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The text below shows a small excerpt from the developing Balticon 49 Program Schedule. This partial schedule will be expanded, in increments, as increasing portions of the schedule become firm.

Please note that the schedule is still subject to change at any time.

Last update Tue Mar 24 10:59:33 2015
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Gaming Program Schedule for Friday, May 22, 2015

9:00 PM Two Rooms and a Boom! Parlor 1041
  Michelle Hymowitz, Alan Aspinwall (Moderator) (1 hour 50 minutes)
  Do you like mystery and intrigue? In this game, everyone has a role and belongs to one of two factions, but nobody knows who anyone else is at the start. There are several rounds where you interact with each other in two separate rooms and try to learn more about the others. One faction has their favorite Martian: a rarely seen Blue Martian. But its not easy being blue. The other faction, supporting a fiery Red Martian, wants to blow up the Blue Martian! At the end of the last round, if the Blue Martian and the Red Martian end up in the same room, the RED team wins, otherwise the BLUE team wins. Come and try to save the Blue Martian! ...or maybe blow it up!

Gaming Program Schedule for Saturday, May 23, 2015

9:00 AM Active Victorian Games for Children Garden
  Mildred Cady (1 hour 50 minutes)
  Come to this kid-friendly event that highlights several Victorian parlor games that will get the children up and moving around.
6:00 PM Magic: The Gathering (Draft & Play Closed Deck Tournament) Chase
  Scott Schroth (1 hour 50 minutes)
  Become a Planeswalker today! New and Experienced players are welcome! We will be drafting from the newest releases of Magic: The Gathering -- Khans of Takir, and Fate Reforged. We will be having 2 8-person groups; spectators are welcome. If you are a new player, panelists will provide a quick reference guide to the rules and will help you to understand how game play works. Door prizes and raffles will also be given away to those who attend. Either a materials fee ($15.00), or 3 sealed packs of either Fate Reforged Cards or Khans of Takir Cards, will be required.

Gaming Program Schedule for Sunday, May 24, 2015

4:00 PM What is Ingress? Salon B
  Mildred Cady (50 minutes)
  The world is not what it seems. It's time to move. Alien influences, artificial intelligence, ancient myths, and a conspiracy on a global battlefield. Ingress is a game where the real world is the play space. You can either play casually to meet new people and explore your area, or delve deep into the storyline and lose yourself in tracking down clues among the ephemera. Haven't played yet? Come and learn about the game and the community. Veteran player? Come and share your experiences!
10:00 PM Late Night Cards Against Humanity Salon B
  Pallas Schroth, Scott Schroth, Michelle Hymowitz, Kristina Lynch (moderator) (1 hour 50 minutes)
  If you have ever heard of or played the card game Apples to Apples and enjoyed it, this game is definitely for you. Just make sure that you are willing to be a little disturbed by the adult-themed cards and how we humans respond to them in a group of strangers.
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Literary - Writers Program Schedule for Sunday, May 24, 2015

10:00 PM New Media Homecoming Dance in Honor of P.G. Holyfield, Presented by SpecFicMedia.com Garden
  (2 hours)
  A celebraton of life for Author PG Holyfield. Author of Murder at Avadon Hill, Podcaster of the podcast that never ends: MaAH, Beyond the Wall, Living NaNoWriMo, Consumption, and contributor to much more, PG Holyfield held a special place in the hearts of the new media, literary, and Balticon communities. After passing suddenly this summer from a fast acting cancer, his co-hosts (Chooch, Viv, Christianna, & Nuchtchas) and friends wanted to come together in his honor to celebrate the life of the man they loved in the spirit he showed at Balticon. Join us for a Geek Homecoming, a time of rememberance and fun. Party down as PG would have if he were with us.
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New Media Program Schedule for Sunday, May 24, 2015

