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Kevin R. Grazier

Dr. Kevin Grazier is currently the Science Advisor for the SyFy Channel series Eureka and the NBC series The Event and The Zula Patrol. He performed the same role for four seasons on Battlestar Galactica, and co-authored the book The Science of Battlestar Galactica with Patrick Di Justo. Kevin was the editor and contributing author for the anthologies The Science of Dune and The Science of Michael Crichton, and is also the editor for the upcoming anthology Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists.

Dr. Grazier is also very active in bringing the wonders of science and space to the public. He has appeared on several episodes of History Channel’s The Universe, and National Geographic’s Known Universe. He co-hosted National Geographic’s space tourism documentary Space Vacation (May 2011) and Discovery Channel’s Science Live! Kids’ Edition. He also co-anchored CNN’s live coverage of the Cassini spacecraft’s Saturn orbit insertion with science correspondent Miles O’Brien. Through various outreach programs, he speaks to thousands of K-12 students every year, and has served on several NASA educational product review panels. He teaches classes in basic astronomy, planetary science, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the science of science fiction at UCLA, Santa Monica College, and College of the Canyons.

Dr. Grazier is a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA and spent the past 15 years on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan. At JPL he has written mission planning and analysis software that won both JPL- and NASA-wide awards. Previously he worked at the RAND Corporation, processing Viking Mars imagery in support of the Mars Observer mission.

Dr Grazier did his undergrad and MS degrees at Purdue University. His doctoral research at UCLA was in planetary physics: long-term large-scale computer simulations of Solar System dynamics, evolution, and chaos. He continues this research with collaborators at UCLA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the University of Auckland.

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