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Robert E. Hampson

Robert E. Hampson

     Scientist / Author

LibertyCon 28 Science Guest of Honor (2015)

Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to surviving the Apocalypse, from prosthetics to TV & movie diseases, and from fictional depiction of real science to living in space. His recent forays into short fiction include Science Fiction by Scientists (Springer), Riding the Red Horse (Castalia) and Black Tide Rising (Baen).

Dr. Hampson is a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology with over 35 years' experience in animal and human neuroscience. His professional work includes more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles ranging from the pharmacology of memory to the effects of radiation on the brain. He is also leading the clinical testing efforts for a "neural prosthetic" to restore human memory following damage due to aging, injury or disease (publication forthcoming, Spring 2017).

With more than two million words in scientific writing alone, communicating science just for fellow scientists was not enough. As his pseudonym Dr. Tedd Roberts or Dr. Robert Hampson, his public talks on science, science fiction (and the science in science fiction) are available to professors, students and civic groups as well as SF/F conventions. He is available as a subject matter expert via the Science and Entertainment Exchange - a service of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Robert E. Hampson

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 03:00PM The Xenobiologist's Dream: Designing a Believable Alien Species
Robert Hampson moderates this panel on xenobiology and the requirements necessary to design of a believable alien species.
Fri 04:00PM The Walking Tedd (or Good Health for Geeks)
Dr. Robert Hampson and Patty McIntosh-Mize discuss gaining and maintaining good health. Discussion will encompass multiple topics to include: Evaluation - Where do you need to find balance?, Nutrition / Food & Hydration, Sleep Hygiene, Healing from Physical Trauma and Recovering from Disease (including regular visits to doctor and dentist), Stress Response (especially breathing), Exercise/Flexibility, Relationships, Beyond Balance: new challenges and adventures.
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 08:00PM Medicine, Monsters and the Apocalypse
Dr. Darin Kennedy moderates this panel on the medical aspects of surviving in a post-apocalyptic landscape.
Sat 08:30AM Walking With the Pros
Toni Weiskopf has organized a morning constitutional for pros and fans. Come for an early morning walk with the pros. All Welcome.
Building 1 Lobby
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Baen Traveling Slideshow and Prize Patrol
Toni Weisskopf will be running the crowd through the best of what's going on in the Baen universe. (And there will be giveaways!) Fans of the Black Tide Rising universe won't want to miss a special announcement about this series!
Sat 09:00PM Future Illnesses / Blights / Contagions - What's Coming Next?
Robert Hampson moderates this panel on future plagues and other health concerns that may be lurking around the corner.
Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Dr. Robert Hampson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Sun 08:30AM Walking With the Pros
Toni Weiskopf has organized a morning constitutional for pros and fans. Come for an early morning walk with the pros. All Welcome.
Building 1 Lobby
(60 min)
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch
Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros
Sun 01:00PM Science Research for Writers
Robert Hampson moderates this panel discussion on how writers can research technical/science questions.
Sun 02:00PM Traumatic Brain Injury: From GIs to Jocks
Dr. Robert Hampson will moderate this discussion on current problems of TBI in civilian as well and veteran populations - especially NFL and youth soccer & football. Discussion will also include how the current science and treatment has evolved courtesy of treating wounded warriors.