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  • Science With A Twist: Super Villains
    6:00 PM-10:00 PM
    05-19-17

    600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Our Founders, Rebekah Brubaker and Brian Johnson, are featured speakers at Arizona Science Center’s Science With A Twist: Super Villains. Part of the Center’s series of events for Adults Night Out, you will “be amazed by DNA mutations and hear how close we are to creating super villains.”

    Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at the door or online. There is an additional cost for specialty cocktails inspired by Lex Luther, Magneto and the Joker. Dinner can also be purchased at the Center’s Beansprouts Café. Additional shows are Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, $11.95 per person (open all night); Great White Shark, $7.95 per person (showtime 8:30 PM); and Led Zeppelin Laser Show, $9 per person (showtime: 9:15 PM).

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  • I Get a Kick Out of You: The Science of Pharmaceuticals
    10:30 AM-11:30 AM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132BC

    The Bourne Legacy, Dredd, and Limitless all feature the use of compounds that greatly enhance their users; though often with undesirable side effects. Our experts discuss how pharmaceuticals are developed and tested, and how close we are to a smart pill.

    Kimberly Olney,Debra Nickelson,Teagan Wall,Darien Hall

  • Send us a Tweet: Birdwatching in Arizona
    10:30 AM-11:30 AM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Despite its harsh climate, Arizona is home to a diverse population of birds. Birding experts discuss the birds of AZ and where you can spot them.

    Cathy Wise,Steven Prager,Katherine Burdick,Matt Chew

  • Smarts and Crafts: Buildable Science Lessons
    10:30 AM-11:30 AM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 131C
    Let’s discuss hands on activities that can be used to bring science into the classroom, such as paper microscopes and balsa gliders.
    Shawn Hardina,Jennifer Beam,Justin Koh

  • Harry Potter Astronomy
    11:00 AM-11:30 AM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Doctor Who’s Universe
    11:30 AM-12:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Science of the Lambs: How Domestication Shapes Life
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Dogs, corn, and cattle are all products of domestication. Scientists will discuss how humans breed other organisms to fulfill our needs.

    Jack Farmer,Kimberly Olney,Kelly Young,Christian Ross

  • Andromeda Game: The Science of Mass Effect
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132BC

    BioWare created a vibrant universe in their Mass Effect series, teeming with unique planets and alien life. Experts in planetary geology and astrobiology will discuss what the games got right and where they missed the mark.

    Tessa Fisher,Ryan Stikeleather,Joseph Hunter,Sierra Ferguson

  • AZ Stars of Science
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 232ABC

    Science Track programming’s own celebrities highlight Arizona’s international reputation for innovation and discoveries. Come to this panel to learn about their work and what they think the future holds for science in Arizona.

    Our panelists:

    Dante Lauretta, Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory & leader of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return mission.

    Bert Jacobs, Director of the School of Life Sciences, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, research focused on developing a vaccine for HIV.

    Sharon O’Neal, Engineering Director at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) & Founder of the Math Science and Technology Funfest (MSTFF).

    Hosted by Teagan Wall, writer on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World & PBS Digital Studios’ Braincraft and CoFounder of NerdBrigadeLA. Teegan is a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems with degrees in Behavioral and Social Neuroscience, Political Science, Economics, and Mathematics.

  • Star Trek Astronomy
    12:00 PM-12:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • The Limit is Imagination: How to teach technology in resource-limited settings
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 131C

    Computers and similar technologies are, increasingly, becoming necessary for success. Yet, many students do not have access to these at home and schools have limited resources to provide them in the classroom. In this panel, we’ll discuss ways to overcome these challenges.

    Justin Koh,Earl Aguilera,Dani Kachorsky,Katherine Burdick

  • Anime Astronomy
    12:30 PM-1:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • I AM THE KNIGHT: The Science of Batman the Animated Series
    1:30 PM-2:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132BC

    Batman the Animated Series is responsible for memorable characters like Harley Quinn and the reinvention of Mr. Freeze as a tragic villain. Scientists and engineers discuss what their favorite episodes of the show got right.

    David Oakes,Alyssa Henning,Brian Johnson

  • You’ve got a friend in you: The science of helpful microbes
    1:30 PM-2:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Despite their bad reputation, bacteria, viruses, and parasites don’t only make people sick. In fact, there are many microscopic organisms that are actually beneficial. Experts discuss ways microbes make us healthy.

