Event / Festival

2019: A Space Festival

May 16 - May 18 , 2019

May 16-18, 2019. Live and immersive arts at The Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, and Z Space. A range of performances and installations exploring our new space age, the extraordinary scientific advances in this field, and how they change the way we see ourselves and Earth.

Presented by MAX, dedicated to Illuminating scientific exploration through artistic expression and shared experiences.

Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18
Exploratorium California Academy of Sciences Z Space
For Age 10-13, Age 14-17, Adults
Requires a Ticket

Venues

California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum in San Francisco.
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
Programs at California Academy of Sciences
Museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco.
Exploratorium
Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Programs at Exploratorium

Programs

 Space Festival
Heisenberg
With 100 others share an augmented reality tour of the early universe an...
May 16 & May 18 , 2019
Exploratorium - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Kronos Eclipse
San Francisco’s Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has a gravitational force,...
May 17 , 2019
Exploratorium - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
The Outer Space
A jazz cabaret asking if love will be easier on another planet. Lipton a...
May 17 & May 18 , 2019
Z Space - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Living/Distance
Xin Liu's sculpted avatar comes to life in space and dances through the ...
May 16 & May 18 , 2019
Exploratorium - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
The Overview Effect by...
Dueling launches by competing space companies, each on a quest for Mars,...
May 16 , 2019
San Francisco Playhouse - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Spacewoman of the Unde...
Christine Zuercher attempts to dig a hole to the other side of the plane...
May 16 & May 18 , 2019
Exploratorium - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Star Stories
Lakota youth from South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux Reservation collaborate w...
May 17 & May 18 , 2019
California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Extraterrestrial – A D...
Alert, alert! San Francisco is being invaded May 17 at 10PM by otherworl...
May 17 , 2019
Z Space - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Pas De Deux: Robots as...
A Pas De Deux like you have never seen before where a dancer-choreograph...
May 16 & May 18 , 2019
Exploratorium - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Outta this World Poetr...
MAX has partnered with the renowned Youth Speaks to bring together hundr...
May 17 , 2019
California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Universal Threads
Take fashion into the 4th dimension! Watch these celestial looks come t...
May 17 & May 18 , 2019
Z Space - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Intergalactic Travel B...
Plan your vacation to Mars! or why not a SuperNova? The Intergalactic T...
May 16 & May 18 , 2019
Exploratorium - San Francisco, California
 Event Series
Star Stories, The Podcast
In this collaboration with Notes for Notes, young sound engineer-artists...
May 17 , 2019
California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Space Travel Sci-Fi Style
Space Travel, Sci-Fi Style A playful talk where we’ll watch clips fro...
May 16 & May 18 , 2019
Exploratorium - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Mapping Microbes: The ...
How are microbes, organisms that live on and in us, the key to finding e...
May 17 , 2019
California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
MAXchats – Speak...
In an afternoon MAXchats brings together leading artists and scientists ...
May 18 , 2019
Z Space - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
The Final Frontier
Festival Closing Night: The Final Frontier and The After Party of the Un...
May 18 , 2019
Z Space - San Francisco, California
 Space Festival
Speech Cancelling Head...
An artifact from the near-future where technology literally manipulates ...
May 17 & May 18 , 2019
Z Space - , California
 Space Festival
Brecht Forensics: DNA ...
Brecht Forensics: DNA Cocktails is a lecture that demonstrates DNA extra...
May 18 , 2019
Z Space - San Francisco, California
 Event Series
Mission Art
Pre-festival event (February 22 & 23, Houston, TX) How many people ...
February 22 , 2019
Z Space - Houston, California

