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Phoenix Fan Fusion | Outreach Events
Phoenix Fan Fusion

I have been involved with Phoenix Fan Fusion (formerly Phoenix Comicon) since 2013, a pop culture celebration specializing in comics, science fiction, and anime. Phoenix Fan Fusion is one of the biggest comicons in the nation, drawing more than 75,000 attendees every year. Most years I serve as a panelist on a variety of science panels. Some are pure science, others are a mix of science and popular entertainment or public policy.

From 2014-2015, I served as the science programming coordinator. I recruited and directed a small team that organized the science programming both years. This programming included 24 hours of panels as well as special exhibits for the exhibitors' space. We pioneered a number of approaches that have helped make the science programming a huge success, including rotating interactive exhibits from a variety of institutions from across the Southwest region, remixing scientists on panels to create a diversity of fields of expertise and personal experiences, and hosting events where the public can interact with scientists.

In 2016 I passed the role on to my most talented team member who has expanded the reach of the programming by an order of magnitude, both in the number of panels and exhibits at Phoenix Fan Fusion and in introducing science programming into Fan Fusions throughout the nation. I remain involved at Phoenix Fan Fusion as a panelist and exhibitor.

Currently, I am working to develop new outreach concepts through my non-profit, Science Voices. These events are designed for underrepresented groups. The first event was with the Ak-Chin Indian Community library in January 2020.

Outreach Events

Science Voices
2020: Ak-Chin Indian Community Library (Mars Family Night)

Phoenix Fan Fusion
2019: EduTech Expo (exhibit), How We Learn from Video Games (panel), Science in The Expanse (panel), Science and Tech in Farscape (panel)
2018: Exobiology: Ice Fishing on Europa (panel), More Machine Than (Lesson) Planned (panel)
2017: EduTech Expo (exhibit), School of Earth and Space Exploration booth (exhibit), Build-a-Lair Workshop (panel), Frequent Liar Miles (panel), From Ashes (panel)
2016: Astrobiology of Mass Effect (panel)
2015: The Funding Game (panel) - Programming Coordinator
2014: Astrobiology of Mass Effect (panel) - Programming Coordinator
2013: Habitable Worlds (panel)

Arizona State University - School of Earth and Space Exploration
Earth and Space Exploration Day (November) - Exhibitor
School of Earth and Space Exploration Open House (monthly) - Exhibitor
ASU's Open Door (February) - Exhibitor