    Brandon Favre,Bradley Lusk,Galyna Kufryk,Thiago Stangherlin Barbosa

  • Reaching the stars: Increasing accessibility in education
    1:30 PM-2:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 131C

    Having a disability should never prevent a student from reaching their dreams. As technology progresses, new tools have been developed for bringing accessibility to the student. Join our speakers as they talk about what tools are available, where to find them in the state, and then have a chance to demo a few.

    Rolando Robles,Jennifer Beam,Page Baluch,Ashleigh N. Gonzales

  • Harry Potter Astronomy
    2:00 PM-2:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Star Trek Astronomy
    2:30 PM-3:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Minefield: How to teach controversial topics
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM
    05-26-17

    North 131C

    For better or for worse, many topics in education are controversial. How do we find ways to navigate these issues, constructively, without having to hide from the truth?

    Dani Kachorsky,Nicole Bowers,Earl Aguilera

  • Steeped in Tradition: The Science of Coffee and Tea
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM
    05-26-17

    North 132BC

    It’s hard to cross the street without passing at least one coffee and/or tea shop. Why are these beverages so popular? Learn the science behind everyone’s favorite caffeine delivery mechanisms.

    Gwyneth Gordon,Joseph Hunter,Andrew Thoesen,Kirsten Jefferys

  • Astronomy for Video Gamers
    3:00 PM-3:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Adventures and Disasters in Science
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Learn how science gets done through tales of adventure and disaster in the field as related by the scientists themselves in their endless pursuit of knowledge.

    Jack Farmer,Page Baluch,Chris Groppi,Benn Gleason

  • Anime Astronomy
    3:30 PM-4:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • When Aliens Attack! The Science of Extraterrestrial Invasion
    4:30 PM-5:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Alien Invasion is a very old trope, and has been a huge influence on science fiction. In this panel experts will discuss alien invasions and how worried we really need to be.

    Matt Chew,Nicole Mathwich,Dante Lauretta,Michael Moran

  • How to become an Astronaut
    4:30 PM-5:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132BC

    At the end of 2015, NASA began a search for the next generation of astronauts. Learn what it takes to become an astronaut, and what steps you can take to have your own moonwalk.

    Sarah Braden,Gerard van Belle,Annie Wargetz,Kristina Davis

  • America for Teaching: A discussion on education policy featuring State Representative Mitzi Epstein
    4:30 PM-5:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 131C

    State Representative Mitzi Epstein will discuss the challenges, opportunities and roles of federal and state government in providing education in 2017 and beyond.

    Mitzi Epstein,Brian Calaway,Al Pajak

  • Harry Potter Astronomy
    5:00 PM-5:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Doctor Who’s Universe
    5:30 PM-6:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Astronomy for Video Gamers
    5:30 PM-6:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Comics in the Cosmos
    6:00 PM-6:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Hall of Heroes Planetarium

    Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

  • Art Imitating Life Inspiring Science: Drawing Inspiration from Comic Lore
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Contrary to popular belief, a lot of creativity goes into science and engineering. Whether it’s noticing previously undiscovered patterns or coming up with new ways to solve problems, STEM professionals draw inspiration from a number of sources. In this panel, experts will discuss how comics and pop culture have influenced science.

    Deborah Haralson,Brett Scott,Romeo Farinacci

  • The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: The Science of Get Out and Dollhouse
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132BC

    Although very different, Dollhouse and Get Out both include precise manipulation of the brain as critical plot points. Based on our understanding of the brain, would manipulating the mind to the extend seen in these media ever be possible? Experts discuss!

    Teagan Wall,K. Jacob Patten,Denise Oswalt,Brian Johnson

  • Build a Lair Workshop: How to incorporate science into your fictional world
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 131C

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Arthur C. Clarke. There’s a lot of fun to be had creating your own universe and having it work however you want to. However, having one with internally-consistent laws of nature can make it even more immersive. In this panel, experts will discuss ways to think about fictional worlds and how to have better laws of physics than “A wizard did it!”

    Lev Horodyskyj,Kirsten Jefferys,David Oakes,Josef Shindler

  • Bones: The Real Science of Forensic Anthropology
    7:30 PM-8:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Judging by worn down teeth and the curvature of the spine this skeleton must have been a scientist working in a lab, as only those who work in excess of 80 hours hunched over a bench grinding their teeth in frustration develop these features. As Bones enters it’s final season, experts discuss how accurately crime dramas reflect forensic anthropology.

