The Experts

Werner Dappen
Werner Dappen is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at USC, who aims at using the Sun as a plasma physics laboratory. To pursue this goal, he participates on the one hand in state-of-the art solar modeling and the analysis of helioseismic data. On the other hand, helioseismology is the first accurate ”experiment'' that puts strong constraints on the thermodynamic quantities of the plasma of stellar interiors. Dappen has ongoing collaborations, supported by his NSF grant, with the leading groups that model the statistical mechanics of reacting Coulomb systems (Livermore, Lyon, Rostock/Greifswald). Dappen's own contribution to the field (the Mihalas-Hummer-Dappen equation of state) is currently being used by several international solar and stellar modeling groups.

Uwe Homann
Uwe Homann is an astronomer and theorist with the Sirius Research Group, specializing in stellar transit measurement and alternative theories in solar system dynamics. Mr. Homann is also an author and is currently involved in several projects related to the theory that the observed precession of the equinox is a result of the Sun’s motion around a binary rather than Earth wobble.

Alice B. Kehoe
Dr. Kehoe is a retired Professor of Anthropology at Marquette University. She is an acclaimed expert on Native American culture and specializes in Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. She is the author of several books, including Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians, The Land of Prehistory: A Critical History of American Archaeology, and Humans: An Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology.

Ronald Mellor
Ronald Mellor received his doctorate in Classics at Princeton University in 1968 and first taught in the Classics department at Stanford University. Since 1976, he has been teaching Greek and Roman History in the History department at UCLA. He has been a Visiting Fellow/Scholar at University College London, the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University, the American Academy in Rome, and the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

His research has centered on ancient religion and Roman historiography. His seven books are: QEA RWMH: The Goddess Roma in the Greek World (1975); From Augustus to Nero: The First Dynasty of Imperial Rome (ed. 1990); Tacitus (1993); Tacitus: The Classical Heritage (1995); The Historians of Ancient Rome (ed. 1997); The Roman Historians (1999); and Text and Tradition: Studies in Greek History and Historiography in Honor of Mortimer Chambers (ed. 1999). He is also author of the principal articles on ancient Rome in the CD-ROM encyclopedia, Encarta 2000.

From 1992 to 1997 Mellor was Chair of the UCLA History Department. He is the statewide Principal Investigator of the California History-Social Science Project, which brings university faculty together with K-12 teachers at ten sites in California. The CHSSP was given the 2000 American Historical Association Beveridge Award for K-12 teaching.

Mellor is currently working on a study of oriental religion in Roman Pompeii. He is also general editor of a series of volumes on ancient world history to be published by the Oxford University Press.

John Anthony West
John Anthony West is a writer, scholar specializing in Ancient Egypt. He is the author of The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt, and consulting editor for the Traveler's Key series. His previous book, Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt is an exhaustive study of the revolutionary Egyptological work of the French mathematician and Orientalist, the late R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz.

In The Case for Astrology, John Anthony West presents compelling new evidence that proves the astrological premise: that correlations exist between events in the sky and on earth, and that correspondences exist between the human personality and the positions of the planets at birth.

Mr. West has published a novel and many short stories; his plays have been produced on stage, television and radio, and he writes articles, essays and criticism for The New York Times Book Review, Conde Nast's Traveler and other general interest and specialized newspapers and magazines in America and abroad. He won an Emmy Award for his 1993 NBC Special Documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, hosted by Charlton Heston.

Brother Achalananda
Brother Achalananda has for the past 43 years been a monk in the Self-Realization Fellowship monastic communities founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi and widely regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Presently Brother Achalananda serves as senior minister at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple in Los Angeles. He has for many years lectured extensively on the ancient science of yoga meditation and Yuga theory.