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2014 Stage Shows

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  • Getting the Science Right in Hollywoodby Headliners John Sotos, Donna Nelson, and David Saltzberg - writers, consultants, and advisors to hit TV Series Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: John Sotos will be signing his book at book signing table 3 on Saturday at 4:00PM.

    John Sotos, Donna Nelson, and David Saltzberg will also help host the Kavli Science Video Awards Ceremony on the Einstein Stage on Saturday at 3:30 PM.

    Why is it so important to get the science correct in TV and film? Ask that question to organic chemist Donna Nelson, particle physicist David Saltzberg, and physician John Sotos and you'll get valuable insight into why they serve as science advisers to some of the hottest science/medical TV shows on the air today.

    Meet these science celebrities and hear their viewpoints as they participate in "Getting the Science Right in Hollywood", a revealing and insightful panel discussion moderated by Mariette DiChristina, who oversees Scientific American, ScientificAmerican.com, Scientific American Mind and all newsstand special editions.

    John Sotos, M.D. – He’s both a physician (who wrote the definitive book on mysterious medical diagnoses) and a noted computer scientist – which makes him admirably suited for his role as medical technical advisor to the hit TV series, House, MD, and science advisor to the sci-fi show, Torchwood: Miracle Day.

    Donna Nelson, professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, serves as science advisor to AMC's popular show, Breaking Bad. She was selected for the program after reading an article in Chemical and Engineering News about how the show's producer was seeking ongoing chemistry advice involving the program's main character, Walt (an organic chemistry high school teacher). Says Donna: "I thought, 'I can do this!' Chemists and other scientists are always complaining about poor, inaccurate science that appears in movies and television shows. This is an opportunity to do something about it."

    David Saltzberg, a world-renowned particle physicist at the University of California, Los Angeles, serves as science consultant for CBS TV's The Big Bang Theory, which boasts 12 million viewers each week. David is known for his attention to getting the science right without detracting from the mood and direction of the sitcom. In enhancing the show's script, he says: "I often choose something new, so people can learn about recent science discoveries." For example, he adds, "I've put in references to the CERN super-collider and to recent discoveries relating to dark matter."

  • Pack a Punch With Numbersby Mathematics Innovators Paul DePodesta, Mike Aponte and Glen Whitney Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Paul DePodesta will also perform on the Book Fair stage on Sunday at 4:30 PM and will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 at 4:30 PM.  Mike Aponte will sign books at Book Signing Table 4 on Sunday at 4:30 PM.


    Join us for dynamic hands-on encounters with mathematics superstars, and discover how numbers are used to pack a punch in such areas as decision-making, evaluating human performance, scrutinizing data, following hunches and sizing up situations in sports, scientific research, business and other matters.

    In this unforgettable presentation, Glen Whitney will team up fellow panel members and mathematics legends Paul DePodesta and Mike Aponte.

    Meet the Panelists!

    Mike Aponte studied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and later reigned as one of the most famous blackjack players in the casino world (a profession in which skills in statistics and probability are paramount) and served as a key inspiration for the best-selling book Bringing Down the House, and the 2008 major motion picture, 21. Both works tell of the fundamentals behind his success as a player: a love of mathematics, hard work and a focused business-like approach to his craft. He went on to win the 2004 World Series of Blackjack, and today tutors students in math and SAT preparation.
    Paul DePodesta graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in economics and is currently Vice President of Player Development and Scouting for the New York Mets baseball team. In the high-stakes world as a baseball executive, he is best known for using statistics and the laws of probability in innovative ways to evaluate, measure, assign value to, and make decisions on player talent and performance. In the process, he has helped revolutionize how winning baseball teams can be built. His successful use of such techniques as Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1999 to 2003 helped to dramatically turn around the struggling A's team -- a feat that was chronicled in the best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and the 2011 major motion picture, Moneyball.

    Paul DePodesta - The creative approach of this high-powered professional baseball executive in using statistics in revolutionary ways to make winners out of the hapless Oakland Athletics baseball team during 1999-2003 formed the basis of the best-selling book Moneyball, and the subsequent 2011 major motion picture of the same name. Discover his winning strategy behind statistics and the laws of probability that you can use in everyday life! 

    Mike Aponte - This former MIT student used his love and prowess in mathematics to reign as one of the most famous blackjack players in the casino world, inspiring the best-selling book Bringing Down the House, and the 2008 major motion picture, 21. Learn how he now has given up the glitz and glamour of casino life to follow his two other passions: tutoring and mentoring students in mathematics and SAT preparation, and instructing the public in the art of card counting!

    Panel moderator Glen Whitney is known as the mathematician who gave up a lucrative career as a hedge-fund algorithm manager in New York to pursue his dream of establishing the nation's first-ever interactive, hands-on math museum. Under his direction, the National Museum of Mathematics, located in the heart of Manhattan, has made a name for itself in K-12 educational outreach by going the extra mile in showing students how math relates to almost everything we do  - from biology and physics to music, art, finance, photography and sports.
  • Enhancing Mobility with Bionic Exoskeleton Technologyby Amanda Boxtel Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Paralyzed in a skiing accident 22 years ago, Amanda Boxtel sustained a permanent spinal cord injury from the pelvis down. She has since become a strong advocate for people with disabilities and has been involved in community and outreach projects that aim to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

    In 1995, Boxtel co-founded Challenge Aspen, a non-profit organization that enables individuals with disabilities to participate in recreational activities in Aspen, Colorado. While working as a director for Challenge Aspen for 13 years, she was the first paraplegic to be hired as a professional ski instructor at Aspen Skiing Company.