    Aryn Klein,Erica O’Neil,E. Susanne Daly,Jessica Rothwell

  • Frequent Liar Miles: How Misinformation Spreads
    7:30 PM-8:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 131C

    Although the broad dissemination of information made possible by modern technology is largely a good thing, it also makes possible the spreading of falsehoods. this panel covers where bad information comes from, how it spreads, and how to recognize it.

    Lev Horodyskyj,Alexander Nunn,Sean Peters,Spencer Morrell

  • English Heptapod, Do You Speak it? The Science of Arrival
    7:30 PM-8:30 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132BC

    Aliens used to tell us to “Take Me To Your Leader!” In Arrival, the aliens had to be taught English first. Why is this a movie that scientists love and what can you learn from it?

    Jackie Monkiewicz,Patrick Young,Tessa Fisher,Carrie Gillon

  • Baking Bad: The Science of Cooking
    9:00 PM-10:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132A

    Why does searing food make it taste so much better? What the heck is the difference between baking powder and baking soda? In this panel, experts will discuss what different cooking techniques actually do to the food we love…mmmm food, yummy yummy food.

    Erica O’Neil,Al Pajak,Gwyneth Gordon,Chris Groppi

  • No Controversy to Teach: The Science of Global Warming, Vaccines, and Evolution
    9:00 PM-10:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 131C

    Despite overwhelming consensus in the scientific community, there are many topics on which there is considerable disagreement in the public discourse. Learn why this discrepancy exists and why scientists believe what they do.

    Melissa Wilson Sayres,Ofir Levy,Christian Ross,Christina Forbes

  • You Can’t Log Out, But Mind Your Hue: The Science of Sword Art Online and Psycho Pass
    9:00 PM-10:00 PM
    05-26-17

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

    North 132BC

    Virtual Reality gaming is here but how close are we to something like the NerveGear in SAO? Or even the Sibyl system of Psycho Pass where a mega-computer determines your path in life. Technology is developing faster than we can adapt to it. Learn what this might mean for our future.

    Josef Shindler,Ryan Stikeleather,Rebekah Brubaker

  • More events
    • I Get a Kick Out of You: The Science of Pharmaceuticals
      10:30 AM-11:30 AM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132BC

      The Bourne Legacy, Dredd, and Limitless all feature the use of compounds that greatly enhance their users; though often with undesirable side effects. Our experts discuss how pharmaceuticals are developed and tested, and how close we are to a smart pill.

      Kimberly Olney,Debra Nickelson,Teagan Wall,Darien Hall

    • Send us a Tweet: Birdwatching in Arizona
      10:30 AM-11:30 AM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Despite its harsh climate, Arizona is home to a diverse population of birds. Birding experts discuss the birds of AZ and where you can spot them.

      Cathy Wise,Steven Prager,Katherine Burdick,Matt Chew

    • Smarts and Crafts: Buildable Science Lessons
      10:30 AM-11:30 AM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 131C
      Let’s discuss hands on activities that can be used to bring science into the classroom, such as paper microscopes and balsa gliders.
      Shawn Hardina,Jennifer Beam,Justin Koh

    • Harry Potter Astronomy
      11:00 AM-11:30 AM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Doctor Who’s Universe
      11:30 AM-12:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Science of the Lambs: How Domestication Shapes Life
      12:00 PM-1:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Dogs, corn, and cattle are all products of domestication. Scientists will discuss how humans breed other organisms to fulfill our needs.

      Jack Farmer,Kimberly Olney,Kelly Young,Christian Ross

    • Andromeda Game: The Science of Mass Effect
      12:00 PM-1:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132BC

      BioWare created a vibrant universe in their Mass Effect series, teeming with unique planets and alien life. Experts in planetary geology and astrobiology will discuss what the games got right and where they missed the mark.

      Tessa Fisher,Ryan Stikeleather,Joseph Hunter,Sierra Ferguson

    • AZ Stars of Science
      12:00 PM-1:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 232ABC

      Science Track programming’s own celebrities highlight Arizona’s international reputation for innovation and discoveries. Come to this panel to learn about their work and what they think the future holds for science in Arizona.

      Our panelists:

      Dante Lauretta, Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory & leader of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return mission.

