The “Overview Effect” was coined by author Frank White as the view of astronauts from space of an isolated Earth—an Earth where problems are increasing at a geometric rate, but the number of persons qualified to solve problems is only growing at an arithmetic rate. While our...
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ISDC 2013 Global Collaboration in 21st Century Space, The 32nd International Space Development Conference
To be held at the La Jolla Hyatt Regency, San Diego, California, May 23-27, 2013. Speakers at the ISDC will discuss many breakthroughs happening in space development. ISDC 2013 will showcase the latest developments, promote new ideas, and prove fertile ground for...
Sherry E. Bell, Ph.D. is currently Chair of the Sherry Bell School of Psychology at Kepler Space Institute. She is serving on Master’s thesis and Doctoral dissertation committees.
Dr. Bell’s education consists of a B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Capella University. She maintains a private practice where she teams with an M.D. working with weight loss issues. Dr. Bell is an avid supporter of the Space Settlement Movement. She has made numerous presentations at the National Space Society’s annual conference, the International Space Development Conference, where she frequently Chairs a Track. Dr. Bell has published three chapters and is the Editor of one book.
K2S reviews available upon request. Introductions in Kids to Space: A Space Traveler’s Guide and Kids to Space Mission Plans: An Educator’s Guide outline educational purpose and intent. Contacted and collaborated with principals, teachers, parents, and students in 99 schools in all U.S. states and in Canada.
18,000 questions related to preparations for traveling to space, space work and life, and space exploration were received. Identified and contacted 83 experts to answer the kids’ questions. Organized and edited all material, including 6000 illustrations and permissions.
Idea to publication: 16 months. Coordinated with 90 organizations and for a companion educator’s guide: lesson plans for the 94 Kids to Space chapter topics, to national standards, for grades 5-8.
Gordon Arthur began his career with the BBC after graduating in physics from Birmingham (UK). After 13 years in the TV industry, finishing with Sky TV, he returned to university part-time to study philosophy and religion in 1995, emerging from King’s College, London (UK) with an MA in philosophy of religion in 1997, and a PhD in theology in 2004.
He moved to Canada in 2006, where he became involved with KSU. He currently serves as chancellor, and has been a member of the dissertation committee. He also copy-edits term papers and dissertations. Gordon lives in New Westminster, BC.
Assoc. Professor (Dr) Balwant Rai is the founder of curriculum aeronautical (2006) and space Dentistry and JBR group association of space and aeronautical dentistry (2006). He is Program Director and Associate Professor of Aeronautic Dentistry at KSI. He is working as Researcher, VU, Amsterdam. He is also consultants and adviser of different companies. He is also the President and Founder of the JBR Institute of Health Education Research and Technology. Dr Rai has more than 100 published articles in international and national journals, has written seven books, and is Editor-in-Chief of four international journals He is also founder of the BR formula and BR regression equation used in forensic technology.
His current work involves the effect of micro-gravity on the oral cavity, human physiology and psychology and non-invasive biomarkers, including the elaboration of technologies to prevent the adverse effects of microgravity on the human physiology including oral cavity. His biography has been published in Who’s Who in Health and Medicine and Who’s Who in the World, USA. He is invited Editor of Mars Quarterly. He is an invited reviewer to NRF, South Africa, reviewer of more than 10 different journals, and has seven pending patents. He is an invited reviewer of many national and international indexed journals.
He was selected as part of Crew 78, Crew on the Mars Desert Research Station [MDRS] as Health and Safety Officer and appointed as Commander for 100 B and Commander 114 crew on MDRS. He is principal investigator cum researcher on a project entitled “simulated micro-gravity and human factors including oral cavity: non invasive technology”. Dr Rai is working with different space related research projects and has been an invited judge for different space related programs. He has a strong belief in leaving a mark on space programs using non-invasive diagnostic technologies.
William Mook |
In my work on SETI I helped develop a version of the Fast Fourier Transform Analyzer, and over this period Dr. Kraus and his graduate students, including me, worked on the then secret GPS for the US Navy. In 1983 that system was declassified by the Reagan administration and in 1995 it was fully operational. The Clinton Administration after canvassing those who worked on the program declassified all aspects of the system. Following that, in March 1996 I gave testimony in support of the 1996 Space Policy Act strongly supporting commercialization of space launch.
Along the way I invented the computer based cash register and a golf ball that changes colors. I started companies to commercialize these ideas and was successful in both those ventures. worked on SETI whilst in graduate school, http://trashotron.com/agony/columns/05-24-02.htmhttp://www.bigear.org/JDKpassage- articles.htm#Dispatch20040723
Walt’s wife, Geni, is a former flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. An avid reader and world traveler, she still found the time to rear their three children and now stays active with volunteer work including Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Although Geni holds no formal position with Kepler, she has been a steady presence at the KSI booths at the International Space Development Conferences in Chicago in 2010 and Huntsville, Ala., in 2011.
Walter Putnam, Kepler Space Institute’s dean of communications, is a veteran journalist and former Middle East correspondent who retired in 2009 after a career of more than 30 years with The Associated Press. He has long been interested in space research and development, and helped cover Shuttle launches and landings while working with the AP in Florida in the early 1980s. In addition to serving on the KSI board, Walt is on the executive committee of Spare Renaissance International and also is a member of the National Space Society.
Dr. Kseniya Khovanova-Rubicondo |
An expert in public economics who has conducted a number of empirical and evaluation studies and worked as a practitioner in the fields of economics, ICT and innovation, fiscal, social, and cultural policies assessment, urban planning and development. She is the author of Fiscal Health Index and Innovation Index for 140 American Cities.
