OF INTEREST: Chicago Science Fest Panel w/ Congressman Bill Foster, Physics PhD

Thursday, May 28, 2015
6:30 PM

Location: Chase Auditorium

Illinois Science Council (ISC) celebrates the 2600th anniversary of the founding of the field of science with a 3-day Chicago Science Fest of brain-stretching programs May 28-30, 2015. All programs are open to the public, located in downtown venues and suitable for adults and high school students. The opening night panel discussion, May 28, will feature Congressman Bill Foster, PhD, and focus on the role of science & tech research in innovation in the region and nation.

Science & Technology Research in Chicago – Challenges, Economic Impact and Future Prospects” – a panel discussion with:

• Congressman Bill Foster, PhD, Physics

• Terry Howerton, CEO TechNexus

• Catherine Woolley, PhD, Neurobiology, Northwestern

• Moderator – Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune

6:30-8:00pm (discussion); 8–9:00pm (reception)

Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at door. Available at http://IllinoisScience.org

In 585 B.C., the Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus correctly predicted a solar eclipse. His rigorous thinking and advocacy that phenomena are due to natural causes, rather than angry gods, made Thales incredibly influential and dubbed the “father of science.” The day of the eclipse, May 28, can thus be commemorated as the “birthday” of science. Chicago is home to an extraordinary amount of science and technology and so ISC decided to offer a celebration of this significant milestone.

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