The Search for Habitable Worlds at Wilkes University, Mesa, Friday, August 21, 2015

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS-CAZ), Central Arizona Chapter, hosts ASU Passport night, Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at Wilkes University with a Science Cafe 6-7pm. Rebekah Brubaker and Lev Horodyskyj will be discussing the possibilities of life outside of Earth, alien life forms we could see and just how close are we to finding them. This event is free and open to the public.

KeplerExoplanets-NearEarthSize-HabitableZone-20150106Rebekah Brubaker is a researcher at Dr. Baluch Keck Lab, Arizona State University. Lev Horodyskyj is a course coordinator in the School of Earth & Space Exploration and co-developer of the Habitable Worlds course at Arizona State University.

AWIS-CAZ hosts monthly career building seminar luncheons, Jumpstarting STEM Careers Symposium and annual outreach events such as Hands on Science.Membership & activities are open to men and women.

Wilkes University, 245 W. Second Street Mesa, Ariz. 85201, is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs.

NASA’s FameLab Returns to Phoenix Comicon, Saturday, May 30, 2015, Phoenix Convention Center

famelab_phxccNASA’s FameLab USA returns to Phoenix Comicon Saturday, May 30, 2015, 6PM at the Phoenix Convention Center, N232. Phoenix Comicon, a ticketed celebration of popular culture with upwards of 80,000 attendees, features FameLab as part of their extensive science programming for attendees.

FameLab at Phoenix Comicon will be the Western regional US heat for early career scientists from numerous disciplines to compete to convey their research or related science concepts. It’s a sort of “American Idol” for scientists. Each contestant has three minutes, no slides, no charts, just the power of words and a prop to convey how the contestant’s science can reshape the face of science exploration and discovery. A panel of experts in both science and science communication conduct the judging.

Winners from the FameLab Exploring Earth and Beyond regional competitions will face off in April, 2016 for a grand prize and the chance to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the UK in June, 2016.

The mission of FameLab is to improve science communication skills. Each preliminary event hosts workshops with training in the principles and practices of good communication.

Chandler Science Cafe, “Mission to Mars” with Rebeca Rodriguez, May 6, 2015

Please join us Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225, for the Chandler Science Café at Hack Night, “Mission to Mars,” with Aerospace Engineer & entrepreneur Rebeca Rodriguez, M.S., Space Management, Founder, Xplore BoX.

Rebecca spent two weeks along with seven other team members from five different countries on a simulated mission at the Mars Desert Research Station, Utah. The Mars Desert Research Station is operated by The Mars Society to further the Society’s ultimate goal to explore and settle the Red Planet. Rebecca will talk about her experience at this Mars Analog Research Station, a laboratory for learning how to live and work on another planet.

In addition, Rebecca is a STEM education entrepreneur and the Founder of Xplore BoX, a subscription service where students receive a package with carefully selected projects and activities to explore the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

“When I was 11 years old I visited NASA Johnson Space Center and from that moment on I was hooked on space exploration and science research,” Rebeca said. “Fortunately, my parents were highly involved and provided many hands-on activities like model rocketry to fuel my passion of becoming an aerospace engineer. I credit those hands-on experiences that showed me the application of all the theory I was learning in school to the success of completing my aerospace engineering degree and master’s in space management. The hands-on projects and experiments kept me focused on what I would be doing after school. Once I was working in the space sector, I noticed kids did not have the same hands-on opportunities I did and therefore decided to start Xplore BoX. I hope Xplore BoX facilitates a convenient way to expose your children to the sciences and that it sparks and nurtures their interests.”

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, 7pm, at Gangplank Chandler is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival and Gangplank Labs Initiative.

Free, open to the public, all welcome.

Chandler Science Café, “Collective Genius for a Better World,” with Dennis Bonilla, April 1, 2015

Please join us Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225, for the Chandler Science Café at Hack Night, “Collective Genius for a Better World,” with Dennis Bonilla, NASA Contractor & Senior Digital Strategist – Valador, Inc.

Dennis Bonilla, Design Manager. Senior Digital Strategist. Community Manager. NASA Contractor.

Mr. Bonilla has a decade of experience communicating complex concepts using video games, infographics, and interactive platforms to inform and empower communities. Dennis has created federal websites, designed visualization software for NASA, and worked on documents presented to the U.S. President. Dennis is also currently the community manager for http://LAUNCH.org, a sustainability program developed by NASA, Nike, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID.

