science Programming
 
Location: North 125ab

There's a revolution underway in low-cost space travel.  Soon space won't be just for government astronauts and your favorite SF characters anymore.  Hear the latest on what SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Stratolaunch, Bigelow, XCOR, and others are up to, with technical insight and some insider info from Henry Vanderbilt of Space Access Society, who's been following (and instigating) this revolution for longer than he cares to admit.

who'll be here
  • Henry Vanderbilt
 
Location: North 124a

Local researchers talk about their research and the strange and exotic places it's taken them. Plus, what they've discovered!

who'll be here
  • Aireona Bonnie Raschke
  • Charles Rolsky
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • Jason Raymond
  • Pamela Gay
  • Steve Ruff
 
Location: North 122c

Join Educating [Geeks] for a panel exploring the STEM fields.  Geek host Megan will moderate a group of female STEM professionals in a discussion on interesting careers and resources developing STEM careers or deepening their interests.

who'll be here
  • Jessica Aldrich
  • Kristen Paris
  • Mari Turk
  • Marita Ogden
  • Megan Calcote
 
Location: North 125ab

How do we communicate with each other and how have we attempted to communicate with other species, like dolphins? Do linguistics offer any insight into how we would communicate with aliens?

who'll be here
  • Carrie Gillon
  • Dante Lauretta
  • Sara Walker
 

Sgt. Darren Burch provides the details of a 2 year investigation of a tragic and violent 1997 home invasion of an elderly couple Phoenix. Hear the account of this real-life monster's crimes, ultimate demise and old-school 90's police investigation!

who'll be here
  • Sgt. Darren Burch
 
Location: North 124a

Speak with a diverse set of scientists to get your questions about anything answered.

who'll be here
  • Bradley Lusk
  • Lisa Will
  • Patrick Young
  • Rene Davis
  • Steve Ruff
 
Location: North 121bc

Quarians, Turians, Asari, Geth ... all colorful and amazing fictional creations.  But how sound is the science of Mass Effect?  From planetary geology to alien biology to artificial intelligence, come find out what's possible (a lot)!

who'll be here
  • Andres Morera
  • Craig Hardgrove
  • Lev Horodyskyj
  • Michael Pagano
  • Miles Brundage
  • Rebekah Brubaker
 

Tolkien's characters lived in a world that shared our stars, but Middle Earth has its own constellations and lore. These inflatable planetarium shows run every 20 minutes starting at 12:00, but come at 11:45 to grab your free ticket and reserve a spot.

who'll be here
  • Anne Stewart
  • Jason Ard
  • Lauren Ard
  • Mahonri Stewart
 
Location: North 124b

An epidemic has broken out and is threatening the world. Can you save the world in time? Learn about viruses, bacteria, and genetic engineering as you race to save the world!

who'll be here
 
Location: North 121bc

Are you interested in sci-fi? Are you annoyed by all the bad science in sci-fi movies and books? Here's your chance to meet up with real scientists to foster better connections to build better sci-fi.  Join us later for a Scientist Mixer!

who'll be here
  • Aireona Bonnie Raschke
  • Craig Hardgrove
  • Michael Pagano
  • Natalie Hinkel
  • Rebekah Brubaker
  • Viranga Perera
 
Location: North 122c

Where are we with artificial intelligence? How close are we to creating Cylons, Data, and Borg intelligence? How does Sci-Fi shape the science of AI? Can Sci-Fi help us avoid a BSG-style robot revolt and Borgification?

who'll be here
  • Denise Baker
  • Miles Brundage
 
Location: North 122ab

For those aspiring to have a career in science, technology, engineering, or math, advice on schooling, the outlook on career opportunities, and what life in those fields can be like

who'll be here
  • Bradley Lusk
  • David Lee Summers
  • Kimberly Smith
  • Lisa Will
  • Steve Ruff
 

Join Catherynne Valente, author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making for a look at  her award winning series of children's books as well as her wide variety of adult fiction.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Come meet the key sculptor of the T-Rex in the Jurassic Park film! Get a behind the scenes look at its creation from the very first clay prototype to the building & filming of the life-size animatronic T-Rex.