10:00 PM New Media Homecoming Dance in Honor of P.G. Holyfield, Presented by SpecFicMedia.com Garden
  (2 hours)
  A celebraton of life for Author PG Holyfield. Author of Murder at Avadon Hill, Podcaster of the podcast that never ends: MaAH, Beyond the Wall, Living NaNoWriMo, Consumption, and contributor to much more, PG Holyfield held a special place in the hearts of the new media, literary, and Balticon communities. After passing suddenly this summer from a fast acting cancer, his co-hosts (Chooch, Viv, Christianna, & Nuchtchas) and friends wanted to come together in his honor to celebrate the life of the man they loved in the spirit he showed at Balticon. Join us for a Geek Homecoming, a time of rememberance and fun. Party down as PG would have if he were with us.
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Religion Program Schedule for Saturday, May 23, 2015

8:30 AM Shabbat Service / Parsha Discussion by Barry Nove Pimlico
  Barry Nove (1 hour 15 minutes)
  Shabbat Morning Service with Parsha Torah Study in lieu of Torah Reading

Religion Program Schedule for Sunday, May 24, 2015

11:00 PM Shavuot: Of Shadim and other Fantasy Elements of Judaism Chase
  Barry Nove (1 hour)
  A Discussion about Judaism and Magical Fantasy in Jewish Tradition

Religion Program Schedule for Monday, May 25, 2015

12:00 PM The Foundations and Roots of Judaism Salon A
  Rabbi Larry Pinsker (50 minutes)
 
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Science Program Schedule for Friday, May 22, 2015

5:00 PM Health Care and Phylogenetics Salon A
  Beatrice Kondo PhD (50 minutes)
 
6:00 PM Space Shuttle First Flights Salon A
  Jack Clemons (50 minutes)
  A behind the scenes look at the early days of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. An informative and often surprising story, including videos, photographs, and anecdotes, of how the Shuttle came to be and some of the exceptional men and women who made it all happen.
7:00 PM The Mirrors of Nature Salon A
  Iver Cooper Esq. (50 minutes)
  We see the world by virtue of its reflection of light. Some natural objects are noteworthy because of how shiny they can be, the mechanism by which they reflect light, or the environmental effect of their reflection. These are the "mirrors of nature." They include the Moon, still and rippled water, snow and ice, fish scales, bird plumage, beetle bodies, butterfly wings, and certain animal eyes. Patent attorney, photographer, and alternate history writer, Iver Cooper, will lead us to a better understanding of the subtleties in the appearance of several of these mirrors of nature.
9:30 PM Meet the Scientists Social Chesapeake
  Miriam Winder Kelly (1 hour 45 minutes)
 

Science Program Schedule for Saturday, May 23, 2015

8:50 AM "Marie Curall's Science Show" -- A spoof film by Marlene Zechman Salon A
  Paul Loeschke (7 minutes)
 
10:00 AM Your Brain: Breathing, Sleep Apnea, and Stroke Salon A
  Dr. Robert I. Katz MD (50 minutes)
 
12:00 PM Blood, Sweat, and Fears: Infectious Outbreaks Among Us Salon A
  Dr. John Cmar MD (50 minutes)
  Infectious outbreaks have swept through the human population throughout the existence of our species. Despite technological improvements and medical advances, pandemics continue to create illness and fear. We'll look at how three different infectious outbreaks are trying to kill us, and how we are fighting back -- Ebola, Chikungunya, and Enterovirus D68.
1:00 PM Celebrating 25 Years of Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope Salon A
  Jennifer Wiseman PhD (50 minutes)
 
2:00 PM Just How Many Universes Are There, Anyway? Salon A
  John Ashmead PhD (50 minutes)
 
3:00 PM The Ancient Art of Oceanic Navigation and Landfinding Salon A
  RDK Herman PhD (50 minutes)
  The settling of the Island Pacific over 1000 years ago is one of the greatest adventures of human history. Using double-hulled voyaging canoes built with stone-age tools, and navigating by stars and swells, Pacific Islanders journeyed as far as 2500 miles to find tiny dots of land in the middle of an ocean covering one third the surface of the planet. Then they traveled back, and forth, and back, and forth to settle those islands. With no maps, instruments or written texts, how did they do it? Until the 1976 voyage of the Hōkūle'a, scholars did not believe that such intentional navigation and landfinding had been possible. In this engaging presentation, Doug Herman reveals the intricate arts of Oceanic navigation and landfinding that enabled this amazing feat. Tales recounted from dozens of interviews with contemporary Hawaiian navigators, voyagers, artisans and canoe builders testify to the skills involved in building and navigating deep-sea voyaging canoes.
4:00 PM Weather Happens: The Update! Salon A
  Jason P. Tuell PhD (50 minutes)
 