Dennis will be discussing his work with the NASA Open Innovation Team, the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist, and the NASA Office of Human Capitol.

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, 7pm, at Gangplank Chandler is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival and Gangplank Labs Initiative.

Free, open to the public, all welcome.

Science Rocks PHX at Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix, Friday, March 27, 2015, 6 PM

Kelly Murray Young, Assistant Agent, Agroecology, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension,Maricopa County. Interests include entomology, soil science, irrigation management, plant sciences, plant pathology and weed science.

Kelly Murray Young, Assistant Agent, Agroecology, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension,Maricopa County. Interests include entomology, soil science, irrigation management, plant sciences, plant pathology and weed science.

Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, ScienceArizona and City of Phoenix present Science Rocks PHX at Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix. 

Science Rocks PHX combines the the best and brightest scientific minds in Arizona with talented local rock musicians in one multifaceted event.

This is a chance to engage with Arizona-­‐based scientists who share passion for their field of study in a community setting. Science Rocks PHX is a special engagement of Civic Space’s popular Fridays in the Park series and is co-­‐sponsored by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, ScienceArizona and The City of Phoenix. This event takes place from 6-­‐10pm on March 27, 2015 at Civic Space Park, located at 424 N. Central Ave. in downtown Phoenix between 1st and Central avenues, just north of Van Buren Street/Central light rail station.

Science Rocks PHX is open to all ages and free to the public. “We are very excited to be a part of this integrative event,” said Katy Spratt, Community Relations for Bookmans. “There is so much talent in Arizona, we cannot wait to hear from the brightest minds and musicians in our community.”

Jekan Thanga, Assistant Professor, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration. His interests include Evolutionary Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life.

Jekan Thanga, Assistant Professor, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration. His interests include Evolutionary Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life.

Short multimedia presentations by four different scientific speakers will take place inside the A.E. England Building, located in Civic Space Park, from 6:30-­‐7:30pm. Featured presenters are  Jekan Thanga, Assistant Professor, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration; Subir Sabharwal, Researcher, ASU School of Earth and Space; and Kelly Murray Young, Assistant Agent, Agroecology, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

DJ WF Rani “g” of World Life Music will be holding down the beats and spinning live between speaking sets. Local bands, Crossfire Lounge and Venessa Mendez of Sassy & The Sneak Attack will play live on the outside stage from 6-­‐8pm.

Food trucks will be onsite and the Fair Trade Café will be open for dessert and cocktails. Local vendors including Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and The Phoenix Comicon Street Team will provide fun giveaways and prizes. A big screen movie hosted by Arizona State University will play on the grassy lawn at 8pm. Follow the fun: #scirocksphx

Chandler Science Cafe: Fighting the Ebola Outbreak, March 4, 2015

Charles Arntzen, PhD, Regents Professor, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology , Arizona State University Biodesign Institute.

Charles Arntzen, PhD, Regents Professor, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology , Arizona State University Biodesign Institute.

Please join us Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225, for the Chandler Science Café at Hack Night, “Fighting the Ebola Outbreak” with Charles Arntzen, PhD, Regents Professor, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology , Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. Dr. Arntzen developed the technology that was instrumental in developing the experimental Ebola drug Zmapp. He has been front and center in the news about fighting the Ebola outbreak.

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, 7pm, at Gangplank Chandler is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival, Gangplank Labs and Gangplank Health Initiatives.

Free, open to the public, all welcome.

 

SpaceUp Phoenix Brings Together Researchers, Astronauts & Space Exploration Advocates March 7, 2015, Mesa Community College

spaceup-logo-websizeSpaceUp Phoenix, an unconference where all attendees are expected to give a demo, present a talk, or participate in a panel or roundtable, brings together researchers & engineers and local advocates for space exploration for a day with opportunities to meet like-minded people and discuss topics related to spaceflight, exploration, satellites, space tourism and more.

SpaceUp Phoenix happens Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Mesa Community College
(Dobson Road south of Southern Ave) Physical Science Building, (West side of campus on Dobson Road where it says “Planetarium”), Mesa, AZ 85202. Pre-registration is $5, follow this link. 

