryland.. Every year, around the time of the equinoxes (21 March and 21 September), thousands of people from every part of the globe come to the Maya archaeological site of Chichén Itzá in northern Yucatan, to witness a striking visual effect projected before sunset onto the north balustrade of the Castillo or Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Feathered Serpent.. But,  ...   David Alexander.. Registration is now open for the Transatlantic Science Week to be held at Rice University and MD Anderson in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Consulate.. RSI will co-host two events:.. 1.. ) A workshop discussing the synergies between space and energy.. 2.. ) A special visually spectacular lecture at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences on the Sun-Earth Interaction.. Registration for the workshop is free.. Tickets for the lecture are available from HMNS (see.. hmns.. Details for both events can be found on the.. RSI Events.. page.. Mike Massimino, RSI Executive Director, to appear on Big Bang Theory.. October 2nd, 2012 by psj1.. Mike Massimino will appear on Big Bang Theory this Thursday,.. October 4.. on CBS at 7 pm CST and Thursday,.. October 18.. on CBS at 7 pm CST.. Space Shuttle Endeavor over Rice.. September 25th, 2012 by psj1.. Photo taken by An-hao (Richard) Lee.. Lockheed Martin.. The space shuttle Endeavour left Houston early Thursday after giving locals a brief glimpse of what might have been.. Hundreds lined the streets and crowded the airport Wednesday to see the retired shuttle land before it was to head to California where it will be permanently displayed.. Rice Campus Observatory Public Night.. September 21st, 2012 by psj1.. Hosted by Prof.. Patrick Hartigan, Physics and Astronomy.. Lecture and Public Observing.. Saturday September 22.. 7:00 p.. 200 Brockman Hall for Physics.. Rice University.. Please join us for a public lecture, The Late-Summer Night Sky , by Rice astronomer Prof.. Pat Hartigan, followed by public viewing at the Rice Observatory.. Lecture begins at 7:00 pm in the Brockman Hall of Physics Lecture room 200.. Observatory viewing will run from 8:15 11pm.. See Campus Observatory website (.. http://www.. ruf.. edu/~ruco/open_houses.. html.. ) for details.. CALL FOR ABSTRACT: Innovation Event at NASA JSC Friday, October 12.. Call for Abstract Innovation 2012 and Workshop on Automation.. October 12, 2012.. Gilruth Center, NASA/JSC.. Abstracts are invited from prospective presenters for the Annual INNOVATION Symposium and WAR.. This is a great opportunity for local area professionals and students to present their work at this technical forum with a minimum financial and time burden.. INNO-WAR-2012-AbstrractFlier.. NASA flight director Gene Kranz inspires at Rice with story of Apollo 13.. September 14th, 2012 by psj1.. The crew of Apollo 13 came home because Gene Kranz listened to his gut.. Soon after an explosion 200,000 miles from home ended their chances of being the third NASA crew to land on the moon, flight director Kranz had a tough call to make: Turn the ship around, cut loose the lunar lander and fire the big engine to bring the three men straight back or swing them around the far side of the moon and slingshot them back to Earth, using the lander as a lifeboat.. Kranz, the first speaker in this year’s Space Lecture Series sponsored by the.. Rice Space Institute.. , told a packed McMurtry Auditorium on Sept.. 12 that the smart choice seemed to be to fire the engine and return the crew as quickly as possible.. But despite objections from his flight controllers and awareness that the limping craft was venting precious oxygen into space, he decided to take the long way home.. View the lecture here.. Older Entries.. Subscribe via RSS..

