science Programming for Comicon 2015

 
Location: North 232

How does science get done anyway? Listen to tales of adventure and disaster from the field by scientists in the endless pursuit of knowledge!
who'll be here
  • Anna Zaniewski
  • Bradley Lusk
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • Kelly Reina
 

A comparative study of six different ancient religions. Join Far From Home's Research and Mythology division, Far From Home Presents, with this exciting game show style panel. It's fun for the whole family!

We will be delving into a comparative study of six different ancient religions and sorting out which God governs what aspect of life. 

who'll be here
  • Far From Home (3 panelists)
  • T.M. Williams
 
Location: Youth Art Event Area- West 101

Curious how early civilizations created their clay pots? In this session, kids will learn how ancient people made pottery and they will make their own pot to take home! 

who'll be here
  • Arizona Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 232

Outbreaks! Earthquakes! Volcanoes! Asteroids! Nukes! Movie characters have survived countless calamities. But what would have happened to them really?? Join us in an exciting gameshow and see if you can do better than these characters would have done.
who'll be here
  • Amber Doig
  • Christopher Bilinski
  • John Cornelius
  • Johna Hutira
  • Penny Dechant
 

Join Geoff Notkin of TV's "Meteorite Men," Dr. Dante Lauretta of OSIRIS-REx, LEGO artist Dave Shaddix, and special guests as they discuss everything as big as outer space to as small as LEGO brick!  Science, art, creativity, and fun will all be incorporated in this amazing panel!

who'll be here
  • Dante Lauretta
  • Dave Shaddix
  • Geoffrey Notkin
 
Location: North 232

From wormholes to ancient genes, the science guide to Stargate.  Could we travel to distant planets?  How would the Ja'fa evolve?  Could a sickness
be transmitted by a light source like the Ori?  Come join the scientists as we discuss just how plausible it really is.
who'll be here
  • Brian Johnson
  • Johna Hutira
  • Rebekah Brubaker
 
Location: North 232

Do you have a cool idea for a story?  Want to illustrate an alien world?  Are you interested in blending art and science?  Get a scientist to assist you!  Immediately following the World Building panel discussion, we'll break out into small groups to discuss and assist you with your project, whether it be a novel, graphics, or even game design!  Let's get some creative ideas flowing and walk away with valuable new connections and projects to continue developing after the Phoenix ComiCon is over!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

    Welcome to all, the brand new Diversity Lounge is a place to relax, a place to meet up with friends, a place to find information about issues surrounding women, LGBTQ, people of color and disabled people in geek culture. As the convention grows, staying attuned to the needs of many can be challenging. Whatever you relationship to diversity is, we'd like to hear what you have to say

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

    Welcome to all, the brand new Diversity Lounge is a place to relax, a place to meet up with friends, a place to find information about issues surrounding women, LGBTQ, people of color and disabled people in geek culture. As the convention grows, staying attuned to the needs of many can be challenging. Whatever you relationship to diversity is, we'd like to hear what you have to say

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

    Welcome to all, the brand new Diversity Lounge is a place to relax, a place to meet up with friends, a place to find information about issues surrounding women, LGBTQ, people of color and disabled people in geek culture. As the convention grows, staying attuned to the needs of many can be challenging. Whatever you relationship to diversity is, we'd like to hear what you have to say

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

    Welcome to all, the brand new Diversity Lounge is a place to relax, a place to meet up with friends, a place to find information about issues surrounding women, LGBTQ, people of color and disabled people in geek culture. As the convention grows, staying attuned to the needs of many can be challenging. Whatever you relationship to diversity is, we'd like to hear what you have to say

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Phoenix's Museum of Science and Sustainability (MoSS) hosts a panel about environmentally conscious heroes and villains today. From the Eco-Famous "Captain Planet", and the ultra progressive "Iron Man" to the extremists "Ra's Al Ghul" and "Poison Ivy" that will kill people to protect the well-being of the world we live in. Of course the menace "Recyclopse" deserves a brief mention as well.

who'll be here
  • MoSS (2 panelists)
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 126C

Super Scientists and Extraordinary Educators join forces to mix, mingle and explore best practices in Sci-Tech Integration in the classroom. 

