Professional Devlopment for K-12 Teachers at Phoenix Comicon

The Professional Devlopment Programming Track at Phoenix Comicon, June 2-5, 2016, Phoenix Convention Center, provides an opportunity for teachers to learn about current research topics, trends, ideas and technologies being developed by Arizona-based, up-and-coming researchers, scientist and engineers. K-12 teachers receive credits for each panel they attend where the Arizona Department of Education has certified the content.

Teachers collect unique stickers from each Phoenix Comicon panel certified for Professional Development credit.

Teachers collect unique stickers from each Phoenix Comicon panel certified for Professional Development credit.

Panels and interactive activities feature Ph.D. STEM research professionals as well as engineers and technologists. With the Every Student Succeeds Act requiring that science assessments be administered once in elementary, middle, and high school, and that schools provide professionaldevelopment in the area of parent and family engagement including collaborating with entities with a record of success in improving and increasing parent and family engagement, Phoenix Comicon Professional Devlopment Programming provides a unique opportunity for teachers to align with current topics in science, industry and engineering with popular culture.

Professional Devlopment Programming also provides access to personalized learning experiences supported by technology and professional development for the effective use of data and technology via the opportunity to interact, ask questions of and develop follow-up with contemporary researchers and innovative engineers.

Highlights from the Science Programming Track eligible for Professional Development include:

SCI-FARI: TALES FROM THE FIELD (THURSDAY, 4:30PM – 5:30PM), North 227BC
Although laboratories are important, scientists often have to travel to their subjects to study them. In this panel, researchers will discuss the exotic and remote places they’ve traveled and their adventures there.

EYE IN THE SKY: THE SCIENCE OF DRONES (THURSDAY, 7:30PM – 8:30PM), North 227BC
In 1849, Austria bombed the city of Venice with over 100 pilotless balloons. Since then, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have advanced dramatically, and now include both military and hobbyist devices. In this panel, experts will discuss the science behind drones and where the technology is heading.

X-MEN, MUTATIONS, AND YOU (FRIDAY, 1:30PM – 2:30PM), North 227BC
In the X-Men universe, humans carrying the X-Gene can gain super powers including Telepathy, Super Healing, and Super Senses. In this panel, scientists will discuss where mutations come from, and whether they can ever give us beneficial powers.

BETTER FED THAN DEAD: HOW TO SURVIVE AFTER AN APOCALYPSE
(FRIDAY, 7:30PM – 8:30PM), North 227BC
Your guide to basic survival needs in a post-apocalyptic world.

SCIENCE OF IRON MAN: THE REAL TONY STARK (SATURDAY, 3:00PM – 4:00PM), North 227BC
Tony Stark built the first Iron Man suit in a cave with a box of scraps. He’s also created new elements, coded sentient artificial intelligence, and mastered flight. In this panel, engineers will talk about their work and the feasibility of Iron Man’s achievements.

REAL MEN AND WOMEN IN BLACK (SATURDAY, 7:30PM – 8:30PM), North 227BC
Join the FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security, and Postal Inspection Service to hear how they use science to fight crime and protect vital infrastructure, and what they think of their TV and film counterparts.

A TRICORDER DARKLY: FUTURE MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS (SUNDAY, 12:00PM – 1:00PM), North 227BC
In Star Trek, the Tricorder is a versatile device that allows high resolution scanning and analysis of patients to quickly diagnose disease. In this panel, scientists will discuss projects that are attempting to turn this science fiction into science fact.

 

Phoenix Comicon 2016 Programming Includes Science Interactive Space

pg2016This year, Phoenix Comicon, June 2-5, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center, is trying something new with science programming: a science & technology interactive space intended for adults and familiies.

Located all four days of Comicon in Room 231A of the Phoenix Convention Center’s North building, highlights of the Interactive Science space include:

EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SPACE – THE SCIENCE OF INTERSTELLAR HABITATION
Ever wonder what it would be like to live on Mars? Do you have what it takes to land a Martian rover? Are you an interstellar entrepreneur? Presented by Center for Meteorite Studies, SEDS-ASU.
THURSDAY, 12:00PM – 1:30PM
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Techshop1TECHSHOP STEAM MAKER SESSIONS- CALLING ALL CURIOUS MINDS
TechShop‘s hands-on, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) sessions are geared to intrigue and fire up the curiosity. .
THURSDAY, 2:00PM – 5:00PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
SUNDAY, 1:00PM – 5:00PM

WE ARE LEGION: CYBER SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY WITH THE ARIZONA CYBER WARFARE RANGE
Anonymous, The Matrix, Hackers, War Games, Tron… the list goes on. We are in the age of Cyber security- don’t get left behind. Presented by the AZ Cyber Warfare Range.
THURSDAY, 5:30PM – 10:00PM

INSIDE THE WORLD OF IOT (THE INTERNET OF THINGS) – LIVE AND HANDS ON!
Visit a team of local hackers, makers and experts to experience live, interactive demos, and awesomely engaging conversations about the future, which is NOW. Organized by Steve Greenberg of ThinClient Computing.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30PM – 9:30PM

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, 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

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.

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.