Collaborators

Janani Balasubramanian
Janani Balasubramanian
Janani Balasubramanian is a writer, game designer, and immersive theater maker whose work has been presented at more than 160 stages across North America and Europe, including The Public Theater, MOMA, Abrons Arts Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Red Bull Arts, Ace Hotel, Brooklyn Museum, Asian American Writer's Workshop, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Residency support for this work has included the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Theater Devised Theater Working Group, Abrons Arts Center, and Mount Tremper Arts. Balasubramanian is currently a 2018-2020 Van Lier fellow at the Public Theater as well as artist-in-residence with the brown dwarf astrophysics groupat the American Museum of Natural History. Current projects include Rogue Objects, a live audio game about a celestial object struggling with its consciousness; Harold and Okno, a Cold War era novel about an extraordinary friendship; and Night Chicken, a jazz musical about the double lives of farm animals.
Tye Olson
Tye Olson
SF's drag sweetheart, Tye, was born and raised in MN. Currently residing in SF by way of LA. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Tye booked the lead role in Watercolors, in which he starred opposite Karen Black and Greg Louganis. He took home Best Actor three times for the role. Tye furthered his acting career in films such as Brother's War and Tru Loved and dabbled in TV with Showtime's United States of Tara and Japan's popular TV show World's Most Astonishing News. He can also be seen in music videos alongside Katy Perry, Bring Me the Horizon, The Veronicas, Fall Out Boy, and Blue October. Tye’s interests include drag, cycling, running, yoga, cooking, outdoors and traveling with friends. He has spent many years volunteering much of his time raising awareness for HIV/AIDS through fundraisers, documentaries and clinical studies.
Alexander Reben
Alexander Reben
Alexander Reben is an artist and MIT trained roboticist who explores humanity through the lens of art and technology. Using “art as experiment” his work allows for the viewer to experience the future within metaphorical contexts. Alexander’s work probes the inherently human nature of the artificial. Using tools such as artificial philosophy, synthetic psychology, perceptual manipulation and technological magic, he brings to light our inseparable evolutionary entanglement to invention which has unarguably shaped our way of being.
Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet
For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 950 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including both the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians, a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
Associated Programs: Kronos Eclipse
Alice Sheppard
Alice Sheppard
Alice Sheppard took her first dance class in order to make good on a dare; she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship in order to begin a career in dance. She studied ballet and modern with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Alice joined AXIS Dance Company where she toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. Since becoming an independent artist, Alice has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she has worked with Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton. As an emerging, award-winning choreographer, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference. AliceSheppard.com
Wayne Grim
Wayne Grim
Grim currently curates and produces music and sound works for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Grim is a sound artist, composer, and improviser. His work with acoustic and electronic instruments, computers and sound objects explores worlds between beauty and failure. His work spans a variety of areas, generative music, spontaneous composition, non-western musical techniques, improvisation, durational works, minimalism, noise, conceptual art, and the sonification of scientific phenomena.
Xin Liu
Xin Liu
Xin Liu is an artist and engineer, whose research-based projects range from performances, apparatus, installations to scientific experiments and academic papers. Xin is the the Arts Curator in Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab and a member of New INC in New Museum. She has shown her work internationally at events and venues including Ars Electronica, Boston MFA, Sundance Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, OCAT Shanghai, ISEA and Music Tech Festival Berlin. As a researcher, Xin has worked in institutions including Microsoft Research NYC & Asia and Google ATAP.
Associated Programs: Living/Distance
Sarah Hotchkiss
Sarah Hotchkiss
Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco-based artist and arts writer. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in the semi-regular publication Sci-Fi Sundays. She is the visual arts editor for KQED. Space Travel, Sci-Fi Style- A playful talk in the Kanbar Forum. We’ll watch clips from sci-fi films both thought-provoking and ridiculous, test our knowledge of space travel and determine which fictions of the future we might like to bring into being. Come fly with us where 'man' has never gone before. In a lively critique of sci-fi films that imagine the adventures of humans in space, Sarah Hotchkiss asks audiences to examine how movies shape our visions of the future. We’ll watch clips from films both thought-provoking and ridiculous, test our knowledge of space travel sci-fi and determine which fictions we might like to bring into being
Ethan Lipton & hi...
Ethan Lipton & hi...
Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra has been a band since 2005 and features Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax), and Ethan on vocals. The band’s songs are steeped in 20th-Century American traditions—jazz, folk, country, blues, and rock—but tackle modern subjects with urgency, humor, and a well of deep feeling. It all adds up to a cockeyed view of an odd, disjointed age. The quartet has released four studio albums and created the music for the theatrical shows No Place to Go, and The Outer Space, both produced by the Public Theater in Joe’s Pub and toured in the U.S. and Europe. In December 2018 at Live From the NYPL, the band debuted In Praise of the Unlived Life, a show that was inspired by a book of essays by the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips called Missing Out. Recently the band played Pitchfork Paris and SF Jazz, and was featured on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Previous appearances include Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, the Flynn Center, Arts Emerson, Dublin’s Pavilion, the Gate in London, The Troubadour, Theatre de la Ville and ATP. Ethan Lipton’s produced plays include Tumacho, Red-Handed Otter, Luther, Goodbye April Hello May, 100 Aspects of the Moon and Meat. He wrote the book and songs for No Place to Go (Obie Award) and The Outer Space (Lortel nomination), both premiered by the Public Theater in Joe’s Pub. As a playwright Ethan has been an Alpert Prize Fellow at MacDowell, a member of the Public’s Emerging Writers Group and the Working Farm Group at Space on Ryder Farm, a Clubbed Thumb Artist and the Playwrights Realm’s Page One Fellow. His plays have been published by Samuel French and he has received commissions from NYFA, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, True Love, the Public, Barrington Stage & the Civilians.
