Speakers – 2014

Amanda Leinbaugh
Amanda Leinbaugh

Amanda is trained in forensic science and generally has a passion for anything scientific that makes most people go, “Eeeewwww!” She is a contributor on Skepchick where you may know her as the one responsible for Cute Animal Fridays.
Breaking Bad Science Fri 8:30pm, Getting Away with Murder Sat 8:30pm
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance writer and journalist who writes for Slate’s XX Factor, Alternet, the Daily Beast, and many others. She writes about right wing misinformation, women’s issues, and pop culture. She can be found at Twitter @amandamarcotte.
Breaking Bad Science Fri 8:30pm, Bullying and the Bystander Sun 11:00 am, Loving Problematic Media Sun 12:30pm
Amy Davis Roth
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Amy Davis Roth (A.K.A. Surly Amy) is a 4th-generation visual artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She is a professional artist and creator of Surly-Ramics. Her designer jewelry line is inspired by and encourages science, humanism and critical thinking. Amy is a longtime contributor to the widely popular blog Skepchick.org. She is managing editor for Skepchick’s sister site that deals with the intersection between art, science and skepticism called Mad Art Lab. She loves to add her creative skills to the fight against pseudoscience and ignorance.
Worst Pseudoscience of All Time: A Skepchick Debate Thu 7:00pm, Artist Egos Fri 9:30am, Show Us Your Ugly Things Fri 12:30pm, Business of Art Sat 11:00am, Bullying and the Bystander Sun 11:00am
Anne Sauer
Anne Sauer - photo by Amy Davis Roth
Anne Sauer is a humanist with a passion for science, good food and spirits, and feminism, and she’s excited to be returning to CONvergence and SkepchickCON for her third year in a row! Anne has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and empowers social entrepreneurs to bring their dream to life through her consulting work. If you like pictures of homemade food and fluffy kitties, you should follow her on Twitter @aynsavoy. If you insist on buying her a drink, she’ll take a Perfect Rye Manhattan, please and thank you.
 Show Us Your Ugly Things Fri 12:30pm, Things I Licked for Science Fri 10:00pm, Molecular Gastronomy: Play with your Food! Sat 5:00pm, Urban Legends: Myths, Facts and Half-Truths Sun 3:30pm
Ashley Hamer
Ashley Hamer
Ashley Hamer is a musician and writer living in Chicago. She’s a contributor to the art and science blog Mad Art Lab, where she writes about the neuroscience, technology, and politics of music; skeptical and atheist musicians; and whatever else gets her excited about the world. She also plays saxophone for the funk band FuzZz, which recently recorded its debut album, and for The Great Postmodern Nightmare, a contemporary big band whose debut album will be recorded in the coming months. She spends the rest of her time running, drinking craft beer, and performing stand-up comedy.
Art as Therapy Thu 5:00pm, Artist Egos Fri 9:30am, Show Us Your Ugly Things Fri 12:20pm, FitMyths Sat 9:30am
Ashley F. Miller
Ashley F. Miller
Ashley F. Miller, MFA, is a writer, activist, and communications scholar from South Carolina, who has worked for LGBT, secular, and women’s rights for over a decade. She is the Communications Officer for Provide, an organization dedicated to improving abortion access for women in low-access states. She has written for dozens of publications and has run local communications campaigns for law firms, news websites, and secular organizations.  She is a PhD Candidate in Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, where she studies women and minorities in the media. Before her PhD, she worked in film and television in Los Angeles.
Paranormal Romance vs. Urban Fantasy Fri 5:00pm, Coming Out Atheist Fri 7:00pm, Evolution of Disney Princesses Sat 11:00am, Protofeminists in Shakespeare Sun 11:00am, Loving Problematic Media Sun 12:30pm
Ben Blanchard
Ben Blanchard
Ben Blanchard is just returning from the PathfindersProject, a year long international humanist service project. He is a biomedical major at St. Cloud State University, serving as president of SSA-SCSU as well as VNC for the UpperMidWest Network for the National SSA. Ben aspires to create plastic-eating fungus, help the alleged witches of africa, then become a pediatric oncologist. In his free time, he enjoys absorbing knowledge, friendly debates, doing science, and amassing nerd-cred. He will likely be dressed as The Doctor (11th).
Skepchick Space Lab all weekend
Benny
Benny
In his 30’s Benny finally decided what he wants to be if he grows up so he is now an undergraduate studying Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems during the week while teaching classes on alternative sexuality and gender issues on the weekends. In between he manages to blog and podcast at Queereka.com on the Skepchick network. Benny is a queer polyamorous transman, curious skeptic, and enthusiastic seeker of knowledge.
Not Men or Women: Everyone Else in Fiction Thu 7:00pm, Green is Not Diversity Thu 8:30pm, Non-Monogamous Relationship Structures Thu 11:30pm, Sexual Quandaries Fri 10:00pm, Science of Sex Sat 11:30pm
Beth Voigt
Beth Voigt
A designer in Chicago, a superhero in her own mind and absolutely nothing on TV, Beth is interested in all the things. Often at once. Her fine arts degree came with a side order of computer science, and she’s interested in UX, processes and fighting evil dark patterns. She wrangles fonts professionally, pummels code amateurishly, and has been known to shove fire in her face for fun. A co-organizer for Chicago Skeptics and a contributor to Mad Art Lab, Beth’s opinion is that you should try everything twice; if you don’t like it, you were probably doing it wrong the first time around.
Artist Egos Fri 9:30amWomen in STEM Fri 11:00am, Organizing Online to Make a Better World Sat 8:30pm, The Pub That Never Closes Sat 10:00pm
Brianne Bilyeu
Brianne Bilyeu
Brianne Bilyeu has been involved in medical science in patient-facing healthcare and research since the turn of the century. She has a passion for the scientific method and critical thinking. In her role as a radio show host for the weekly production, Atheists Talk, she has had the opportunity to chat with many inspiring people about topics of importance to nonbelievers. Her blog, Biodork, is part of the Freethought Blogs network, and there she writes about science, skepticism, atheism, social justice, her work as an abortion clinic volunteer and her kick-butt adventures in Minneapolis and around the world.
Food Allergies at CONvergence: How to Cope Thu 12:30pm, Real Monsters Fri 9:30am, Coming Out Atheist Fri 7:00pm, It’s (Not) Written in the Stars Fri 11:30pm, Kids Ask a Scientist Sat 9:30am, Skepchick and FreethoughtBlogs Author Reading Sun 9:30am
Caleph WilsonCaleph Wilson
Caleph B. Wilson is a research associate staff scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. As an immunologist, he seeks to teach T cells, a type of white blood cell, to kill cancer cells and HIV infected cells. Outside of the lab, Caleph engages in outreach through social media and STEM enrichment projects. He works to bridge his science training with public engagement, in order to maintain and increase interest in STEM. You can find him on Twitter @HeyDrWilson and @1stGenSTEM, on
Facebook, on Google Plus and on his very own website.
When Science Isn’t Your Friend Thu 8:30pm, Teens Ask a Scientist Fri 7:00pm
Courtney Caldwell
Courtney Caldwell
Courtney Caldwell is an intersectional vegan feminist who enjoys painting, writing, and concocting delicious vegan recipes. She is a writer at Skepchick & Mad Art Lab, and co-founder of BeVeganAnywhere.com. Her talents include clogging your social media with booze-soaked tirades, photos of her chihuahua, and pictures of vegan food. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you can follow @CultOfCourtney on Twitter..
Good Food, Bad Food Fri 8:30pm, Loving Problematic Media Sun 12:30pm
Daisy
Daisy
Daisy is a queer woman in her mid-thirties who is lucky enough have a job that she loves, doing SCIENCE! For the last several years she has called Madison, Wisconsin, home. She is fortunate enough to share it with her five chickens, three overly excitable dogs, husband of 12 years, partner of two years, and six year old son. They are a pretty typical family with a love of RPGs and Doctor Who and cuddling. Daisy does dress up as a fox for fun, so they are not perfectly typical. Right now her dream is to someday live on a big compound with her whole poly-family and goats.
Non-Monogamous Relationship Structures Thu 11:30pm, Grounded Parenting Fri 2:00pm
Dan Berliner
Dan Berliner
Dan Berliner is currently a grad student at Hamline University getting his teaching license in high school physics. Before he knew he wanted to be a teacher, Dan also got a degree in a little-known field called “Medical Physics.” Dan has a particular interest in the intersection of physics and medicine, particularly where magnetism and radiation are concerned.
Teens Ask a Scientist Fri 7:00pm, It’s (Not) Written in the Stars Fri 11:30pm
Debbie Goddard
Debbie Goddard

Debbie is keenly interested in secularism, skepticism, magic and deception, LGBTQ issues, language and perception, and general geekery. She works at the Center for Inquiry as director of outreach, director of African Americans for Humanism, and intro-doer for Point of Inquiry. You can find her on Twitter @debgod.
When Science Isn’t Your Friend Thu 8:30pm, Coming Out Atheist Fri 7:00pm, Organizing Online to Make a Better World Sat 8:30, Science ‘Fiction’ Journalism Sun 3:30pm
Desiree Schell
Desiree Schell
Desiree Schell is the host of Science for the People, a syndicated radio show and podcast that broadcasts across North America. The program explores the connections between science, popular culture, history and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what’s in the news and on the shelves.
Things I Licked for Science Fri 10:00pm, Mental Illness Myths Sat 5:00pm, Getting Away with Murder Sat 8:30pm, Cities of the Future Sun 9:30am, Science of Group Differences Sun 2:00pm
Elsa Roberts
Elsa Roberts
Elsa Roberts is currently a graduate student, pursuing a M.S. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, but her real calling is to perpetual activism and teaching. She is enamored with planning actions, attending meetings, and fighting people who are wrong on the internet. Her passions are typically aroused by poor city planning for pedestrians and cyclists, casual sexism, poorly constructed arguments, and being told to “chill” about inequality. She is the current Vice President of Secular Woman and can be found tweeting wildly about a variety of subjects @elsalroberts.
 Skepchick Space Lab all weekend
Emily Finke
Emily Finke
By training a forensic anthropologist, but by passion a science communicator. Emily Finke is happiest when she is in a creek, teaching 10 year olds how to catch crayfish and look for tardigrades. Or at a convention, dressed up as Batgirl while talking about animal reproduction, entomophagy or superhero science. When she is not talking about science professionally, She is… well, still talking about science or social justice. Her main blog can be found at This View of Life. Online, she can be found on Twitter as @Seelix. Offline, she can be found at the pub talking to strangers about how penguins don’t live at the North Pole.
Show Us Your Ugly Things Fri 12:30pm, Things I Licked for Science Fri 10:00pm, Superstimuli: My, What a Big _____ You Have! Fri 11:30pm, Song of Ice and Fire and SCIENCE! Sat 2:00pm, Getting Away with Murder Sat 8:30pm, Did You Check Snopes? Sat 11:30pm, Loving Problematic Media Sun 12:30pm
Gwen Pearson
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Gwen Pearson is a specialist in science communication and builds websites for Nature and Research Centers. She also writes for Wired.com.
Gwen started as a faculty member at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. In 2001 Gwen jumped the tenure track to move into administration, working as an Instructional Designer, in a Dean’s Office, and as Assistant Director for a large research station. She currently serves as Network Coordinator for the Organization of Biological Field Stations.
Ask a Scientist Fri 12:30pm, Things I Licked for Science Fri 10:00pm, Superstimuli: My, What a Big _____ You Have! Fri 11:30pm, Science of Irrationality Sat 11:00am, Getting Away with Murder Sat 8:30pm, Science of Sex Sat 11:30pm, Urban Legends: Myths, Facts, and Half-Truths Sun 3:30pm
Heina DadabhoyHeina Dadabhoy
Heina (pronounced hee-na) holds two shameful Humanities degrees from a fine University of California institution. Her induction into the noble life of the nerd occurred at age ten, when she discovered the Internet through excessive amounts of time spent among adults in Star Wars forums. As she is fierce femme who never wears t-shirts, she often expresses her geekiness in far less sartorial fashion, although she does enjoy the occasional (or not-so-occasional) sewing-free cosplay. You can find her writings at Skepchick and Freethought Blogs.