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  • Title: Speaker Profiles – Synergies between Space and Offshore Exploration « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: Robert Ambrose.. Division Chief of the Software, Robotics and Simulation Division.. NASA/JSC.. Robert Ambrose received his Ph.. from the University of Texas at Austin in Mechanical Engineering.. He received his M.. and B.. S.. degrees from Washington University in St.. Louis.. Dr.. Ambrose currently serves as the Division Chief of the Software, Robotics and Simulation Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, USA.. The SR S Division is responsible for flight spacecraft software, space robotics and system simulations for human spaceflight missions.. Within the Division are five Branches responsible for managing on-orbit robotic systems for the International Space Station, development of software for the Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle and future Human Spaceflight systems, simulations for engineering development and training, hardware and software GFE, hardware in the loop facilities for anomaly resolution and crew training, and the technology Branch for development of new robotic systems.. Ambrose also serves as a Principal Investigator for NASA’s Office of Chief Technologist (OCT), overseeing research performed in the Human-Robotics Systems Project and other new starts.. He co-chairs the OCT Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems roadmap team for the agency’s technology program, and is the robotics lead for the agency’s human spaceflight architecture study teams.. Working with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Dr.. Ambrose is the Technical Point of Contact for NASA’s collaboration in the National Robotics Initiative (NRI).. He is married to Dr.. Catherine G.. Ambrose and lives in Houston Texas.. Hans A.. Bratfos.. Director of Technology.. Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Division Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa.. Hans Bratfos is Director of Technology for DNV, Division Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa, with main office in Houston.. Hans has a master degree in metallurgy from 1980 from NTNU, Norway, and he has about 30 years of experience with technical advisory services to the maritime and the oil gas industries.. Robert Curl.. Kenneth S.. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus.. Robert F.. Curl is the Kenneth S.. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus and University Professor Emeritus at Rice University, Houston, Texas.. He served as Chair of the Chemistry Department, 1992-1996, and as Master of Lovett College (Rice University) 1968-1972.. Curl graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954 from Rice Institute.. He received his Ph.. at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, in 1957, and was a Research Fellow at Harvard University  ...   sector.. Additionally Mr.. González was the Deputy of the Advanced Planning Office, responsible for the 20 year strategy for the center.. He has served as the Chief of the Operations Research and Strategic Development Branch within the Mission Operations Directorate.. He has received numerous awards and was nominated as one of the 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business.. He also received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the JSC Certificate of Commendation.. He received his Masters of Science at Texas A M University and his Bachelors at Boston University.. Geir Hovmork.. Deputy Director General of the Norwegian Space Centre.. Hovmork has been involved in space activities since 1981.. First as project engineer and project leader at various satcom projects at the Space Activity Division of the Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Indsutrial Research(NTNF-R).. When the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) was established in 1987 he become Head of the Space Transportation section.. Since 1994 he was Director for Industrial Development and from 2006 also the Deputy DG of the NSC.. He represents Norway on various boards including ESA Council and subcommittees.. He holds M.. Sc Electronic Engineering from the Technical University of Trondheim.. Robert Vajtai, Ph.. Faculty Fellow.. Mechanical Engineering and Material Science.. Robert Vajtai first joined Dr.. Ajayan s research group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in July 2000 spending his sabbatical there with a NATO-NSF Fellowship.. Vajtai received his M.. degree in physics and his Ph.. degree in solid-state physics from University of Szeged, Hungary (the highest ranked university in Hungary), in 1986 and 1997, respectively.. From 1987 to 2002 he was a faculty member of the Experimental Physics Department of Szeged University, Hungary.. He was rewarded by the Bolyai Fellowship of the Hungarian Scientific Academy for 1999-2000.. He also spent sabbatical time as a Fellow of the Swedish Institute in The Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden from 1998 to 1999; as an Eötvös Fellow at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland from 1995 to 1996 and he also visited the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany in 1993 via Max Planck Fellowship.. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a Laboratory Manager at the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center, RPI, Troy, NY managing the nanoparticle generation by inert gas deposition and the carbon nanotechnology laboratories.. His work is focused on growth and applications of carbon nanotube structures..

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  • Title: Welcome to RSI « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: The Rice Space Institute provides a unique collaborative environment in which to meet the educational, research and technological challenges faced by the human and robotic exploration of space.. David Alexander, Ph.. Director, Rice Space Institute.. Professor in Physics and Astronomy.. Rice University has a proud and distinguished heritage of collaboration with NASA and the nation’s space program, recently celebrating 50 years of science and engineering partnership with the Johnson Space Center.. As we embark on the first steps of the next 50 years, the Rice Space Institute is working to strengthen our ties with JSC and the broader Houston space community, to foster deeper research collaborations within this community, and facilitate multidisciplinary research to address the most pressing scientific and technological problems facing the exploration of space..  ...   addressing this impact and exploring the cultural context in which it occurs.. The Rice Space Institute aims to foster these discussions and to bridge the disciplines as we seek to understand the societal and cultural impact of space exploration.. Education is the cornerstone of our activities as we strive to produce the next generation of scientists, engineers and scholars.. Education at all levels is a crucial component of the mission of the Rice Space Institute and our goal is to expand our efforts in undergraduate and graduate level study while enhancing our participation in Rice’s broad range of outreach programs and community engagement.. We, at the Rice Space Institute look forward to working with you as we move forward into this new, exciting period of collaborative research..

