Public Events & Appearances

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Upcoming Appearances

  • Watch this space for news of my upcoming appearances in person or in the media.

Recent Appearances

  • NPR’s Ask Me Another. This trivia-and-brainteaser radio quiz show took the inspiration for its “Solve for X” episode from the 2013 World Science Festival, pulling together a contestant panel of science writers, with me among them. Did I win or lose? Why does Matt Dillon’s name move me to tears? Audio of the show is available at the link. Recorded at The Bell House in Brooklyn on May 30. Broadcast on Aug. 2, 2013.
  • Banff Science Communications Program. A two-week intensive workshop in the ways of science communication. The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. July 21-Aug. 3, 2013.
  • The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, podcast episode #418. Recorded before the mainstage audience at The Amaz!ng Meeting the week before in Las Vegas. Audio is available at the link. Released July 20, 2013.
  • JREF’s The Amaz!ng Meeting. The theme for this year’s big Las Vegas event from the James Randi Educational Foundation was “Fighting the Fakes: Putting Quacks, Scams & Shams on the Ropes.” I appeared as part of the workshop panel on “Skeptics in the Dojo: Taking on the Martial Arts” with MMA fighter Brent Weedman, Hiyaaah! podcaster and martial artist David Jones, science writer and jujitsu black belt Jennifer Ouellette, Sifu S. F. Zeigler, and Evan Bernstein of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe. Then I moderated a main-stage panel on “Woo in Martial Arts” with Evan, Brent, David, and Reed Kuhn of “Fightnomics,” and served as guest rogue during a live recording of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe episode. Southpoint Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. July 11-14, 2013.
  • The Story Collider 3-year Anniversary Show. An evening of true stories about how science has influenced people’s lives. With comedian Dave Hill, psychologist Esther Perel, ecologist Carl Safina, and actor/writer Mara Wilson. The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215. May 14, 2013 at 8 p.m.
  • The Truth About Twisters special. An offshoot of the Hacking The Planet series, produced by Castle Pictures, airing as part of The Weather Channel’s Tornado Week. With my co-hosts Brian Malow and Cara Santa Maria. The Weather Channel, May 1, 2013, 9 p.m. ET. (See local listings for channel and repeat airings.)
  • Lund University 2013 Vega Fellows Science Communications Workshop. Organized by COMPASS. With Nancy Baron (COMPASS director of science outreach) and Meghan Miner (COMPASS science outreach specialist), and journalists Lisa Johnson (CBC), Alok Jha (The Guardian and BBC), and Karin Bojs (Dagens Nyheter). A Storify recap of the proceedings can be found hereKristineberg Marine Research Station, Kristineberg 566, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden. April 23-26, 2013.
  • Science talk to students at the Alexander Robertson School. New York City. April 19, 2013.
  • Communications for Public Audiences session of the Stem Cell Network‘s Soft Skills Workshop. A recap of the event is available here. Toronto, Canada. March 20, 2013.
  • Hacking the Planet TV series. Produced by Castle Pictures for The Weather Channel. A series I created and hosted, about what science might do to help us control, predict, or better protect ourselves against dangerous forces of nature. With co-hosts Brian Malow and Cara Santa Maria. The Weather Channel. Debuted February 28, 2013, 8 p.m. ET. (See local listings for channel and repeat airings.)
  • SpotOn NYC: Telling Stories with Scientists panel event. A panel discussion of the challenges that scientists face in communicating with the public, hosted by SpotOn NYC and the American Museum of Natural History. Organized and moderated by Ben Lillie of The Story Collider, with Meehan Crist, Carter Emmart, Amy Harmon, and Jer Thorp. My “Gleaming Retort” blog post and Storify about the event, with links to other accounts of it, can be found here. American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY. February 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
  • Cyber Summit 2012: Leading the Way on Big Data. Sponsored by Cybera. An evening hosted by Jay Ingram; I appeared in three prerecorded video segments about big data. The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. Oct. 2, 2012.
  • Banff Science Communications Program. A two-week intensive workshop in the ways of science communication. The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. Aug. 11-25, 2012.
  • New America NYC: From Science to Obsession. Sponsored by New America Foundation and The Atavist. I moderated this panel discussion on excesses in the human impulse to discover, with Amy Harmon, Jay Kirk, and Joe Kloc. New America NYC, New York, NY. March 19, 2012.