Visit: www.trcicstudio.com

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 124b

Want to search for exoplanets? Discover cures for diseases? Look for alien signals? Believe it or not, these are real scientific endeavors that you can participate in! Learn how!

who'll be here
  • David Lee Summers
  • Karen Knierman
  • Leon Manfredi
  • Pamela Gay
  • Rene Davis
 

You've seen Rel the Dalek all over Phoenix Comicon, now come see what it took to build her from the bottom up.

who'll be here
  • Nigel Strike
  • Pat Harper
 

With the Doctor's travels spreading far and wide across the universe, he was bound to visit some notable star systems on the way! The TARDIS planetarium departs every 20 minutes starting at 4:30, but come at 4:15 to grab your free ticket.

who'll be here
  • Anne Stewart
  • Jason Ard
  • Lauren Ard
  • Mahonri Stewart
 

You've heard of the Duck Tape prom dress competition- now there's a pop culture version! You've watched the Mythbusters make a boat with duck tape, armor should be cinch. Let your creative juices fly ... then cover them in tape! Hosted by none other than our Masquerade's own TD0013!

To give the judges time to deliberate, entertainment will be provided by Tom Tuerff. Later in the convention you'll see him MCing the "Talk Nerdy To Me: A Byte of Burlesque" shows on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. You may have already heard him at shows throughout the Valley; folk festivals, horror conventions, burlesque shows and a little radio show called Dr Demento

To get you started, here's some tutorials and inspiration (Note- your costume need not be 100% tape, you can cover fabric or cardboard with tape. Please make it MOSTLY duct tape, though!)

Get ideas on making tape clothing at Wikiehow's Make A Duct Tape Dress tutorial

Check out an article on this lovely Firefly couple at Costume Craze

Ohh look, a Princess Leia! She made it a mini-dress, but it's adorable.

Duct tape Disney group at Dragon*Con!

A very cool tutorial on duct tape boots.

(and then, after reading that, you'll think "Yeah, but how do I make one of those sweet Musketeer hats? Me too! Here ya go... )

Plus, the biggest question of all answered by Mental Floss: Is it Duck Tape or Duct Tape?

Titles awarded will include:
Most Amazing
Most Beautiful
Most Humorous
Most Applause (Audience Favorite)

Pre-registration is over. For last-minute entries, see the Costuming table to see if there's room. 

who'll be here
  • Holly Conrad
  • Huntington Keith
  • Janice Tuerff
  • Sure Leigh Kahn
 
Location: North 125ab

What are the strangest lifeforms on Earth like and how can they help us hunt for real aliens?

who'll be here
  • Aireona Bonnie Raschke
  • Charles Rolsky
  • Duane Barbano
  • Jason Raymond
  • Marc Neveu
 
Location: South 166

Listen to examples of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) classes A-C. Learn about the different kinds of EVP and their classifications.

who'll be here
  • Angela Smith
  • Lori Marshall
  • The Arizona Paranormal Research Society (3 panelists)
 
Location: South 166

The TAzPRS team will share EVP evidence captured on investigations and have a panel discussion about how the EVPs were captured.

who'll be here
  • The Arizona Paranormal Research Society (3 panelists)
 
Location: North 124b

Team up into colonies and see if you can successfully colonize a real, exotic alien planet!  Will you be able to successfully establish an offworld colony, or will you die in the most horrific way possible?  Outwit, outplay, outlast!

who'll be here
  • Lisa Will
  • Marc Neveu
  • Michael Pagano
  • Steve Desch
  • Svet Shkolyar
 

Meet the New Carl Sagans! FameLab is a global science communication competition sponsored in the US by NASA.  Join us for an exhibition of the top US communicators and marvel as they spin tall-but-true tales from the cutting edge of science today.

