Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Kirk Borne is a Multidisciplinary Data Scientist and an Astrophysicist. He is Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science in the George Mason University School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences. He received his B.S. degree in physics from LSU and his Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech, and has been at Mason since 2003. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years in positions supporting NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He has extensive experience in Big Data and Data Science, including expertise in scientific data mining. He has advised several federal agencies on data mining and Big Data applications, including the Executive Office of the President, the Library of Congress, National Weather Service, FDA Office of Drug Safety, and the NITRD Big Data Senior Steering Group.
Dr. Borne is currently working on research, design, and development for the proposed Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. He established the new field of Astroinformatics: Data Science for Astronomy Research and Education. He has published over 200 research papers and book chapters, and given over 200 invited talks at conferences and universities worldwide. In these roles, he focuses on achieving big discoveries from big data, and he promotes the use of information and data-centric experiences in the STEM education pipeline at all levels.
Kirk Borne believes in data literacy for all! If you are a Twitter user, you can follow him there as he actively tweets about Big Data, Data Science, and Astronomy under the handle @KirkDBorne. He currently lives with his wife Colleen in Columbia Maryland. They now have multiple grandchildren -- possible future Trekkies. They began attending Shore Leave conventions with their twin daughters in 1992 (Shore Leave 14!). His colleagues call him "Captain Kirk", even though he has never been an astronaut, nor has he played one on TV.