Inge Heyer


Inge Heyer was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.  She completed her secondary education there, after which she accepted a scholarship to attend Tenri University in Tenri, Japan.  Following a life-long dream she studied martial arts and the Japanese language, as well as travelled extensively in this fascinating country.  After this two-year academic "detour" she decided to follow her interest in astronomy (fuelled by watching way too much Star Trek in high school), and came to the U.S. to pursue an undergraduate degree at Smith College in Massachusetts.  With an BA in physics and astronomy Inge then attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she obtained a master's degree in astronomy, and pursued many years of research, which often took her to the observatories atop beautiful Mauna Kea.  From 1992 to 2005 Inge was a senior data analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, working on images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide-Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) as well as the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).  Space Telescope has a very active educational and public outreach program, in which Inge participated as a volunteer.  Still watching way too much Star Trek and also Babylon 5, Inge has been very involved in Baltimore-Washington Science Fiction activities.  She gives presentations about astronomy and space science at conventions throughout the nation and Europe.  She has also done this for schools of all levels, libraries, and community groups.  In March of 2006 Inge moved back to Hawaii to lead the outreach efforts for the Joint Astronomy Centre in Hilo.  She is looking forward to visiting all the Big Island schools and community groups to talk about the exciting astronomy work on Mauna Kea.  She misses the East Coast fans and conventions, but it appears that there are many fans right here on the Big Island as well.  Something fannish has already started at Imiloa...  And in case you were wondering how the Hubble images got into episodes of Babylon-5 and Star Trek, you're looking at the trouble-maker who instigated this...


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DayTimeTitleDescriptionParticipants
Thu1600HOW TO ?? (Kimono Dressing)How to put on a kimono from underpinnings to obi."M-AI-M", Flick CHRISTIAN, Inge HEYER
Fri1000Searching for Extra-Solar Planets Inge HEYER
Fri1600The State of CosmologyA look at the work being done in the field of cosmology.Inge HEYER
Sat1000Is Science Fiction Necessary?Haven't we won? Aren't science-fictional ideas, vocabulary, themes and predictions now deeply embedded in the popular culture? Aren't a disproportionate percentage of popular movies from our genres? Don't mainstream authors dip into the slipstream every day? So, what's our mission now? What worlds are left to conquer -- and why?Inge HEYER, Paul CORNELL, Peter HECK, Robert Charles WILSON
Sat1300Kaffeeklatsche Inge HEYER
Sat1600The Universe as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope Inge HEYER
Sun1100Movement of the solar system Inge HEYER
Sun1200Defending Public Domain from Corporate Copyright MaximalismCopyright is the new conspiracy. What can we do to keep public domain works public. And how do we get them to release what should be public? If a company can make a buck, it will but where does capitalism end and copyright maximalism begin?Cory DOCTOROW, Inge HEYER, Naomi NOVIK, Patrick NIELSEN HAYDEN
Sun1600Tracked experiment of planet Inge HEYER
Mon1000Visiting Japan 2The Worldcon is nearly over. Use this opportunity to meet up with other science fiction fans who plan to explore Japan or talk with folks who have already had the opportunity to tour Japan.Inge HEYER, Michele ELLINGTON