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  • Title: Mission Statement « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: Our Mission.. To establish the Rice Space Institute as a world leader in promoting and participating in the robotic and human exploration of space by fostering interdisciplinary research and education in collaboration with academic, business, industry and government partners.. Our Goals.. Generate stronger research and education  ...   programs in science and engineering.. Facilitate space-related activities across campus.. Foster stronger collaboration with the humanities and social sciences.. Engage the broader Houston community in promoting and engaging in space-related research and education.. Work towards an integrated educational program (undergraduate and graduate) with NASA as a partner..

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  • Title: Leadership « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: David Alexander.. Director.. Professor, Physics and Astronomy.. David Alexander is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where his primary area of research is solar astrophysics.. As Director, Professor Alexander is responsible for the mission and direction required to develop and achieve the goals and objectives of the institute.. Professor Alexander is a member of the Rice Faculty Senate and author of “The Sun” part of the Greenwood Press “Guide to the Universe” Series.. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2004 and was appointed a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.. He is currently the Chair of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomy Society, Chair of the Solar Heliospheric Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) program, Chair of the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory Users’ Committee, and a member of the American Geophysical Union Publications Committee.. Professor Alexander has served on many national and professional committees including the NASA Advisory Council’s Heliophysics Subcommittee, the NASA Solar Heliospheric Management and Operations Working Group (SH-MOWG), ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter Payload Committee and the Science Advisory Board of the High Altitude Observatory Coronal Solar Magnetism Observatory.. Professor Alexander joined the faculty at Rice in 2003, coming from the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California where he was a Staff Physicist working on the development of advanced space missions for solar physics.. He received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, and his doctorate on Relativistic Cosmological Models from the University of Glasgow.. Mike Massimino.. Executive Director.. NASA Astronaut.. Mike Massimino is a NASA Astronaut and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.. As Executive Director, Dr.. Massimino is responsible to forge strong and lasting ties between Rice and the NASA Johnson Space Center.. Massimino is the veteran of two space flights, STS-109 onboard Space Shuttle Columbia in March 2002 and STS-125 onboard Space Shuttle Atlantis in May 2009.. STS-109 was the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission during which Dr.. Massimino and his crewmates successfully upgraded the Hubble  ...   Before joining NASA he was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he taught classes and conducted research on human-machine systems.. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a Master of Science and Ph.. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.. Patricia Reiff.. Associate Director for Public Outreach.. Professor Patricia Reiff, the founding director of the Rice Space Institute, has been involved in space plasma physics research for over 40 years, with interests in the aurora and space weather.. She received her Ph.. analyzing Apollo plasma data, and was a Co-I on the Dynamics Ex plorer, Polar, IMAGE, and Cluster Missions.. She is Education and Public Outreach (EPO) lead for the.. Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission.. , to be launched in 2014, which provides free.. realtime spaceweather alerts.. to over 850 subscribers.. Reiff has served as director for public education and teacher enhancement projects for over 20 years.. Her Space Update software together with Earth Update and Space Weather have been distributed to over 250,000 educators and learners.. Her project Immersive Earth created full-dome digital planetarium shows, and has created a portable planetarium system,.. “Discovery Dome.. , which is now in over.. 160 sites in 29 countries and 29 states.. These NASA Cooperative Agreements have spun off two companies,.. Space Update, Inc.. and.. MTPE.. which distribute educational materials and portable planetariums.. She has won numerous awards, including Houston s Women on the Move award in 1990.. She was elected to the Cosmos Club in 1992, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1997, and received the AGU “Athelstan Spilhaus Award” for public education in 2009.. She also received the Aerospace Educator Award from Women in Aerospace in 1999 and NASA Group Achievement awards for the IMAGE, GGS and Cluster missions.. In addition to training thirteen PhD s, she created a.. Master of Science Teaching.. degree, with 23 teacher alumni as of 2011.. Most recently, Professor Reiff was named the 2012 “Birkeland Lecturer” at the University of Oslo, Norway..