    Boxtel is a professional speaker and has appeared in top magazines, news publications, and on major television networks globally.

    She currently serves as Executive Director for Bridging Bionics Foundation, demonstrating how bionic exoskeleton technology has a positive impact on quality of life. She was the first female paraplegic to test Ekso™, then known as eLEGS, for manufacturer Ekso Bionics. With the help of the aluminum and titanium battery-powered device, she is able to walk almost naturally, as she will demonstrate at our event.

    Get amazing insights at Festival Expo 2014 when Amanda Boxtel takes you on a personal journey of how exoskeleton technology has afforded her enhanced mobility since her injury. Learn how this life-changing advancement has helped her not only to pursue her goal as a celebrated adaptive athlete and ski instructor, but to become a national inspiration to others.

  • Fragile X: Mutations on the X Chromosome Can Affect Your Sensesby Christopher Cross AAAS stage Saturday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Christopher Cross is participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨Fragile X: Mutations on the X Chromosome Can Affect Your Senses.¨ Christopher is a doctoral student in Neuroscience at Howard University where he is focusing on Translational Neuroscience research. He has also conducted Neuogenetic work sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Christopher's long-term goal is to become a socially and politically active research professor in Neuroscience, using neuro and nanotechnology with neuroceuticals to help alleviate neurodegenerative diseases that affect African Americans and other minority populations.

  • Be Inspired By Miss California and Runner-Up Miss America!by Crystal Lee - Miss California and Stanford University Science Graduate Standout Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Crystal Lee will sign autographs directly after her performance.

    Crystal Lee's dream to succeed in the higher echelons of pageants began when she was 15 years old and reached a dramatic pinnacle this year when she was crowned Miss California and this fall named first runner-up of the 2013 Miss America Pageant.

    But beauty, poise and grace are not the only qualities that make this 22 year-old Stanford University graduate a standout: She's also a burgeoning talent in the field of high-tech, displaying a particular passion for entrepreneurial startups and furthering the role of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    You'll get the opportunity to learn more about Crystal - including how she is using her recent pageant successes to inspire others in STEM -when she appears next April as part of the Festival Expo's stellar lineup of science celebrity performers at the Washington, DC Convention Center. 

    So passionate is she about science and technology, particularly the need for more women in fields of STEM, that she used it as her platform issue for the Miss America competition.

    In addition, last year, Crystal got involved with a startup, called Nanoly, a female-led startup based in Boulder, Colorado that uses nanotechnology to enable vaccines to be transported and delivered without the need for refrigeration to rural and impoverished areas of the world. Coincidentally, she was introduced to the startup by Miss Oakland 2011, the company's lead researcher.

    Find out more at the 2014 Expo!

  • Meet our Emcees: Dave Mosher, Projects Editor, Popular Scienceby Dave Mosher

    Dave Mosher will be Emceeing on the Einstein Stage on Sunday.

    Whether its informing readers about the latest in gadgets, cars, DIY, science, or technology, Dave Mosher -- as Projects Editor of Popular Science -- is on it with a passion!
    As Projects Editor, he oversees the magazine's Manual section (formerly called How 2.0), in addition to covering the DIY, maker and hacker worlds, and helping develop PopSci.com's premier network of science and tech blogs.
    A self-described DIY geek, Dave grew up in his dad's automotive repair center in Ohio and later gravitated to science and technology journalism, covering physics, space, biology, the Maker Movement and more.  
    ¨I combine my passions for science, journalism and the do-it-yourself ethos to craft clear, accessible, and thought-provoking content across print, web, tablet, video, and whatever's next,¨ says Dave, who like the publication he works for, is infinitely curious.
    In addition to his post at Popular Science, Dave in his young career as a science and technology journalist has: launched and produced Discovery Space -- the Discovery Channel's first exclusive multimedia content hub focused on space and astronomy which is now part of Discovery News; covered NASA's robotic spaceflight programs, developed multimedia content as a staff writer for SPACE;com and LiveScience.com, served as a freelance writer for such publications as National Geographic News, and Scientific American, and contributed to Wired.com.
    He is a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned a B.S. and B.A. in Biology and Journalism respectively.

    Whether its informing readers about the latest in gadgets, cars, DIY, science, or technology, Dave Mosher -- as Projects Editor of Popular Science -- is on it with a passion!

    As Projects Editor, he oversees the magazine's Manual section (formerly called How 2.0), in addition to covering the DIY, maker and hacker worlds, and helping develop PopSci.com's premier network of science and tech blogs.

    A self-described DIY geek, Dave grew up in his dad's automotive repair center in Ohio and later gravitated to science and technology journalism, covering physics, space, biology, the Maker Movement and more.  

    ¨I combine my passions for science, journalism and the do-it-yourself ethos to craft clear, accessible, and thought-provoking content across print, web, tablet, video, and whatever's next,¨ says Dave, who like the publication he works for, is infinitely curious.

    In addition to his post at Popular Science, Dave in his young career as a science and technology journalist has: launched and produced Discovery Space -- the Discovery Channel's first exclusive multimedia content hub focused on space and astronomy which is now part of Discovery News; covered NASA's robotic spaceflight programs, developed multimedia content as a staff writer for SPACE;com and LiveScience.com, served as a freelance writer for such publications as National Geographic News, and Scientific American, and contributed to Wired.com.

    He is a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned a B.S. and B.A. in Biology and Journalism respectively.

  • Meet Edgy and Exciting NOVA ScienceNow Host and Yahoo's Technology Evangelist David Pogueby David Pogue, NOVA ScienceNow Host Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: David Pogue will sign books on Book Signing Table 3 on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

    His high-profile credentials include hosting the popular NOVA ScienceNow series on PBS, writing tech columns for the New York Times and Scientific American,  serving as an Emmy Award-winning technology correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning - and even conducting Broadway musicals!

    You'll get the chance to meet and hear David Pogue next April when he brings his versatile and edgy style of science journalism and high-tech expertise to the Festival Expo.

    In addition to his posts at the New York Times, Scientific American, NOVA and CBS Morning News, David (with more than 3 million books in print), is one of the world's best-selling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the For Dummies series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music).

    In 1999, he even launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called The Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

    Of all his roles in the media, David, who originally trained in music, is perhaps more immediately known as the host of NOVA ScienceNow where he offers an edgy take on science as he is immersed in hilarious and dangerous situations. (The previous host was the venerated astrophysicist and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.)

  • The Science of Football: Fascinating Insights From a Scientist Who Studies the Game, and a Mathematics Genius Who Plays It! by Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and John Urschel Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Ainissa Ramirez will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 on Saturday at 5:00 PM.

    Football is chock full of science. For example: When a quarterback throws a 50-yard “bomb” to a wide receiver in stride for a touchdown, or when a fleeting running back collides abruptly with a 300-pound defensive lineman, causing the runner to fumble the ball – that’s all physics.

    In this unforgettable stage show, titled “The Physics of Football,” you’ll discover from Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., a leading scientist who studies the game, why football is more than just a battle of will. It all boils down to which team uses the science of force, motion, energy and other elements the best, she says!  

    You’ll also meet and hear Penn State football standout, John Urschel, a first-team All Big Ten lineman --and an NFL draft prospect for 2014 -- who is known not only for his prowess on the field, but also for his achievements in the classroom as a phenomenal math scholar. John graduated from Penn State with a degree in mathematics in just 3 years with a perfect 4.0 GPA – and that’s only just one of his rare accomplishments in math!

    Dr. Ramirez, widely recognized for her passion as a science evangelist in exciting kids of all ages about science, is co-author of the 2013 book, Newton's Football (Random House), which is one of the best works exploring the science behind the game of football. She is also author of Save Our Science (TED Books), which is based on her TED talk about the importance of STEM education.

    She received her training in Materials Science and Engineering from Brown University (Sc.B.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.).
    Before embarking on her mission to improve the public’s understanding of science, Dr. Ramirez was a mechanical engineering professor at Yale University and, before that she was a member of technical staff (MTS) at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. There she developed a universal solder (a reactive solder that bonds to glass) for which she was awarded MIT Technology Review's TR100 award.

    John Urschel, 22, is a rarity in college, let alone major college football. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, after completing his undergraduate degree in mathematics in just three years in 2012, immediately began working on his Master's degree in math (while continuing to play football) and graduated in May 2013 with a 4.0 GPA.

    He is currently working on a Master's in math education, with the plan of earning a Ph.D. after pursuing a career playing with NFL. What’s more, the hard-working, 300-pound guard already has had his first scientific paper published -- "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem" -- last spring in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy.

    Just how does he balance football and math so well?  "It comes easy when you are willing to work hard, and you love what you do," says John, who says his favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory because it is so realistic about science.

  • Fast Break Action: STEM in Basketballby Former Professional Basketball Players Theo Ratliff, Jerome Williams, and Bernard Robinson Lockheed Martin stage Saturday, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Lockheed Martin stage Sunday, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special note: In addition to Saturday and Sunday, a special showing will take place during Sneak Peek Friday - 12:15 PM on the Lockheed Martin Stage!

    Imagine having the chance to interact directly with dynamic former NBA stars in a challenging series of agility and speed drills as these players explain how science impacts key performance skills in the game of basketball.
    Get ready for some unforgettable action when the “STEM in Basketball” presentation debuts on the Lockheed Martin stage! You’ll meet and hear veteran NBA standouts Theophalus ”Theo” Curtis Ratliff and Jerome “JYD” Williams in an must-see presentation  -- to be moderated by former NBA pro Bernard Robinson – while selected students test their hoop prep skills with Theo and Jerome during a regimen of basketball drills.
    This presentation is particularly intended to teach visitors about the important role that science and technology play in assessing speed, flexibility, power and agility in the game of basketball.
    While waiting for the action to begin this month, get to know the NBA standouts you’ll be meeting:
    Theo Ratliff is a former NBA All Star who spent 16 years in the pros where he was consistently one of the NBA’s premier shot blockers. His teams included the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Since retiring from the game, he has become known as an astute entrepreneur. He is founder of Ratliff Enterprises which manages a portfolio of diversified holdings in real estate, digital media, film and television, financial services, business consulting, and sports nutritional supplements.
    Jerome Williams, played in the NBA for 9 years, including for the New York Knicks during which he excelled in his role as a starter and a rebounder. In 2000, Jerome led the league in rebounding percentage and was ranked 3rd overall in offensive ratings.  Service to the community has always been a priority for him. He has collected three NBA Community Awards throughout his career, and since retiring, he continues to help the less fortunate. As testament to this, he was named “Sports Ambassador” to the Toronto School District in 2011 for his work with high school and college students.
    Bernard Robinson, after a stellar career as a college player at the University of Michigan (where he helped lead his team to an NIT title in 2004), played two seasons in the NBA for the Charlotte Bobcats and two seasons for the New Jersey Nets before injury led to his retirement from the game. He then began his own company, Confident-A-List Group, which focuses on 
    creating better business solutions in different entrepreneurial sectors with a focus on sports. He has also aligned himself with Bell Management International, as he works to provide sound business advice to young athletes.

    Imagine having the chance to interact directly with dynamic former NBA stars in a challenging series of agility and speed drills as these players explain how science impacts key performance skills in the game of basketball.

    Get ready for some unforgettable action when the “STEM in Basketball” presentation debuts on the Lockheed Martin stage! You’ll meet and hear veteran NBA standouts Theophalus ”Theo” Curtis Ratliff and Jerome “JYD” Williams in an must-see presentation  -- with support from former NBA pro Bernard Robinson – while selected students test their hoop prep skills with Theo and Jerome during a regimen of basketball drills.

    This presentation is particularly intended to teach visitors about the important role that science and technology play in assessing speed, flexibility, power and agility in the game of basketball.

    While waiting for the action to begin this month, get to know the NBA standouts you’ll be meeting:

    Theo Ratliff is a former NBA All Star who spent 16 years in the pros where he was consistently one of the NBA’s premier shot blockers. His teams included the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Since retiring from the game, he has become known as an astute entrepreneur. He is founder of Ratliff Enterprises which manages a portfolio of diversified holdings in real estate, digital media, film and television, financial services, business consulting, and sports nutritional supplements.

    Jerome Williams, played in the NBA for 9 years, including for the New York Knicks during which he excelled in his role as a starter and a rebounder. In 2000, Jerome led the league in rebounding percentage and was ranked 3rd overall in offensive ratings.  Service to the community has always been a priority for him. He has collected three NBA Community Awards throughout his career, and since retiring, he continues to help the less fortunate. As testament to this, he was named “Sports Ambassador” to the Toronto School District in 2011 for his work with high school and college students.

    Bernard Robinson, after a stellar career as a college player at the University of Michigan (where he helped lead his team to an NIT title in 2004), played two seasons in the NBA for the Charlotte Bobcats and two seasons for the New Jersey Nets before injury led to his retirement from the game. He then began his own company, Confident-A-List Group, which focuses on creating better business solutions in different entrepreneurial sectors with a focus on sports. He has also aligned himself with Bell Management International, as he works to provide sound business advice to young athletes.

  • Some Very Cool Hands-on Scienceby Interactive Science Programs Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Most people have seen the movie Terminator II where the T-1000 terminator becomes frozen in liquid nitrogen. In this chilling performance your students will explore what would happen if the liquid nitrogen fell on them.

    As one of ISP's most popular programs, it involves experiments that look at the various industrial uses of liquid nitrogen and other cryogenic techniques.

    This program also involves an examination of everyday uses of very cold material, what happens to things in cold environments and there by products such as carbon dioxide.

    This program would not be complete without both students and teacher's participation. Both are invited to come on stage and assist in selected experiments. There's never a shortage of volunteers. Maybe you will be the lucky one to help us with that part of the program.

    ISP tells the students to question, read and most of all listen and learn; and then like all good action movies, this one ends with a bang. Don't miss this engaging performance, you won't only learn about science; you'll learn you are already a scientist. 

  • Meet the Women Leaders Spearheading Cool and Fascinating Ways to Inspire Girls in STEM!by Karen Panetta, Lindsey Shepard and Andrea Beaty Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Sunday, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Andrea Beaty will also perform on Saturday at the Book Fair Stage at 11:00 AM and sign books at Book Signing Table 2 at 11:30 AM. She will also perform on Sunday at the Book Fair Stage at 10:30 AM and sign books at Book Signing Table 1 at 11:00 AM.

    Research shows that the earlier kids get interested in STEM, the more likely they are to go into those fields as adults. Unfortunately, girls are losing interest in STEM as young as age 8! Fortunately, there is a growing number of innovators who are working to give girls wider options by creating exciting new ways to help inspire the next generation of female scientists and engineers!

