AAAS-hosted events at Science & Engineering Festival

For your information, the following is a schedule of talks sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the ‘Science Stage.’…

You are cordially invited to join us at the “Meet the Scientists!” stage show, presented by AAAS as part of the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

If you and your family have ever wondered what it’s like to work with endangered species, are curious about the physics of superheroes or just want to learn more about science, then join us as we explore these and
other topics at the stage show.

This free, family-oriented event will take place from 12:30pm – 3:00pm on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24. The “Meet the Scientists!” stage will be in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, located on Constitution Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th Streets.

You can find directions to the Mellon Auditorium and learn more about the event here. Come ready for learning, science, and fun!

Tiffany Lohwater, Public Engagement Manager,
Rachel Schaffer, Public Engagement Associate,

Schedule of Presentations:

Saturday, October 23
12:30 pm”X-ray Vision: Revealing Ancient Secrets with New Technology”
Uwe Bergmann, Physicist
Deputy Director, Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

1:00 pm”What Does It Mean to be Human?”
Rick Potts, Paleoanthropologist
Director of Human Origins Program, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

1:30 pm”Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes”
Marc Abrahams
Editor, Annals of Improbable Research, and Founder, Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

2:00 pm”Hip Hop, Video Games and Math”
Juan Gilbert, Computer Scientist
Professor and Chair, Human-Centered Computing Division, Clemson University

2:30 pm”Virtual Earths: Studying Climate Change with Supercomputers”
Keith Dixon, Climate Modeler
Research Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Sunday, October 24
12:30 pm”What We Know and Don’t Know about Climate Change”
J. Marshall Shepherd, Research Meteorologist
Associate Professor, Department of Geography/Atmospheric Sciences Program, University of Georgia

1:00 pm”The Physics of Superheroes”
James Kakalios
Physics Professor, University of Minnesota
Science Consultant for Watchmen

1:30 pm”Searching for New Planets”
Paul Butler, Astronomer
Staff Scientist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science

2:00 pm”Conserving Endangered Species”
Jennifer Mickelberg, Zoologist
Research Fellow, Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program, Smithsonian National Zoological Park

2:30 pm”Bird Brains and Human Language”
Erich Jarvis, Neuroscientist
Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center

* This schedule is subject to change.


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