Tickets for Project Fibonacci STEAM speakers on sale


Tickets are on sale for those wishing to attend the celebrity speaker series at the 2016 Project Fibonacci STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Conference to be held July 31 through Aug. 6.

The celebrity keynote presentations will take place at The Beeches Conference Center as well at Rome Free Academy and the SUNY Poly field house. The speaker series is jointly sponsored by Andro Computational Solutions, NYSTEC, CISCO Systems and the Community Foundation of Herkimer-Oneida County.

Tickets to the events may be purchased at or through The cost per ticket to any one of the speakers is $25 while a multi-speaker package at $150 includes all seven keynote talks. Limited meet and greet opportunities with the keynotes will also be arranged. Event organizers add that times are subject to change and will be announced in advance of the event.

Event presenters include:

Monday, Aug. 1:

• Dr. Alex Filippenko, cosmologist from the University of California-Berkeley, and award-winning author appearing in over 100 television documentaries who will present on “The Birth and Early Evolution of the Universe” (8:30 a.m., The Beeches), and “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe” (6:30 p.m., RFA).

Tuesday, Aug. 2:

• Dr. David Eagleman, a neuroscientist of the Baylor College of Perception and Medicine on “The Brain: The Story of You” (9 a.m., SUNY Poly field house).

Wednesday, Aug 3:

• Alan Bean, NASA Apollo XII Astronaut, test pilot and artist, will discuss “My Experience as an Artist on the Moon” (8:30 a.m., The Beeches).

• Alan Alda, “M*A*S*H” and “West Wing” actor and science communicator, will present on “The Art of Communicating Science” (7 p.m., SUNY Poly field house); Alda is founder of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and has hosted the PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers from 1993 to 2005.

Thursday, Aug. 4:

• Chris Hadfield, NASA International Space Station astronaut and Canadian musician, will speak on “The Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth” (11 a.m., Rome Free Academy).

Friday, Aug. 5:

• Dr. Brian Greene, physicist, cosmologist, mathematician and naturalist of Columbia University and founder of the World Science Festival, will present on “Breakthrough Thinking: The Fabric of the Cosmos and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves” (11 a.m., SUNY Poly field house).

In addition to the speakers listed above, NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps will speak on “Women in STEM & the NASA Space Program: to Mars and Beyond;” and the “Importance of Mathematics” on Aug. 1, and the event will also feature many local presenters on a variety of STEAM topics.

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