Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Charles Blue, science writer. Charles is public information officer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He has more than 20 years of experience communicating the wonders and discoveries of science, engineering, and technology. Charles has worked as the director of media services at the American Institute of Physics. He also served as the Writer/Editor for the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering and the media relations specialist for the Thirty Meter Telescope Project.
He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and past-president of the DC Science Writers Association. Charles also is an avid martial artist, sea chantey singer, and fitness instructor.
Charles will speak about "New Discoveries from Astronomy's Newest Observatory: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)." ALMA is the world's most advanced ground-based observatory. Located in the remote and rugged Atacama Desert of Chile, this new observatory is already making exciting discoveries about galaxies near cosmic dawn, the birth of stars and planets, and the powerful influence black holes have on the cosmos.