Plenary Speakers

Jack Horner – Curator of Paleontology
Category: Scientist

10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 16, 2009

Jack Horner - Curator of Paleontology

From 1982 until the present, Jack Horner has worked at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, where he is the Ameya Preserve Curator of Paleontology and Montana State University Regents' Professor of Paleontology. Dr. Horner discovered the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs and the first dinosaur embryos. His research covers a wide range of topics about dinosaurs, including their behavior, physiology, ecology and evolution. Dr. Horner has named a number of new dinosaurs, such as Maiasaura peeblesorum, Orodromeus makelai, Hypacrosaurus stebingeri, Prosaurolophus blackfeetensis, Gryposaurus latidens, and Brachylophosaurus goodwini. Achelosaurus horneri and Anasazisaurus horneri were named after him. He was the technical advisor to Steven Spielberg for the movies Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World. Horner also advised director Joe Johnston on Jurassic Park III.


Bill Miller – Singer/Songwriter
Category: Arts

10 a.m., Friday, April 17, 2009

Bill Miller - Singer/Songwriter

A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Bill Miller has long been one of the most admired figures in the Native American music arena and beyond.  As an award-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, and painter, he's been a voice for the voiceless, a link between two great and clashing civilizations.  On SPIRIT RAIN, he walks the path of reconciliation in a set of fourteen heartfelt songs and evocative instrumentals. Co-produced by Bill and Michael von Muchow, and written or co-written entirely by Bill, SPIRIT RAIN took the singer back to his roots.  It was recorded at Actual Sound Studios in La Crosse, WI, not far from the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation he called home. Perhaps the album's most touching track is "Prayers For The Truth," which restates all that the Native American community hold sacred, while offering forgiveness to those that nearly annihilated an entire people. "I don't want anyone to carry around this guilt," says Bill.  "All we need is to be allowed to speak, to mourn, to express anger, then be allowed to forgive our oppressors.  That could lead to a deeply powerful spiritual change in the U.S. and the world.  It could be a statement about the peacemaking that comes with courage." Bill Miller is a two time Grammy award winner and also won the Native American Music Awards for Best Songwriter, Song, Folk Artist and Artist of the Year. He has shared the stage with Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, BoDeans, Richie Havens, and Arlo Gunthrie.


Mark C. Lee - Astronaut
Category: Engineering
2:15 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2009

Mark C. Lee - Astronaut

Born and raised in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Mark desired to be an astronaut since he was in the 3rd grade. After graduating from Viroqua High School in 1970 he went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974, and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. Following pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and F-4 upgrade at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Lee spent 2-1/2 years at Okinawa Air Base, Japan, flying F-4’s in the 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron. After graduation in 1980, he was assigned to Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, in the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Program Office, as the operational support manager. In 1982 he returned to flying, upgrading in the F-16 and serving as executive officer for the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing Deputy Commander for Operations, and as flight commander in the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, until his selection as an astronaut candidate.  Lee was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 1984.  In June 1985,  he completed a one-year training and evaluation program, qualifying him for assignment as a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle flight crews. A veteran of four space flights, Lee has traveled over 13 million miles going around the world 517 times and spending 33 days in orbit.  He flew as a mission specialist on STS-30 (May 4-8, 1989) and STS-64 (September 9-20, 1994), and was the Payload Commander on STS-47 (September 12-20, 1992), and STS-82 (February 11-21, 1997). Lee retired from NASA and the Air Force effective July 1, 2001.


Anne Bancroft – Female Adventurer and Polar Explorer
Category: Adventure
10 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2009

Anne Bancroft - Female Adventurer & Polar Explorer As the first and only woman to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles, Ann Bancroft leads audiences of all ages on a variety of historic journeys with interpersonal stories of leadership and adventure combined with historic film and still imagery. Whether Ann is sharing stories from the recent Bancroft Arnesen Expedition, a 1,717 mile journey on foot to become the first women to cross the continent of Antarctica last year, leading the American Women's Expedition, the first women's expedition to the South Pole in 1994 or traveling with seven men and 49 male dogs as the only woman on the Steger International Polar Expedition to the North Pole in 1986, she translates her challenges and accomplishments to everyday life and empowers each person to work individually or as a team to reach their goals.