5:00 PM Science Trek: A Hitchhiker's guide to 18 Years and $200 million of Simulations, Games, and Virtuality. And Don't Forget the Robots! Salon A
  Dr. Thomas Talbot MD (50 minutes)
  Science Trek -- Share Dr. Talbot's 18 years as an accidental medical simulation inventor as he reveals how a disappointing purchase led to dozens of new medical simulators, the first interactive online cervix, 'illegal graphics', a nerve agent lab (the home version), $200 million spent, a few video games, the Oculus VR, synthetic children, an artificial intelligence breakthrough... and don't forget the robots! This talk will take you on a whirlwind tour of an intriguing science trek, and more.
6:00 PM Water Water Everywhere, a wet tale of other worlds Salon A
  Pamela Gay PhD (50 minutes)
 
7:00 PM The Pioneer Anomaly: Is Something Hinky with Gravity? Salon A
  Stephen Granade PhD (50 minutes)
  The Pioneer Anomaly -- For years it appeared that Pioneer 1 and 2 were slowing down more than they should have. Is something hinky with gravity? Let's review gravity, spacecraft motion, data forensics, scientific modeling, and how hard it is to keep data around.

Science Program Schedule for Sunday, May 24, 2015

9:30 AM Science Special Guest Edie Stern -- Inventor and holder of 140 information technology patents, and an SF fan Valley Ballroom
  Edie Stern, Inventor & Science Special Guest (1 hour)
 
10:45 AM Dinosaurs: The Update! Valley Ballroom
  Thomas R. Holtz Jr. PhD (1 hour)
 
12:00 PM Fire & Forget: Improved Patient Compliance Towards Better Single Dose Long Term Herpes Therapy Salon A
  Barry Margulies PhD (50 minutes)
  Herpesvirus infections last for the life of the individual who is infected. While there are adequate medications on the market, all must be taken daily, sometimes multiple times per day, to prevent recurrent outbreaks from appearing. Our research is geared toward reducing the need for patient compliance by providing steady doses of these drugs over the course of months to years with a single intervention, using implantable devices that release antiherpetic drugs slowly over that time. Our most recent invention is a biodegradable implant that dissolves while it releases medication, allowing for even better clinical outcomes.
1:00 PM Messenger's Mission to Mercury Has Ended: What Have We Learned? Salon A
  Noam Izenberg PhD (50 minutes)
  After more than 4 years in orbit, the MESSENGER mission ended this spring with impact into Mercury. We'll examine some of the mission's most interesting highlights and discoveries, and the questions that still remain.
2:00 PM Sex, Maize, and How to Feed the World Salon A
  Burkhard Schulz PhD (50 minutes)
 
3:00 PM Crustaceans in the Chesapeake: The Untold Story Salon A
  J Sook Chung PhD (50 minutes)
 
4:00 PM Some First Results from the 2014 - 2015 Encounters with Small Solar System Bodies: Comet Siding Spring, Comet 67P, Ceres, and Pluto Salon A
  Carey Lisse PhD (50 minutes)
 
5:00 PM Edie Stern, Inventor and Science Special Guest, with Iver Cooper, Patent Attorney Salon A
  Edie Stern, Iver Cooper Esq., Marv Zelkowitz (Moderator) (50 minutes)
 
6:00 PM International Space University: The Update! Salon A
  Laura Burns (50 minutes)
 
7:00 PM Physics for SF Authors: Relativity, Exploding Planets, and Black Hole Disasters Salon A
  Andy Love (50 minutes)
 
8:00 PM Catching Apollo: A History of the Apollo Flights Salon A
  Jack Clemons (50 minutes)
  An insider's view of NASA's Apollo Moon Program, with historic videos, photographs and anecdotes. Join us for an informative and entertaining account of life as a young engineer working on the greatest adventure of our times.

