University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Chris Impey

Nancy Milburn & James Osman

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 and 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 110,000 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. Impey has written over 50 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology, two introductory textbooks, a novel called "Shadow World" and seven popular science books: "The Living Cosmos," "How It Ends," "Talking About Life," "How It Began," "Dreams of Other Worlds," "Humble Before the Void" and "Beyond: The Future of Space Travel."

His latest book is "Beyond: Our Future in Space."

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Scheduled events:
E=MC2: Light, Time and Human Perceptions
Why does time seem to fly sometimes and at others, drag on forever? What is the speed of light? What is the biography of light and time? These leading authors will discuss these and other topics that will help you understand our current dimension and how light and time intersect to create a sense of reality.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Alan Burdick, Bruce Watson
Moderator: Chris Impey
Real Science and Science Fiction
An astronaut, an astronomer, and two science fiction writers sit down together to discuss fact vs. fiction in space travel, future colonization of planets, aliens, human destiny, and other fascinating topics. Assistive listening devices available.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: C. Robert Cargill, Chris Impey, Nancy Kress, Leland Melvin
Moderator: Richard Poss

Beyond: Our Future in Space
Science / Medicine / Technology
W.W. Norton
March 2016
ISBN 9781324000938
Hardcover, 304 pages
$26.95, NYP
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The astonishing science of black holes, and their role in understanding the history and future of our universe. More/less

Humble Before the Void
Science / Medicine / Technology
Templeton Press
October 2015
ISBN 9781599474984
Paperback, 256 pages
$18.95, INSTORE
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“This book will provide readers with a greater awareness of the spirit of curiosity and inquiry that lies at the heart of the Buddhist tradition, as well as the fruitfulness of maintaining active communication between the Buddhist and scientific commu­nities. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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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
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