Flagstaff Science Festival’s Grand Adventure Marks 25 Years
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2014 Flagstaff Festival of Science – A Grand Adventure – is celebrating 25 years of discovery, Sept. 19 – 28. With more than 80 FREE events including open houses at museums and research centers, guided hikes in the forest and at archaeological sites, star parties with astronomers at observatories, interactive science exhibits, presentations and demonstrations, and more than 125 in-school visits from scientists, the Festival is expected to reach more than 15,000 people with science experiences.
World-renowned DNA expert Paul Keim, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University Regents’ Professor of Biology and Director of the Pathogen Genomics Division of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN), will begin the 10 Best Days of the Year as the Shoemaker Keynote Presenter at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 in NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium. Keim will transport the Festival into the microscopic world of genetics research to reveal how the ability to break down DNA is rapidly changing human health.
Keim is the go-to scientist for world health leaders when it comes to taking apart the tiniest and fiercest enemies of public health, like deadly strains of anthrax and bacterial superbugs.
The 2014 Festival also will explore the Grand Canyon including what scientists are still learning about its age and what ancient rocks are revealing about climate changes. “We’ll also step back in time to imagine the world of the prehistoric Sinagua who once inhabited Northern Arizona,” said Festival President Steven Smith. “We’ll explore science at the far reaches of the universe where unformed planets may hold clues to the building blocks of life and solar systems. And we’ll take a look at the latest discoveries in medical technology and robotics that are enhancing lives.”
The Flagstaff Festival of Science began in 1990 with a three-day event and quickly grew to a 10-day celebration. In a Sept. 20, 2013 editorial, the Arizona Daily Sun describes the Festival like this:
Many of the events feature actual researchers walking attendees through the science and taking questions afterward. It’s as if you were dropping in on the lab or the field site like an old friend – and some of them do turn out to be your neighbors. Science and discovery produce as many questions as they help answer, but it’s that desire to understand, that curiosity and wonderment at how the world works and how we can make it work better, that we celebrate in Flagstaff.
Support from businesses, organizations and individuals makes the award-winning Flagstaff Festival of Science possible as the nation’s longest running science festival connecting and inspiring individuals, particularly youth, with the wonders of science and the joy of scientific discovery.
Supernova Friends include the City of Flagstaff BBB tax revenues, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Northern Arizona University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Flagstaff Community Foundation, W. L. Gore & Associates, Science Foundation Arizona and the Stardust Foundation.