Past SL Events

Note: I’m not updating this page anymore. It’s here for historical reference.

During my years of doing SL projects, I gave presentations, produced events, and helped promote events. Below is a partial list of past events. See also: The events calendar on the SL Science Center website (but note that I didn’t organize all those events).


These events include slides, 3D models, video clips, and lively discussion. Sample titles:

  • “Are the US and China in a Second Space Race?”
  • “The International Space University”
  • “The Space Shuttle - Its Life and Future”
  • “Life on Mars?”
  • “The Apollo Moon Landings: A Look Back”
  • “The Hubble Space Telescope”
  • “You in Space - The Rise of Space Tourism”
  • “People on Mars - Why?”
  • “People on Mars - How?”
  • “The Pluto New Horizons Mission”
  • “Is Pluto a Planet?” (A debate with Chaac Amarula)
  • “The Science of Santa Claus”
  • “Alan Shepard” (given on the anniversary of his historic flight into space)

The NMC Campus Observer has an article about my presentation during their October, 2006 Symposium on the Impact of Digital Media. (NMC is the New Media Consortium.)

International Spaceflight Museum

I also helped organize and/or promote many other events at the ISM:

  • ISM Grand Opening Events in June 2006.
  • Assorted tours of the ISM.
  • Presentation about NASA’s planned Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) by Dr. Wyatt Johson of NASA JSC.
  • A Worldbridges Webcast Tour of the ISM.  The videos of the tour are available for viewing at the VirtualBridges website.
  • All launches and landings of the Space Shuttle are shown live on the big screens at the ISM, where everyone can watch together and comment.
  • Observing Climate TRUTHS from Space, presentations by Dave Taylor from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, about the TRUTHS satellite.  A review of one of those presentations is available at the SLI blog.
  • Cypress Rosewood live music concerts at the ISM.  The first was described in a Slate Magazine article.  The second was held up in Low Earth Orbit, with the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station floating nearby!  (Cypress Rosewood is the SL name of Tony Gerber.)
  • A presentation about NASA’s CoLab Project by Andrew Hoppin (Drew Frobozz in SL).
  • “Mars: Opportunities and Challenges”, a presentation by Hal Fulton (Quantum Clipper in SL), a co-founder of the MarsDrive Consortium.
  • “NASA and Virtual Worlds” by Daniel Laughlin (Greyark Hightower in SL), a presentation at the ISM and organized by the Kuurian Expedition.
  • Live coverage of the transit of Mercury on November 8, 2006, in association with The Exploratorium in San Francisco.
  • A presentation about the Suzaku X-Ray Telescope by Silvershadow Kleene (SL name), who helps with the E/PO for the mission at NASA GSFC.
  • “Lost in Space”, a special event put on by Wired Magazine and the ISM.  A Q & A session with David Kushner, who researched and wrote the article “One Giant Screwup for Mankind” about how NASA lost the original footage of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.  SLNN wrote an article about the event.
  • Virtual BLAST - Matthew Truch (Half Moo in SL) - a physics graduate student at Brown University and one of the scientists working on BLAST gave an overview of the BLAST project (BLAST = Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope).
  • The Yuri’s Night party in Second Life, on April 12.  A celebration of the anniversary of the first man in space: Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961.  A full day of shows and events.  The lead organizer was Camden Mitchell (SL name).
  • The Spaceport Bravo Grand Opening events from May 5-11, 2007, including a talk by Dr. Paul Doherty, Senior Staff Scientist from the Exploratorium, titled “Roving Mars: What is it like on the surface of the Red Planet?”  The text and slides of his talk are available online.
  • A short presentation and then a Q&A session with Dr. Rob Knop, one of the guys who discovered that the universe is expanding faster and faster.  The slides and transcript of his talk are posted on his blog.  The discussion is posted on Troy’s Nature Network blog.

As of September, 2007, I’m no longer formally involved with the ISM, although I do help promote some events that happen there.

Science Center Group

I’ve helped organize and promote many events for the Science Center group in SL.  If you’d like to find out about upcoming events, check out the SL Science Center website, which includes a calendar.

  • Science Center Grand Opening events on October 12, 2006.
  • Discussion on tsunamis and tidal waves, October 26, 2006.
  • Presentation on neuroscience by Yoe May (SL name) in The Future sim, November 9, 2006.
  • “Bots and Bonobos”, a presentation by Dr. Kenneth G. Schweller (Ken Caliber in SL) about his work with bonobos and robots.
  • Sneak peek tour of Meteroa, NOAA’s first fully-developed sim in SL.  Tour by Eric Hackathorn (Hackshaven Harford in SL).
  • Tour of The Gene Pool, SL’s finest museum about genetics, by Max Chatnoir (who teaches genetics in RL).  SLNN wrote an article about it.
  • Slacker Astronomy Cafe with Dr. Doug Welch of McMaster University.  An informal chat about his research and astronomy in general.  Organized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast.
  • Chat with astronomer Dr. Robert A. Knop Jr. of Vanderbilt University.
  • Presentation and discussion about the IBM Blue Gene Project by Dr. Mike Pitman (Rez Tone in SL).  SLNN wrote an article about the event.
  • Slacker Astronomy Cafe with Dr. Eric Chaisson, Director of the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University.  Organized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast.
  • A presentation about Science Commons by John Wilbanks, the Executive Director of Science Commons.
  • A chat with Dr. Phil Plait, “The Bad Astronomer” who runs the website  Oganized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast and held on Platform Arroyo in the NASA CoLab sim.
  • A discussion with Dr. Chris Thom of the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics, about a new way to estimate the age of old stars.  Oganized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast.
  • Speech by NASA Ames Director Pete Worden, given from within Second Life to the International Space Development Conference 2007, in Dallas.  Troy helped promote that event.  It was a full sim.
  • “The Music of Proteins”, a talk by Dr. Mary Anne Clark, a Professor of Biology at Texas Wesleyan University (Max Chatnoir in SL).  A complete transcript, including photos, can be found on my Nature Network blog.
  • A discussion about Science Commons, with John Wilbanks, the Vice President of Science Commons.  A transcript is available on my Nature Network blog.