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  • Title: About RSI « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: The Rice Space Institute (RSI) was formed in 2000 as part of the merger between the former Physics and Space Physics and Astronomy departments under the leadership of Prof.. Patricia Reiff, a noted space physicist.. During Prof.. Reiff’s directorship, RSI earned an international reputation for the quality of its public outreach programs and educational partnerships.. In 2011, the.. Wiess School of Natural Sciences.. began a program to strengthen Rice’s involvement in space-related research and to pursue a more formal partnership with the NASA Johnson Space Center under the auspices of RSI.. This led, in March 2012, to the appointment of Rice solar physicist, David Alexander, as RSI Director, NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, on-loan from NASA Johnson Space Center, as Executive Director, and Pat Reiff continuing her Education and Public Outreach leadership as Associate Director for Public Outreach.. RSI has taken a central role in fostering programs which have given rise to Rice’s international reputation in all areas of space research.. As a world leader in space, earth and astronomical sciences, advanced technology and engineering, public policy and business, Rice University invests in efforts to further the development of new ideas and innovation in the broad area that is space exploration and utilization.. The Rice Space  ...   recognizes the accomplishments of its talented undergraduates.. In addition, RSI has a strong tradition of recruiting high-caliber graduate students to study in Rice’s multi-institutional and interdisciplinary setting.. Outside the hedges, RSI has partnered with the.. NASA Johnson Space Center.. (including the recent signing of a Space Act Agreement) other NASA centers around the country, the.. Lunar and Planetary Institute.. , and the.. Southwest Research Institute.. in San Antonio.. Internationally, RSI is working with the.. UK Space Agency.. and the.. Norwegian Space Center.. to promote international activities in space technology.. RSI has a worldwide reputation for its outstanding public outreach and boasts partnerships with the.. Houston Museum of Natural Sciences.. , the.. Baker Institute for Public Policy.. (BIPP),.. Sally Ride Science.. Jemison Foundation.. In particular, our partnership with BIPP bridges the gap between public policy and fundamental research and education, and our leadership in these areas is widely respected across the city, state and nation.. RSI is also proud of its partnership with the.. Rice Campus Observatory.. that draws visitors from all over Southeast Texas, frequently co-hosting public events with our colleagues in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.. RSI is a dynamic leader in bringing the community together to promote space research, education, policy and advocacy..

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  • Title: Events « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: SCIENTIA CONFERENCE.. Space Exploration and Human Imagination.. April 11 12, 2013.. Baker Institute of Public Policy.. While attendance at conference is FREE, registration is required.. Please register.. For more information click.. ___________________.. PUBLIC LECTURE:.. OUR EXPLOSIVE SUN THE SOURCE OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.. Pal Brekke, Norwegian Space Center.. Thursday November 15, 2012.. 6:30 8:00 pm.. Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Houston Museum of Natural Science.. For more details see.. SPACE ENERGY WORKSHOP.. Synergies between Space and Offshore Exploration.. in coordination with Royal Norwegian Consulate General.. 1:30 5:00 pm.. McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University.. For details see.. ______________________________.. CHICHÉN ITZÁ AS A MAYA PILGRIMAGE CENTER.. Monday, November 5, 2012.. Carlson.. MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY CURIOSITY ROVER.. Ravi Prakash Bobak Ferdowski ( Mohawk Guy ).. Jet Propulsion Lab.. Thursday November 1, 2012.. 7:00 8:00 pm.. Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium.. Details to follow.. SALLY RIDE SCIENCE FESTIVAL.. at Rice University.. Sally Ride Science  ...   Space Frontiers Lecture series.. , which is open to the public, is designed to introduce our students and the general public to the wide array of issues involved in the pursuit of an advanced presence in space: international policy, technology innovation, commercialization, biological impacts, space science, etc.. Subscribe to the.. Space Frontiers Mailing List.. to receive email reminders for upcoming lectures.. 100 YEAR STARSHIP 2012 PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM.. Transition to Transformation The Journey Begins.. September 13 16, 2012.. Hyatt Regency, Houston, TX.. http://symposium.. 100yss.. Failure is Not an Option.. Gene Kranz, Retired NASA Flight Director.. September 12, 2012.. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy s To the Moon speech at Rice Stadium.. _____________________________.. Rice NASAversary.. commemorating the 50th Anniversary of NASA Johnson Space Center and the first half century of RICE/JSC collaboration.. RSI/UKTI Roundtable Discussion.. The Changing Economics of Space: Fostering Partnership between the UK and Texas.. April 16, 2012..

