Argonne, Fermi, UC join in Chicago’s ‘Science Fest 2015’
Argonne, Fermilab and University of Chicago scientists are participating in Chicago Science Fest 2015 — a festival for science lovers and the science-curious — the weekend May 28-30.
Created by the Illinois Science Council, fest events will be in downtown Chicago in venues like tech incubator 1871 and the new healthcare incubator Matter Chicago at the Merchandise Mart. All programs feature experts from the University of Chicago, Argonne, Fermilab and other area institutions.
The festival kicks off Wednesday, May 27, at the Chase Auditorium with “The Current State of Science & Technology Research and Its Economic Impact on Chicago,” a discussion with Congressman Bill Foster; Terry Howerton, CEO TechNexus; Catherine Woolley, Northwestern University, and Moderator Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune.
• On Friday, May 29 will bring the “Science as Art & Science in Film” exhibit, screening and discussion at the new National Museum of Health + Medicine. Saturday features eleven talks, six of which will be given by researchers from Argonne and Fermilab:
• “The Mysteries of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Universe” with Elise Jennings, Research Associate in the astrophysics theory group at Fermi National Laboratory and Associate Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Research at the University of Chicago and Dan Hooper, Associate Scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago
• “Are You Dirty Enough? Microorganisms In You, On You and Around You” with Sean Gibbons, Resident Associate in the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at Argonne and doctoral candidate in the biophysical sciences program at The University of Chicago
• “The Future of Electric Vehicles” with Brian Ingram, Argonne Materials Engineer
• “Body And Brain: How Using Your Hands Can Change Your Mind” with Daniel Casasanto, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Experience and Cognition Laboratory, The University of Chicago
• “Creating Truly Bionic Hands a Reality With Brain Implants” with Sliman J. Bensmaia, Assistant Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
• “Detecting the Invisible: Studying the Ghostly Neutrino Particles” with Keith Matera, Researcher on the NOvA (NuMI Off-Axis Neutrino (v) Appearance) experiment, Fermilab.
Learn more and purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/1JxzN39.