      Bert Jacobs, Director of the School of Life Sciences, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, research focused on developing a vaccine for HIV.

      Sharon O’Neal, Engineering Director at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) & Founder of the Math Science and Technology Funfest (MSTFF).

      Hosted by Teagan Wall, writer on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World & PBS Digital Studios’ Braincraft and CoFounder of NerdBrigadeLA. Teegan is a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems with degrees in Behavioral and Social Neuroscience, Political Science, Economics, and Mathematics.

    • Star Trek Astronomy
      12:00 PM-12:30 PM
      05-26-17

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • The Limit is Imagination: How to teach technology in resource-limited settings
      12:00 PM-1:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 131C

      Computers and similar technologies are, increasingly, becoming necessary for success. Yet, many students do not have access to these at home and schools have limited resources to provide them in the classroom. In this panel, we’ll discuss ways to overcome these challenges.

      Justin Koh,Earl Aguilera,Dani Kachorsky,Katherine Burdick

    • Anime Astronomy
      12:30 PM-1:00 PM
      05-26-17

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • I AM THE KNIGHT: The Science of Batman the Animated Series
      1:30 PM-2:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132BC

      Batman the Animated Series is responsible for memorable characters like Harley Quinn and the reinvention of Mr. Freeze as a tragic villain. Scientists and engineers discuss what their favorite episodes of the show got right.

      David Oakes,Alyssa Henning,Brian Johnson

    • You've got a friend in you: The science of helpful microbes
      1:30 PM-2:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Despite their bad reputation, bacteria, viruses, and parasites don’t only make people sick. In fact, there are many microscopic organisms that are actually beneficial. Experts discuss ways microbes make us healthy.

      Brandon Favre,Bradley Lusk,Galyna Kufryk,Thiago Stangherlin Barbosa

    • Reaching the stars: Increasing accessibility in education
      1:30 PM-2:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 131C

      Having a disability should never prevent a student from reaching their dreams. As technology progresses, new tools have been developed for bringing accessibility to the student. Join our speakers as they talk about what tools are available, where to find them in the state, and then have a chance to demo a few.

      Rolando Robles,Jennifer Beam,Page Baluch,Ashleigh N. Gonzales

    • Harry Potter Astronomy
      2:00 PM-2:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Star Trek Astronomy
      2:30 PM-3:00 PM
      05-26-17

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Minefield: How to teach controversial topics
      3:00 PM-4:00 PM
      05-26-17

      North 131C

      For better or for worse, many topics in education are controversial. How do we find ways to navigate these issues, constructively, without having to hide from the truth?

      Dani Kachorsky,Nicole Bowers,Earl Aguilera

    • Steeped in Tradition: The Science of Coffee and Tea
      3:00 PM-4:00 PM
      05-26-17

      North 132BC

      It’s hard to cross the street without passing at least one coffee and/or tea shop. Why are these beverages so popular? Learn the science behind everyone’s favorite caffeine delivery mechanisms.

      Gwyneth Gordon,Joseph Hunter,Andrew Thoesen,Kirsten Jefferys

    • Astronomy for Video Gamers
      3:00 PM-3:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Adventures and Disasters in Science
      3:00 PM-4:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Learn how science gets done through tales of adventure and disaster in the field as related by the scientists themselves in their endless pursuit of knowledge.

      Jack Farmer,Page Baluch,Chris Groppi,Benn Gleason

    • Anime Astronomy
      3:30 PM-4:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • When Aliens Attack! The Science of Extraterrestrial Invasion
      4:30 PM-5:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Alien Invasion is a very old trope, and has been a huge influence on science fiction. In this panel experts will discuss alien invasions and how worried we really need to be.

      Matt Chew,Nicole Mathwich,Dante Lauretta,Michael Moran

    • How to become an Astronaut
      4:30 PM-5:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132BC

      At the end of 2015, NASA began a search for the next generation of astronauts. Learn what it takes to become an astronaut, and what steps you can take to have your own moonwalk.

      Sarah Braden,Gerard van Belle,Annie Wargetz,Kristina Davis

    • America for Teaching: A discussion on education policy featuring State Representative Mitzi Epstein
      4:30 PM-5:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 131C

      State Representative Mitzi Epstein will discuss the challenges, opportunities and roles of federal and state government in providing education in 2017 and beyond.