Guests at 2015 SpaceUp Phoenix include Astronaut Charles Walker, former President of the National Space Society and a veteran of the Space Shuttle program with 20 days in space and 8.2 million miles traveled; Dr. Peter Swan, President of the International Space Elevator Consortium; and keynote speaker, Jim Bell, Professor, Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration.

SpaceUp Phoenix is sponsored by Mesa Community College, the Phoenix Chapter of the National Space Society (NSS), and the Phoenix Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is part of the 2015 Arizona SciTech Festival. Follow SpaceUp Phoenix on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Night of the Open Door: Hands-On Science Fun for all Ages, Saturday, February 28, 2015, ASU Tempe Campus

Saturday evening, February 28, 2015, from 4 to 9 PM, Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus opens its doors to the public with free events (and parking) featuring the scientific research of ASU’s many departments. Night of the Open Door is a hands-on chance to become acquainted with the many far-ranging and important science being done at ASU.

ASU’s Biodesign Institute, home to some 500 scientists, students and others work on tough societal problems, including studying the cause, diagnosis and treatment of nearly 100 diseases, hands-on activities, games and prizes during Night of the Open Door include:

• “Science trading cards” featuring some of Biodesign’s leading scientists and engage in more than 30 activities, including:

• Donning a space suit, designing an experiment and send it into space.

• Making slime and using a smartphone and seeing how proteins behave in the slime

• Playing a motion-sensitive video game designed by student researchers to role-play saving the planet from pollution

• Watching how plants can make glow-in-the-dark leaves similar to the way they produce disease-fighting proteins for therapies and vaccines, like Biodesign scientists did to make a serum used to fight Ebola

• Observing 3-D printing in action

• Learning how to clean water using bacteria to remove uranium, nitrates and other contaminants

• Measuring fake whale poop to learn what it can tell us about Moby’s stress levels

“Our Biodesign employees truly enjoy this opportunity to show their work,” said Biodesign Executive Director Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D. “If last year’s event is any indication, we expect to welcome about 2,000 children and their families into our building for the day. My hope is that they become entranced by the magic of science and decide to join the next generation of people who will work to make our world a better place.”

The Biodesign Institute at ASU is located at 727 E. Tyler St., ASU Tempe Campus. Major cross streets are Rural Road and University Drive, southwest of the light rail stop at Rural.

You can also follow the evening’s activities on Twitter and Facebook, using #BiodesignOpenDoor and #OpenDoor.

 

Family Science Cafes this Spring at Bookmans Celebrate AZSciTechFest

In association with Bookmans Entertainment Exchange (both Mesa and Phoenix locations) and celebrating the 2015 Arizona SciTech Festival, please join us for Family Science Cafes. Now is your chance to ask those big questions about space and the universe with faculty and students from Arizona State University and the School of Earth and Space Exploration.Mark Salvatore
Postdoctoral Research Associate

First up is Laurence Garvie, Research Professor and Collection Curator, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM, Bookmans, 1056 S. Country Club Dr, Mesa. Touch a piece of another world with specimens, questions and answers with Dr. Garvie.

Next, ask cosmologist Subir Sabharwal, ASU Department of Physics, any question you can think of about the universe, Saturday, February 28, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Bookmans, 8034 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix.

Our Family Science Cafes conclude Thursday, March 5, 2015, Mars Madness, 6:30-7:30 PM, Bookmans, 1056 S. Country Club Dr, Mesa, with Mark Salvatore, a geologist who has studies the similarities between Antarctica and Mars.

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.

Free, open to the public, appropriate for age 10 to adults.

 

Chandler Science Café, “NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Go or No Go?” February 4, 2015

Please join us Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7 pm, Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85224, for the Chandler Science Café at Hack Night, “NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Go or No Go?”

NASA’s Asteroid Initiative seeks to combine Near Earth Object collision mitigation, commercial exploitation of asteroids and the development of Earth-to-Mars technology in one initiative. Are we biting off more than we can chew?

 

Our discussion will be led by Garrick Williams, Young Professionals chair for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as well as the External Chair for the Orbital Early Career Network (OECN) at Orbital Sciences in Chandler. “We may drift a bit to talk about the overall roadmap for the SLS/commercial crew/later beyond earth orbit proposals,” said Williams. Other guests include representatives from National Space Society.

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Orbital Early Career Network and Gangplank Labs Initiative.

Free, open to the public, light refreshments, all welcome.