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Guest Speakers

About twice a week a guest makes a presentation not directly related to the curriculum, followed by a reception, giving the students additional time for informal questions and open-ended discussions. Most guest speakers are prominent professors, researchers, or business leaders; some are also SSP alumni.

SSP's Guest Lecture series is underwritten by a grant from Lockheed Martin / Sandia National Laboratory.

Guest speakers at SSP 2013 include:

SSP at Westmont College, CA

Dr. Thomas Whittemore
Adjunct Prof. of Physics , Westmont College
"The Art and Science of Mirror Making"

Dr. Omer Blaes
Chair, Dept. of Physics, UC Santa Barbara
"Astrophysics of Black Holes"

James Randi
Founder, James Randi Educational Foundation
"A Magician in the Laboratory"

Dr. Bethany Ehlmann
Asst. Prof. of Planetary Science, Caltech and JPL
"Roving Mars"

Sam Kean
Writer
"The Violinist's Thumb"

Dr. Sigrid Close
Prof. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford
"Meteoroids and Asteroids: Micro to Macro Impactors"

Dr. Victor Tsai
Asst. Prof. of Geophysics, Caltech
"Tsunamis and Glaciers: the Power of Water"

Dr. Lawrence Sverdrup, Jr.
Senior Scientist, Trex Enterprises
"Mad? Science!"

Dr. Margarita Marinova
SpaceX
"From Antarctica to Mars: Measuring and Modeling Ground Ice"

Dr. 'Mad Scientist' Sverdrup hammers with
a banana, frozen using liquid nitrogen.
 

Dr. Paul Butler SSP '77 describes planets
outside of our solar system.
 
SSP at New Mexico Tech

Dr. Jill Tarter
Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI, SETI Institute
"Are We Alone?: Current Status of SETI Research"

Dr. Jacob Scott
Research Fellow, Moffitt Cancer Center, Univ. of Oxford
"What We Can Learn About Cancer from the Stars"

Dr. Charles Zender
Prof. of Earth System Science and Computer Science, UC Irvine
"Global Warming: Science Mistaken as Politics"

James Randi
Founder, James Randi Educational Foundation
"A Magician in the Laboratory"

Mika McKinnon
Geophysicist, Physics Today
"Disaster Science Fiction"

Dr. Lawrence Sverdrup, Jr.
Senior Scientist, Trex Enterprises
"Mad? Science!"

Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa
Director, Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State Univ.

Dr. Penelope Boston
Prof. of Cave and Karst Science, New Mexico Tech
"Caves: Exploring Life Underground from Earth to Mars and Beyond"