The Science Squad is Back in 2023!
Starfleet’s purpose is exploration, and to properly explore you need experts who understand the complex physics of space, and biologists who can observe their sought-after “new life and new civilizations,” to aid us flawed humans as we aspire interstellar greatness.
This is why we’re happy to announce that Dr. Erin Macdonald and Dr. Mohamed Noor of the Science Squad are back for Star Trek: The Cruise VI!
Erin Macdonald (“Dr. Erin”) is the science advisor for the entire Star Trek franchise and works as a writer and producer in Los Angeles, CA. She is an internationally sought-after public speaker, educator, STEAM advocate, writer, and technical consultant. Erin wrote and narrated The Great Courses’ Audible Original, “The Science of Sci-Fi” which was an Audible Top 10 best seller in March 2020. She also wrote “Star Trek: My First Book of Space”, a baby board book in conjunction with Robb Pearlman’s “Star Trek: My First Book of Colors” released in late 2022.
Dr. Mohamed Noor is professor of biology and currently serves as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University. He is also a contracted science consultant for the Star Trek universe, with current credits in seasons 3-4 of Star Trek: Discovery and more to come. He merges his passions of genetics and evolution with science-fiction by teaching biology concepts using depictions from Star Trek in the classroom, in online videos, and in presentations at conventions. Additionally, Dr. Noor published a book via Princeton University Press that uses examples from Star Trek to teach real-world principles in genetics and evolution, called “Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds.”
This elite task force is comprised of two cruise veterans whose areas of expertise span multiple scientific disciplines. Yet both share an ability to express their knowledge in a fun and thoughtful manner that uses the language of Star Trek. Their interactive panels, demonstrations, and meet-ups on the ship will once again be a cruise highlight, part of this unconventional experience.
Guest Author, Robb Pearlman and Guest Illustrator, Megan Levens Are Also Returning for Star Trek: The Cruise VI
Robb Pearlman is a pop culturalist, Trekspert, publishing professional, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 books including Fun with Kirk and Spock, Trek the Halls, The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek, Star Trek: My First Book of Colors, Star Trek: The Girl Who Made the Stars, The Star Trek Book of Friendship, Starfleet Is…, The Book of Grudge, Search for Spock, Body by Starfleet, Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom, Live Like a Vulcan, Love Like a Wookiee, Laugh Like a Hobbit, books tied into such pop culture properties as The Office, Parks and Recreation, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Rick and Morty, Bob’s Burgers, The Smurfs, and iconic personalities including Bob Ross and Richard Simmons. He has appeared at pop culture events and conventions across the country, lives in New Jersey, and summers on Vulcan.
Megan Levens is a cartoonist, illustrator and longtime Trekkie, known for her work on IDW Publishing’s Star Trek comics series Boldly Go, Waypoint, and Year Five. A self-described “TNG baby and Spock fangirl,” she credits her love of Trek with inspiring her to pursue a career as a visual storyteller, to connect people and explore our common humanity through tales of the fantastical and otherworldly. She has also produced several creator-owned graphic novels.
We’re beyond excited to have Megan sailing with us on our starship at sea, where she will host onboard demonstrations and unveil the awesome official Cruise VI poster she’s creating!