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Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Atlantic, The Washington PostWired, Aeon, The Boston GlobeSlate and The Guardian among other publications. He is currently writing a book about the five major mass extinctions in Earth's history to be published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper-Collins. Peter was a 2015 journalist-in-residence at Duke University's National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and a 2011 Ocean Science Journalism Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA. Peter got his start as a reporter for the Vineyard Gazette in Edgartown, MA. Peter is particularly interested in ocean science, deep time, astrobiology, the carbon cycle and the Boston Celtics.


Dr. Seth Baum is Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a nonprofit think tank that Baum co-founded in 2011. His research focuses on risk and policy analysis of catastrophes that could destroy human civilization, such as global warming, nuclear war, and runaway artificial intelligence. Baum received a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. His writing has appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Guardian, Scientific American, and a wide range of peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Follow him on Twitter @SethBaum and Facebook @sdbaum 


Larry Denneau has been designing software to detect hazardous asteroids since 2004. He is currently the senior software engineer for the Asteroid Terrestrial Last-Alert System (ATLAS) telescope project and was formerly the software architect for "MOPS", the Pan-STARRS telescope's moving object processing system. Back when he had free time, he enjoyed the works of Asimov, Larry Niven, Philip K. Dick, Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson. During his youth, he was mesmerized by the visuals and music of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now back in academia, Larry has enthusiastically joined the effort to protect the earth from those dangerous rocks from outer space


Pastor Reggie Stutzman, is an Ordained, Assemblies of God minister.  Founder and Senior Pastor of Real Life Church and Founder and CEO of The Prodigal Center, a charitable, 501c3 nonprofit helping those in need in the South Bronx.  Born and raised in the mid-west, New Yorker for the past 20 years with different ministry experiences.  Married with three children.  For more information, visit and


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