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  • Title: Scientia Conference « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: Space Exploration and Human Imagination: Space Futures.. WHEN: April 11 12, 2013.. WHERE: International Conference Center, Baker Institute of Public Policy, Rice University.. We hope you will join the Rice Space Institute and.. Rice University Scientia.. for a mini-DeLange conference exploring the impact of space exploration on humanity s self-perception.. This conference will examine how our growing understanding of the Universe is changing our perceptions of humanity, what the societal and cultural implications are of the expansion of human presence in space, and how the culture of space exploration is changing.. Leading experts  ...   all, registration IS required.. Please.. REGISTER.. Description.. Thematic Program.. Speakers.. Logistics.. Conference Organizing Committee.. David Alexander (Chair, Director, Rice Space Institute).. George Abbey (Baker Botts Fellow, Baker Institute of Public Policy).. Dan Carson (Dean, Wiess School of Natural Sciences).. Jeff Kripal (J.. Newton Rayzor Professor, Chair Dept.. of Religious Studies).. Gene Levy (Andrew Hayes Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics).. Mike Massimino (Executive Director , Rice Space Institute).. Cyrus Mody (Assistant Professor, History).. Lisa Ross (Program Coordinator, Scientia Institute).. Umbe Cantu (RSI Administrator).. ___________________________.. For more information contact:.. Umbe Cantu.. email:.. umbe@rice.. Tel: (713) 348-4939..

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  • Title: Scientia Workshop: Description « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: Scientia [.. scientia.. ].. Scientia is an Institute for the History of Science and Culture.. Its purpose is to promote scholarship and research in the general area of history of science and culture for the benefit of the university and Houston community.. Scientia sponsors an annual series of colloquia (past years programs are listed in our Archive page) devoted to the exploration of a broad topic from a variety of points of view.. These colloquia are open to the general public.. Rice Space Institute [.. rsi.. The mission of RSI is to establish the Institute as a world leader in promoting and participating in the robotic and human exploration of space by fostering interdisciplinary research and education in collaboration with academic, business, industry and government partners.. Our goals are to.. generate stronger research and education ties between Rice, NASA JSC and industry.. develop multidisciplinary research programs in science and engineering.. facilitate space-related activities across campus.. foster stronger collaboration with the humanities and social sciences.. engage the broader Houston community in promoting and engaging in space-related research and education.. work towards an integrated educational program (undergraduate and graduate) with NASA as a partner.. Space Futures Conference.. Arguably, one of the most culturally impactful scientific endeavors of the last century has been humanity s conquest of space.. Space exploration has led to the rapid rise of interest in science AND science fiction and their associated stimulation of the imagination, including, and especially, the social and cultural aspects of life on Earth.. Because of the future prospect of extending humanity to other worlds, combined with the scientific discovery of planets around other stars, and the possibility that life may exist elsewhere in the universe, space exploration has had a profound impact on how humanity perceives its place in the cosmos and how society has adapted to a human presence in space.. This conference focuses on the influence that space exploration has had on humans and human imagination, how it has changed our worldview, how it affects modern society, and what it holds for humanity s view of itself in the future.. Significance:.. Since the first flight of a human in space (Yuri Gagarin on April 12 1961), we ceased to be bound to the Earth and ventured into what was once the sole realm of the gods.. In the intervening 50 years, men have walked on the moon, robotic spacecraft have explored all of the planets of the solar system, with the  ...   also likely to harbor life.. Whether we will ultimately discover evidence for intelligent life on any of these worlds is unclear but the possibility is high that sometime within the next century we will be able to answer that question.. The implications for secular and religious thought are widespread and influential.. In an age when space tourism is regarded as a viable business plan, a wide range of countries with historically different cultural and religious philosophies are developing their own space programs, and Earth’s problems are increasing the pressure to consider off-world solutions, it is clear that space is an integrated part of modern existence across a significant part of the world.. Rice has a rich history of scholarly enterprise with space as a focus.. This extends across campus and includes works from all schools and institutes.. The Rice Space Institute has been working over the last year to increase awareness of the variety of ways in which space has influenced research and creativity around campus, e.. through the Space Frontiers