 
Location: North 124a

What missions does NASA have planned for the near and far future?

who'll be here
  • David Lee Summers
  • David Williams
  • Marc Neveu
  • Steve Ruff
  • Teresa Ashcraft
 
Location: North 125ab

Doomsday scenarios are all the rage in sci-fi. How plausible is our destruction by asteroids, gamma ray bursters, robot revolt, or zombies?

who'll be here
  • Henry Vanderbilt
  • Patrick Young
  • Ray Sanders
  • Sara Walker
 

Crawl inside an inflatable dome to learn which of your favorite characters have stellar counterparts, and how they fit into the Wizarding World. These shows run every 20 minutes starting at 10:30, but come at 10:15 to grab your free  ticket.

who'll be here
  • Anne Stewart
  • Jason Ard
  • Lauren Ard
  • Mahonri Stewart
 

How do we get people to think creatively and optimistically about the future?  We team up scientists and authors to kindle  technological ambition via the power of story.

who'll be here
  • Braden Allenby
  • Ed Finn
  • Joey Eschrich
  • Zach Berkson
 

Do you have a favorite robot? Ever think you would get to build and operate a robot while still in school? Join Westwood Robotics for a demonstration and discussion on how robotics will help out in our future.

who'll be here
  • Westwood Robotics (9 panelists)
 

A surprising yet rapidly growing career field is the YouTube™ community. How do you make money on YouTube? How can you even become noticed on YouTube? MrCreepyPasta and CreepyRainbowPasta explain how to start, build and maintain your brand.

who'll be here
  • Chris Edmond
  • Megan Davis
 
Location: North 124b

Scientists come from all walks of life and go about their research in all sorts of creative manners. Learn about some of the more disgusting approaches to science and how you can participate.

who'll be here
 
Location: North 124a

Learn about the latest research in physics and reality, whether there are parallel universes, and about the multiverse!

who'll be here
  • Lisa Will
  • Sara Walker
  • Soma De
 

Learn how to build, wire and power a circuit with a battery or power supply to light costumes or props. $25, limit 15. Kit includes: Assortment of LEDs, Resistors, Battery, Battery holder, DC power supply.

who'll be here
  • Tim Holt
 
Location: North 125ab

Advances in our abilities to manipulate DNA are transforming biology into a field of science fiction. Learn how we can engineer bacteria to power rockets, grow Dark Lord noses from single cells, and bring species back from extinction.

who'll be here
  • Amanda Courtright
  • Brian Johnson
  • Jordan Yaron
  • Rachel Yoho
  • Rene Davis
 
Location: South 166

Crossing Over Paranormal Society "The C.O.P.S. Crew" Owner Jay Yates & Reverend Paul Lovegrove discuss their vary own Near Death Experiences. They will dive deep into the emotional roller coaster of their brushes with death & explain how that motivated them to seek out truth, understanding, and proof of the paranormal. In addition, COPS Crew will look for possible scientific answers that may suggest differently of their vary own Near Death Experiences.

Visit them at http://www.thecopscrew.com/

who'll be here
  • Jamie Kroll
  • Jay Yates
  • Marie Yates
  • Michael Papp
  • Paul Lovegrove
 
Be A Martian! Arizona State University’s Mars Space Flight Facility is hosting a special interactive exhibit featuring the Red Planet. Get updated news from mission scientists, have fun with hands-on activities, and see yourself in the infrared!
who'll be here
  • ASU Mars Exhibit (19 panelists)
 
Location: South 167

The MVD Ghostchasers discuss their favorite haunted locations in England, Scotland & Ireland. Walk back alleys where Jack the Ripper roamed, sail with the Loch Ness Monster & venture to Leap Castle. No passport needed, just a 'spirit' for adventure!

who'll be here
  • MVD Ghostchasers (4 panelists)
 

Exploring the mythology of western civilization, a panel of fantasy and zoological enthusiasts will discuss the origins and significance of popular mythical creatures. Audience is encouraged to bring their questions!

who'll be here
  • Alyssa Garetson
  • Angela Kabasan
  • Jacqueline Chikos
  • Kirsten Schulte
  • Sarah Ferguson
 

