Recreational Math Conference
Catch keynote speaker Dr. John Callas, Project Manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project, presenting, 'Are We Alone in the Universe? Essentially a Mathematical Question,' a look at new, advanced technologies and techniques that make the detection and observation of other Earth-like planets orbiting other stars possible.Callas has led the Mars Rover project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) since March 2006, and has worked on the project since 2000. He received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Tufts University and his Masters and Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University. He joined JPL to work on advanced spacecraft propulsion, including such futuristic concepts as electric, nuclear and antimatter propulsion. In 1989 he began work supporting the exploration of Mars with the Mars Observer mission and has since worked on seven other Mars missions. In addition to his Mars work, Callas is involved in the development of instrumentation for astrophysics and planetary science. The two-day Recreational Mathematics Conference taking place at LTCC is for any and all enthusiasts interested in exploring how math can be used in the real world in seriously cool ways. Hosted by the California Mathematics Council Community Colleges (CMC3), the statewide community college math organization. On Day Two, Saturday, April 23, the conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with 11 other speakers presenting on a variety of topics, including 'The Logic and Literature of Lewis Carroll,' 'Pirate Geometry,' and 'Abacus to the iPhone.'You can register and pay online to attend the entire conference, or to watch one or both of the keynote speakers. Pricing will increase after April 7, 2017, so register early and save!