Associated Programs: The Outer Space
Gerardo Escalante
Gerardo Escalante
Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Gerardo composes original orchestral music and has worked with video game companies as a music producer and as a sound designer. At the age of 16, Gerardo began teaching music and writing for his local middle school as an indoor drumline instructor and continued to teach and write for drumlines throughout the SF Bay Area for 10 years. After graduating from Sacramento State University with a bachelors in Government, Gerardo pursued his passion for music and received his Master in Fine Arts from The Academy of Art in Music Production and Sound Design. He is excited to take what he has learned through his life and inspire future musicians, artist and composers.
Lynn Rosen
Lynn Rosen
Lynn Rosen’s plays have been produced/developed by: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, San Francisco Playhouse, New Georges (2018 Audrey Residency), Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Actors Theatre of Louisville, UCSB’s Launch Pad, Women's Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Centerstage Baltimore, Studio Theatre, Red Bull Theater, Working Theater, Barrington Stage, The New Group, The Lark, New Harmony Project, among others. Lynn co-writes/co-created the award-winning web series Darwin and is currently in cahoots with some folks on some TV projects. Current commissions: Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation new play commission for “The Overview Effect” (with producer Kay Matschullat), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley commission for her musical “Gurley!” along with composers/collaborators The Kilbanes, Red Bull Theater inaugural new play commission for “The Claudias: A Revenge Play.” Lynn resides in NYC and is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.
Kay Matschullat
Kay Matschullat
Kay Matschullat originates, produces and directs performance around the globe. She has directed premiers of plays by Nobel prize-winning Caribbean playwright Derek Walcott, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ariel Dorfman and Playwright President Vaclav Havel. Other credits include Threepenny Opera, Carson McCullers Talks About Love, (nominated for a Drama Desk Award) off-Broadway with compoaser Duncan Sheik, Echoes of A Thousand Hillswith Masharika Theater in Rwanda, Pantomime,Dimetos, and Widowsat Williamstown Theater, All’s Well The Ends Well, Love’s Labours Lost, and Skin of Our Teeth.     She has held artistic residencies at Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Calarts, and SCAD.  She served as a full time faculty member at Tisch School of the Arts for over two decades, taught at Princeton University Program in Theater and Dance and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard College.   Grants include an NEA Fellowship, A TCG Fellowship, and a Drama League residency. She founded Scriptopia, the first online collaborative tool for play development. She looks forward to seeing you at MAX 2019: A Space Festival. 
Janna Levin
Janna Levin
Janna Levin is the Tow Professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University and has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works. She was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow. Her latest book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, is the inside story on the discovery of the century: the sound of spacetime ringing from the collision of two black holes over a billion years ago.
Associated Programs: Universal Threads
Robin Dahlberg
Robin Dahlberg
Robin Dahlberg is a visual artist and arts educator based in New York City. Robin uses photography to explore how we respond to the challenges of everyday life. Robin loves sharing her passion for photography with others and teaches analog and digital photography to children, teens, adults and people with disabilities. Robin published her first photo book in 2016, Billable Hours in 6-Minute Increments, a humorous look at corporate culture in large New York law firms. Before becoming a photographer, she was a civil rights attorney and traveled widely, advocating for the reform of criminal justice, juvenile justice, health care, and foster care systems throughout the country.
Associated Programs: Star Stories
Andrea Lauer
Andrea Lauer
Andrea Lauer is a costume/set designer and fashion stylist. Recent credits include Richard The II at The Old Globe, Lovely Rita, a multimedia event in celebration of the Beatles 50th release of Sgt. Peppers, and A Chorus Line at the MUNY. Her work has been seen on Broadway (American Idiot, Bring it On), around the country and internationally. Working as a stylist for various artists, commercials, and publications, her work can be seen in Rolling Stone, Vogue, Interview, OUT Magazine, The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, red carpet events, and music videos.
Associated Programs: Universal Threads
Sally Katz
Sally Katz
Sally Martin Katz is Curatorial Assistant of Photography at SFMOMA and Ph.D. candidate in Art History, focusing on History of Photography, at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before moving to the Bay Area, she lived in Paris, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in Art History as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography, both from the Sorbonne. While living in Paris, she served as assistant to the director and the head of exhibitions & communications at the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson and worked on the photographic archive of the Greek, Roman & Etruscan Antiquities Department at the Musée du Louvre.
Associated Programs: Star Stories
T.J. Guardino
T.J. Guardino
T.J. was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though basketball was his first love, he signed up for a beginning guitar class during his freshman year of high school and fell in love with music. He went on to receive his BA in Music and spent several years after college working in production, recording, songwriting, and session work as a guitar player in Nashville and L.A. He is extremely excited to be a part of Notes For Notes, and can't wait to hear what the next generation of musicians and artists have to say.
Christine Zuercher
Christine Zuercher

