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Friday, October 28 • 6:00pm - 6:50pm
The Hard Climate Data Panel

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What effects of climate change have been scientifically observed? Were 2015 and 2016 the warmest ever recorded? What about extreme weather? Our panelists will bring their best and most reputable data!


Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously employed at Hughes Aircraft Co., Gaalema was more recently chief engineer of Hughes Microelectronics Center, Carlsbad, California. At the Jet Propulsion... Read More →


Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the house.

Lesley L. Smith

By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published five science fiction novels including The Quantum Cop. She's an active member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Rachael Acks

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist and dapper AF. Ze's written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and more. Rachael lives in Denver with zir two furry little bastards, where ze twirls zir mustache, watches movies, and bikes. For more information, see http://www.rachaelacks.com.
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Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor