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Events and Speakers


Science Expo

Pershing Square Park

Food trucks will be on-site for the duration of the Science Expo, view the list of Food Trucks.

Organizations with booths:

American Lung Association in California · California State University, Los Angeles, Anthropology Department · Caltech Atwater Photovoltaics Group · Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences · Center for Biological Diversity · Center for Inquiry · Climatepedia · Drive Around the World · Experience Media Consulting · Free Radicals · Independent Investigations Group · Mars Academy USA / Mars Without Borders · Nerd Nite Los Angeles · NextGen Climate · Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles · Safecast · Sierra Club Los Angeles Chapter · Space Geek Productions, LLC · Students For Science · TheLab Inc · The Planetary Society · The Skeptic Society · UCLA Department of Mathematics · 314 Action

Science Expo Stage

Kyle Hill, Nerdist’s Science Editor, will emcee presentations at the Science Expo Stage.


Meet and Greet

5th and Hill, ZERO SOUTH Electric Hummer Stage
Legislative Meet and Greet
ZERO SOUTH Electric Hummers lead the March

Hummers driven by former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman and Nick Baggarly, executive director of Drive Around the World

Rally Speeches

Pershing Square Main Stage
Moderator: Amy Hee Kim, MFSLA Organizer
Jen and Philip Wheeler, MFSLA Organizers
Farisa Morales
Space Exploration and The American Dream
Lucy Jones
Reality Matters
Representatitve Brad Sherman
Fighting for Science in Congress
Joanne Boadi
Why Science Is Important
Diane Tanaka
How Medical Advances Impact Children's Health and Everyone's Future
Tom Steyer
Protecting the Truth
Allison Schroeder
Hidden Figures: The Power of Science in Films
MariaElena Zavala
The People's Science: Working for the Betterment of All
Philip Wheeler, MFSLA Organizer
Start March

March to City Hall

11:00am-12:00pm (Noon)

"Call To Action" Speeches

12:00 pm-1:00 pm
City Hall, Zeusvision Mobile Bus Stage
Moderator: Heidy Contreras

West Los Angeles Children's Choir

Alex Bradley, MFSLA Organizer


Sean Carroll

Democracy and Why the Truth Still Matters

Nitin Apte

Making Dollars and Sense of Science

Martha Dina Arguello

How Science Protects Our Health and Environment in SoCal

Stephanie Pincetl

Why Science for Cities Matters

Michael Batie

The challenge in engaging communities of color in science

Tepring Piquado

Legislate through Scientific Glasses

Alex Bradley, MFSLA Organizer

Moving Forward

Live Science Demos & Presentations

Science Expo Stage
The Science Kids
Alex and Sophia
Importance of Investing in Science For the Future of Kids

Alex and Sophia are a brother-and-sister team with a mission to promote scientific thinking, find solutions for daily problems through science, and draw attention to the problems of the environment. They post their science and math projects and experiments on their website ( In 2016, they wrote their first book titled 'Walk Like an Elephant', which is a story of a lost baby elephant, and how The Science Kids use science to help him find his mother, meanwhile drawing attention to the plight of the elephants and the environment. They are writing a second book about health for children. Together, they lead a nonprofit organization called The Science Kids Foundation. Its goal is to raise worldwide awareness about the value of science, math, and technology, with a special focus on girls' education in developing countries. All profits go towards funding their projects for promoting science in the developing countries. They live with their parents in Los Angeles, California, in a household where the favorite words are WHY and HOW.

Lombardi Labs
JD Lombardi
Science On YouTube: How To Discern Fact From Alternative Fact

Lombardi Labs is an ongoing series of YouTube videos that welcome viewers to various scientific investigations and explorations, all while having a laugh or two. These videos are produced and hosted by J. D. "Prof." Lombardi, a 6th grade science teacher with a background in television and a passion for science.

Tim Griffin
Performing: "Natural Selection", "My Heart", "Shoulders Of Giants"

The goal of GriffinEd is to provide you with the best kid-friendly STEM/STEAM/history/folk music site… ever.  Tim taught all subjects in Title-1 elementary schools in Los Angeles for 18 years before giving up his tenure to start Griffin Education Solutions, better known as GriffinEd. He loves writing and sharing new music with kids and seeing how they not only get excited about the STEM and other subjects we teach, but actually perform better on standards-based assessments of their knowledge and vocabulary when they work with GriffinEd music.

