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
 

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
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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
  • 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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Phoenix Comicon staff present this informative guide to experiencing Phoenix Comicon. Learn to make the most of your experience and get the inside track on the secrets and not to be missed events of 2015. Featuring special prizes and giveaways!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Phoenix Comicon staff present this informative guide to experiencing Phoenix Comicon. Learn to make the most of your experience and get the inside track on the secrets and not to be missed events of 2015. Featuring special prizes and giveaways!

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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

From Stephen Strange to Leonard McCoy, pop culture is littered with doctors who put down the stethoscope for a life of adventure and danger. But what about science fiction medicine itself- can its representation in geek culture possibly be an accurate reflection of where our healthcare is, and where it’s heading? Join Christian and Jeff- geek physicians extraordinaire- for a whirlwind trip through your favorite comic books, shows, and movies and across the new frontiers of human augmentation, genetic manipulation, and regenerative medicine. Whether covering more down to Earth examples like Stan Lee’s Night Nurse (coming soon to a Daredevil Netflix series near you) or taking you to galaxies far, far away (what’s up with bacta tanks, anyway?), your hosts will explore how medicine and science fiction often influence and feed off one another in amazing ways. But beware- sometimes, in the world of cutting-edge medicine, the truth is stranger than fiction…

who'll be here
  • Christian Dameff
  • Jeffrey Tully
 

Ever notice that the guns in movies and TV never run out of bullets? Come learn some of the real facts about firearms in Books, TV, and Films from Firearm Expert Gary Harper. 

who'll be here
 
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
  • Blythe Feiring
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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
  • Michael Pagano
  • Teresa Ashcraft
 
Location: North 232

The Ignoble Prizes celebrate the silliest, seemingly pointless of all 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 some of the surprising ways in which they've paid off.
who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

From Rocket Raccoon to Superman to the X-Men, astronomy is everywhere in the comic book universe! We'll explore both comics and constellations inside the infaltable planetarium. These shows run every 20 minutes starting at 3:00, however 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
  • Dante Lauretta
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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
  • Ariel Anbar
  • Lisa Will
 
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
 

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
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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
  • Michael Pagano
 
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
  • Brian Johnson
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
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
  • Megan Calcote
  • Natalie Hinkel
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

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 aristrocrats, 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
  • Craig Hardgrove
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • 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
  • Denise Baker
  • Miles Brundage
 

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: 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 the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the crime.  Interview witnesses, cross-examine suspects, and investigate the crime scene in detail ... using authentic forensic science!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
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 No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
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
  • Lisa Will
  • Steve Desch
 
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