Non-Monogamous Relationship Structures Thu 11:30pm, Coming Out Atheist Fri 7:00pm, Tech Sex Fri 11:30pm, FitMyths Sat 9:30pm, Science of Sex Sat 11:30pm, Evaluating Scientific Claims Sun 11:00am
Jamie BernsteinJamie Bernstein - photo by Amy Davis Roth
Jamie Bernstein is a data scientist who sometimes pretends she is a photographer. She is a contributor at Skepchick and blogs about photography at Catching Photons. She likes to use science to predict and [insert nice sounding synonym for “manipulate”] your behavior without you even realizing it. She is on Twitter, probably complaining about policy issues, at @UAJamie.
Worst Pseudoscience of All Time: A Skepchick Debate Thu 7:00pm, FitMyths Sat 9:30am, Science of Irrationality Sat 11:00am, Cities of the Future Sun 9:30am
Jason Thibeault
Jason Thibeault
Jason Thibeault is a gigantic computer nerd and technology addict. He spends his precious free time ranting on the intertubes about whatever happens to irritate him, whenever something happens to irritate him and he’s in arms’ reach of a computing device. Since he’s such a computer nerd, that’s almost always. He identifies as a skeptic, a feminist and an atheist, and in his experience exactly no valid arguments have ever been presented to him that these three are at all in conflict. He blogs at Lousy Canuck, fueled by caffeine and rage and caffeine.
Alien Conspiracy Theories Fri 5:00pm, Superheroes in Our Modern-Day Pantheons Fri 7:00pm, It’s (Not) Written in the Stars Fri 11:30pm, Criticism and Empathy Online Sat 12:30pm, Organizing Online to Make a Better World Sat 8:30pm, Urban Legends: Myths, Facts and Half-Truths Sun 3:30pm
Julia BurkeJulia Burke - photo by Amy Davis Roth
Julia Burke is a freelance writer and journalist with an interest in social justice and a passion for wine, beer, and food. When she’s not rewiewing a concert or crushing grapes, she’s a volunteer with Secular Woman. She’s based in the Midwest, where she runs to support her hedonistic passions and drinks to support her writing habit. Follow her on Twitter or on Google+ or check out her website at Stellenbauchery.
Good Food, Bad Food Fri 8:30pm, FitMyths Sat 9:30am, Mental Illness Myths Sat 5:00pm
Katie Anderson
Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson is a freelance writer and improv theater instructor with a secret day job as a Case Manager. Her work has appeared in Alt Daily, HuffPost Parents and Laughspin.com. She is currently working on a practical guide for parents and caregivers of autistic individuals to be published sometime in the next few years (get off her back, it’s hard to write a book). Katie holds a BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She lives with her academic rock star husband, one of her three kids and two very spoiled cats in Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @improvperson.
Grounded Parenting Fri 2:00pm 
Kristin Ellis
Kristin Ellis

Kristin Ellis is a healthy skeptic and a self-proclaimed “Bachelorette of science”. She received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she fell in love with research and worked in a variety of disciplines including materials engineering, immunology and virology.In her spare time she worked with the Birmingham Freethought Society, engaging a diverse audience in lectures, debates and panel discussions on topics from science and evolution to religion and women’s rights. Currently, Kristin lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her day jobs are cancer research, tutoring kids of all ages in the sciences, and launching an independent research startup. Her favorite things in life are her dog Clark, the outdoors, a good book and a great conversation. She looks forward to someday becoming the doctor her mother always wanted her to marry.
Skepchick Space Lab all weekend
Liz Gaston
Liz Gaston

Liz is a teacher in the Boston area, working with students on the Autism Spectrum. She is currently completing her masters in Middle School Math at Cambridge College, although she would also love to teach first grade because cuteness. Liz is an official Friend to Skepchick and has run the Boston Skeptics since Rebecca abandoned her in 2009.
Skepchick Space Lab all weekend
Mary Brock
Mary Brock
Mary Brock is a scientist who specializes in Immunology and Biomaterials, with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She blogs for Skepchick and Grounded Parents and runs the Skepchick Book Club, so she has been reading 2-3 books per month for the past six years. Mary is an avid collector of random facts and enjoys science-fiction, old-school adventure gaming, and culinary experimentation.
When Science Isn’t Your Friend Thu 8:30pm, Grounded Parenting Fri 2:00pm, Science of Irrationality Sat 11:00am
Mary MyersMary Myers

Mary Myers has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon, and works as the Director of Institutional Research at a rural college in Minnesota. She is especially interested in science education and social justice issues.
