Top Geek Pub Trivia Challenge, Monday, May 9, 2016, at The Perch, Chandler

Phoenix Section of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) hosts a fun night of pub trivia featuring aerospace science, history, sci-fi, pop culture, and more, Monday, May 9, 2016, 6PM at The Perch, 232 S Wall St, Chandler. Sign up as an individual or as a team of up to four (Individuals will be added to teams at the event). Make new friends and impress them with your smarts! Prizes will be awarded to the top teams and to the best team name. Everyone is welcome, so bring friends. Everyone who signs up by May 1 gets one “freebie” answer: register here.

Geek Trivia

Mathematician biopic free film preview at TechShop Chandler, May 4, 2016, The Man Who Knew Infinity

Free film preview at TechShop Chandler, 249 E Chicago St, Chandler, The Man Who Knew Infinity, about mathematician Srinavasa Ramanujan, starring Dev Patel, is Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7PM, limited seating, RSVP here. 

Rated PG-13, Opens: Friday, May 6th at Harkins Camelview @ Fashion Square

Synopsis:

image003Colonial India, 1913. Srinavasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a 25-year-old shipping clerk and self-taught genius, who failed out of college due to his near-obsessive, solitary study of mathematics. Determined to pursue his passion despite rejection and derision from his peers, Ramanujan writes a letter to G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), an eminent British mathematics professor at Trinity College, Cambridge. Hardy recognizes the originality and brilliance of Ramanujan’s raw talent and despite the skepticism of his colleagues, undertakes bringing him to Cambridge so that his theories can be explored.

Ramanujan leaves his family, his community, and his beloved young bride, Janaki (Devika Bhisé), to travel across the world to England. There, he finds understanding and a deep connection with his sophisticated and eccentric mentor. Under Hardy’s guidance, Ramanujan’s work evolves in ways that will revolutionize mathematics and transform how scientists explain the world. Hardy fights tirelessly to get Ramanujan the recognition and respect that he deserves but in reality he is as much an outcast in the traditional culture of Cambridge as he was among his peers in India. But Ramanujan fights illness and intense homesickness to formally prove his theorems so that his work will finally be seen and believed by a mathematical establishment that is not prepared for his unconventional methods.

The Man Who Knew Infinity is the improbable true story of a unique genius whose pivotal theories propelled him from obscurity into a world in the midst of war, and how he fought tirelessly to show the world the genius of his mind.

Chandler Science Café @ TechShop, “Astrobiology,” March 16, 2016

Clélia Tommi, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space student in astrobiology.

Clélia Tommi, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space student in astrobiology.

Please join us Wednesday, March 16, 2015, 6:30pm, at TechShop, 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler, AZ 85225, for Chandler Science Café @ TechShop, “Astrobiology,” with Clélia Tommi, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space student in astrobiology. Clélia will discuss the search for life, and its possible forms, on other planets while highlighting her research into clay minerology as well as her work with ASCEND!, (Aerospace STEM Challenges to Educate New Discoverers), an Arizona Space Grant Consortium statewide Workforce Development program, designed to involve undergraduate students from across Arizona in the full “design-build-fly-operate-analyze” cycle of a space mission.

707154main_astrobiology_0Entering its fifth year, Chandler Science Cafe moves to TechShop Chandler and to third Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. 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.

Chandler Science Café @ TechShop, “The Year in NASA,” January 20, 2016

 

Please join us Wednesday, January 20, 2015, 6:30pm, at TechShop, 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler, AZ 85225, for Chandler Science Café @ TechShop, “The Year in NASA,” with Dennis Bonilla, NASA Contractor & Seniorspace-walk-991_960_720 Digital Strategist – Valador, Inc. We’ll discuss the past year as well as the NASA missions to come in 2016.

Dennis 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 has worked with the NASA Open Innovation Team, the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist, and the NASA Office of Human Capitol.

Dennis Bonilla, NASA Contractor & Senior Digital Strategist – Valador, Inc.

Dennis Bonilla, NASA Contractor & Senior Digital Strategist – Valador, Inc.

Entering its fifth year, Chandler Science Cafe moves to TechShop Chandler and to third Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. 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. More info at ScienceArizona.org. We’ll celebrate the Arizona SciTech Festival February 17, 2016, as we explore Habitable Worlds and the tech required to get and stay there with a planetary scientist. March 16, 2016, we’ll talk about New Space–It Is Rocket Science.

Chandler Science Café, Adventures in Space Advocacy, November 4, 2015

Chandler Science Cafe, Adventures in Space Advocacy, is Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225.

In November, Chandler Science Café celebrates the new book, Adventures in Space Advocacy, a memoir by Michael Mackowski that tells the story of his involvement in grass roots advocacy for a more robust American space program.

Mike Mackowski is a local aerospace engineer in the aerospace industry and a longtime member of the National Space Society (NSS), the Planetary Society, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has worked to establish collaborative efforts among the local NSS, AIAA, etc. chapters on activities such as Yuri’s Night and SpaceUp Phoenix. He has received several awards from AIAA for public policy and STEM outreach activities.

“My hope is that historians of the space movement will find this to be an interesting first-hand account of grass-roots efforts to promote space exploration to the public,” Mackowski said. “Similarly, current space activists can learn from these examples of how to execute large pro-space events.”

The book is now available via Amazon in print and digital and will be available at science cafe.

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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.

Chandler Science Cafe, “Volcanoes in our Solar System” with Enzo Cataldo, October 7, 2015

Jupiter’s moon, Io.

Chandler Science Cafe, “Volcanoes in our Solar System,” is Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225.

Enzo Cataldo, Ph.D. student with Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies (RGCPS), at Arizona State University. Enzo’s background is in Geology, Petrology and Physical Volcanology.

Enzo Cataldo, Ph.D. student with Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies (RGCPS), at Arizona State University. Enzo’s background is in Geology, Petrology and Physical Volcanology.

Join Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration planetary scientist Enzo Cataldo to talk about explosive volcanic eruptions on Jupiter’s moon Io and computer modeling of erosional processes by lava flows on Mars, Moon and the Earth.

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

Chandler Science Cafe, “What You Don’t Know About Genetics” with Rebekah Brubaker, September 2, 2015

Chandler Science Cafe returns from summer hiatus with “What You Don’t Know About Genetics” with Rebekah Brubaker, Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225. We’ll talk about the good and bad science in popular media, how to understand studies reported in the press and extremophiles.

Thermus aquaticus is a species of bacterium that can tolerate high temperatures.

Rebekah Brubaker is a researcher at the Dr. Baluch Keck Lab, 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, first Wednesday of the month, 7pm, at Gangplank Chandler is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival and Gangplank Labs Initiative.

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.

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.