Time: 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Michael Dennin & the Brain Trust Since the Roswell crash in 1947, reports have surfaced describing the incredible capabilities of Unidentified Flying Objects. Witnesses have claimed to see these UFOs make 90 degree turns while operating at speeds that far exceed any known aircraft. They are silent in operation, and do not generate a sonic boom when breaking the sound barrier. Some have even been seen traveling in and out of large bodies of water without losing any momentum. It does not end there. Lost time, bio-based implants, memory metal, memory manipulation, and tractor beams are all a part of the alien arsenal. How is all of this possible? Since this sufficiently advanced technology is certainly not magic, that means it is explainable with science. That is exactly what Dr. Michael Dennin along with his team of engineers and analysts from the podcast Fascinating Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear-based Technologies will do during this panel: Explain the science behind extraterrestrial technology. Michael Dennin Professor Dennin has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCI since 1997, and is now the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education. His research focuses on the dynamics of foams and modeling of ice mélange in fjords. He is passionate about public outreach in the area of science – appearing on numerous television programs. You can find Prof. Dennin in the YouTube series Fascinating Fights http://bit.ly/1GDKVex) debating the outcome of battles between pop icons. In addition, Prof. Dennin is serves as an expert on the podcast Fascinating Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear-Based Technologies where he explains how to make fictional technology a reality. Recently, he published a science outreach book on the intersection between science and faith: Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith, from Franciscan Media. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/profDenninMichael Twitter: @DenninMichael Fascinating Fights: all two seasons at http://www.fascinatingfights.com/ Be sure to pick up a copy of his latest book, Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith Daniel J. Glenn Daniel J. Glenn is an independent digital producer and podcast host. He has created several shows that exist at the intersection of pop culture and science including the podcast Fascinating Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear-Based Technologies (FGGGbT). FGGGbT takes a look at technology that exists in popular culture, such as TV and movies, then teaches you how they would work in real life. Mr. Glenn also hosts an interview style podcast entitled “Fascinating Nouns” and has interviewed several Contact in the Desert alumni, including Linda Moulton Howe, David Childress, Peter Levenda, Stanton Friedman, and Erich Von Daniken. Ben Siepser Ben Siepser is an electrical and computer engineer specializing in digital design. His designs have flown on nearly 70 different missions to space. However he has now turned his sights inward to the human mind, and is working on devices to unlock the secrets of the brain. Ben is a huge science fiction fan, he grew up watching numerous space shows and movies as well as reading many space books. Currently he cannot wait for Season 4 of The Expanse.