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, February 17, 2018 at Rice University. Tickets are now available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bahfest-houston-2017-tickets-36560496429. We originally postponed the event to allow healing from Hurricane Harvey and in honor of those affected, all proceeds of the rescheduled show will go to the Houston Food Bank.
Host and Keynote
JudgePhil 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 SaltzJulia 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.