Los Alamos ScienceFest kicks off at Fuller Lodge with Hill Stompers tonight

News from the main street of Los Alamos:

Los Alamos ScienceFest 2021: Driven By Science kicks off tonight at Fuller Lodge.

The Hill Stompers will kick things off as part of the Tuesdays at the Pond series (now held at Fuller Lodge) and then hear a science question-and-answer session led by local high school sophomore Hana Raby as ‘she talks to three local scientists, Roger Wiens and Juston. Moore from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Hunter McDaniel from UbiQD.

The Hill Stompers will then pick up the music around 7 p.m. Food from Señor Tortas and beer from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op will also be available for purchase.

No ticket is required to attend the event, which will take place rain or shine.

The Tuesdays at the Pond series is sponsored by First National 1870. Sponsors of ScienceFest 2021 include Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Del Norte Credit Union, UbiQD, UNM-LA and the New Mexico Consortium.

For a full list of Los Alamos ScienceFest activities this year, visit www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com.

About the panelists:

Roger Wiens, LANL:

Roger Wiens is a planetary scientist and member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr Wiens began his scientific career by writing the first thesis on the atmosphere of Mars based on laboratory-analyzed samples from Martian meteorites. He worked as a scientist at Caltech, University of California and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and made extended research visits to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Bern, in Switzerland, and at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France.

Dr Wiens was responsible for three instruments for NASA’s Genesis mission and he acted as the flight payload manager. This mission was the first to return to Earth from beyond the Moon, when it landed with solar wind samples that revealed exciting details about the composition of the Sun.

Dr Wiens is the leader of the ChemCam laser instrument on the Curiosity rover
(http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/; http://www.msl-chemcam.com) which landed in 2012. He led the US and French team operating ChemCam and interpreting the data returned from Mars. Wiens has also participated in other NASA robotic missions, including Stardust, Mars Odyssey, Lunar Prospector, and Deep Space-One, which include missions to the Moon, Mars, and comets. Since 2014, he has been leading the SuperCam laser instrument developed for the Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars in February 2021. Wiens has been recognized by NASA and the Los Alamos National Laboratory for its contributions to science. In 2016, he was knighted by the French government for his work of “forging solid links between the French and American scientific communities” and for “having inspired many ambitious young earthlings”. He received other awards, including the name of the asteroid 41795 WIENS.

Dr Wiens is a very active writer and speaker, giving several public talks each month and publishing a dozen articles per year. Models of his teams’ instruments are on display in the museums of Los Alamos and Toulouse, France. His book Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity, published in 2013 (Basic Books, New York), describes the space adventures of his teams. Dr. Wiens’s vision is to communicate the adventure and challenge of space exploration to the public and to encourage others to pursue their dreams despite obstacles.

Hunter McDaniel, UbiQD:

Hunter McDaniel is Founder and CEO of UbiQD, a leading materials company driving product innovation in controlled environment agriculture. Hunter earned a doctorate. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before joining the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the chemistry division. He founded UbiQD, Inc. in 2014, and the company has raised over $ 10 million, employs over 20 full-time. Their first product, UbiGro, is a light coating that uses fluorescence to help plants get more from the sun in a greenhouse. Ultimately, the value proposition is to increase crop yields and quality without the cost or energy impact of lighting. Hunter has over fifty publications and patents, and over 2000 citations in total, h: 20 index. Hunter fundamentally believes that new materials underpin every significant technological advance, and he is focused on exploiting new materials to achieve lasting and lasting impact.

Juston Moore, LANL:

Juston Moore is a researcher in the Advanced Cyber ​​Systems Research Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Juston’s research focuses on adversarial artificial intelligence, where he develops cybersecurity and artificial intelligence methods to increase the reliability and reliability of machine learning algorithms applied to critical national security challenges. Juston has experience leading teams with diverse backgrounds, operating under tight deadlines, primarily tackling cybersecurity issues for global security sponsors. His major contributions to Los Alamos include the development of the open source tool set “REDUCE” for statistics-driven malware reverse engineering; and leading a team to develop and deploy deepfake video detection analytics for DoD, for which the team won a Los Alamos Large Team Distinguished Performance Award. Juston holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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