Lecture Series (.. http://spacefrontiers.. This conference will further enhance this goal as Rice celebrates 100 years as an educational institution and 50 years of working with NASA.. Impact:.. We expect the proposed conference to:.. Generate a broader awareness of the influence of space exploration on human creative thought.. Demonstrate the inter-relatedness between the fields of science, humanities, social science, business, and policy.. Stimulate discussion about what the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe means for life on Earth.. Bring together diverse points of view and expertise to consider the human ramifications of exploring the universe.. Rice University and the Greater Houston area have been involved in the adventure of human exploration of space since the inception of the United States manned space program.. “Houston” was the first word spoken by the first human to walk on another body in the solar system.. There is a wealth of knowledge about the history, the experience, and the technology of space exploration on our doorstep and provides a rich resource to help us understand the influences of space on human thought, culture and society.. Rice University boasts world-renowned scholars in religious thought, history of science, space policy, space technology and space science.. The conference will broaden and enhance, what is currently disparate and distinct, research across campus, foster collaborations between several disciplines and lead to a greater understanding of the impact and influence of the human drive to explore new horizons..

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  • Title: Scientia: Speaker Profiles « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: Mario Livio, Ph.. Senior Astrophysicist.. Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute.. Mario Livio.. is an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), the institute which conducts the scientific program of the Hubble Space Telescope.. Livio has published more than 400 scientific papers and received numerous awards for research, for excellence in teaching, and for his books.. His interests span a broad range of topic in astrophysics, from cosmology, dark energy, black holes, and neutron stars, to extrasolar planets and the emergence of intelligent life in the universe.. Livios popular book, The Golden Ratio , won him the Peano Prize for 2003, and the International Pythagoras Prize for 2004.. His most recent book, Is God A Mathematician? , was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009.. Livio s new book, Brilliant Blunders , is scheduled to appear in May, 2012.. _________________________.. Cindy Evans, Ph.. Deputy Manager, Astromaterials Acquisition Curation Office.. ISS Associate Program Manager for Earth Observations.. Johnson Space Center, NASA.. Cindy Evans.. is a scientist and Deputy Manager in JSC s Astromaterials Acquisition Curation Office, and the International Space Station Associate Program Scientist for Earth Observations.. In these roles, Evans brings more than 20 years experience supporting science activities for human spaceflight operations, including training astronauts in Earth Observations and geology, managing the Image Science Analysis Lab after the Columbia accident and during the first years of return to flight, leading Earth Observation activities from the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, and defining and leading the NASA-Mir Crew Earth Observations program.. Evans has worked extensively with astronaut crews and mission operations teams to develop and implement science requirements, including crew training, mission planning, data evaluation and database sharing.. Her recent research has included remote sensing studies using imagery collected from spaceflight missions.. As the PI for the GeoLab project a habitat-based prototype laboratory facility for examining geological samples, Evans also performs research on science operations and prototype hardware supporting geoscience exploration activities.. She has participated in NASA s analog activities to test the GeoLab hardware and perform science operations that simulate the collection of geological materials from other planetary surfaces and preserve them for detailed study on Earth.. Evans has also participated in several field and ship-based campaigns studying rocks from ocean basin environments.. Jacques Arnould, Ph.. Ethics Advisor, French Space Academy.. Jacques Arnould.. holds Ph.. s in the history of science and in theology, and is also an agronomical engineer.. Arnould has an active interest in the interrelation between sciences, cultures and religions with a particular interest in two themes: the first related to the life sciences and their evolution; the second to space conquest.. Arnould is the French Space Academy s (CNES) expert in charge of ethical, social and cultural aspects of space activities.. He is also a correspondent for the French Academy of Agriculture, and was a member of the commission which organized the French public debate on nanotechnologies (2009-2010).. He recently published Icarus Second Chance: The basis and perspectives of space ethics (Springer, 2011).. ________________________.. W.. Patrick McCray, Ph.. Professor.. University of California, Santa Barbara.. Patrick McCray.. is a professor in the Department of History at UCSB where he researches and teaches about science and technology after 1945.. Before coming to UCSB, McCray worked at the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics.. in 1996 and is the author of numerous publications and books on the  ...   