Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SCIFEST 2010 KICKS OFF MONDAY, OCT. 11

ST. LOUIS - This year’s third annual international science festival opens next week at the Saint Louis Science Center. Below is a list of highlights and photo opportunities.

· Monday, October 11 - The State of Science and Education Forum
4-5:30pm, May Hall
This event, free to the public, will highlight perspectives on science, technology and education. Panel includes:
o Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay
o State Senator Joe Keaveny
o President of the Board of Aldermen, Lewis Reed
o State Representative Scott Dieckhaus
o State Representative John J. Diehl, Jr.

· Tuesday, October 12 - Science with the Symphony
7pm, James S. McDonnell Planetarium
The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Strings of ARDA will present “Beethoven and Barometers: Celebrating Weather as Inspiration for the Arts,” including an original composition by Christian Woehr. Tickets are $5 for Members, $10 for non-Members.

· Wednesday, October 13 - Segway Scramble
4pm, James S. McDonnell Planetarium parking lot
SciFest attendees are invited to cheer on their favorite media personalities as each tackles a Segway obstacle course. Participants include:
o Kevin Steincross, FOX 2
o David Lancaster and Amanda Doyle, WHERE Magazine
o Carl Middleman and Rebecca Mathiesen, FM News Talk 97.1
o Beth Wiggins and Adnan Ademovic, STLtoday.com
o Tim Burt, Y98
o Christy Swyers and Scott Wehner, 106.5 The Arch
o Todd Violette, 100.3 The Sound
o Derrick Keith, Dylan Cox and Crystal Miles, WIL 92.3
o Mason of Mason and Remy, 93.7 The Bull
o Fredbird
· Thursday, October 14 - Wings Over Water & Until the Oil is Gone: Saving the Gulf
7pm, May Hall
This special presentation, free to the public, will discuss the immediate long term consequences of the Gulfshore oil spill. Birds of prey will also be on site to help explain how all animals in the ecosystem depend on water. Panel includes:
o Walter Crawford, Executive Director of the World Bird Sanctuary
o Richard H. Pierce, Director and Senior Scientist, Center for Ecotoxicology, Mote Marine Laboratory
o Dr. Thomas Shirley, Endowed Chair for Biodiversity and Conservation, Harte Research Institute – Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
o Marcus Eriksen, Agalita Marine Research Foundation

· Friday, October 15 - SciFest 2010 Extravaganza
7pm – 11pm, EXPLORADOME
A chic and unique cocktail party with live music, signature cocktails, delectable hors d’oeuvres and eye-opening sessions.

Day sessions on Saturday and Sunday and the Family Fun Night on Saturday are free for military personnel (with ID) and their families. Some of the sessions include:

· Saturday, October 16
o Breakthroughs in Cancer with Dr. Timothy Eberlein, Siteman Cancer Center
o Science Circus with Heko with Heko Montonen, HEUREKA Finnish Science Centre
o The Science of Avatar with Dr. Andrew Howell, Professor of Astrophysics, UC Santa Barbara
o Rams: Touchdown! With Rams’ Head Team Physician Dr. Matta Matava
o Family Fun Night, 5-10pm

· Sunday, October 17
o Physics for St. Louis Blues Fans with Blues personnel and mascot and Bob Becker, Missouri Teacher of the Year
o Kids Rock Cancer with Drs. Cynthia Briggs and Soo-Jin Kwoun, Maryville University
o What is Reality? with Dr. Jim Gates, Physicist, University of Maryland and a member of President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
o A Raft Made of 232 Plastic Bottles with Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Agalita Marine Research Foundation
o Fabulous Fermentation with Bettina Mittendorfer, Ph.D. Washington University School of Medicine
A full schedule can be found on scifeststl.org. Speakers are available for interviews on each day of the festival. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Beth McClure, Director of Communications, Saint Louis Science Center, 314.289.1455, 314.267.9916, bmcclure@slsc.org or Maria Totoraitis, Public Relations Coordinator, Saint Louis Science Center 314.289.1410, 314.422.0048, mtotoraitis@slsc.org

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