Science Friday, the weekly public radio science program, has selected six scientists to appear in conversation with the program’s host Ira Flatow in two live tapings in Honolulu and Kamuela this July. The events, called "First Take with Science Friday," are presented by Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Five of the scientists are women based in the islands, each an expert in her own field of study.
Appearing on stage at the Hawaiʻi Theatre Center on July 6 at 7:30 p.m. are
- Dr. Kim Binsted, principal investigator for UH Manoa’s HI-SEAS (Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation), a Mars simulation mission on Mauna Loa;
- Dr. Melissa Price, an ecologist who spearheaded the recent collaboration resulting in the multi-disciplinary education project “Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds”;
- Dr. Malia Rivera, of UHM’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology who has devised a Hawaiʻi place-based STEM curriculum.
At the Kahilu Theatre on July 7 at 7:30 p.m. will be
- Dr. Greg Asner, a Stanford University professor and staff scientist with the Carnegie Institution for Science, who is applying the technology of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory to mapping Hawaiʻi's ʻōhiʻa forests;
- Dr. Alison Greggor, whose work at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is focused on reintroducing the ‘alala (Hawaiian crow) to the wild;
- Dr. Lisa Keith, the lead researcher at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death.
In addition to the onstage conversation between Flatow and the scientist guests, audiences will be able to participate with questions of their own. The interviews and questions-and-answers will be taped for possible future national broadcast on Science Friday. The events will also include musical interludes: internationally acclaimed guitarist Makana in Honolulu, and local jazz ensemble Red Water Trio in Kamuela.
Reserved seats for "First Take with Science Friday" on Friday, July 6, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. are available from the Hawaii Theatre Center box office at bit.ly/SciFriHi (case sensitive). Reservations for the Hawaiʻi island event at the Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. are at bit.ly/scifrihi. The purchase of a ticket also entitles the purchaser to a one-year membership in Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
About Science Friday
For the last 25 years, this radio program has introduced top scientists and entertaining stories about science to public radio listeners. Independently produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s access to science and scientific information, it is distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) to 374 stations across the U.S.
About Ira Flatow
Veteran science correspondent Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of public radio's Science Friday. Each week he brings a lively, informative discussion of science to two million radio and podcast listeners.
Flatow is also founder of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing the public's access to science and scientific information.
He has shared his enthusiasm with public radio and TV fans for more than 40 years, including as a guest star on the hit CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory.”
His recent honors include the National Science Board Public Service Award, AAAS Journalism Award, the Carl Sagan Award, the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest and the Isaac Asimov Science Award. Flatow has also received an honorary doctorate from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College.
“First Take with Science Friday” is Ira Flatow's first live appearance in Hawaiʻi.
Event sponsors are Chaminade University of Honolulu, HPM Building Supply, Le Jardin Academy, Sacred Hearts Academy, with hospitality sponsors Prince Waikiki and the Hapuna Beach Resort.