Why you should care
Because science is happening all around you, all the time. And OZY is bringing you two brilliant minds to show you just how it happens.
First we shook up Washington, D.C. with NPR and ballet prodigy Misty Copeland. Then we took to the streets in New York City’s Times Square on St. Patrick’s Day. Oakland, California—get ready for OZY!
OZY is thrilled to feature two scientific stars for an evening of discovery and discussion on Thursday, April 3 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. UC Berkeley astronomy professor Alex Filippenko, a director on Chabot’s Foundation Board, was part of the team that made the 2011 Nobel Prize-winning discovery that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. And he’s obsessed with observing total solar eclipses; he’s sighted 13 so far, and counting.
He’ll be joined by biologist-slash-hip-hop maven-slash Scientific American blogger Danielle Lee, who champions diversity in STEM fields, and helps universities and scientific journals engage with underserved communities. OZY CEO Carlos Watson will moderate the conversation, which is sure to be fascinating.
The Chabot Space & Science Center, an observatory and planetarium located in the hills of Oakland, is the largest public telescope facility in the country. It’s also known for its interactive exhibits, classes and workshops, and an After Dark program on Friday and Saturday nights, when the public is invited to use the center’s three giant telescopes.
How cool is that? No wonder Bill Nye—yes, that Bill Nye—serves as a director on Chabot’s foundation board. We’re such fans that OZY is making a donation to Chabot’s Galaxy Explorer K-12 program as part of our partnership with them.
We’d also like to give a big shout out to the sponsors who are helping to make this event happen!