    Titled “Meet the Women Leaders Spearheading Cool and Fascinating Ways to Inspire Girls in STEM”, this must-see performance panel will be moderated by Kathy Park, reporter and weekend morning anchor for Washington, DC’s ABC 7 and News Channel 8, and will feature:

    Lindsey Shepard, vice president of Sales for GoldieBlox, the high-powered new startup (begun by Stanford engineering grad Debbie Sterling) that is gaining national attention by creating innovative construction kits and toys that encourage girls to develop an early interest and skill set in engineering. Adding to Goldie Blox’s  distinction and “coolness,” the company in February of this year became the first small business to air an ad during the Super Bowl. Their ad depicting girl empowerment in STEM was viewed by a record 111.5 million viewers!

    Dr. Karen Panetta, the Tufts University professor of Engineering who is known as the “Princess Warrior” of Engineering and Science education. As founder of Nerd Girls (the global movement which celebrates “smart-girl” individuality in science, technology, engineering and math), Karen and her colleagues are championing young women to use their creative talents and brain power to solve problems and develop cool innovations that improve and change lives.

    Andrea Beaty, the highly popular children’s book author whose recent work, Rosie Revere, Engineer,  chronicles the pursuits of the fictitious main character, Rosie -- a shy but determined second grader who breaks stereotypes to build amazing gizmos and gadgets towards her dream of becoming an engineer.

    The impetus of these Expo panel presentations lies in the sobering fact that fewer than a quarter of America’s jobs in STEM fields are held by women, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, and only 11% of engineers are women.

    The presentations by Lindsey, Karen, Andrea and other panel members are also key in that they will show how their activities zero in on how children, especially girls, tend to learn best: through storytelling, use of verbal skills, and hands-on problem-solving.

  • Laura Overdeck - Bedtime Mathby Laura Overdeck Watch Preview Video
    Book Fair stage Saturday, 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 2 Saturday, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Laura Overdeck, successful author and founder of Bedtime Math, works with nonprofits focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, is Chair of the Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY), and is a board member of Liberty Science Center and the Governor’s School of New Jersey, to which she was recently re-appointed by Governor Chris Christie.  Hot on the heels of the success of Laura’s first Bedtime Math book, Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal provides families fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle—math that isn’t just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics from missing socks and glitter to your favorite wild pet and how fast you can run, kids will find math isn’t just fun, it can be found in their everyday lives. Laura holds a B.A. in astrophysics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. 

  • The Tech of You: Inside the Personalized Medicine Revolutionby Life Sciences Foundation (LSF) Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!



    Your visits to the doctor will never be the same after you learn how biotechnology is changing 21st century medicine. With new knowledge and technologies, we can craft increasingly better therapies tailored to an individual’s genome and microbiology. Learn how leading scientists are transforming one-size-fits-all medicine to treatments customized just for you.

    Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book.

    Panelist Kim Popovits’ professional and personal experience with cancer drove her passion to change the way we diagnose and treat this complex disease. She sits at the forefront of the personalized medicine movement, working to develop treatments as unique as patients themselves. As the CEO and President of Genomic Health, she continues to be one of the most influential forces in applying the latest biotechnology to improve healthcare.

    Colin Hill is passionate about using data to transform healthcare. As CEO and President of GNS Healthcare, he brings years of experience, creativity, and knowledge of computational physics, systems biology and personalized medicine to help create new tools to achieve better health outcomes for patients while lowering costs.

    More than three decades following her successful treatment for Lymphoma, Laurie Levin was diagnosed with breast cancer. Genomic testing made it possible to personalize her treatment and forgo chemotherapy.  Twice a cancer survivor, she has become a health ambassador, promoting breast cancer treatment awareness and offering peer-to-peer coaching through personal appearances, radio interviews and digital medial such as blogs, webinars and webcasts.

    The panel will be moderated by New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer. In his numerous, essays, articles, and blog posts, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He has authored 12 books, including ‘A Planet of Viruses’, ‘Parasite Rex’ and ‘The Tangled Bank’ and has been awarded  the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Journalism Award three times.

  • Be Part of the Excitement at the Women's Hackathon Awards Ceremony!by Microsoft Research & NCWIT Einstein Stage Sunday, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    How about this for an unforgettable experience in computer science:  the chance to meet and hear some of the most noted leaders in information technology -- including President Obama's technology advisor, and the co-founder of the high-powered National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) organization -- and then later share in the excitement of innovation with future technology leaders by participating in the awards ceremony for winners of Microsoft's  2014 International Women's Hackathon!

    Be in the audience not only for our computer science panel presentation with exciting IT innovators, but also when we connect via Skype with more than 35 universities in 10 countries in a virtual winners presentation as more than 2000 women participate in the Hackathon. Come learn why you want to become a computer scientist, and how you make a difference in the world through this leading STEM frontier!

    Our noted computer science panelists include: Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer and who in this role serves as an advisor and assistant to President Obama in technology; Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT); Bonnie Ross, who oversees Microsoft's Halo business (one of the great success stories of the video game world) and is general manager of 343 Industries; Hadi Partovi, co-founder of the education non-profit Code.org served as an investor and entrepreneur in such noted startups as Facebook and Dropbox; and Cassidy Williams, Student Lead for the International Women’s Hackathon, and is a 2014 computer science graduate of Iowa State University who is already proving herself to be a standout leader in her field.

