Astronaut Megan McArthur, Author Michael Nielsen to host events during regional science fete
SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Wednesday October 26 - She calls herself The Physics Chanteuse. But her musical act plays out far from any nightclub. In fact, the sexy scientist is more at home in a lab - sans the white coat and pocket protector.
Lynda Williams, producer and performer of the cabaret-style musical act, will take to the stage at The Tech Museum as part of the exciting and enlightening events planned for the first-ever Bay Area Science Festival from Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, November 6. Williams, whose alter ego is a real physicist, headlines After Hours, the museum's new monthly themed event where adults can enjoy science, technology, entertainment and cocktails, November 2.
"I was born an entertainer and was a dancer and singer in high school," Williams said. "I was not a geek and did not like math and science. In college, I had a great philosophy teacher who introduced me to metaphysics, which led to science and math. I fell in love with physics and just naturally started to write songs about it."
The Physics Chanteuse is but one of the myriad events to be featured at The Tech Museum during the Bay Area Science Festival. The festival is meant to engage Bay Area residents in a region-wide celebration of its scientific wonders, resources, and opportunities by exploring the role of science, engineering, and technology here and around the world.
The 10-day festival will provide a wide range of science and technology activities - lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, and workshops - at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area. The collaborative public-education initiative brings together leading academic, scientific, corporate, and non-profit institutions to showcase the region as an international leader in innovation. A combined 50,000 people are expected to participate at venues around the region.
Among the events planned at or by The Tech Museum:
Genetics with Stanford at The Tech Museum, Oct. 29, 30, 31; Nov. 1-6
Stanford's Genetics department leads hands-on activities every day of the festival. Try your hand at DNA spooling from animal cells and look at your own DNA from cheek cells under a microscope. Figure out what 1,000 letters of your DNA look like. Solve a mystery by looking at "DNA" patterns using tools of forensic scientists
Super-Powered Science Oct. 29, Nov. 6
If you were a superhero, what kinds of heroic feats would you perform? Would you climb, like Spiderman? Use heat vision, like Superman? Manipulate electricity, like Electro? Super-Powered Science is a high-energy, humorous, and entertaining program that demystifies the science behind superhero powers.
Location: Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day at Cal State East Bay
Times: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Got Bots? Oct. 30; Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4
The Tech Museum does! Join in all the robotic fun when we roll out the robot red carpet for the Bay Area Science Festival. Meet some of our favorite robots, from Buster to AIBO, and then design and build your own robot out of Robotix parts
Mima la scienza!, Oct. 31
School groups engage in an international science pantomime, with a live-link to the Genoa Science Festival in Italy. The students in Italy will pantomime science concepts to our students, and then our students will guess the concepts - and vice versa - as they connect across the world through technology and overcome the language barrier with the universal language of science
Spooky Science, Oct. 31
Join us for ghoulish fun at The Tech Museum on Halloween. Discover the chemistry behind the creepy as you make slimy worms and ghost-like bubbles filled with fog. Find out what the handprint of a ghost looks like as you make your own disappearing prints and learn some seriously spooky science
Michael Nielsen Reinventing Discovery: The Era of Networked Science, Nov. 1
Join Michael Nielsen for a lecture and book signing for his latest book, Reinventing Discovery. Nielsen, a pioneer in quantum computing, reveals dramatic changes in science driven by powerful tools that are greatly accelerating scientific progress, and show how scientists are spontaneously collaborating online to tackle unsolved problems and make astonishing discoveries
VORTEX2 Doppler On Wheels, Nov. 3
Dr. Karen Kosiba, atmospheric scientist from Storm Chasers and IMAX film Tornado Alley appears at The Tech Museum, along with the VORTEX2 Doppler On Wheels. Climb inside the DOW parked in front of The Tech Museum. Learn from Dr. Kosiba how it operates in a storm and about the science and technology that go into tracking weather patterns that cause tornadoes
Dinner with a NASA Astronaut, Nov. 4
Meet Astronaut Megan McArthur who flew on Space Shuttle Atlantis and was part of the last Hubble mission. Megan McArthur will share her experiences as you enjoy dinner followed by a special introduction and private screening of our IMAX movie "Hubble." Afterward, join our Astronaut on the rooftop terrace under the stars (weather permitting) for space-themed treats, Q & A, and photo op
For more information on any of the Bay Area Science events at The Tech Museum, visit: http://www.thetech.org/bayarea_science/
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