Events In Extropia

4th Global iSummit live in Extropia!

Please join us in the Salon Room of the Central Nexus, Extropia Core  (SLURL: Click to teleport) now through August 1 for live streaming video from the Fourth Global iSummit, in Sapporo, Japan!

The fourth global iSummit will be held in Sapporo, Japan from 29 July to 1 August, 2008. iCommons in association with Digital Garage, Creative Commons Japan and the City of Sapporo will bring together pioneers of the free Internet from over 60 countries around the world.

Inspired by Japanese innovation and hosted in a city fast becoming recognised for its modern, creative, technology-orientated approach to business and public initiatives – this year’s iSummit will be a ground-breaking event that showcases pioneering approaches to furthering digital culture around the world.

Organisations and companies who wish to be part of the event that is driving the movement for a free, creative online culture, should take a look at the partnership opportunities available.

Both screens in the Salon Room will carry the video feed full time through the end of the conference: just click the “media’ button on your taskbar to watch the feed.

After the conference, we’ll swtich back to our usual offering, so don’t forget that we carry NASA TV 24/7, with the latest coverage of robotic and human space exploration!


July 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Catherine Asaro

Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon is proud to welcome novelist Catherine Asaro, for a special discussion event on Saturday, August 9, from 1 – 2:30pm SLT. Please join us and bring your questions for Catherine!

Catherine is an astrophysicist, ballerina and award-winning author.  Her recent novel, Alpha, focused on the rights of artificial persons, built around a romance between an Air Force general and the gynoid terrorist agent he’s assigned to interrogate. Catherine’s work intertwines hard science with credible, mature romance for a unique blend of psychological and scientific sophistication.

Catherine Asaro was born in Oakland, California and grew up in El Cerrito, just north of Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics and MA in Physics, both from Harvard, and a BS with Highest Honors in Chemistry from UCLA. Sites where she has conducted research include the University of Toronto in Canada, the Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik in Germany, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Much of her research uses quantum theory to describe the behavior of atoms and molecules. Catherine served full-time as a physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne Research. In recent years, she has begun to turn her attention toward educating the next generation of mathematicians and scientists, teaching homeschooled students who compete with top students throughout the nation.

Catherine Asaro’s fiction is a successful blend of hard science fiction, romance, and exciting space adventure. Her novel, The Quantum Rose, won the Nebula Award for best novel of 2001. She is a three-time winner of the Romantic Times Book Club award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.” She has written over 20 novels, many of which belong to her Saga of the Skolian Empire. In addition, she has published short fiction in Analog magazine and in several anthologies, as well as reviews, nonfiction essays, and scientific papers. Her paper “Complex Speeds and Special Relativity,” which appeared in the April 1996 issue of The American Journal of Physics, forms the basis for some of the science in her novels.

A former ballerina, Catherine Asaro has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. In the 1980’s she was a principal dancer and artistic director of the Mainly Jazz Dancers and the Harvard University Ballet.

Her husband is John Kendall Cannizzo, an astrophysicist (the proverbial “rocket scientist”) at NASA. They have one daughter, a ballet dancer and award-winning mathematician.

July 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments