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Life on Mars

Life on Mars
Thu, Apr 27

06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Buzz Aldrin says we will colonize Mars within 25 years. Mars One is recruiting candidates for one-way missions to the red planet, scheduled to start in 2026. Last year, millions were enthralled by fictional astronaut Mark Watney's not-nearly-as-improbable-as-you-may-think Mars survival story in The Martian. With recent discoveries of water there, these predictions and fantasies seem like more of a reality than ever before. Will we see the first humans on Mars in our lifetimes? What does all this Mars chatter really mean? Join The Franklin Institute's Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for a series of fast-paced and engaging flash talks exploring the topic of the mysterious red planet, what we know, and what we may find in the future. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
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    Ruba Club Studios

    416 Green Street

    Philadelphia, PA, 19123

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  • Speakers

    David Dinges, PhD
    David Dinges, PhD
    Dr. David Dinges is the Chief for the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology and the Director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine. He earned his PhD in Physiological Psychology from Saint Louis University. His primary focus is on identifying the manner in which sleep need and circadian biology interact to influence wakefulness and neurobehavioral, cognitive, affective and physiological functions (immune, inflammatory, endocrine, metabolic, genetic). David has conducted studies on the International Space Station, as well as different space analog environments, such as Mars 500, NEEMO, and HERA.
    Dimitri Papanagnou, MD, MPH, EdD
    Dimitri Papanagnou, MD, MPH, EdD
    Dimitri Papanagnou is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, the Vice Chair for Education, the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, and the Director of In Situ Simulation Program at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dimitri earned his MD from New York University School of Medicine, his MPH from Columbia University School of Public Health, and his EdD from the Teachers College of Columbia University Graduate School of Education. His areas of interest include emergency medicine, medical education, simulation training, patient safety and clinical quality, and bedside point-of-care ultrasound. Dimitri gets to use high-fidelity patient simulators (i.e. robots), the latest technology, and standardized patients (i.e. actors) to create simulated learning environments for real clinical teams to practice their performance and improve the patient care they deliver. “Essentially, it's Hollywood for nerds!”
    Dr. Alexandra Davatzes
    Dr. Alexandra Davatzes
    Dr. Alexandra Davatzes is an Associate Professor at Temple University. She received her undergraduate degree at Pomona College and her PhD at Stanford University. She completed her postdoctoral work at the NASA Ames Research Center. Her interests include early Earth processes and Mars surface processes, specializing in the role of impact cratering on the two planets. Dr. Davatzes has worked in South Africa and Australia, where many of the oldest rocks on Earth reside.
    George Brainard, PhD
    George Brainard, PhD
    Dr. George Brainard is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He earned his PhD in Anatomy from the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is interested on the effects of light on human circadian, neuroendocrine, and neurobehavioral regulation. He is also conducting research on a subset of the ground crew for the Mars Phoenix Lander mission and in development and testing of solid state lighting for improving sleep in astronauts on the International Space Station. As a teenager, George was interested in how light regulates the pineal gland, and built and launched small rockets. These interests continue to play a role in his career today.
    Mecky Pohlschroder
    Mecky Pohlschroder
    Mecky Pohlschroder is a Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned her PhD. Her research focuses on archaea, one of three domains of life. She studies extremophiles, in order to discover how life adapts to extreme conditions. Human bodies have about 40 trillion microbial cells in and on them, which is similar to the number of human cells.