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 232

Ebola!!! Should we panic? The media sure did. But did it need to? Learn about the science of epidemics, diseases, and viruses, the likeliness of a global catastrophe, and the procedures we have for dealing with potential disaster.
who'll be here
  • Amanda Courtright
  • Isaac Meisenheimer
  • Lindsey Hardison
 

First time Phoenix Comicon attendee and want to know how to make the most of your experience? Or a seasoned veteran of Con and want to know what's new this year? Then join the PCC Street Team for a fun filled hour of fun, trivia, prizes and maybe even a sing-along or two! Get the inside track on not-to-be-missed events and maybe even some secrets. Fun for the whole family!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

First time Phoenix Comicon attendee and want to know how to make the most of your experience? Or a seasoned veteran of Con and want to know what's new this year? Then join the PCC Street Team for a fun filled hour of fun, trivia, prizes and maybe even a sing-along or two! Get the inside track on not-to-be-missed events and maybe even some secrets. Fun for the whole family!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 232

Meet the next Carl Sagans and Neil deGrasse Tysons!  FameLab is a global science communication competition sponsored in the US by NASA.  Join us for a spectacular evening show, where young scientists will be competing for your votes to proceed to the next level of competition in a series of 3-minute talks!  Who will tell the best science stories?  You decide!

who'll be here
  • Geoffrey Notkin
 

Is a whole year just too long to wait for more Phoenix Comicon in your life? Well you don't have to wait that long! Come join us as we discuss some of the information and details about our Winter show held at University of Phoenix Stadium. 

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Geek Girl Brunch is a meetup group of ladies who geek out together, typically when mimosas are involved. It started with a group of geek girls living in the NYC area, but has spread across the world and to alternate dimensions. Come and meet your Phoenix chapter officers to get involved!

who'll be here
  • Erin
  • Geek Girls Brunch Phoenix Chapter
 

Pop culture is littered with doctors who put down the stethoscope for a life of adventure and danger. What about science fiction medicine itself- can its representation in geek culture be an accurate reflection of where our healthcare heading?

who'll be here
  • Christian Dameff
  • Jeffrey Tully
 
Location: Youth Activities - West 106

Come on by and be a paleontologist for an hour! We will be talking about fossils, dinosaurs, and how real paleontologists unearth these amazing finds. Plus, try your hand at digging up your own fossil while you're here!

who'll be here
  • Very Awesome Girls- Phoenix (7 panelists)
  • Very Awesome Girls-Phoenix
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Jay & Marie Yates As Seen on My Ghost Story-Caught on Camera & Ghost Adventure Crew will take the audience on a never before seen inside look of what life is like for them behind the Case & the struggles that they face as they lead a team of experienced Investigators into the darkest corners of Arizona. They will be talking about everything from time management issues, ghostly encounters, travels, ghost attacks, and their daily struggle as Ghost Hunters.

who'll be here
  • Jay Yates
  • Marie Yates
 
Location: North 232

It is well-known that the path from childhood science interest to a career in science is a "leaky pipe", frequently losing women and minorities. Learn about the challenges that are faced on this pathway and ways we can help everyone engage with science every day.
who'll be here
 
Location: West 213B

Have you ever wondered where you can dine with a ghost in the downtown Phoenix area?  Or stay in a hotel where spirits refuse to check out? Take a haunting tour from the comfort of your chair with the MVD Ghostchasers as they tell stories of local Phoenix pubs, restaurants, theaters, hotels, train stations and more!  Some of these locations are within walking distance of the convention so you can check them out for yourself!

who'll be here
  • MVD Ghostchasers (4 panelists)
 
Location: North 232

What does it take to become a scientist? Have you questions about a science career answered and learn about the current funding situation and how it's driving young professionals to madness!
who'll be here
  • Anna Zaniewski
  • Josh Klein
  • Michael Pagano
  • Natalie Wiegers
  • Teresa Ashcraft
 

Join Jonathan Simon from Lighting Octopus for a discussion of Fun/Geeky/Family Friendly things to do in Arizona that families can do together in all year round.

who'll be here
  • Jonathan Simon
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Join Jonathan Simon from Lighting Octopus for a discussion of Fun/Geeky/Family Friendly things to do in Arizona that families can do together in all year round.

who'll be here
  • Jonathan Simon
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 232

The Ignoble Prizes celebrate the silliest science. But how many of these "pointless" research projects turned out to be critical breakthroughs that shaped our modern world? Learn about some of the most ridiculous research projects ever conducted and the surprising ways in which they've paid off.
who'll be here
  • Amanda Courtright
  • Dennis Dunn
  • Jessica Ebie
  • Russell TerBeek
  • Ted Pavlic
 
