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February 16, 2018

**All of the following scheduled events (except where noted) will occur at GVSU's Pew Campus, in the DeVos Center.

10:30am - On-Site Registration

Online registration coming soon!

11:00am Space and Art Keynote (Title coming soon!)

Our 11am Keynote Address, which will kick off Roger That! 2018, features GVSU Illustration Professors Guin Thompson and Durwin Talon, who will speak on the intersection of space exploration and art. This session will take place in the Loosemore Auditorium and will be free and open to the public. Check back for more information soon!

12pm - 12:30pm Lunch break

Boxed lunches will be available for pre-registration soon ($10 each). There are also other lunch options available at the DeVos Center, including Starbucks, Erbert and Gerbert's (soup and sandwiches), and Grille Works.

12:30pm-1:10pm - Breakout Session One

Science Track: Feryal Alayont and David Clark, Grand Valley State University, Mathematics: "Error Correction in Space Communications"

Society Track: Brian Lakey, Psychology, Grand Valley State University: "Psychological Factors in Prolonged Space Travel"

1:15pm - 1:55pm - Breakout Session Two

Science Track: Brad Ambrose, Grand Valley State University, Physics: Title TBA

Society Track: Mark Schwartz, Grand Valley State University, Anthropology: "The Origins of Ancient Astronaut Theories in Archaeology: Popular Culture, Science Fiction, and Pseudoscience"

2:00pm-2:40pm - Breakout Session Three

Science Track: Line Van Nieuwstadt, University of Michigan, Engineering: Title TBA

Society Track: Joshua Ambrosius, University of Dayton, Political Science: "Bridging the Separation of Church and Space"

2:45pm-3:25pm - Breakout Session Four

Science Track: Kristopher Pachla, Grand Valley State University, Regional Math and Science Center: Title TBA

Society Track: Panel Discussion (feat. Rachel Anderson, English; Jae Basiliere, WGS; others TBD),Grand Valley State University: "Afrofuturism: The African Diaspora Reimagined"

3:30pm-4:10pm - Breakout Session Five

Science Track: Panel Discussion (feat. the GVSU North Stars, Engineering), Grand Valley State University: Title TBA

Society Track: James A. Herrick, Hope College, Communications: "Narrative Propulsion Systems:  The stories that took us to space and the myths that will keep us there"


4:15pm-5:00pm - Design Challenge Competition

(Separate contest for 5th-6th & 7th-8th grades)

7:30pm-8:00pm Networking

5:00pm-6:00pm Open Reception

Light hors d'oeuvres will be available and Design Challenge projects will be available for viewing

6:00pm-7:00pm Keynote Address: "An Astronaut's Journey: An Evening with Guy Bluford" (Loosemore Auditorium)

We are very pleased to present Roger That! 2018's keynote speaker, Guion Bluford. Dr. Bluford was the first African-American astronaut to fly in space and completed four Space Shuttle missions. A retired Air Force Colonel, Dr. Bluford holds Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Aerospace Engineering as well as a Masters in Business Administration. He will talk about his work at NASA, the experiences of minorities in the space program, and his memories of traveling in outer space. This event is free and open to the public. 

7:00pm-7:30pm Informal Networking

After Dr. Bluford's talk, we offer a chance to informally converse, network, and discuss the keynote with our presenters, organizers and other guests.

7:30pm-8:30pm Ticketed Dinner (Optional)

Following Dr. Bluford's talk and a half hour of informal networking, a ticketed dinner will take place in the Gordon Gallery at the DeVos Center. Dinner tickets will include admission to a special planetarium show following dinner at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Check back soon for how to register.

9:00pm Planetarium Show, Grand Rapids Public Museum

Dinner guests are encouraged to head to the Grand Rapids Public Museum after dinner for a special show at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. Dinner tickets include admission to this show.