Mars Academy USA
Dr. Susan Jewell
Empowering Next Gen Analogue Astronauts and Pioneering Experiential Learning with Exponential Technologies

Susan Jewell is an Analog Astronaut, Astropreneur, Explorer, Scientist, Pioneer, Visionary and single mother of two beautiful children who are also following her vision as analog astronauts. She has been involved in the areas of space exploration, healthcare, STEAM education, entrepreneurship for many years. She is a space research scientist, alumni of Singularity University, SU, and International Space University, ISU. Susan is trained in analog astronautics, analog research, space and clinical medicine, "Astropreneurship" and integrating innovative technologies. She is Co-founder /President of Mars Academy USA, Mars Without Borders. These organizations are focused on technological and innovative concepts, R&D in order to improve quality of life in Space for astronauts with direct benefits for life on Earth. Additionally they are platforms for promoting S.T.E.A.M education/outreach programs and pioneering visionary ideas to support human space exploration and future settlements on Mars. Susan completed a teaching fellowship at Exosphere Academy where she developed, tested and spearheaded the 8 weeks Mars Colonization and Mars Analog Astronaut Simulation Training Program. Now she is focused on developing the program in USA for Next Gen young astronauts, professionals and citizen scientists. Her long-term vision is to help develop the first commercial astronaut corp where the organization will provide services to the commercial space industries. She is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious, Marie Marvingt Award in Technologies and Innovations for Space, a honor bestowed by Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) recognizing pioneering visionaries in space exploration. Susan was the recipient of National Space Foundation "Living in Space" Award for her work in analog astronautics research.

LA Makerspace
Mya Stark
How Maker Learning Helps Us Work Around an Endangered Education System

Mya Stark is the Executive Director of LA Makerspace, a community-based nonprofit which is working to turn LA's libraries into places where kids can learn science and technology skills. She began her career as a screenwriter for studios like Warner Bros and Paramount, and is the "arty one" in a family of (literal) rocket scientists.

Nerd Nite Los Angeles
Riley Gibbs, Trevor Valle, and Emily Rome
Misconceptions About Dinosaurs and How to Win Monopoly

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 100 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.

Shredded Science
Gianmarc Grazioli
Performing: “Thermodynamics (The Macro World)", “Chemists Know”

Shredded Science is an independent science education and outreach music and film project aimed at teaching some of the most mathematically challenging areas of science in a fun and engaging atmosphere. We use a unique combination of memorable song parodies, animation, and demonstrations to illustrate the concepts. Our educational videos are intended for a wide variety of audiences, from motivated middle school students all the way up to college students and adults of all ages interested in learning and/or teaching the physical sciences. Shredded Science lives at

Tara Brown
Air Quality Monitoring Stations Demo

Safecast is an international, volunteer-centered organization devoted to open citizen science for the environment. Go to to learn more and ways to monitor the environment in your community.

Free Radicals
Andy Su
How Science and Politics Intersect

We are a collective of citizen-scientists on a mission to include a critical social justice lens into science. As the core members, we are activists from a variety of academic backgrounds.  Andy Su is a 1.5 generation Taiwanese American who recently graduated from college with a degree in rocket science. While they originally thought about exploring outer space, nowadays they spend most of their time building community spaces as an organizer for LBGTQ Asian American communities in LA. Still starry-eyed, they’ll follow the politics of space exploration and work towards the day militaries are defunded and the money reinvested in communities.

Independent Investigations Group
James Underdown
Science Tests the Paranormal

Millions of Americans believe in paranormal powers like mediumship, out of body experience, and telepathy. How does science approach these claims? By testing them! James Underdown and Spencer Marks of the Independent Investigations Group, which offers $100,000 to anyone who can prove paranormal ability, will show how science-minded skeptics approach the testing of extraordinary claims.

Skeptics Society
Michael Shermer
Science Makes America Great Again

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, The Mind of the Market, How We Believe, and The Science of Good and Evil. His next book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for Immortality, the Afterlife, and Utopia. His two TED talks, viewed nearly 8 million times, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 2000 TED talks.

314 Action
Jess Phoenix
Equal and Opposite Reaction: Science for Today's World

Jess Phoenix is co-founder of revolutionary environmental scientific research organization Blueprint Earth and a scientist for the Discovery Channel. She is a volcanologist, an accomplished extreme explorer, and a professional field scientist. Her mission is to inspire everyone to tap into their innate curiosity, igniting wonder about our planet and the world we live in. "Volcano" Jess believes science should be accessible to everyone, and that there are no limits to creative possibility. Jess is a Fellow in The Explorers Club, a featured scientist on Discovery Channel's Trailblazers series and in the upcoming Shark Week program Sharks And Volcanoes, an invited TEDx speaker, and her work has been covered in Popular Science magazine, by BuzzFeed, the L.A. Times, the Washington Post, NASA’s FameLab, on National Public Radio, and on This Week In Science. She has recently delivered talks at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, UCLA, CSUN, and CSULA, and carried the official Explorers Club Flag on a field research expedition in March-April 2017.

2017 March for Science

Date: April 22, 2017
Location: Pershing Square Park
Time: 9AM - 4PM

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