  • Mike Aponte -- Bringing Down the Houseby Mike Aponte Watch Preview Video
    Book Signing Table 4 Sunday, 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Mike Aponte will perform on the Bell Stage on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

     

    After studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mike Aponte later reigned as one of the most famous blackjack players in the casino world where he combined his skills in card counting and a business-like approach to his craft with a love for mathematics to reach the top of his game.
    The bestselling book, Bringing Down the House, portrays the true story of Mike (as a young aspiring professional casino player) and his fellow members of the MIT Blackjack Team as they  use mathematics to legally beat the house at blackjack for millions.  Mike will talk about the book, including discussing lead character, Jason Fisher, who portrays him. He will also speak about how mathematics and statistics have inspired him in many things outside of card counting. ¨I learned that using an analytically-based strategy can take the gamble out of  many things in life, beyond blackjack," he says. Bringing Down the House also helped inspire the subsequent motion picture, 21.
    After retiring as a professional blackjack player, Mike got involved in the non-profit sector as a volunteer, tutoring and mentoring high school students in math and SAT preparation. ¨I quickly discovered that I love teaching as much as I do blackjack," he smiles. He later started an after-school program with the mission of helping young people achieve higher education.

    After studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mike Aponte later reigned as one of the most famous blackjack players in the casino world where he combined his skills in card counting and a business-like approach to his craft with a love for mathematics to reach the top of his game.

    The bestselling book, Bringing Down the House, portrays the true story of Mike (as a young aspiring professional casino player) and his fellow members of the MIT Blackjack Team as they  use mathematics to legally beat the house at blackjack for millions.  Mike will talk about the book, including discussing lead character, Jason Fisher, who portrays him. He will also speak about how mathematics and statistics have inspired him in many things outside of card counting. ¨I learned that using an analytically-based strategy can take the gamble out of  many things in life, beyond blackjack," he says. Bringing Down the House also helped inspire the subsequent motion picture, 21.

    After retiring as a professional blackjack player, Mike got involved in the non-profit sector as a volunteer, tutoring and mentoring high school students in math and SAT preparation. ¨I quickly discovered that I love teaching as much as I do blackjack," he smiles. He later started an after-school program with the mission of helping young people achieve higher education.

  • From the DIY Movement to Saving Lives -- Skilled Trades Pack a Powerful Punch!by Mike Rowe Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Mike Rowe will perform on the Bell Stage on Saturday at 3:00 PM.  In addition, you might also catch Mike Rowe on the stage in the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Pavillion throughout the weekend.


    Skilled trade jobs rock! In a powerful panel presentation conducted by Mike Rowe, star of TV's Dirty Jobs series and founder and CEO of the mikeroweWorks Foundation, you'll discover how skilled trades are making a difference in myriad sectors of the real world -- from agriculture science and farming to the Maker/DIY movement and even in marine exploration by developing life-saving suits of armor that protect divers against sharks!

    Don't miss this unforgettable presentation whose panel members will include these skilled trade notables:

    --Mark Hatch, Chief Executive Officer of TechShop, a global leader in the Maker/DIY movement. Under Mark's leadership, TechShop's revenue has grown twentyfold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. In 2013, his book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was released by McGraw-Hill Education, and San Francisco Business Times recognized Mark as one of “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs.” Mark has spoken at industry and leading events like Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative.

    --Sue McCloskey, along with her husband, Mike, are owners of Fair Oaks Dairy Farms in Indiana, one of the largest dairy farms in the United States that uses both commercial and organic farming practices. They milk over 15,000 cows on a farm that creates its own energy through manure digesters. Through innovative use of skilled trade technology, Sue and her husband are also breaking down walls between farmers and consumers to increase education and dialogue about the food production industry, including powering their agritourism buses by a mix of cow and pig manure, and building high-tech facilities at their locations that afford visitors an interactive view of farming practices in action.

    --Brian Huff, CEO, Midwest Technical Institute (MTI). A former pipe welder, Brian co-founded MTI trade school in 1995 (the school was then known as the Midwest School of Welding). Today the school, headquartered in Springfield, ILL -- and having 7 campuses in 4 states -- is known as a leader in training skill trade professionals in such sectors as mechanical trades, allied health, and transportation.

    --Jeremiah Sullivan, a noted inventor and marine biologist, is founder of SharkArmor Tech and creator and technical innovator of the Neptunic Brand and products. In the late 1970's, he developed a flexible suit of armor for divers to wear while working around sharks. Today, under his new brand called SharkArmor Tech, he continues using the latest in skilled labor talent to manufacture new ways to advance his shark suits. These inventions have become the world standard among those who must work under hazardous circumstances with sharks in the open sea.

    --Matt Freund is a second-generation dairy farmer in Connecticut. He has always looked for opportunities to add innovation to his farm, including through skilled trade technology. These innovations have included: building a methane digester to create biofuel on their farm, installing 500-plus solar panels to generate enough solar energy needed to run the dairy farm, and inventing and marketing a product called CowPots, using a a by-product of dairy farming- cow manure. Through these initiatives, Matt has received regional and national awards in conservation.