Christine received a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFA from East Carolina University. Her research is on shortwave radio, the Space Race, and transmission technologies with a focus in interdisciplinary and alternative photographic processes. She is a Dayton Art Institute Yeck Fellow and an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award Recipient. She has a national exhibition record that includes the GreenHill Center for Art in Greensboro, North Carolina, Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

For more visit - http://www.christinezuercher.com/
Associated Programs: Spacewoman of the Underground
Sasha Samochina
Sasha Samochina
Sasha Samochina is an Immersive Visualization Producer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. She joined the team at JPL after working in New York in the fields of video and web development and in Chicago where she was a Media Producer at The Field Museum of Natural History. Currently, she works in the Ops Lab at JPL producing immersive experiences to help scientists and engineers complete their daily work and helping NASA to make space more accessible to everyone. She loves all things digital, animal, sound-emitting, cosmic and views the world through VR-colored glasses. Photo by Lauren Crew.  
Kimberly Grigsby
Kimberly Grigsby
Kimberly Grigsby is the Arranger and Conductor for Young Americans. She has worked on Broadway for many years, most recently she was the Musical Director for To Kill A Mockingbird. Her other credits as Musical Director include Head Over Heels, Amélie, A New Musical, and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark to name a few. She has conducted on Broadway and done vocal arrangements as well as played the synthesizer, keyboard, and pump organ.
Edgar Medina
Edgar Medina
Edgar Medina originals have shown across the country at galleries in Chicago, New Orleans, Santa Fe and Houston. Medina has been a featured artist at Art Chicago, The Los Angeles Art Show, Art Santa Fe and Red Dot Miami. Last year, Edgar Medina originals helped to raise a substantial amount for Houston area charities including American Cancer Society, MDA, Victory Houston –Cattle Barron's Ball, Foundation for Teen Health / Baylor Medina, JDRF and Tahirih Justice Center. This year, Edgar has had the honor of being a part of Artist INC Houston, a mentorship program with Fresh Arts Houston. For the last eight weeks, Edgar has been working with local artists and mentors, sharing their mutual experiences and learning from each other. Associated Programs/Events: Mission Art
Associated Programs: The Final Frontier
Sister Sylvester
Sister Sylvester
Sister Sylvester works with animals and technology to make cross species collaborations and cyborg theater: essayistic performances using first hand research and found documents. They are based in New York and Istanbul. Sister Sylvester invite disruption into both the performance and the process, and look for dissonance and difficulty in text, image, and sound. Sister Sylvester have made work internationally, most recently performing Three Rooms, a live-skype performance, at Frascati, Amsterdam; Bozar, Brussels; Arcola, London; Birmingham Rep, among others, and The Fall: A Lecture Performance, at ATHE, Boston, The Public Theater (UTR).
Kip Fagan
Kip Fagan
KIP FAGAN is a director of new plays. Recent NYC credits include: Susan Soon He Stanton's Today Is My Birthday (P73); Zayd Dohrn's The Profane, Heidi Schreck's Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons); Jenny Rachel Weiner's Kingdom Come (Roundabout Underground); Ike Holter's Exit Strategy (Primary Stages); Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist and Asuncion, Halley Feiffer's How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them, Heidi Schreck's There Are No More Big Secrets, Sheila Callaghan's That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play (Rattlestick); Ariel Stess's The World My Mama Raised and I'm Pretty Fucked Up, Sheila Callaghan's Roadkill Confidential, Rachel Hoeffel's Quail (Clubbed Thumb); Carlos Murillo's A Thick Description of Harry Smith, Sam Hunter's Jack's Precious Moment (P73); Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith's Radio Play (PS 122). Regional credits include: Alliance, Long Wharf, Woolly Mammoth, Williamstown, Humana, George Street Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Marin Theatre Company, City Theatre. Taught and/or directed at Juilliard, NYU, SUNY Purchase, National Theatre Institute, Strasberg Center. NEA/TCG directing fellow, Clubbed Thumb affiliated artist, co-founder of Printer’s Devil in Seattle.
Penelope Boston
Penelope Boston
Dr. Boston works in the fields of micro- and astro-biology, having pioneered collaboration between the two fields. She explores the deepest caves to find the microscopic clues to which planets could harbor recognizable life and detect the presence of such life. Dr. Penelope Boston plunged into the wonders of exobiology at a very young age. She grew up traveling the world with parents who were traveling performers, frequently delves into deep caves to do research, has worked with Dr. Carl Sagan on a project and serves on several scientific advisory panels with Dr. Frank Drake, A current professor at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, author of over 150 publications, and co-founder of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and organizer of multiple conferences, Dr. Boston has devoted her career to teaching and understanding overlapping scientific disciplines.
