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Conference 2018

October 9-12, 2018

Edward Guinan

Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Villanova University

Edward Guinan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Villanova University. He and two colleagues discovered Neptune's ring system in 1968. His research interests include binary star systems, black holes, evolution of the sun and solar-like stars, pulsating stars, astrobiology, exoplanets and the suitability of exoplanets for life. He is a Guest Investigator on a number of NASA Astronomy space observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, XMM-Newton X-ray Telescope and Kepler Planet Quest Mission. Dr. Guinan has published over 500 science papers and edited four books. He is also the Chair of the Teaching Astronomy for Development (TAD) program of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) which sponsors education, research and outreach programs in developing counties. He also has served on numerous NASA and NSF Peer Review and Advisory Panels and currently serves on the Council of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and is the Chair of the US National Committee of the National Academy of Sciences for Astronomy. Dr. Guinan is an advocate for space travel and is a founding member of the StarVoyager Project (for human interstellar exploration) and also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Life Boat Foundation and the International Space Development Hub (ISD-Hub).


C3: Martian Colonies: Farming on Mars
10 October 2018 02:00 PM–03:00 PM

Testing growing vegetables in simulated Martian soil and light conditions.

E5: Our Dangerous Sun
11 October 2018 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

High energy radiation and plasma emissions from the Sun; Effects on Earth and life.