Skeptics in the Pub: Into the International Space Station

Humankind’s journey into space has led to many scientific advancements, but at the same time has both required and spawned engineering feats that mere decades ago would have seemed nearly impossible. The intersection of science and engineering is a critical one when conceiving the applications of new technologies, as well as when striving for further advancement and further discovery.

Join us this month as one of Boeing’s Senior Managers, Scott Copeland and his colleague, Amanda Cady, give us a high-level presentation of their team’s work on the International Space Station (ISS). They will regale us with information about the renowned habitable satellite, which is in low Earth orbit, and give us an overview of the ISS and what science is being performed on-board the station.

About Scott Copeland

Scott Copeland has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and is a Ph.D. candidate with a solid mechanics emphasis. He spent 14 years working various positions on the Spacelab program at the NASA MSFC integrating payloads from the international community.  Scott took the hardware development and payload integration skills learned from his Spacelab experience and has applied them to the International Space Station program for the last 16 years in various positions. He is currently the Boeing Senior Manager of the Research, Integration, Specialty, and Systems Engineering team.

About Amanda Cady

Amanda is a graduate of Texas A&M and now supports the payload integration managers, with a strong focus on advocacy. She works with NASA and other entities to get the word out that ISS is still in orbit, running, and is a benefit to not just the science community but the average Earthling walking about.

WE HAVE A PERMANENT HOME FOR SitP MEETUPS!!!

This monthly Skeptics in the Pub meetup, as always, takes place at the Stag's Head Pub.

Add it to your calendar.

The Skinny on the Digs

The Stag's Head Pub is located in the old Shepherd Plaza. It's a traditional style pub with a decent selection of beverages and reasonably priced food, with laquered hardwood everywhere you look.

But more importantly, the Stag's Head features a private room called The Oak Room that allows us to avoid any undue bar noise, and to have a good setting for conversation and any guest speakers we may have.

Now here's the important part: The manager usually charges a fee to book the Oak Room, but I explained that our group does not have a budget, and so would most likely not be able to pay the room fee. I assured her, however, that our group is good about ordering drinks and lots of food. We don't just use up space for nothing. And I told her that we could put 20 or more people in the room each month, most of whom would do some kind of business with the bar. And she was kind enough to wave the room fee with the understanding that our business would still make it worth her while.

So, we need to strive for two things to keep this venue at no cost to us:

  1. Put butts in the seats, as they say --- We need to have a good showing of members. Tell all your friends, bring a family member, invite a co-worker, anything. But let's get the word out, and get as many people to attend as possible.
  2. Enjoy the fare offered by the Stag's Head Pub --- Have a few beers. Order some appetizers and a sandwhich, whatever strikes your fancy. No reason to empty your wallet, but let's show Stag's Head a little financial love. Keep them happy and they will keep us happy.

Other Important Information

The Skeptics in the Pub meetups will take place on the 4th Tuesday night of each month. Note the standing meetup posted here.

Driving Tips and Directions

The Stag's Head Pub is in the old Shepherd Plaza, easily accessible from US Highway 59. From Highway 59, take the Shepherd/Greenbriar exit, and go north on Shepherd. Turn left on Portsmouth, and after a block, you will see the stag's head mounted on the building to your left. You have arrived.

Upon leaving, you can exit Shepherd Plaza onto Greenbriar and turn left on Greenbriar to link up with 59.

If you are heading south on 59, turn right at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, and enter the freeway immediately.

If you are heading north on 59, TURN RIGHT at the Greenbriar/59 intersection, stay on the access road toward Kirby Drive. Make a U-turn at Kirby, and enter the freeway to head north.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • Greg

    Thanks for the thumbs up. I suppose that the new COSMOS will open the eyes of many as did the original Carl Sagan presentation.

    February 27

  • Greg

    The original "COSMOS" was an profound introduction to many Americans. Now a new TV series should be anticipated by all.
    From the Center for Inquiry"

    Sunday, March 9, at 9:00 PM ET

    This debut of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey is set to be not only the largest launch ever orchestrated by the FOX Network Group (a multi-network simulcast across 10 U.S. channels, including FOX, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life

    2 · February 26

  • Teresa

    Great talk!. Wish I could have stayed longer.

    February 26

  • Antarr B.

    Thanks to everyone involved.

    1 · February 26

  • Boaz A.

    Excellent presentation.

    1 · February 26

  • Sam O.

    Great presentation! So glad Scott and Amanda could come visit with us.

    1 · February 26

  • Benita

    Very informative and interesting topic

    1 · February 26

  • Teresa

    This looks like a GOOD one!

    February 6

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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