Peter Flynn
Peter Flynn
Peter is a New York based director, writer and teacher who stages both new work and classic American musicals.  He combines these talents in his innovative direction of We Chose to Go to the Moon.  His New York directing credits include the recent hit Smart Blonde with Andrea Burns, the off-Broadway premiere of Curvy Widow by Bobby Goldman & Drew Brody;  Rhapsody in Seth starring Seth Rudetsky; Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms; the 75th Anniversary performance of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with Adriane Lenox, B.D. Wong, S. Epatha Merkerson; On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie; Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney; Funny Girl with Bebe Neuwirth, Whoopi Goldberg, & Andrea Martin; Skippyjon Jones, and Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical).
John Monsky
John Monsky
John Monsky is a historian, writer, producer, lecturer and lawyer. American History Unbound, his innovative series of multimedia productions, was developed at the New-York Historical Society, and the first installment co-produced by MAX, The Vietnam War: At Home and Abroad, was presented at Carnegie Hall in 2018, as part The ‘60s: The Years That Changed America, a citywide festival inspired by historian Robert Caro. The series, exploring watershed moments in American history, combines live music performed by celebrated Broadway actors and a full orchestra, incorporating film, photography, historic flags and material culture from Monsky’s personal collection. Narrated by Monsky with a script often inspired by his own memories and observations, includes powerful examinations of singular and pivotal events — technological and historical— that changed America.
Vero Bollow
Vero Bollow
While researching the Bay Area’s start-up culture for her upcoming comedy film on AI, Vero Bollow came to the conclusion that there should be a place for artists, scientists, and engineers to hang out, be curious and launch new ventures together, so she decided to found Stochastic Labs. Vero’s first feature film, The Wind and the Water, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival before playing to sold-out audiences at festivals worldwide and eventually breaking box office records in Panama, it’s country of production. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she holds master’s degrees from MIT and the Columbia School of Journalism. She is also the director of the Minerva Foundation.
Julia DeMarines
Julia DeMarines
Julia DeMarines is an Astrobiologist and science educator working at the UC Berkeley SETI Research Center, the Chabot Space & Science Center, and Blue Marble Space. She is a National Geographic Explorer and Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, and a 2019 AGU Voices for Science advocate. Her research involves detecting life in the Universe through biosignatures and technosignatures. Julia also runs her own outreach events called  “Space in Your Face!” – a space variety show involving comedy, local artists, and cover songs.  
Ashley Simmons
Ashley Simmons
Ashley has worked in creative enrichment programs for San Francisco youth for the past 15 years. She delivered creative writing programs across San Francisco middle school, high school, and housing sites before joining Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco as the Excelsior Clubhouse Education Director. In the past four years, she has trained with Techbridge Girls to build a homegrown sitewide STEM program at Excelsior and is thrilled to merge creative writing,astronomy,and culture in the Star Stories program with 4th grade BGCSF members.  
Kevin Doxzen
Kevin Doxzen
Kevin received his PhD in Biophysics from the lab of Jennifer Doudna at UC Berkeley. Following grad school, Kevin joined the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) as the Science Communications Specialist. The IGI is a joint research partnership between UC Berkeley and UCSF, focused on developing genome editing tools to treat genetic diseases and engineer sustainable agriculture. In this role, Kevin undertakes a myriad of projects in education, outreach, and communications. From designing high school CRISPR kits to developing CRISPR AR and VR apps, the IGI is working to bring educational tools to school, libraries, and hospitals. Kevin also gives public talks, writes op-ed articles, and collaborates with various community groups to engage, equip, and empower different stakeholders with accurate information. Disruptive technologies are rapidly advancing, and Kevin wants to make sure no one is left behind.   

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