Professor of History and Director, The University Honors College
Auburn University: http://www.auburn.edu/~hansejr/
Author – “First Man – a Biography of Neil A Armstrong” James R. Hansen is a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama. His book From the Ground Up won the History Book Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1988. For his work, The Wind and Beyond (NASA) – (six-volume series), he was awarded the Eugene Ferguson Prize for Outstanding Reference Work by the Society for the History of Technology in 2005.
Prof. Gregg Wade
Head of the Department of Physics and Space Science, Royal Military College, and Professor at the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen’s University
Prof. Wade’s work concentrates the structure, evolution, origin and impact of magnetic fields in stars. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Magnetism in Massive Stars (MiMeS) collaboration, co-PI of the Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in Stars (BinaMIcS) project, and Chair of the international BRITE Executive Science Team (BEST) for the BRITE-Constellation mission.
Prof. John E. Moores
Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University
Prof. Moores is currently developing planetary simulation facilities at York University as part of the Planetary Volatile Laboratory. He contributed to the 2005 Huygens Mission to Saturn’s Moon Titan, to the 2008 Phoenix Mission to the Martian Arctic, and led experimental studies into interactions of volatiles with the Martian surface and polar caps, and supported Surface Operations on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. He participated in the development of the Surface Stereo Imager for the Phoenix Lander, and has been involved in several conceptual space-mission design studies, and analogue planetary missions. His work has led to the first direct detection of fog on Mars, to estimates of the methane content of the Martian atmosphere from exogenous sources.
Prof. Catherine L. Newell
College of Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies, University of Miami
Prof. Newell’s research interest lies in the conjoined histories of religion and science (specifically technology, ecology, and medicine). She is particularly interested in how scientific paradigms frequently owe their genesis to a religious idea, or spiritual belief. Her most recent work examines “food faiths”, in which individuals in contemporary society use scientific concepts about food and diet as the basis for a spiritual practice. In addition to this current book project, she has published articles and book chapters on dystopic science fiction and nature religion; the spiritual origins of vegetarianism in America; and how Biblical injunctions to “rule over the Earth” still inflect debates about environmental science and management in the 21st-century.
Prof. Jan Cami
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University, and Director of the Cronyn Observatory
Prof. Cami’s main research areas are molecular spectroscopy, dust mineralogy in evolved stars, and the Diffuse Interstellar Bands (DIBs). His work is both observationally and theoretically oriented, using data from ground-based and space-borne telescopes, and comparing the results with theoretical models. He has been honoured with the 2019 Qilak Award for Astronomy Communications, Public Education, and Outreach by the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA).
Prof. Maria Cahill
College of Science and Humanities, Husson University
Prof. Cahill’s current interest explores research about and development of successful English programs in a quickly changing and progressively technological world. Currently, she is involved in publishing on that topic, as well as editing an issue of the South Atlantic Review dedicated to sustainability of the humanities. Another one of Dr. Cahill’s passions is reading and writing about women scientists and how they write science. In her dissertation, The Stars Belong to Everyone: The Rhetorical Practices of Astronomer and Technical Communicator Helen Sawyer Hogg, she analyzes how technical communication has been and may continue to be used as an alternative voice and catalyst for success, particularly for women in science and technology, and how this practice may inform pedagogy.
Dr. Donald C. Morton
Researcher Emeritus, NRC Herzberg
Dr. Morton was a doctoral student of Lyman Spitzer and Martin Schwarzschild at Princeton, and as a faculty member there lead the productive ultraviolet rocket spectroscopy program. He became the second director of the Anglo-Australian Observatory (1976-1986), and then returned to Canada as Director General of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics at the National Research Council of Canada (1986-2000). He was instrumental in securing an active role for Canada in the era of 10-metre telescopes realized in the Gemini Observatory. His personal research has mostly been in various areas of spectroscopy.
Dr. Nathalie Ouellette
Coordinator, Institut de recherche sur les exoplanètes (iREx), Université de Montréal, and JWST Canadian Outreach Scientist
Dr. Ouellette’s research is on the formation and evolution of galaxies, particularly those found in groups and clusters such as the Virgo Cluster. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2016 with a thesis on “The SHIVir Survey: A Dynamical Catalogue of Virgo Cluster Galaxies and their Scaling Relations”. During her graduate studies, Dr. Ouellette lead many observing programs on telescopes in Hawaii, New-Mexico and Chile. She is an avid science communicator, and was the Queen’s Observatory Coordinator (2010-2016), and the Communications, Education & Outreach Officer for the McDonald Institute at Queen’s University (2017-2018), where she developed and delivered the new astroparticle physics research institute’s education and public programs. She still serves as an analyst, contributor and speaker for various media outlets et organisations working to promote science and astronomy to the general public and youth.
Dr. Alan McConnachie
Research Officer / Instrument Scientist at NRC Herzberg (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), and Professor at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Victoria
Dr. McConnachie was trained at the University of St. Andrews, and the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. His research interests cover all aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, particularly in relation to the nearest galaxies and their resolved stellar populations. He has been active in the area of Galactic Archaeology, which uses the positions, dynamics, ages, and chemical properties of the resolved stars to reveal the evolutionary paths of galaxies. This approach perfectly complements observations of the more distant Universe, where we see snapshots of many more galaxies at earlier stages in their evolution, but for which much less detailed information is available.
Dr. Cliff Johnson
CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
Dr. Johnson’s current research focuses on understanding star formation behaviour at spatial scales ranging from that of galaxies down to individual star-forming complexes, through the combined study of stellar populations and the interstellar medium. Citizen science and crowdsourcing are important tools in his research. He is currently a member of three survey teams: the SMIDGE survey, analyzing Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the Small Magellanic Cloud; the SMASH survey, analysing DECam imaging of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds; and the PHAT-M33 survey, analysing Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the Triangulum Galaxy.