Location: North 232

How did life originate? It's one of the most intriguing unanswered questions in science. Learn about how cutting edge research is seeking to answer this question!
who'll be here
  • Kimberly Olney
  • Parker Castleberry
  • Sam Rochelle
 

Tons of Star Trek aliens and episodes have real star systems in our night sky! Come explore the galaxy Trek-style in an inflatable planetarium. Shows run every 20 minutes starting at 3pm, but come at 2:30pm to grab your free ticket.

who'll be here
  • Kali Johnson
  • Lauren Ard
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Come explore the galaxy Trek-style in an inflatable planetarium. We'll identify some real-life star systems used in Star Trek - including references to episodes, aliens, and even interesting edibles! Shows run every 20 minutes starting at 3:00, but come at 2:30 to grab your free ticket.

who'll be here
  • Kali Johnson
  • Lauren Ard
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

From Rocket Raccoon to Superman to X-Men, astronomy is everywhere in the comic book universe! We'll explore both comics and constellations inside the inflatable planetarium. These shows run every 20 minutes starting at 12pm, but come at 11:30am to grab your free ticket.

who'll be here
  • Jason Ard
  • Kali Johnson
  • Lauren Ard
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 232

NASA is synonymous with space exploration. But is that all that NASA does? Learn about the vast variety of research projects that NASA funds and develops besides its popular exploration program.
who'll be here
  • Annie Wargetz
  • Cameron Hummels
  • Dante Lauretta
  • Dennis Bonilla
  • Jonathon Hill
  • Peter Nguyen
 

Join Founder(s) Jay & Marie Yates -As Seen On- Travel Channel, Biography Channel, & ABC along with Crossing Over Paranormal Society "The COPS Crew" & Affiliates from Paranormal Discord as they discuss the hysteria that the general public has at the first sign of a possible haunting that "It's Demonic". COPS Crew will give you an inside look at how they personal determine what is or is not demonic. In addition, dispelling the myths about the demonic and share with the audience their own personal experiences with their encounters with truly demonic forces in the field of paranormal investigations & their personal lives.

who'll be here
  • Jay Yates
  • Marie Yates
  • Michael Papp
  • Roy Weedmark
 
Location: North 232

Climate change is constantly in the news. Why is it still debated? Should it be? Learn about the science of our climate, how humans interact with existing Earth systems, and the steps we can take to address an accelerating problem.
who'll be here
  • Dean Frias
  • Elizabeth Barnes
  • Kristopher Fecteau
  • Mark Salvatore
  • Matt Chew
  • Steve Semken
 
Location: North 232

Why are so many topics in biology so fiercely debated in the public media? Learn about what real scientists say about evolution, vaccines, and GMOs and how all these topics tie together.
who'll be here
  • Alix Marinello
  • Elizabeth Barnes
  • Kimberly Olney
  • Ofir Levy
  • Yawen Zou
 
Location: North 232

Jurassic World will depict the exciting world of dinosaurs. But how much of it is an accurate reflection of an actual Jurassic world? Learn about how paleontologists go about exploring deep time and how they've reconstructed the world of the dinosaurs.
who'll be here
  • Anne Stone
  • Isabelle Schrauwen
  • Marc Tollis
  • Steve Semken
 
Location: North 232

How close are we to finding an Earth-like planet? Learn what alien worlds are like, how we build a habitable world, and how we would actually discover if life is present there!
who'll be here
 
Location: Youth Art Event Area- West 101

Kids who love making and creating beautiful things will enjoy this session on weaving. Everyone will leave with a handmade bracelet!.

who'll be here
  • Arizona Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Local author Craig W. Chenery will lead an open discussion on overcoming the challenges of creating, attending comicon and pop culture fandom for people living with bipolar disorder, depression and/or social anxiety.

For additional information on Craig, please visit here

who'll be here
  • Craig Chenery
 

Which company reins supreme! Who wears red and blue better...Superman or Spiderman?! Who's Richer Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne?! A fan favorite panel that always entertains. 

who'll be here
 

Come out and meet your some of your local Timelords, as High Council Members from AZ TARDIS discuss what it takes to grow a TARDIS, build a Dalek, maintain proper K9 care, and get your chameleon circuit to turn your TARDIS into a Police Box Motorcycle. Not to mention information on the wonderful charities that these Time Lords and Ladies support.

who'll be here
  • AZ T.A.R.D.I.S.  
  • Denise Hanks
  • Duncan MacLeod
  • James Richardson
  • Jeff Jones
  • Pat Harper
  • Suzanne Jones
  • Tom Hanks
 