      Mitzi Epstein,Brian Calaway,Al Pajak

    • Harry Potter Astronomy
      5:00 PM-5:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Doctor Who’s Universe
      5:30 PM-6:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Astronomy for Video Gamers
      5:30 PM-6:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Comics in the Cosmos
      6:00 PM-6:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      Hall of Heroes Planetarium

      Savor the stars AND your favorite fandom in the portable planetarium! Crawl inside to hear a short planetarium show that includes references to your favorite TV shows, books, comic characters, and video games. Shows are approximately 30 minutes long. Grab your $5 ticket early; space is limited.

    • Art Imitating Life Inspiring Science: Drawing Inspiration from Comic Lore
      6:00 PM-7:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Contrary to popular belief, a lot of creativity goes into science and engineering. Whether it’s noticing previously undiscovered patterns or coming up with new ways to solve problems, STEM professionals draw inspiration from a number of sources. In this panel, experts will discuss how comics and pop culture have influenced science.

      Deborah Haralson,Brett Scott,Romeo Farinacci

    • The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: The Science of Get Out and Dollhouse
      6:00 PM-7:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132BC

      Although very different, Dollhouse and Get Out both include precise manipulation of the brain as critical plot points. Based on our understanding of the brain, would manipulating the mind to the extend seen in these media ever be possible? Experts discuss!

      Teagan Wall,K. Jacob Patten,Denise Oswalt,Brian Johnson

    • Build a Lair Workshop: How to incorporate science into your fictional world
      6:00 PM-7:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 131C

      “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Arthur C. Clarke. There’s a lot of fun to be had creating your own universe and having it work however you want to. However, having one with internally-consistent laws of nature can make it even more immersive. In this panel, experts will discuss ways to think about fictional worlds and how to have better laws of physics than “A wizard did it!”

      Lev Horodyskyj,Kirsten Jefferys,David Oakes,Josef Shindler

    • Bones: The Real Science of Forensic Anthropology
      7:30 PM-8:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Judging by worn down teeth and the curvature of the spine this skeleton must have been a scientist working in a lab, as only those who work in excess of 80 hours hunched over a bench grinding their teeth in frustration develop these features. As Bones enters it’s final season, experts discuss how accurately crime dramas reflect forensic anthropology.

      Aryn Klein,Erica O’Neil,E. Susanne Daly,Jessica Rothwell

    • Frequent Liar Miles: How Misinformation Spreads
      7:30 PM-8:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 131C

      Although the broad dissemination of information made possible by modern technology is largely a good thing, it also makes possible the spreading of falsehoods. this panel covers where bad information comes from, how it spreads, and how to recognize it.

      Lev Horodyskyj,Alexander Nunn,Sean Peters,Spencer Morrell

    • English Heptapod, Do You Speak it? The Science of Arrival
      7:30 PM-8:30 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132BC

      Aliens used to tell us to “Take Me To Your Leader!” In Arrival, the aliens had to be taught English first. Why is this a movie that scientists love and what can you learn from it?

      Jackie Monkiewicz,Patrick Young,Tessa Fisher,Carrie Gillon

    • Baking Bad: The Science of Cooking
      9:00 PM-10:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132A

      Why does searing food make it taste so much better? What the heck is the difference between baking powder and baking soda? In this panel, experts will discuss what different cooking techniques actually do to the food we love…mmmm food, yummy yummy food.

      Erica O’Neil,Al Pajak,Gwyneth Gordon,Chris Groppi

    • No Controversy to Teach: The Science of Global Warming, Vaccines, and Evolution
      9:00 PM-10:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 131C

      Despite overwhelming consensus in the scientific community, there are many topics on which there is considerable disagreement in the public discourse. Learn why this discrepancy exists and why scientists believe what they do.

      Melissa Wilson Sayres,Ofir Levy,Christian Ross,Christina Forbes

    • You Can't Log Out, But Mind Your Hue: The Science of Sword Art Online and Psycho Pass
      9:00 PM-10:00 PM
      05-26-17
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
      Phoenix Convention Center North Building, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

      North 132BC

      Virtual Reality gaming is here but how close are we to something like the NerveGear in SAO? Or even the Sibyl system of Psycho Pass where a mega-computer determines your path in life. Technology is developing faster than we can adapt to it. Learn what this might mean for our future.

      Josef Shindler,Ryan Stikeleather,Rebekah Brubaker

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