Science Program Schedule for Monday, May 25, 2015

8:45 AM "The Astronomers" -- A short film by Dustin Lee of Maple Films Salon A
  Paul Loeschke (12 minutes)
 
9:00 AM Between Earth and Heaven; Between Gamma Ray and Radio Wave Salon A
  Inge Heyer PhD (50 minutes)
 
10:00 AM Allergies on Alien Planets? What would REALLY kill you? Salon A
  Dr. John Cmar, Dr. Perrianne Lurie, Sam Scheiner PhD, Dr. Thomas Talbot (50 minutes)
 
12:00 PM The Foundations and Roots of Judaism Salon A
  Rabbi Larry Pinsker (50 minutes)
 
1:00 PM Proton Therapy: Increasing the Therapeutic Ratio Salon A
  Dr. Michael Chuong MD (50 minutes)
  Ever since radiation has been used to treat cancer, radiation oncologists have aimed to treat tumors with an effective dose while minimizing the dose to normal surrounding tissues. While most radiation therapy worldwide is performed using x-rays, this talk will explore the unique physical properties of protons.
2:00 PM Herbicide Resistance in Plants Salon A
  Burkhard Schulz PhD (50 minutes)
 
3:00 PM Aurora on Jupiter Salon A
  Tim Livengood PhD (50 minutes)
  Descriptions of the planet Jupiter usually include the words "more" or "most." The same is true for aurorae on Jupiter, where the power that goes into this minor lightshow is comparable to all the sunlight falling on Earth. Jupiter's aurora cooks the air, making new chemicals and making a major contribution to the planet's global energy budget. The power to make the aurora comes from the plasma in the magnetosphere... somehow. The plasma in the magnetosphere gets hot and jets into the atmosphere... somewhere, for some reason. The plasma gets into the magnetosphere from the moon Io... mostly. Despite being a major portion of what's going on at the planet that is most of the solar system, there is a tremendous amount of hand-waving and guesswork about the aurora, still. Next year, a brave little spacecraft carrying three Lego® minifigs will fly right through the auroral streams of Jupiter, and maybe we finally will get some answers.
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Skeptical Thinking Program Schedule for Friday, May 22, 2015

4:00 PM The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Of Medical Studies: A Skeptical Journal Club Salon A
  Dr. John Cmar MD (50 minutes)
  One of the most important aspects of being a healthy skeptic is knowing that just because a scientific study was done on a topic does not mean that the study was done well, or that the conclusion the authors reached was supported by what they actually did. But when someone states that a particular study has major flaws or was well-done, what precisely does that mean? Join us as we analyze two different journal articles in detail, focusing on the good, the bad, and the ugly of how studies are done and interpreted.

Skeptical Thinking Program Schedule for Saturday, May 23, 2015

9:00 AM Women of Science: A History Salon A
  Laura Burns (50 minutes)
 

Skeptical Thinking Program Schedule for Monday, May 25, 2015

11:00 AM King Kong at Loch Ness, The Outer Limits onboard Flying Saucers: Popular Science Fiction and the Genesis of Paranormal Claims Salon A
  Thomas R. Holtz Jr. PhD (50 minutes)
 
3:00 PM Public Perception of Science: Lessons from a Dead Sheep Salon B
  Adam Ruben PhD (50 minutes)
  In 1997, the public learned that a sheep named Dolly had been cloned, and as it is wont to do, the public went nuts. In this humorous and informative talk, Dr. Adam Ruben, from the Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science, discusses the fervor that accompanied Dolly's arrival - and how unashamed people are to form opinions about scientific advances that they don't understand.
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Special Guests Program Schedule for Sunday, May 24, 2015

9:30 AM Science Special Guest Edie Stern -- Inventor and holder of 140 information technology patents, and an SF fan Valley Ballroom
  Edie Stern, Inventor & Science Special Guest (1 hour)
 




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