Bones Thu 2:00pm, Women in STEM Fri 11:00am, Create a Real DNA Necklace Sat 3:30pm
Matt Lowry
Matt Lowry
Matt Lowry is a high school and college physics professor with a strong interest in promoting science education and critical thinking among his students and the population in general. He is a self-described skeptic, someone who believes in Carl Sagan’s adage that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary  evidence.” He expounds upon topics related to science, skepticism, and education at his blog – The Skeptical Teacher.
Teens Ask a Scientist Fri 7:00pm, It’s (Not) Written in the Stars Fri 11:30pm, Build a Better Iron Man Sat 3:30pm, Physics of the Whedonverse Sat 7:00pm, Why Do We Believe in Ghosts? Sat 10:00pm
Megan Press
Megan Press
Megan Press is a psychiatrist who is passionate about stomping out stigma, integrating mental health care into primary medical care, and eliminating mind/body dualism from medicine. She spends her days treating patients, teaching newbie doctors at the University of Minnesota, and managing a bunch of mental health clinics.  At home she is a wife, mother, and knitter. Deep down inside she is a big geek who enjoys reading, sci-fi, Bioshock, and sleeping in (that last part never actually happens). She is currently obsessed with The Clone Wars. NO SPOILERS!
Science of Irrationality Sat 11:00am, Mental Illness Myths Sat 5:00pm
Melanie Mallon
Melanie Mallon

Melanie Mallon is the coordinator of SkepchickCon and a programming co-head for CONvergence. As a Skepchick, she is known primarily for Bad Chart Thursday and the (Un)Censorship Project. She also co-runs Grounded Parents, the Skepchick parenting site, and manages Skepchick Events. When not doing all things Skepchick, she works as a freelance editor and writer. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Google+.
Grounded Parenting Friday 2:00pm
Miri Mogilevsky
Miri Mogilevsky
Miri Mogilevsky is a graduate student in social work at Columbia University. Her blog, Brute Reason, covers topics such as social justice, psychology, mental health, and whatever else keeps her up thinking till 3 AM. When not writing, Miri devours books and talks to anyone who’s willing to listen about how amazing New York City is.
Tech Sex Fri 11:30pm, Science of Irrationality Sat 11:00am, Criticism and Empathy Online Sat 12:30pm, Mental Illness Myths Sat 5:00pm, Organizing Online to Make a Better World Sat 8:30pm, Bullying and the Bystander Sun 11:00am
Nicole Forcine
Nicole Forcine

Nicole Forcine was born a strange child and former Georgia peach. When she was younger, she was never far from a composition book, a pen in hand, and way too many people in her head (she’s even been known to talk back to them). When two or more of them talk loud enough to overshadow the rest, a story is born. After years of writing and storing her tales in those books, she had a revelation: man, there are a lot of dudes kissing in these stories.
Her stories include themes of creating families of choice, how love can come in all forms and supersede all boundaries, and the joys and sorrows of earning a happily-ever-after.
Currently, she resides in Minneapolis with one of the most laid-back men in history, his even more laid-back cat, and her spazz of a feline companion. When she’s not writing (ha!), she’s saving the world/galaxy/humanity as we know it in the world of video games and indulging in general geekiness.
Invisible Aces Sat 10:00pm, GLBTQ Urban Fantasy Sat 11:30pm
Nicole Gugliucci
Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, skeptic, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy and now leads the informal education efforts of the citizen science project CosmoQuest. She also blogs for Skepchick and School of Doubt about astronomy, science, education, and things that generally annoy her.
Worst Pseudoscience of All Time: A Skepchick Debate Thu 7:00pm, Sci-Fail: The Skepchick Movie Review Thu 10:00pm, Women in STEM Fri 11:00am, Edible Astronomy Fri 12:30pm, X-Files Retrospective Fri 2:00pm, Alien Conspiracy Theories Fri 5:00pm, Time Travel Theory Fri 7:00pm, It’s (Not) Written in the Stars Fri 11:30pm, Kids Ask a Scientist Sat 9:30am, Song of Ice and Fire and SCIENCE! Sat 2:00pm, Physics of the Whedonverse Sat 7:00pm
Olivia James
Olivia James
Olivia James is a writer and activist at Skepchick, Teen Skepchick, and We Got So Far To Go. Her writing focuses on feminism, mental health, and skepticism, with a healthy dose of philosophy thrown in. She graduated in 2012 from St. Olaf College with a BA in Philosophy and Religion and is travelling to Ireland in 2014 to pursue a Master’s in Global Ethics. She is also a pile of nerd.