Location: North 232

With the restart of the Large Hadron Collider, the tantalizing prospects of new physics are just around the corner! Learn about the Higgs Boson, supersymmetry, and dark matter and how the LHC can help us answer some of the most pressing questions in physics ... or maybe reveal something completely surprising!
who'll be here
  • Andrew Long
  • Isaac Meisenheimer
  • Russell TerBeek
  • The Not-So-Basic Witches
 
Location: North 232

With private companies and government space agencies both heavily investing in getting humans to Mars, learn about the current state of the new space race. Who's in the running? What are they doing? And how would we set up a Martian colony when we get there? Find out!
who'll be here
  • Cameron Hummels
  • Christopher Bilinski
  • Harrison Smith
  • Henry Vanderbilt
 

We will be discussing practical weapon effects used in movies and television, budget vs reality. When the director calls for 'action' and how to make it the weapon action believable and safe.  What to watch for when looking at weapon fx in movies.

 

 

who'll be here
 
Location: North 232

Einstein. Newton. Curie. What do all these names have in common? They are scientists that everyone knows about. Come learn about some of the lesser sung superstars of science that have, nevertheless, had a tremendous impact.
who'll be here
  • Andrew Ryan
  • Erica O'Neil
  • Lizbeth Nieves
  • Matt Chew
  • Michael Pagano
  • Ryan Brosch
 

Become a S.H.I.E.L.D. Detective for a day, and help a real-life Forensic Video Analyst clean up video to help identify a suspect and find a missing S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent.  You will see colors that cannot be seen, watch as jumbled letters turn readable, and learn what it takes to become a Forensic Video Analyst.  Kids of all ages are welcome!

who'll be here
  • Brewster Rolland-Keith
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Become a S.H.I.E.L.D. Detective for a day, and help a real-life Forensic Video Analyst clean up video to help identify a suspect and find a missing S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent.  You will see colors that cannot be seen, watch as jumbled letters turn readable, and learn what it takes to become a Forensic Video Analyst.  Kids of all ages are welcome!

who'll be here
  • Brewster Rolland-Keith
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 232

Do you have a hot date with a Horta? Being seduced by a salt monster? Have your eye on a foxy Ardat-Yakshi babe? Find out what you need to know so that your special night doesn't end in chemical burns, fried synapses, cranial hemorrhage, or death.
who'll be here
  • Alix Marinello
  • Brian Johnson
  • Jaclyn Williams
 
Location: North 232

Scientists are often criticized for deconstructing beautiful things into boring explanations and diagrams. But we see beauty in what we discover and explain! Come see how we find beauty in what we do and how we translate science and understanding into art and creative expression.
who'll be here
  • Bradley Lusk
  • Isabelle Schrauwen
  • Karen Knierman
  • Lindy Elkins-Tanton
  • Mark Robinson
  • Miekkal Clarkson
 
Location: North 232

What's it like being an ant? Learn all about the incredible world of social insects and the physics of being tiny!
who'll be here
  • Alexa Coon
  • Gerard van Belle
  • Jessica Ebie
  • John Cornelius
  • Ted Pavlic
 

What is better than science or superheroes? How about science AND superheroes. Come interact with some of Marvel's most brilliant scientists and assist them with some fun science experiments while learning how you can do them yourself at home.

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 232

The 1950s and 60s were full of ideas on where the future of technology would lead the human race. While jet packs and hoverboards are the most popular, there were plans for solar-powered cars, weather control, a highway to Russia, and even robot butlers. We'll explore the physics, feasibility, and motivation behind some of these tantalizing ideas.
who'll be here
  • Alice Baker
  • Craig Hardgrove
  • Dennis Bonilla
  • Megan Calcote
  • Michael Mackowski
  • Natalie Hinkel
 

Join Sonoran Paranormal Investigations to go over evidence collected and analyzed at investigations completed at the Scottsdale Civic Center, Appaloosa Branch, and the Arabian Branch libraries. SPI answer questions about methods used for ghost hunting and go over debunking and the tools of the trade.

who'll be here
  • Sonoran Paranormal Investigations (4 panelists)
 
Location: North 232

What's it like to be a forensic scientist? How do you evaluate evidence to reconstruct a crime? Learn about the techniques and science behind forensics!
who'll be here
  • Brewster Rolland-Keith
  • Eric Ray
  • Gwyneth Gordon
  • Kimberly Kobojek
  • Natalie Wiegers
  • Sean Conner
 
