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Science Expo Day – ChiSciFest2019

May 18, 2019

$20 – $40

Illinois Science Council invites you to the 5th annual Chicago Science Fest Expo Day!

On Saturday, May 18, come for a FULL DAY of fascinating science talks and interactive demos for curious people like you! One ticket gives you access to ALL the talks by fascinating Chicago-area scientists — visit as many as you like. In between talks you can visit an array of cool demonstrations. Doors open and demos start at 10:30am; talks begin at 11:00am. (Scroll down for ScienceSweepstakes info!)

Get your tickets now HERE!


11:00AM – 12 noon

Doug Sisterson, MS   “Are you sure YOU understand Climate Change?  Explaining Climate Change and Finding Solutions”

Tanya Berger-Wolf, PhD   “Tracking endangered species by their spots! Individual whale sharks, turtles, giraffes, whales, and more monitored in the wild using AI and Citizen Science”


12noon – 1:00PM

Thomas Wall, PhD   “What Climate Change Means for Infrastructure and the Built Environment —  Can we engineer our way out of this??”

Sliman Bensmaia, PhD   “Brains and Bionic Hands — Artificial Touch and the Neuroscience of Prosthetics”


1:00PM – 2:00PM

Kristian Hammond, PhD   “Language and Artificial Intelligence – communication, connecting, and the practical applications of machine-generated language”

Elizabeth Addington, PhD   “Don’t Call me Pollyanna — The Science of Positive Emotions, Stress, and Health”


2:00PM – 3:00PM

Ben Zhao, PhD   “Dangers & Risks of Artificial Intelligence — Insecurity & Hacking of Systems”

Cathryn Nagler, PhD   “Food Allergy and the Microbiome — What’s the connection? What’s the answer?”


3:00PM – 4:00PM

Wesley Robert Ketchum, PhD   Tracking the Elusive Neutrino — the physics of a subatomic journey from Fermilab and supernovas to a gold mine in South Dakota”


4:00PM – 5:30PM

Rebecca Thompson, PhD   “Science of Superheroes: Wonder Woman vs. Captain — Who’s faster? Who’s stronger?”

**Free pizza and beverages during Science Happy Hour after last talk of the day.**


SPECIAL SCIENCE SWEEPSTAKES! One lucky science fan will win a complimentary night for two at the boutique Chicago Hotel EMC2 – the intersection of art & science – including breakfast in The Albert, EMC2’s book-lined restaurant. (One entry per ticket purchased. Official Rules here. See official rules for free entry chance.)


DEMOS – All Day

  • Protein-rich ‘future of food’ – Edible Insects with Michael Sherrillo
  • Do-It-Yourself synthetic biology with ChiTownBio.org
  • Prosthetic Limbs – The Center for Bionic Medicine, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Examine real brains of different species – with Northwestern University Brain Awareness
  • Extract visible DNA – with Terese Geraghty of RUSH University Immunology & Microbiology
  • See What’s Living in your Water – with Erika Szotek of Roosevelt University
  • 3-D Printing with Carla Thacker of MSI
  • Messing with your motor cortex – prism goggles with NUBAO

Special THANK YOU to all the great Chicago Science Fest Sponsors:

All Science Fest Sponsor Logos 5-13-19


May 18, 2019
$20 – $40


Illinois Science Council


222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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