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.

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 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.