BAHFest Houston 2017
BAHFest is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory. Our brave speakers present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determine who takes home the coveted BAHFest trophy. And eternal glory, of course.
Come join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Rice University. Tickets are now available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bahfest-houston-2017-tickets-36560496429
Host and Keynote
Jorge Cham is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), the comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. Often called the Dilbert of academia, PHD has appeared in the Stanford, MIT, Caltech and Carnegie Mellon newspapers among others, and is published online where it is read by over 6 million visitors a year from over 1000 universities and colleges worldwide. Jorge Cham was born and raised in Panama. He obtained his B.S. from Georgia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University. He was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech, where his work focused on “Smart” Neural Implants. Five PHD book collections have been published. His latest book, with Physicist Daniel Whiteson, is called “We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe.”
José Onuchic is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Biosciences at Rice University and the co-Director of the NSF-sponsored Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research. His main scientific goal is to lead the biological physics community as it attempts to devise an integrated picture of a variety of model biochemical and biological systems. In protein folding, he has introduced the concept of protein folding funnels as a mechanism for the folding of proteins.
He has received many honors for his scientific contributions, including the prestigious Beckman Young Investigator Award. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA and an elected fellow of the Biophysical Society.
Phil Plait is an astronomer, science communicator, and sometimes Weinersmith co-conspirator. He writes the Bad Astronomy blog for SYFY (http://www.syfy.com/tags/bad-astronomy), was the head science writer for the first season of “Bill Nye Saves the World”, and was the science consultant for the CBS drama “Salvation”. He also wrote and hosted “Crash Course Astronomy”, which currently has over 25 million views on YouTube. He’s written three books: “Bad Astronomy”, “Death from the Skies!”, and “2^7 Nerd Disses: A Significant Quantity of Disrespect” with Zach Weinersmith and Jess Fink (https://www.amazon.com/Nerd-Disses-Significant-Quantity-Disrespect-ebook/dp/B00GI25TSC). It’s not widely known, but his PhD thesis was the inspiration for BAHFest.
Julia Saltz holds an AB in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and a PhD in Population Biology from the University of California, Davis. She received postdoctoral training in the Molecular & Computational Biology department at the University of Southern California before joining Rice’s faculty in 2014. Her lab uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to study the interplay between individuals, genetic variation and the environment, focusing specifically on how individuals engineer their social environments, and how experiences in the environment shape behavior over time. Her service activities include leading Rice’s Women in Natural Sciences (WiNS) group.
Seeing the Earth from space, Nicole had an epiphany. In awe of the overwhelming beauty of our home planet, she knew that she would dedicate the rest of her life to sharing that experience with others. She believes that sharing this perspective has the power to increase everyone’s appreciation of and obligation to care for our home planet and each other.