Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 32: May 25 - 28, 2018 Missoula, Montana

Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

MisCon 32 Guest of Honor

Dr. Jones-Engel likes to think of herself as a macaque—the consummate generalist! Her primate research career has straddled the field, the natural habitat for nonhuman primates, and the research laboratory. For 30 years she has worked at the human-primate interface in Asia, characterizing the way that humans and macaques interact and developing strategies to detect the infectious agents that are transmitted at this porous boundary. Her research continues to illustrate the concept that both historically, as well as contemporarily, humans and nonhuman primates often constitute a single reservoir in which pathogens can evolve and emerge. She began her exposure to primates at the age of 17 working as a field research assistant for Dr. Birute Galdikas in Kalimantan, Indonesia. She then went on to receive her BA from Cornell University and while completing her MA at NYU she worked as an animal technician at LEMSIP where she hand-reared three young chimpanzees under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Mahoney. Positions supervising primate rehabilitation centers in Africa and Thailand and twin daughters kept her quite busy until she completed her PhD at the University of New Mexico in 2002. For the past 10 years she has been at the Washington National Primate Research Center where she has built a multidisciplinary, international research program (Evolution and Emergence of Infectious Diseases) that integrates microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, GIS and primatology as well as human and veterinary medicine

Web site: https://anthropology.washington.edu/people/lisa-jones-engel

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • moderator Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Q&A with Lisa Jones-Engel, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel; Panelists: Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, Brooke Stanley

    Come meet Science GoH Lisa Jones-Engel. Her primate research career has straddled the field, the natural habitat for nonhuman primates, and the research laboratory. For the past 10 years she has been at the Washington National Primate Research Center where she has built a multidisciplinary, international research program (Evolution and Emergence of Infectious Diseases) that integrates microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, GIS and primatology as well as human and veterinary medicine.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, Lee Moyer, Brandon Sanderson, Rikki Simons, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

    Where have all the heroes gone?
    We keep shining the signal into the night sky, but the call goes unanswered.
    Bleak times have descended upon us . . .
    Will you don a cape and some spandex? How about a suit of dragonscale armor and a battleaxe?
    It’s your choice: become one of the heroes MisCon 32 so desperately needs, or join the villains and plague us all with your riddles, labyrinths, and mutant experiments.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Build a Better Monster, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Meradeth Houston; Panelists: Hugh S. Gregory, Rhiannon Held, Meradeth Houston, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

    Not all monsters are created evil. The best ones don't look like they were created at all, but evolved like real animals. We'll talk about the ecology, bio-mechanics, and phylogeny of creature-creation -- that's everything you need but the test tube full of mutagen.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Engineering Our Way Out of Climate Disaster?, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Klarissa Davis, Manny Frishberg, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

    Cloud seeding on a massive scale? Orbiting umbrellas? Sucking CO2 from the air to make fuel or carbon nanotubes? There are a number of technologically feasible approaches to geoengineering solutions to greenhouse gas pollution, causing runaway climate change. Which are the most likely? Are we ready to try terraforming on the only habitable planet we have?

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 3:00
  • moderator Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Mutants in Meatspace, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel; Panelists: Meradeth Houston, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

    We all have freaky mutations of some kind. Some are obvious, like extra limbs and tree-bark skin, while others are barely noticed, like blue eyes and the ability to digest milk in adulthood. The more fantastic ones capture our imaginations, and find their way into the stories we tell. We’ll take a look at how some of the most outlandish creatures in sci-fi may not be as otherworldly as they seem.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Evolution of Life on Earth, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Klarissa Davis; Panelists: Klarissa Davis, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

    Science talk with fun slides regarding the Evolution of life on the 3rd rock from the sun.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Climate Change and Human Health, Patio Tent (1)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Hugh S. Gregory, Sierra Dawn Holt, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

    As the world gets warmer, what does it mean for people?

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 2:00
  • moderator Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Dr Jones-Engel: Where They Walk Monkeys Dance, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel; Panelists: Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

    A Presentation from Science Guest of Honor, Dr. Jones-Engel: Where They Walk Monkeys Dance: Our Complicated Relationship with Macaques. Macaques are ubiquitous, so it is not surprising that for millennia humans have eaten, worshiped, reviled, revered and used them as biomedical models of disease. Some call them a 'weed' species, I see them as 'Darwinian Superstars'.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, What's New In Science, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: James Glass; Panelists: Klarissa Davis, James Glass, Hugh S. Gregory, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel

    Our scientists will discuss what's new in science this year.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 3:00
  • panel Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, Lee Moyer, Rikki Simons, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

    Finish out MisCon 32 in style, and catch a sneak peek at what's in store for you next year at MisCon 33.