CONvergence for the Extreme Introvert Thu 12:30pm, Art as Therapy Thu 5:00pm, FitMyths Sat 9:30am, Mental Illness Myths Sat 5:00pm, Invisible Aces Sat 10:00pm, Once Upon a Time Fan Panel Sun 12:30pm
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PZ Myers is an astounding miracle of nature. He is made up of about 100 trillion cells that are all independently regulated by complex networks of approximately 20,000 genes and 3 billion nucleotides. His genome contains a unique combinatorial code of almost 40,000 alleles — genes which have been epigenetically honed by 57 years of experience. He is so popular that he is the personal host of a quadrillion organisms that rely on him for sustenance and support. Furthermore, he is the pinnacle of almost 4 billion years of chemical and biological evolution, and before that, stars burned for billions of years to generate the raw material of his corporeal body by nucleosynthesis. You should be awed by his presence. You want to be in the same room with him simply to bask in the cosmic significance of his existence.
Bones Thu 2:00pm, When Science Isn’t Your Friend Thu 8:30pm, Real Monsters Fri 9:30am, Ask a Scientist Fri 12:30pm, Alien Conspiracy Theories Fri 5:00pm, Coming Out Atheist Fri 7:00pm, Superstimuli: My, What a Big _____ You Have! Fri 11:30pm, Create a Real DNA Necklace Sat 3:30pm
Raychelle Burks
Raychelle Burks
When a career as a deadly ninja assassin proved too tame, Raychelle turned to chemistry. She’s currently a postdoctoral researcher at a super-secret-but-not-that-secret institution. To relax from a day of mad scientist duties, Raychelle enjoys sci-fi/horror movies, knitting, and consuming books of all genres. In her spare time, she writes about science and culture for a number of blogs and tweets up a storm.
Worst Pseudoscience of All Time: A Skepchick Debate Thu 7:00pm, Green is Not Diversity Thu 8:30pm, Sci-Fail: The Skepchick Movie Review Thu 10:00pm, Ask a Scientist Fri 12:30pm, Breaking Bad Science Fri 8:30pm, The Zombie Environment Fri 11:30pm, Song of Ice and Fire and SCIENCE! Sat 2:00pm, Geeks Without God Live Podcast Sat 7:00pm, Getting Away with Murder Sat 8:30pm, Secret Agent 101: Invisible Ink Sun 12:30pm
Rebecca Watson
Rebecca Watson
Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org and appears on the weekly Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.
Worst Pseudoscience of All Time: A Skepchick Debate Thu 7:00pmSci-Fail: The Skepchick Movie Review Thu 10:00pm,  Breaking Bad Science Fri 8:30pm Song of Ice and Fire and SCIENCE! Sat 2:00pm, Geeks Without God Live Podcast Sat 7:00pm, Obsessed Comedy Podcast: Cats Edition Sat 8:30pm, Loving Problematic Media Sun 12:30pm
Ryan Consell
Ryan Consell
Ryan is a costumer, armorer, and sculptor with a MASc in bicycle destruction and a background in science education. He is a blogger for Mad Art Lab and has been featured on TheMarySue, BoingBoing, io9 and Kotaku. He is best known for blogging about armor, his Slave Leo and Darth Shakespeare costumes, and his YouTube channel which details his forays into trampoline archery and other poor life choices.
Sci-Fail: The Skepchick Movie Review Thu 10:00pm, Physics of Impossible Costumes Thu 11:30pm, Real Monsters Fri 9:30am, Show Us Your Ugly Things Fri 12:30pm, Creating Convincing Magic Systems in Urban Fantasy Fri 2:00pm, Crafting While You’re Fanning Fri 5:00pm, Superheroes in Our Modern-Day Pantheons Fri 7:00pm, Build a Better Iron Man Sat 3:30pm, Physics of the Whedonverse Sat 7:00pm, Cities of the Future Sun 9:30am
Shawn Otto
Shawn Otto

Shawn Lawrence Otto is the award-winning author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, which has been called “one of the most important books published in America in the last decade.” He is the organizer and producer of the last two US presidential science debates, Between President Obama and his opponents, Mitt Romney and John McCain. He travels and speaks about science and politics and the growing gap between science and the democratic process. He is also a filmmaker and novelist. He is the screenwriter and coproducer of the Academy-Award-nominated film House of Sand and Fog, and author of a new novel, Sins Of Our Fathers, which will be published by Milkweed Editions later this year.
