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.

 

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.

Chandler Science Cafe: Second Annual Science Pub Quiz, December 3, 2014

 

Please join us Wednesday, December 3, 2013, 7 pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, for Chandler Science Cafe at Hack Night, Second Annual Science Pub Quiz. Do you watch Nova? Listen to Science Friday? Our hour-long quiz will be about the 2014 Ig Nobel Awards. Study up on this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes which “honor achievements that make people laugh, and then think” here. 

Take a look at last year’s quiz:

Bring your friends, neighbors and fellow science enthusiasts to compete for prizes in our year-end science trivia contest!

 

Our traditional Science Pub Quiz trophy, a cheap plastic dinosaur, could be yours! Other prizes, too.

Chandler #ScienceCafe Science Pub Quiz trivia contest @gpchandler 12/3 7pm.

Chandler Science Cafe, June 4, 2014, Exploring the Planets: A Scientific Journey to the Earth, the Moon & Mars

Please join us Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 7pm, Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, for Chandler Science Café at Hack Night for “Exploring the Planets: A Scientific Journey to the Earth, the Moon & Mars,” with Mark Salvatore from ASU’s School of Earth & Space Exploration. Mark Salvatore is a geologist with an emphasis on the evolution of planetary surfaces from a morphological and geochemical perspective. His research has focused primarily on Antarctica and Mars.

Mark Salvatore, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University.

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 is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Mark’s current work involves comparative planetology and terrestrial analogs: surface and geochemical evolution of hyper-arid and hypo-thermal environments on Earth (Antarctica) and Mars. Formerly an imagery lead with Desert Research and Technology Studies, NASA Johnson Space Center, Mark has also conducted research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.

Chandler Science Cafe, May 7, 2014, Diamonds From the Sky with Laurence Garvie

Please join us Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7pm, Gangplank, for Chandler Science Café at Hack Night for the return of our guest Laurence Garvie, Center for Meteorite Studies, for a casual conversation about Arizona geology, meteorites and diamonds from space.

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 is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Dr. Garvie, Research Professor and Collections Manager, Center for Meteorite Studies, Arizona State University, studies the physical and chemical processes that shaped our Solar System.

 

Chandler Science Cafe, Humans to Mars: When? How? Why?, April 2, 2014

Please join us Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7pm at Gangplank, 260 S Arizona Ave., Chandler, for a conversation with Michael Mackowski, Senior Engineer, Orbital Sciences Corporation,” Mars: When? How? Why?”

Mike is President of The National Space Society of Phoenix, dedicated to promoting human spaceflight, space tourism and space settlement.

Science Cafes are casual settings to ask a local scientist, researcher or engineer about their work and field of study.

Chandler Science Cafe is every first Wednesday of the month.