Location: Renaissance Grand Ballroom

A thrilling evening at the Phoenix ComiCon has ended in a shocking murder!  Do you have what it takes to solve the case?  Work with real forensic scientists to unravel the mystery and figure out whodunit!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Have you ever thought about creating your own podcast? Do you have a podcast already that you’d like to make the most of? This introduction to podcasting will help you with the skills needed to successfully create, market, and distribute your unique content to maximum effect. The Crew from Socially Awkward Studios and the Four Eyed Radio Network will discuss how to record, distribute, and market your podcast. We'll delve into equipment, software, hosting, content and more!
 

who'll be here
  • Eric Dewey
  • Matthew Renfro
  • Stephen Mooney
  • Ziggy Berkeley
 

Steampunk doesn't need to be just brass, gears, and leather! A basic discussion of using lights in your Steampunk creations, using basic electronics such as LEDs and Arduinos microcontrollers.

who'll be here
  • Chris Kurtz
  • Jeff McDaniel
  • Peter Valentine
  • Tim Holt
 
Advanced discussion of adding lights, sounds, sensors, and other electronics to Steampunk gadgets! Building on the Teslapunk 101 panel, this will be a more detailed and advanced discussion of using electronics and microcontrollers such as the Arduino in Steampunk.
who'll be here
  • Chris Kurtz
  • Jeff McDaniel
  • Peter Valentine
  • Tim Holt
 
Location: North 232

In this "Dating Game" style show, see if scientists throughout history can successfully secure funding from aristocrats, religious leaders, government bureaucrats, and multinational corporations! Who will walk away with the funding match of their dreams and who goes home to poverty (or becomes a supervillain)? And whose dreams will YOU help make come true?
who'll be here
  • Allisen Dahlstedt
  • Craig Hardgrove
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • Jaclyn Williams
  • Lev Horodyskyj
  • Rebekah Brubaker
 
Location: North 232

Can we ever end up like the Borg? Or Cylons? As medical devices and human-computer interfaces rapidly advance, learn about some of the ways in which we're transforming our species and how it will change our societies and us.
who'll be here
  • Jeremiah Molinaro
  • Josh Klein
  • Miekkal Clarkson
  • Miles Brundage
  • Ryan Hampton
 

A Spirited look at the unsung art of Sound Effects in Doctor Who and other classic sci-fi series, including Star Trek, Jurrasic Park and classic TV shows.

who'll be here
  • E. Adam Thomas
  • Josh Benjamin
 
Location: West 213B

Professional Ghost Hunter(s) & Owner(s) of Crossing Over Paranormal Society "The COPS Crew" Jay & Marie Yates -As Seen On- Travel Channel, Biography Channel, & ABC along with their team of Paranormal Investigators of COPS Crew will share their real life stories of when the hunter became the hunted "When Ghosts Attack" in the field of paranormal investigation and in their own personal lives.

who'll be here
  • Jamie Kroll
  • Jay Yates
  • Marie Yates
  • Michael Papp
  • Paul Lovegrove
  • Roy Weedmark
 
Location: North 232

Science and science fiction are intimately linked. Science fiction fuels the imagination of scientists and scientist, in return, feed ideas and speculation into science fiction. Learn how to build a realistic science fiction universe, from planets through life and societies, for richer stories that won't make scientists facepalm.
who'll be here
  • Dennis Dunn
  • Lindy Elkins-Tanton
  • Mario Mendez
  • Martha Cassetti
  • Natalie Hinkel
  • Patrick Young
 

Tired of Hollywood ruining your favorite geek properties? Maybe you have an idea you want to see made into a movie that hasn't been done yet? Well join us in pitching ideas for reboots, re-imaginings and fresh takes for our favorite characters and properties. But don't just listen to us spew ideas, bring forth your own and pitch them to your fellow geeks, nerds and fans! We have all said "I would have liked to see it done better,"  well now's your chance to present all of those ideas to a bunch of like minded friends. This is all about fun and geeking out with your fellow attendees and participation is optional but completely welcome.    

 

who'll be here
  • Brian Simonsen
  • Jim Smith
  • Lita Beck
  • Matt Rader
 
Location: North 232

With Dawn orbiting Ceres and New Horizons approaching Pluto, it's the year of the Dwarf Planet! Learn about the history of these bodies, the exciting new discoveries we're making, and even their prospects for life!
who'll be here
  • David Williams
  • Gerard van Belle
  • Jackie Monkiewicz
  • Lisa Will
  • Parker Castleberry
  • Steve Desch
 
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