  • I, Robot: Blurring the Lines Between Man, Machine, and Roboticsby Ralph Etienne-Cummings AAAS stage Saturday, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Ralph Etienne-Cummings is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨I, Robot: Blurring the Lines Between Man, Machine, and Robotics. ¨ 
    Ralph is Professor of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University where he is known for his work in the relatively new field of "neuromorphic engineering" -- how biology solves problems and creates engineering solutions. For example, how do a fly's eyes work so effectively that they can see obstacles -- like you with a swatter -- so quickly and at any angle? What if a device could be engineered to help machines -- or people -- see in the same way? These solutions stand to lead biotech applications which can help people, such as improved visual sensors and assistance for the blind.

    Ralph Etienne-Cummings is  participating as a speaker in the AAAS Meet the Scientists stage presentation series titled Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses. He will be speaking on the topic, ¨I, Robot: Blurring the Lines Between Man, Machine, and Robotics. ¨ Ralph is Professor of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University where he is known for his work in the relatively new field of "neuromorphic engineering" -- how biology solves problems and creates engineering solutions. For example, how do a fly's eyes work so effectively that they can see obstacles -- like you with a swatter -- so quickly and at any angle? What if a device could be engineered to help machines -- or people -- see in the same way? These solutions stand to lead biotech applications which can help people, such as improved visual sensors and assistance for the blind.

  • Discover How STEAM is Powering Innovation of Tomorrow!by STEAM Panel Einstein Stage Sunday, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    As Business Week recently explained: "The game is changing. It isn't just about math and science anymore. It's about creativity imagination and, above all, innovation."

    In a powerful panel presentation that includes NASA and the non-profit foundation created by Grammy Award-winning musician and performer will.i.am, you’ll learn from leading experts how STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) is playing a dynamic role in driving the innovative frontiers of tomorrow -- demonstrating that art and creativity are necessary adjuncts to STEM!  Gain exciting insight from these noted STEAM panelists:

     --Phillip Beesley is an internationally renowned architect and professor of architecture at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is known for his kinetic installations that integrate art, engineering, technology, and chemistry to explore responsive architecture. A noted author and winner of numerous awards in his field, he has been featured in WIRED, TEDx, and the Discovery Channel.

     -- Lilly Kam is director of STEM at the i.am.angel Foundation, a nonprofit founded by will.i.am, musician and STEAM advocate.  Lilly develops high-impact STEAM programs for inner city schools, incorporating the arts and humanities into partnerships with leading technology companies. At i.am.angel programs, students are combining elements of music and storytelling with industrial design, robotics, and app development— all with the goal of transforming their communities.

      --Brian Smith, professor of Learning Technologies in the School of Education at Drexel University, brings creativity to the core of educational practices through research that supports and enhances human performance and learning. He has also served as a co-investigator for Rhode Island School of Design’s STEM to STEAM initiative.

      --Michelle Viotti, manager of NASA’s Mars Public Engagement Program, is responsible for all of NASA’s Mars public outreach activities, including formal and informal education. She coordinates these activities at NASA Centers and also by principal investigators at universities. Her office’s Imagine Mars project integrates the arts and STEM to promote engagement and learning in school and out-of-school environments.  

    The panel will be moderated by J.D. Talasek, Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, where he is also known for coordinating the DC Art Science Evening Rendevous (DASER) sessions -- the Academy's monthly discussion forums aimed at fostering interdisciplinary networking. In addition, he created the organized the international online symposium on Visual Culture and Bioscience (2008) at the NAS, and serves as art advisor for  Science and Technology magazine, published by the University of Texas at Dallas and the National Academies. 

  • Tammy Enz - Batman Scienceby Tammy Enz Watch Preview Video
    Book Fair stage Saturday, 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 2 Saturday, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Fair stage Sunday, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 2 Sunday, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Tammy Enz writes about engineering, science and technology for young people. Besides writing over a dozen books, she has written numerous articles and stories. She is also a civil engineer and university instructor. She likes tinkering and figuring out how things work. In her spare time, she fixes up old houses and conducts experiments in her garden and kitchen. Most of all, she loves reading books about anything and everything and asking “why?” Ms. Enz lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. Her recent book is Batman Science.

