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Mind Over Matter: Exploring Inner & Outer Space


Spanning the breadth of the human experience, these authors will discuss mankind's exploration of the boundaries of human exploration and endurance as well as the grit needed to push through adversity. Come and be inspired by real-life stories of life's challenges that become the building blocks of later success and why anything is possible.


Panelists
Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin is the only person in human history to catch a pass in the National Football League and in space. Though his path to the heavens was riddled with setbacks and injury, Leland persevered to reach the stars....

Mark Nelson

Dr. Mark Nelson was a member of the eight-person “Biospherian” crew for the first two-year closure experiment. He is a founding director of the Institute of Ecotechnics and has worked for decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry and wastewater recycling....

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Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of more than 25 non-fiction books for children. Her passion for science resonates in in all her books but especially, "Brain Games" and "Super Gear: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up," which was named an NSTA Best STEM book of 2017 and an NSTA Outstanding Trade Book 2017....

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Books:
Chasing Space
Leland Melvin
Science / Medicine / Technology
Amistad
May 2017
ISBN 9780062496720
256 pages
$25.99, INSTOCK
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In this moving, inspirational memoir, a former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver shares his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance and grace that align to create the opportunities for success. More/less

Pushing Our Limits: Insights from Biosphere 2
Mark Nelson
Science / Medicine / Technology
University of Arizona Press
February 2018
ISBN 9780816537327
Paperback, 328 pages
$22.95, INSTORE
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Biospherian Mark Nelson offers insider perspectives on Biosphere 2 and bold insights into today's global ecological challenges--Provided by publisher.

Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System
Jennifer Swanson
Children / Teens
National Geographic Kids
January 2018
ISBN 9781426327988
128 pages
$12.99, INSTOCK
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Take to the skies with planetary geologist Dr. E and her robot sidekick, Rover, to explore the solar system's wildest, most astronomical geology--with comic book flair! This stellar book introduces kids to outer space through in-depth info and comic book adventure. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company

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