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Saturday, February 20 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
IHMC Presents: What Makes for Good Science in a Science Fiction Movie?

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This anel will consist of scientists from the Gulf Coast region who are also lovers of science fiction. Panelists will consider the question of what makes for good science fiction. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to cast votes on what they consider to be the "top ten all-time best science fiction films." Using those votes, the Panelists will then discuss the most popular films in terms of the science criteria.

Robert R. Hoffman, Ph.D. is Senior Research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, FL, where he conducts research in areas of computer science and psychology. He is currently investigating control systems for human-robot collaboration aboard the International Space Station. He has been a Science Guest at Cons across the US and is a notorious SciFi fanatic.

Jaromy S. Kuhl, Ph.D
. is Professor and Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. He specializes in graph theory and teaches a range of courses in mathematics and statistics and is one of the University's outstanding advocates for science and technology education.

Chandra S. Prayaga, Ph.D
. is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of West Florida, Pensacola FL where he is a Distinguished Teacher of a variety of physics courses.  He specializes primarily in optics and has established a number of new spectroscopy laboratories and He is one of the University's outstanding advocates for science and technology education.

Aaron Wade, Ph.D.
is Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of West Florida. He specializes in nano technology and high magnetic fields research. He is an award-winning teacher of physics laboratory courses.  He is a strong advocate for STEM research and especially science and technology education for women.

Panelists/Moderators
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Dr. Robert R. Hoffman

Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Robert R. Hoffman, Ph.D. is Senior Research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, FL, where he conducts research in areas of computer science and psychology. He is currently investigating control systems for human-robot collaboration aboard the International Space Station. He has been a Science Guest at Cons across the US and is a notorious SciFi fanatic.
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Jaromy S. Kuhl, Ph.D

Professor and Chair, Dept. Mathematcis and Statistics, University of West Florida
Jaromy S. Kuhl, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. He specializes in graph theory and teaches a range of courses in mathematics and statistics and is one of the University's outstanding advocates for science and technology education.
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Chandra S. Prayaga, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Physics, University of West Florida
Chandra S. Prayaga, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of West Florida, Pensacola FL where he is a Distinguished Teacher of a variety of physics courses. He specializes primarily in optics and has established a number of new spectroscopy laboratories and He is one of the University's outstanding advocates for science and technology education.