  • Teen Inventors: It's Never Too Early To Make Your Mark in STEM!by Teen Inventor Panel Lockheed Martin stage Sunday, 02:30 PM - 03:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    It's never too early to begin putting your innovative STEM ideas into action -- like those of these fascinating teen inventors you will meet:
    Andrea Li is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. There, she is team captain of the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam where she has combined her love of biology and math to lead a bioengineering project aimed at developing a novel emotive aid device for young autistic children to facilitate social interactions and the development of meaningful relationships for such individuals. 
    Rohan Punnoose, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology where he is the student lead for the TJ3Sat Satellite Initiative, which in November 2013 became the first satellite built by a high school to go into space. He also leads an array of other aerospace projects at Thomas Jefferson, including TJ3Sat, Project SOAR, a rocket-deployed UAV and an all-terrain rocket-deployed rover. 
    In addition to Andrea and Rohan, you'll meet these amazing teen innovators from the Festival's Youth Advisory Panel:
    Sixteen-year-old Adora Svitak will serve as emcee of the Expo's Teen Inventors presentation. She has been exploring what she can do with the written word since age 4: everything from championing literacy to raising awareness about world hunger. She taught her first class at a local elementary school the year her first book, Flying Fingers, debuted. At age 12, she delivered the speech, "What Adults Can Learn from Kids", at the prestigious TED conference. That video received more than one million views and has been translated into over 40 different languages. 
    Param Jaggi, age 18, has been formally researching environmental and energy technologies since age 12. When he was 14, he designed a highly effective algae bio-reactor using household materials. Param is currently a junior at Vanderbilt University where last summer he founded EcoViate, a green-tech startup that focuses on inexpensive, efficient and disposable green products. 
    Seventeen-year-old next generation scientist Sara Volz made national news when she won the coveted $100,000 prize in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search for inventing a method to boost the natural oil content of algae for alternative fuel development. Equally amazing, Sara, who is now a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), conducted her groundbreaking research from a laboratory constructed in her bedroom! 
    Jack Andraka, a 16-year old Baltimore high-school student, recently set the medical science community abuzz by developing (at age 15) an innovative diagnostic test that detects pancreatic cancer and is 368 times more sensitive, 150 times quicker and 26,000 times cheaper than the medical standard. This research innovation earned him more than $100,000, including the grand prize of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award.
    Ritankar Das, 18, is the youngest University Medalist (top graduating senior) in UC Berkeley’s recorded history. He is now a Master of Science degree candidate in bioengineering at 
    Oxford. At UC Berkeley he served as an Academic Senator where he helped manage a $1.7 billion budget and founded the Berkeley Chemical Review research journal. Ritankar, who began researching alternative energy at age 12, has been lauded by the Smithsonian as a “future Nobel Laureate.” 
    Jonny Cohen, age 18, is a Columbia University mechanical engineering student who in 7th grade used his curiosity and prowess in science to invent an aerodynamically shaped air shield (known as Greenshield) for the front of school buses that reduces fuel use by 10 percent. The GreenShield redirects the airflow, decreases drag and increasing gas mileage, saving money for school districts and decreasing CO2 emissions. Jonny has been recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy list twice, and was named a prestigious Ashoka Youth Venture winner in 2012.

    It's never too early to begin putting your innovative STEM ideas into action -- like those of these fascinating teen inventors you will meet:

    Andrea Li is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. There, she is team captain of the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam where she has combined her love of biology and math to lead a bioengineering project aimed at developing a novel emotive aid device for young autistic children to facilitate social interactions and the development of meaningful relationships for such individuals. 

    Rohan Punnoose, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology where he is the student lead for the TJ3Sat Satellite Initiative, which in November 2013 became the first satellite built by a high school to go into space. He also leads an array of other aerospace projects at Thomas Jefferson, including TJ3Sat, Project SOAR, a rocket-deployed UAV and an all-terrain rocket-deployed rover. 

    In addition to Andrea and Rohan, you'll meet these amazing teen innovators from the Festival's Youth Advisory Panel:

    Sixteen-year-old Adora Svitak will serve as emcee of the Expo's Teen Inventors presentation. She has been exploring what she can do with the written word since age 4: everything from championing literacy to raising awareness about world hunger. She taught her first class at a local elementary school the year her first book, Flying Fingers, debuted. At age 12, she delivered the speech, "What Adults Can Learn from Kids", at the prestigious TED conference. That video received more than one million views and has been translated into over 40 different languages. 

    Param Jaggi, age 18, has been formally researching environmental and energy technologies since age 12. When he was 14, he designed a highly effective algae bio-reactor using household materials. Param is currently a junior at Vanderbilt University where last summer he founded EcoViate, a green-tech startup that focuses on inexpensive, efficient and disposable green products. 

    Jack Andraka, a 16-year old Baltimore high-school student, recently set the medical science community abuzz by developing (at age 15) an innovative diagnostic test that detects pancreatic cancer and is 368 times more sensitive, 150 times quicker and 26,000 times cheaper than the medical standard. This research innovation earned him more than $100,000, including the grand prize of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award.

    Ritankar Das, 18, is the youngest University Medalist (top graduating senior) in UC Berkeley’s recorded history. He is now a Master of Science degree candidate in bioengineering at Oxford. At UC Berkeley he served as an Academic Senator where he helped manage a $1.7 billion budget and founded the Berkeley Chemical Review research journal. Ritankar, who began researching alternative energy at age 12, has been lauded by the Smithsonian as a “future Nobel Laureate.” 

    Jonny Cohen, age 18, is a Columbia University mechanical engineering student who in 7th grade used his curiosity and prowess in science to invent an aerodynamically shaped air shield (known as Greenshield) for the front of school buses that reduces fuel use by 10 percent. The GreenShield redirects the airflow, decreases drag and increasing gas mileage, saving money for school districts and decreasing CO2 emissions. Jonny has been recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy list twice, and was named a prestigious Ashoka Youth Venture winner in 2012.

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