A panel of fantasy and zoological enthusiasts will discuss the origins and importance of creatures found in eastern mythology (e.g. Indian, Japanese, and Chinese cultures) as well as delve into American Indian and present day American folklore.

who'll be here
  • Angela Kabasan
  • Ashley Oberholtzer
  • Jacqueline Chikos
 
This is an opportunity for any Phoenix Comicon Panelists to perform AV checks and ensure device comparability
who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: South 167

What equipment is needed? How to set up audio and cameras for best coverage & angles? What to do during an investigation to minimize evidence corruption?

who'll be here
  • Angela Smith
  • Lori Marshall
  • The Arizona Paranormal Research Society (2 panelists)
 
Location: South 167

The Arizona Paranormal Research Society (TAzPRS) will share clips of some of their most compelling video evidence captured during their investigations.

who'll be here
  • The Arizona Paranormal Research Society (2 panelists)
 
Location: North 132

We've been sending rovers to Mars to see what it's like and what it once was... and whether it could have ever supported life. In this talk, you'll find out just where our Curiosity has taken us.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

Witness sixteen geeks debate some of the most hysterical, absurd, or downright ridiculous topics from across the realms of geekery! Nothing is sacred from anime to slasher films in this titanic battle of wits, and only one can emerge supreme as the Ultimate Geek. Register online at http://phoenixcomicon.com/pugs if you want to compete, or just show up to watch the mayhem!

who'll be here
  • Andrea Beesley
  • Jeff Moriarty
  • Jonathan Simon
 

Witness sixteen geeks debate some of the most hysterical, absurd, or downright ridiculous topics from across the realms of geekery! Nothing is sacred from anime to slasher films in this titanic battle of wits, and only one can emerge supreme as the Ultimate Geek. Register online at http://phoenixcomicon.com/pugs if you want to compete, or just show up to watch the mayhem!

who'll be here
  • Andrea Beesley
  • Jeff Moriarty
  • Jonathan Simon
 

What do My Little Pony, X-Men, The Simpsons, Power Rangers, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Transformers and Halo all have in common? Astronomy! Inflatable planetarium shows run every 20 minutes starting at 12:00, but come at 11:45 to grab your free ticket.

who'll be here
  • Anne Stewart
  • Jason Ard
  • Lauren Ard
  • Mahonri Stewart
 

Come learn the basics of 3D modeling and printing along with some methods of prep, painting, and assembly of printed props.

Printing 3D props and prop components lets you skip the difficult and time-consuming steps involved in cutting and shaping pieces from hand. Not that 3D printing is always superior to the traditional methods, but 3D printing lets you transition quickly from an idea, to a digital 3D version of your desired object, to a plastic version you can hold in your hand.

While covering basic modeling and printing techniques, we will go over many of the basic tools and supplies you’ll need before, during, and after your 3D printing adventure. We will also cover some techniques for prepping, painting, and assembling your 3D printed objects into finished props

who'll be here
  • Cory E. Alexander
  • Moheeb Zara
 
Location: North 124a

What does it take to make a study "scientific"?  Fancy equipment?  A PhD?  It's not as hard as you think!  Learn how science works and why some things just aren't scientific!

who'll be here
  • Bradley Lusk
  • Brian Johnson
  • Craig Hardgrove
  • Dante Lauretta
  • Rebekah Brubaker
  • Sara Walker
 

Ever wanted to build a robot? Imagine if you could while being a high school student! Anyone at any age can get involved with robotic building and competition. Join Westwood Robotics for a focused discussion and demonstration on Aerial Assist.

who'll be here
  • Westwood Robotics (11 panelists)
 
Location: South 167

Arizona has a history of shootouts and debauchery, effects are still felt in old buildings by way of spookies and things that go bump in the night. Investigators Katie Mullaly and Patrick Ohlde will describe methods and reveal their experiences!

who'll be here
  • J Patrick Ohlde
  • Kathleen Mullaly
 
Location: Hyatt Sundance

Are you a writer, artist, or game designer looking for a science consultant or someone to help make the science in your work better?  Are you a creative scientist looking for creative opportunities?  Join an informal mixer and connect!

