Featured Speaker Bios

Dr. Jayanne English - Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Dr. Jayanne English investigates the motion of galaxies in order to trace elusive Dark Matter. With respect to popularizing science, her forte' is producing striking astronomy outreach images from research data. At Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, she co-ordinated the Hubble Heritage Project's first 2 years of image production. Her images appear in prestigious magazines, popular and educational books, and numerous websites.  Her outreach work is well-served by her education at Ontario College of Art and Design University as well as her astrophysics degrees  from University of Toronto (B.Sc) and Australian National University (Ph.D).

Dr. Pourang Irani – Professor, Computer Science, and Canadian Research Chair in Ubiquitous Analytics, Faculty of Science

Pourang Irani is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in Ubiquitous Analytics. His research lies broadly in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualization. More specifically, he creates and studies novel interactive systems for giving end-users efficient access to various types of information structures over a diversity of computing devices, including smartphones, wearables and futuristic devices. Science-fiction has served as inspiration to numerous projects undertaken in his lab as his students aim to realize popularized depictions of technologies and push the envelope of what is possible.

Scott Young (alumnus) - Manager, Science Communications and Visitor Experiences, The Manitoba Museum

Scott Young is an astronomer and science educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He became interested in the sky on February 26th, 1979 at 11:16 in the morning, when a total solar eclipse swept through his hometown and changed his future path forever. Scott has been active in the amateur astronomy community since the early 1980’s, serving as president of the local chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada twice, and as the RASC’s national president from 2006-2008. Scott works in the planetarium field, first as a show presenter and later as Manager Producer of The Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium in Winnipeg and a three-year stint as Director of the Alice G. Wallace Planetarium in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA. He is currently the Manager of Science Communication and Visitor Experiences at The Manitoba Museum, overseeing science program and exhibit development as well as planetarium show creation. Outside of his astronomical experience, Scott is a active musician; he has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for his work with the children’s badn Seanster and the Monsters. Asteroid #14698 is named Scottyoung in recognition of his contributions to astronomy education.