He was elected Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciencesand Geochemical Society in 2008.. He has served.. NASA.. in various capacities, including as a member of the scientific working group for the.. Terrestrial Planet Finder.. , and as a civil servant for most of the 1980s.. Kasting chaired NASA s ExoPAG (Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group) from 2010-2012.. Asif Siddiqi, Ph.. Associate Professor, Department of History.. Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.. Fordham Univeristy.. Asif Siddiqi.. is an associate professor of history at.. Fordham University.. He specializes in the history of science and technology and modern Russian history.. He has written several books on the history of space exploration.. His most recent book.. The Rockets Red Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957.. (Cambridge, 2010) recovered the social and cultural roots of cosmic enthusiasm in the Russian context dating back to the 19th century.. Siddiqi s major contribution to space history scholarship has been to apply academic training, theory, and methodology to the study of Soviet space program history.. Siddiqi utilized newly available archival materials from Russia, published works such as memoirs, and other sources and essentially pioneered Soviet space history scholarship in the post Cold War-era.. His articles have been published in the leading Russian space journal.. Novosti kosmonavtiki.. (News of Cosmonautics) as well as the official history journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences,.. Voprosy istorii estestvoznaniia i tekhniki.. (Problems in the History of Natural Sciences and Technology).. He also regularly publishes pieces in the Moscow English language daily, Moscow Times.. Most recently, he co-edited a book of essays on cultural aspects of Soviet fascination with space,.. Into the Cosmos: Space Exploration and Soviet Culture.. (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).. Leslie Gertsch, Ph.. Associate Professor of Geological Engineering.. Missouri University of Science and Technology.. Leslie Gertsch.. earned her Ph.. at Colorado School of Mines.. She joined the Missouri S T Geological Engineering faculty in 2003.. Previously she taught at the Colorado School of Mines and Michigan Technological University.. Gertsch has ongoing research activities in rock fragmentation, innovative excavation techniques, mine planning and management, and rock engineering.. She is also Deputy Director for Rock Mechanics of the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center at MS T.. She teaches courses in Rock Discontinuity Analysis, Asteroid Mining, Engineering Mechanics, and basic Physical Geology for Engineers.. Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom.. VP, Operations.. Singularity University.. is currently the VP of Operations for Singularity University, located inside NASA Research Park in Mt.. View, CA.. SU is a unique educational institution focusing on teaching exponential technologies like AI Robotics, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Digital Manufacturing and how they can be leveraged to solve global issues.. Emeline has degrees in Physics, and Earth and Space Science, and attended the International Space University (ISU) summer program as a student in Strasbourg, France.. She has been involved with the ISU for 20 years serving as full time and volunteer staff for nine ISU summer programs around the world in different operations and academic capacities.. Previously, Emeline has worked as the Director of Program Development and Research and Director of Operations for Space Adventures Ltd, a space tourism company sending private citizens to the International Space Station.. She has also worked as a space consultant working on proposal management and research for government and private space and aerospace companies.. Emeline is co-author of the book.. Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight.. for the Outward Odyssey Book Series, University of Nebraska Press..

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  • Title: Scientia: Thematic Program « Rice Space Institute
    Descriptive info: SESSION I.. Understanding: The impact of space exploration on our understanding of our place in the Universe.. Our changing perceptions of humanity’s place in of the Universe [Mario Livio, STSCI].. Our developing understanding of the Earth from space [Cindy Evans, NASA JSC].. Our evolving humanity: from earth-dwelling to space-fairing [Jacques Arnaud, CNES].. SESSION II.. New  ...   and NewSpace [Asif Siddiqi, Fordham].. Developing space resources [Leslie Gertsch, MUST].. The public participation: space tourism [Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Singularity U, TBC].. SESSION III.. Diaspora: Expanding human presence in space.. Colonizing space: continuing the human adventure [Patrick McCray, UCSB].. Planetary Exploration: sustaining humanity beyond Earth [Laurie Leshin, Rensselaer].. Habitablity: creating a biosphere [James Kasting, Penn State]..

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