Speakers

Below is a list of our confirmed speakers for Carl Sagan Day Broward 2013.

Michael Turrisi
Student
Cypress Bay High School
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Michael is a Junior at Cypress Bay High School and has been focused on learning as much about the history of space exploration for several years. He holds leadership roles in the JROTC program at school as well as the campus Astronomy Club and Political Awareness Group. His passion for space and willingness to share with others is infectious. His presentation will take us from the dawn of space exploration up to our present day.

James ” The Amazing” Randi
James Randi Educational Foundation
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James Randi, a close personal friend of Carl Sagan, has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist. Today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. An amatuer atstronomer himself, Randi has spent countless hours behind a telescope exploring the wonders of the universe. Randi is the inspiration behind our event.

Bruce Lazarus
Composer and Pianist
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Composer Bruce Lazarus’ works include music for chorus, theater, solo voice, piano and chamber ensembles. He studied composition at Juilliard and has had a life-long fascination with astronomy, frequently using astronomical imagery for his more descriptive works. Lazarus characterizes his music as “concise, architectural, contemporary and in turn meditative, humorous, moody and exuberant.” He resides in New York City.

Lazarus will be speaking about and performing excerpts of his Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebula piano pieces. More information about him and his work can be found on his website: www.brucelazaruscomposer.com.

Our Emcee: Alan Leipzig
Teacher
Seminole Middle School
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Alan teaches astrophysics, engineering and robotics at Seminole Middle School in Plantation, Florida. He is the recipient of a grant by the James Randi Educational Foundation supporting his Retaking the Stars project, which seeks to educate people about the science of astronomy versus the pseudoscience of astrology.

Russel Romanella
Director of Safety and Mission Assurance
NASA, Kennedy Space Center
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Russell R. Romanella is the director of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate is Kennedy’s focal point for planning and execution of center and program S&MA activities at Kennedy. The directorate provides the primary interface function with the S&MA offices of NASA Headquarters, other centers, other government agencies, international governments and private industry. The primary purpose of Kennedy’s S&MA is to ensure operations at Kennedy-responsible sites are conducted in a manner which will achieve mission safety and success. S&MA consists of the safety, reliability, maintainability, software assurance and quality disciplines which are applied to reduce the probability of mishaps, failures, maintenance burden and product flaws.