May 31, 2014
The first-of-its-kind Evolution Expo 2014 is coming to the Oakland Marriott City Center this June 27-29 for a three-day event full of science and science fiction-related exhibits, workshops and presentations, it was announced by Science Fiction Entertainment, Inc. (SFE). Keynote speaker Mayim Bialik, a neuroscientist and star of the hit show “The Big Bang Theory,” and U.S. Astronauts Joe Edwards (pilot, Space Shuttle Endeavour) and Wendy Lawrence (mission specialist, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Atlantis and Discovery) headline the star-studded list of celebrities, astronauts, engineers and the next generation of space exploration innovators who will be on hand to discuss “putting the Science back into Science Fiction.” The program schedule and tickets are available now at www.EvolutionExpo.net.
Joining Bialik and astronauts Edwards and Lawrence at the event for onstage panels, autograph signings, photo opportunities and more are such stars as: Katee Sackhoff (“Longmire,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Oculus,” “Longmire”), Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones,” “Conan,” “Stargate: Atlantis,” “The Red Road”), Amanda Tapping (“Stargate SG-1,” “Sanctuary,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), John Rhys-Davies (“Lord of the Rings,”, “Indiana Jones,” “Sliders,” “Apocalypse Pompeii”), Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “Andromeda,” “God’s Not Dead”), Tom Skerritt (“Alien,” “Top Gun,” “MASH”), Veronica Cartwright (“Alien,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Resurrection”) and Garrett Wang (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men,” “Star Trek: Renegades”).
Also confirmed to participate in workshops and onstage presentations to date are: Dr. Pascal Lee, planetary scientist and founder of the Mars Institute; Dr. Chris McKay, planetary scientist; Dr. John Jaquish, bio-medical engineer; Dr. Jenn Fletcher, molecular biologist; Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D. and Blaze Sanders, engineer.
About Evolution Expo: Development began in 2011 by SFE founders mother and son, Julie and Dustin Brown, who then brought Oakland’s famed Chabot Space and Science Center, on board as a strategic partner. Chabot, which will be a direct beneficiary of the inaugural SFE Charity Gala on Saturday, June 28, also will host the Gala at the Center. A 30 person stand-up planetarium and other interactive exhibits also will be provided by the Center for the three-day Evolution Expo event. “Evolution Expo is the next generation of events, bringing our audience a chance to learn about the real science behind the science fiction they love,” observes Julie Caitlin Brown, CEO of Science Fiction Entertainment (SFE). “We are committed to inspiring our attendees to know more about STEM outreach, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and to create opportunities for greater learning in the Bay Area.”
As a result of their commitment to education, Evolution Expo has garnered the support of Tony Leavitt, Educational Specialist for NASA Ames and will feature a specific educational program named Evo-Kids. Evo-Kids is open to general attendees all three days, and also will welcome 900 fourth- and fifth-grade students from the Oakland Unified School District, who are sponsored guests of the Expo.