K2 is a leading producer of some of the finest giant screen films produced for Imax(r) and other large format theaters. The company is committed to providing the general public with rich dynamic content that fuels the imagination and engages audiences of all ages. The immersive immersive nature of the films K2 is credited with producing have helped fuel the growing student interest in STEM related careers. Beyond K2’s accomplishments as a production studio, K2 is also a leading distributor of documentary films to the international Imax and large format theater industry in addition to TV and other non-theatrical/ancillary media.
Director Stephen Low is one of the most experienced filmmakers in the large format medium and brings to his work a unique storytelling vision that continues to win audiences and awards around the world.
Deborah Berebichez is a physicist, TV host, and STEM advocate. She is the first Mexican woman to graduate with a physics Ph.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Berebichez is the co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show (2012 – 2015) where she uses her physics background to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also co-stars on the TV show Humanly Impossible (2011) produced by National Geographic channel. She has also appeared as an expert on the Travel Chanel, NOVA, CNN and numerous international media outlets. Dr. Berebichez’ work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, TED, DLD, WIRED, Ciudad de las Ideas and others. Her passion is to empower young people to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world.
Dr. Andy Haas
Dr. Andy Haas is an assistant professor of Physics at New York University. He’s worked on the ATLAS experiment since 2004, focusing on searches for new particles involving the Higgs boson and Supersymmetry.
Marjorie G. Bardeen
Marjorie G. Bardeen is manager of the Fermilab Education Office. Under her leadership, numerous programs make a wealth of Lab resources available to elementary and secondary teachers and students. She is a Co-PI of the QuarkNet program that provides long-term professional development opportunities for high school physics teachers to join the particle physics research community. QuarkNet is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. She is currently serving as co-Chair of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, a network of scientists, informal science educators and communication specialists working across the globe in informal science education and outreach for particle physics. Ms. Bardeen is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009).
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Dianna Cowern is known by many as “Physics Girl”, thanks to the fast-growing impact of her YouTube channel. Dianna received her degree in physics from MIT before completing a post-baccalaureate fellowship in astrophysics at Harvard. She then worked on mobile applications as a software engineer at General Electric before beginning a position at the University of California, San Diego as physics outreach coordinator.
David Saltzberg is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He and his students are currently contributing to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN for which they recently built large detectors for identifying muons. David also serves as the Science Consultant for the television sit-com “The Big Bang Theory”.
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Peter Watkins is an experimental particle physicist at the University of Birmingham, UK who has been committed to science outreach throughout his career.
He has worked on many different energy frontier experiments at CERN searching for new particles and phenomena. For the past fifteen years he has been working with colleagues on the selection, visualisation and analysis of collision data in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. He has initiated many outreach activities for schools and teachers and is a member of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group. He wrote a book about the excitement of participating in the discovery of new particles at CERN and gives many talks to the general public and schools on recent discoveries at the LHC.
Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sanchez
Manuel understands the importance of increased excitement and visibility surrounding the field of particle physics and the opportunity that this project presents. He served as one of the Principal Investigators for Secrets of the Universe and was instrumental in receiving the support and ensuing grant from the National Science Foundation. He specializes in experimental high energy heavy ion collisions and will be leaving in September for the LHC, where he will spend a year focusing on research. Manuel is a professor and researcher with the UC Davis Physics department.
Professor Klute is a German-born particle physicist working on the LHC and a member of the MIT Physics Department. In 2012, his group played a central role in the discovery of the Higgs boson using the CMS experiment at the LHC. The exploitation of the Higgs boson and direct searches for physics beyond the standard model at the LHC are the focus of his future research. Markus is passionate about science outreach and a valued member of the Secrets of the Universe team.
Michael Roney, PhD
Dr. Roney is the Director of the Institute of Particle Physics (IPP). He has served as Chairman of Division of Particle Physics of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) andon the CAP Senior Executive from 2009-13 and as CAP President (2011-12).Professor Roney has also served as an IPP Councillor, on U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation review panels, has chaired an NSERC review committee and has reported to NSERC as the Canadian representative on theBaBar International Finance Committee. He currently serves on the Belle-II Financial Oversight Panel. He is also a reviewer for INFN, the Italian funding agencies, and the UK Science and Technologies Facilities Counci. He currently serves on the TRIUMF Policy and Planning Advisory Committee and on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Association of Physicists Foundation.