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.

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.

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.

 

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.