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 122c

What do we think alien life will be like? How do we look for it? And what do we think we'll find?

who'll be here
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • Dante Lauretta
  • Karen Knierman
  • Natalie Hinkel
  • Patrick Young
 
Location: North 122c

How will we colonize the solar system?  Learn about recent advances in rocketry and space stations.  Also, learn about the future of asteroid mining and what it would take to terraform a planet.

who'll be here
  • Craig Hardgrove
  • Henry Vanderbilt
  • Natalie Hinkel
  • Pamela Gay
  • Viranga Perera
 
Location: North 125ab

From Iron Man, the Avengers, X-Men, Superman, Batman, and the Green Lantern, come explore the science of superheroes with local scientists and special guest Geoff Notkin (co-host of Science Channel's "Meteorite Men")!

who'll be here
  • Anna Zaniewski
  • Geoffrey Notkin
  • Ray Sanders
  • Viranga Perera
 
Location: North 122c

Smaller schools and companies now have the option of putting their own tiny satellites into orbit. Learn about Cubesats and how you can participate in real space research!

who'll be here
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • Viranga Perera
 

Join a discussion examining real world exorcisms and how they compare to what we see in entertainment. Led by Exorcist Alaina Damewood, a minster for over 10 years and has also studied religions and practices involving exorcisms for over 20 years.

who'll be here
  • Exorcist Alaina Damewood
 
Location: South 167

Discussion on the research of property, history of past/present owners & the documentation of the claims. The use of the different types of equipment and techniques used in the investigation process including reviewing & analyzing evidence.

who'll be here
  • SouthWest Anomalous Research Society (SWARS) (5 panelists)
 
Location: South 167

Ghost Hunters, enthusiasts and researchers all have their place in the field of the Paranormal. Hear about experiences & evidence captured on & off television and the challenges/rewards of running their own investigations on their own terms.

who'll be here
  • Southern Arizona Ghost and Paranormal Society (4 panelists)
 
Location: South 166

Crossing Over Paranormal Society "The C.O.P.S. Crew" Owner(s) Jay & Marie Yates will take you on a journey inside the lives of those that have experienced the sinister aftermath of conducting a paranormal investigations in some of the worst Demonically Haunted Private Homes that Phoenix has to offer. All locations & the identity of our clients that we serve will remain private and confidential due to the many hell's that they have already endured during their trials and tribulations of the demonic.

Visit them at http://www.thecopscrew.com/

who'll be here
  • Jamie Kroll
  • Jay Yates
  • Marie Yates
  • Michael Papp
  • Paul Lovegrove
 

Phoenix Comicon would be nothing without AMAZING volunteers! Come join some of our Volunteer Relations Team and learn more about the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of volunteering for Phoenix Comicon!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 124b

Test your knowledge of weird and crazy science in the news, featuring bad puns, rhymes, and other games!

who'll be here
 
Location: South 167

Crossing Over Paranormal Society "The C.O.P.S. Crew" will take you on a spine chilling discovery of what paranormal investigating has shown them about Spirit Energy. It may leave you thinking that there are far more possibilities to explain a haunting. We discuss self-generated manifestations, inhuman beings, "inner-dimensionalism", and scientific perspectives on really what is it that we are trying to make contact with during our paranormal investigations.

Visit them at http://www.thecopscrew.com/

who'll be here
  • Jamie Kroll
  • Jay Yates
  • Marie Yates
  • Michael Papp
  • Paul Lovegrove
 
Location: North 122c

What is the probability of finding alien life in our galaxy?  Starting from stars and working your way up through planets, life, intelligence, and doomsday, see if you can play the odds and emerge as a detectable galactic civilization!

who'll be here
  • Ariel Anbar
  • Patrick Young
  • Steve Desch
 
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