This Year's Guests

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B


Raychelle Burks
Raychelle is a chemist in the Ivory Tower, though she often makes a tower break to talk about the science behind pop-culture and can be seen on Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of science. She also writes a monthly forensic science column for Chemistry World.

C


Ryan Consell

Paul Currie
Paul Currie is a Professor of Biology and Chemistry, specializing in online science education and a world traveler. He presents on using pop culture in to explain science in the classroom and how science influences pop culture. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia.

D


Lali DeRosier
Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing and science outreach. Together with her co-hosts in the Curly Hair Mafia (curlyhairmafia.com), she tackles themes of science and diversity in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film, TV, and gaming.

Andy Dykes
Andy is a real, live rocket scientist who flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. He also worked at U.S. Space Camp, teaching humans of all ages about space history and technology.

F


Emily Finke
By training a forensic anthropologist, but by passion a science communicator, Emily has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, and anywhere else there’s an audience.

Julie Fooshee
Julie is a student in science communication and public engagement as well as a professional in the world of live public science events. In her 9-5 job she works to bring science to anyone everywhere and in her free time she cries a lot over her Star Wars feelings.

G


Dr. Pamela Gay
Dr Pamela L. Gay is an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in learning and doing science. From co-hosting the Astronomy Cast podcast, to directing the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility, she is at the forefront of online science communications and engagement.

Donna Governor
Dr. Governor is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of North Georgia. Her book, Big Data, Small Devices was published in 2016. She has over 30 years teaching experience in the K-12 classroom. Donna holds a PhD in Science Education and earned multiple teaching awards.

Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, and guided the shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope. He’s provided scientific commentary for FoxNews.com, CBS Marketwatch, and Jalopnik, and won awards for presenting to non-scientists.

Kevin Grazier
Dr. Kevin R. Grazier is a former Jet Propulsion Laboratory rocket scientist and science advisor for the Syfy series Defiance andAscension, and previously for Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, and the film Gravity.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy, did a postdoc in science education, and is an assistant professor of physics in New Hampshire.

H


Robert Hampson
Dr. Robert E. Hampson (Tedd Roberts), writes SF as well as the science behind hard-science fiction. He has advised more than a dozen SF/F writers, game developers and TV writers, and is considered by many to be the most likely scientist to create a Zombie Apocalypse!

Kishore Hari
Kishore is a science educator communicator, founder of the Bay Area Science Festival, host of the science podcast Inquiring Minds, and science correspondent for Tested.com.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is an educator from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Florida. He has a BA in Integrated Animal Biology from the University of South Florida. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide with the NAI (National Association of Interpretation).

Kali Holder
Dr. Kali Holder is a veterinary pathologist diligently combating potential pandemics and threats to endangered species for Smithsonian Global Health. With her diverse knowledge of horrific diseases and a cheerfully morbid imagination, she is the only known human who can win a game of Worst Case Scenario against WebMD.

J


Shareef Jackson
Shareef is a STEM Diversity advocate, podcaster, blogger, and YouTuber who has appeared in NPR, Scientific American, and Boing Boing’s Offworld.

Les Johnson
Les Johnson is a science and science fiction author and a NASA scientist. His novel, Rescue Mode, is a story of Mars exploration. Les was the featured Interstellar Explorer in National Geographic magazine, a technical consultant for the movie Europa Report and is leading an asteroid rendezvous mission for NASA.

L


Danielle Lee
Danielle N. Lee is an outreach scientist who studies animal behavior and behavioral ecology. Dr. Lee studies the behavioral biology of small mammals across urban gradients. She is passionate about science outreach and is well known for her science promotion and outreach in social media.

Leighann Lord
Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian and author who’s been seen on HBO, Comedy Central, and The View. Her comedy album, I’ve Got Connections, is played heavily on Sirius satellite radio. Leighann is a co-host NatGeo’s StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Pete Ludovice

M


Erin Macdonald
Erin Macdonald, PhD is an expert on the intersection of science and science fiction. Her background is in gravitational waves and general relativity, and includes education at museums and community colleges. She works as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions, Inc. and is Global Education Manager for World Space Week.

Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area, Emmy and Knight Foundation award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. Cara created/hosts a weekly science podcast called Talk Nerdyand, cohosts the popular Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast. She cofounded the annual science communication retreat #SciCommCamp.

Mika McKinnon
Mika McKinnon is a science consultant in the entertainment industry, disaster researcher, geophysicist, journalist, and irrepressible educator.

Joseph Meany
Dr. Joseph Meany, the Crimson Alkemist, is a chemist from Atlanta, GA. In 2017, he published a book with another DragonCon guest, physicist Les Johnson, on the new super-material graphene. Dr. Meany is a consultant by day, and avid futurist by night. He volunteers with the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

N


Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is chair of the Biology Department at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera), and he is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.

O


Matt Oehrlein
Raychelle is a chemist in the Ivory Tower, though she often makes a tower break to talk about the science behind pop-culture and can be seen on Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science.

Samantha Oester
Samantha (Dr. Cyborg) is an aquatic scientist, specializing in marine conservation, aquatic microbiology, exploration research, and science communication. She dabbles in coding and programming and is a self-proclaimed movie/TV/book geek. She is Chair of the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress and PhD research fellow at George Mason University.

P


Dr. Jessica Parilla
Dr. Jessica Parilla is the Undergraduate Director of the Biology department at Georgia State University. She also teaches Microbiology and Virology, and has an extensive background in infectious disease.

Gwen
Gwen Pearson is a professional entomologist working at Purdue University. She also writes as a freelance science writer for WIRED Science, the Washington Post, Science, and other news outlets. She calls herself an insect evangelist because her mission is to help everyone discover they love bugs.

Rachel Pendergrass
Rachel Pendergrass is a writer, humorist, and science communicator. She hosts the quirky and fun internationally touring Solve for X Science Variety Show. Her writing can be seen on McSweeneys, National Lampoon, Redbook, HowStuffWorks, Eater, Martha Stewart Living, and the ever-beloved Dragon Con TV.

S


Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist turned award-winning science journalist. She writes about DNA, cells and all things microscopic for Science News magazine.

Scicurious
Scicurious is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer at Science News. She’s written for Slate, The Guardian, and Scientific American; appeared on radio shows like Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 34,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

Elisabeth Sheff
Elisabeth Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US. Author of three books and 20 academic articles, Sheff’s writings report findings from her research on polyamory and BDSM. You can find her blogs on Psychology Today at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-polyamorists-next-door and http://elisabethsheff.com/

Marianne Shockley

Eric Spana
Eric Spana is a biology professor at Duke University specializing in genetics and molecular biology who explains the unusual and fantastic occurrences in science fiction, fantasy and video games using the biological mechanisms already identified on Earth. Sometimes he has to point out the really, really bad science, too.

Torrey Stenmark
Torrey Stenmark is a science educator and award-winning costumer, making her a jack of some trades and master of two. When not teaching community college chemistry, she does science outreach at conventions and supports children’s wellness by being a superhero.

V


Trevor Valle
Trevor S Valle is a mitigation paleontologist, specializing in the rapid recovery of fossils from large scale construction sites, and has traveled to places far and wide to uncover the mysteries involved in the study of ancient life.

Dr. Scortt Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, novelist, actor, and creator of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach program exploring science fiction concepts and relating them to scientific breakthroughs. He created “Doctor Geek’s Science Fair,” a traveling show combining elements of a science fair and a science fiction convention.

 

W


Mel White
Dr. Mel. White is an anthropologist and science educator who writes and draws silly cartoons.