University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Chris Impey

Nick Soloway & Kat Ransdell

Chris Impey is a university distinguished professor of astronomy and associate dean of the College of Science at the University of Arizona. He has over 180 refereed publications on observational cosmology, galaxies and quasars. His research has been supported by $20 million in NASA and NSF grants. He has won 11 teaching awards, and has taught two online classes with over 130,000 enrolled. Impey is a past vice president of the American Astronomical Society and he has been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Carnegie Council’s Arizona Professor of the Year and, most recently, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. He’s written more than 50 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology, two introductory textbooks, a novel called "Shadow World" and eight popular science books: "The Living Cosmos," "How It Ends," "Talking About Life," "How It Began," "Dreams of Other Worlds," "Humble Before the Void," "Beyond: The Future of Space Travel" and, his new book, "Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes."

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Scheduled events:
Einstein and His Black Holes
Black holes: from theory to accumulated evidence to pictures, Seth Fletcher and Chris Impey will share how black holes are born, why they die, and the group of scientists on the cusp of photographing one for the first time.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Seth Fletcher, Chris Impey
Moderator: Joaquin Ruiz
Reaching for the Moon
Professor Logsdon, who has written extensively about the U.S. space program in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, will discuss the reasons why President Kennedy in 1961 decided to send Americans to the Moon "before this decade is out" ... why President Nixon discontinued that quest ... and the challenges we face now that President Trump has authorized a return to the moon.

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: John Logsdon
Moderator: Chris Impey
Workshop: Scientists Who Write Science Fiction
Learn how they apply their day jobs to their imaginative craft!

Integrated Learning Center Room 125 (Seats 60)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Horror
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: J.L. Doty, Chris Impey

Einstein's Monsters
Science / Medicine / Technology
W.W. Norton
November 2018
ISBN 9781324000938
Hardcover, 304 pages
$26.95, INSTORE
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The astonishing science of black holes, and their role in understanding the history and future of our universe.

Beyond: Our Future in Space
Science / Medicine / Technology
W.W. Norton
March 2016
ISBN 9780393352153
336 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space and then reminds us that we re already there. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
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William & Mary Ross Foundation

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