Cities of the Future Sun 9:30am, Evaluating Scientific Claims Sun 11:00am, Science ‘Fiction’ Journalism Sun 3:30pm
Siouxsie Wiles
Siouxsie Wiles
Dr. Siouxsie Wiles describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast but to others she is “the one with pink hair”. Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Group at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Siouxsie combines her twin passions to understand infectious diseases. In a nutshell, Siouxsie and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark. Keen to share her enthusiasm, Siouxsie has made a series of short animations with graphic artist Luke Harris, describing nature’s amazing glowing creatures and the uses of bioluminescence in science. Did you know NASA use fireflies to search for extraterrestrial life?!
The Science and Art of Bioluminescence Thu 7:00pm, Sci-Fail: The Skepchick Movie Review Thu 10:00pm, Real Monsters Fri 9:30am, Women in STEM Fri 11:00am, Kids Ask a Scientist Sat 9:30am, Evaluating Scientific Claims Sun 11:00am
Skatje Myers
Skatje Myers

Skatje Myers is a PhD student in computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder, whose work focuses on natural language processing. She’s also vice chair of CU Women in Computing.
Bones Thu 2:00pm, Women in STEM Fri 11:00am, Create a Real DNA Necklace Sat 3:30pm
Stephanie Zvan
Stephanie Zvan
Stephanie Zvan is an atheist and skeptical activist who used to have time to write science fiction on the side. These days, she blogs at Almost Diamonds on the FreethoughtBlogs network, hosts the Atheists Talk radio show on Sunday mornings, and spends a lot of time talking about known unknowns because she thinks it’s fun. Stephanie’s favorite snack is internet trolls.
When Science Isn’t Your Friend Thu 8:30pm, Saberhagen’s Dracula Thu 10:00pm, Organizing Online to Make a Better World Sat 8:30pm, Evaluating Scientific Claims Sun 11:00am, Science of Group Differences Sun 2:00pm, Science ‘Fiction’ Journalism Sun 3:30pm
Steve Theiss
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Steve Theiss is a is a physicist/materials scientist who settled down to life in 3M’s Corporate R&D Lab after wandering the US for 5 years as an itinerant post-doc upon receiving his PhD from Harvard in 1995. For the past 15 years, he has dabbled in a wide range of areas in new materials development, including flexible circuits, solar reflectors, orthodontics, touch screens, and electromagnetic shielding. He has 16 issued patents, and, yes, his job IS as fun as it sounds! When he’s not in the lab, Steve advocates for increased global educational opportunities for women, sings in an acapella quartet, gardens, and (with his wife) parents two skeptical chicks of his own. You can follow Steve on Twitter @Theiss9030.
Teens Ask a Scientist Fri 7:00pm
Tammy Anderson
Tammy Anderson

Tammy is a contributor on Grounded Parents, where her only qualification is that she gave up her carefree and childless lifestyle four years ago when she married a single-dad and became the dreaded “Stepmom”. Luckily she has bonded with her 11 year-old stepson over their shared nerdiness. She’s also an auntie to five young nieces, on whom she’s hoping to be the best bad influence possible. She lives in the upper midwest and works as a computer professional for the corporate machine, while trying to live by her secular, feminist and progressive values. You can find her on Twitter @SDTripleL.
Grounded Parenting Fri 2:00pm
Will Robertson

Will Robertson
Will Robertson is the editor and admin of Queereka and a contributor to Skepchick. S/he is a cultural/medical anthropologist working at the intersections of sex/gender, sexuality, health disparities, and medical education and practice. Their other interests include politics, science studies, pop culture, and public anthropology.
Good Food, Bad Food Fri 8:30pm, Bullying and the Bystander Sun 11:00am, Science of Group Differences Sun 2:00pm