Dr. Khovanova-Rubicondo holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and the College of Urban Planning (UIC).
During her career Dr. Khovanova-Rubicondo occupied policy advisory, management, teaching, and consulting positions at such organizations as the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France); the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium); the Government Financial Officers’ Association, Chicago, IL; the Development Alternatives, Inc. and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC; and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Eastern Europe. A distinguished record of her publications include book chapters, reviews, evaluations, individual studies and edited manuscripts that were published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Public Administration Review and the Environment and Behavior (USA), Croatian Economic Survey (Croatia), Editions Rodopi (the Netherlands), the Global Magazine (SAGA Foundation, Poland), and others.
Dr. Kseniya Khovanova-Rubicondo is has been a Senior Fellow and Research Projects Manager at the Ashburn Institute (SC, USA) think-tank for more than 7 years.
Mr. Ssegujja Alex |
Director of Technology, Highly skilled in designing and developing large-scale systems and applications, Archive/ records management/ ERP Systems, IT Security, Database development/ Management, Networking and configuration, Web developer with about 15 years experience.
Apollo astronaut was hero of the future
In recognizing the life and achievements of Neil Armstrong we honor a man for more than heroic feats of the past. Perhaps more than any other American hero, Armstrong’s “giant leap” onto the surface of the Moon showed us our future.
With his passing on Saturday, August 25, this brave Apollo 11 astronaut leaves a legacy which all of us in the international space community must strive to uphold. Those of us who are part of that community through Kepler Space Institute join others in remembering Armstrong and honoring him and the 11 other heroic Apollo astronauts who walked on the Moon. We pledge to do whatever we can to open up the future that they revealed.
Through his intelligence, wisdom, courage and vision, Armstrong helped those who would follow him see more clearly what can be done by building on the foundation put in place by others. He serves as an ideal role model and unique leader for all citizens of our beautiful planet.
Leota Gilbertaccomplished many memorable things in her 100 years, including serving as an inspiration to one of the space community’s most active activists.
Mrs. Gilbert, the grandmother of Kepler Space Institute’s Sherry Bell, passed away May 19 in Arlington, Texas. The funeral was May 26 in Arlington.
Leota was born March 18, 1912, in Sapulpa, Okla., to Joseph and Bessie Lynch. During and after World War II, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Dallas-area aircraft manufactuter TEMCO (Texas Engineering&Manufacturing Company) for 32 years. Later, she began a career as a real estate agent.
She is survived by her daughters, Myra Smith and Nadine Bell; brothers Winfred Lynch and Eddie Lynch, sisters Opal Mooneyham and Charlene Mann, 17 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 42 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandson.
Leota celebrated her 100th birthday while KSI was holding its first annual space conference at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
“She followed us and was very interested in the things we are accomplishing,” Sherry said. “She was incredibly keen on helping us put together a vehicle that would take us to the planets and beyond.”
In addition to serving as KSI’s dean of psychology, Sherry is a director and longtime member of the National Space Society, where she also serves as an inspiration to many space enthusiasts.
The Second Coming
Publication Date: January 24, 2011
Jack Strong, a veteran Middle East correspondent, is more than skeptical when he gets an assignment to write a feature story about a young prophet in the West Bank who some claim to be the Messiah. But the more Strong sees and the more he hears from the desert preacher, the more he comes to realize he is the real thing. Or is he? At the very least, Amal al-Rahim, the son of a Jewish and Arab father, has an important message for the world concerning the salvation of the human soul, and living in harmony with our fellow man, the Earth and the Universe. This novel, with realistic characters and engaging dialogue, also presents a clear picture of what the mass media reaction would be if Christ were to return today amid the backdrop of social and political turmoil and war in the Middle East.
Dallas reporter Mark Hollenfield gets more than he bargains for when he picks up a pretty hitchhiker on I-20 west of Fort Worth. Hollenfield soon finds himself in a mad scramble to help a group of stranded extraterrestrials escape back to their native planet, with agents from U.S. Homeland Security and both Russia and China hot on their trail. During this escapade, he learns that the aliens have come to study Earth because of its unique relationship to life elsewhere in the universe. And he becomes intimately involved with one of the students, who takes him on a romantic ride into cosmic consciousness.
Publication Date: May 1, 2006 | Series: Apogee Books Space Series.
Providing a foundation for space planners and anyone interested in human settlement in the solar system, this book theorizes about the near future, when the heretofore significant steps of humankind—traveling to the moon and building space stations—will be dwarved by new progress. Scholars and scientists raise and answer such questions as Why does space matter to us? What will ordinary life be like in space? and What will our homes be like on Mars or the Moon? This collection of findings by professionals documents important research, laying the bricks for space-faring civilizations and even consults future space-dwellers—kids—for their visions. Working from the assumption that humankind has a biological need to explore and improve the quality of life, the wide variety of contributors successfully argue that space as a future human habitat is not simply possible, but manifest.
Living in Space is a captivating study across a wide spectrum of the issues that humanity faces, as we look beyond our home planet at future needs, future business endeavors, future learning opportunities, and future homes for our children and theirs. The authors who contributed to this volume present us with a wonderful diversity of perspectives, including the arts, philosophy, business, science, and technology, and the story that emerges from their fine writings engages the imagination. These chapters also engage our vision, and I hope this book helps us to muster the will and the commitment to proceed with the development of space for the benefit of all humanity, as it should be. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. -- Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., Apollo 14 Astronaut, March 26, 2009