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The 2017 Science Fiesta is a one-of-a-kind event in its second year. Science Fiesta will take place at The Witte Museum in the Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 11am to 5pm. It will be a day filled with interactive science fun that the whole family can enjoy.

The Witte Museum Map & Location

Event Schedule

11:15 – 11:30 amFolklorico Dancers
11:30 am – 12:15 pmBryan Tobias
“9th Planet Talk”
12:30 – 1:00 pmMAKbots
1:00 – 1:45 pmRon Nirenberg
(Mayoral Candidate)
1:45 – 2:00 pmFolklorico Dancers
2:00 – 3:30 pmAdrienn Luspay-Kuti, Ph.D.
(SWRI Scientist)

Daisy Robinton, Ph.D.
“Gene Editing and the Future of Human Evolution”

4:30 – 5:00 pmAnnouncement of Logo Contest Winners

Science Expo/Poster Info | 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Interested in sharing your academic research with the San Antonio public? Share your research at Science Fiesta! Science Fiesta will be a free, family-friendly event at the Witte Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to showcase science in San Antonio. There will be a $500 CASH PRIZE for best poster. Our primary mission is to dissolve the barrier of scientific communication between researchers and the public, and to showcase what the scientific community in San Antonio has to offer through the San Antonio Science Expo.

Poster Requirements:
We suggest a 3’ by 4’ wide poster. Prepare a 6″ high headline strip that runs the full width of
the poster. Include the title, authors, and affiliations on the strip in letters not less than 1″ high. Posters should be designed to communicate research to the public (i.e. easy to read with clear figures explaining key concepts in simple manner). Please see the example poster.

Submit Abstract Here: Deadline March 31st at 5pm

Guest Speakers

Daisy Robinton, PhD

Daisy Robinton is a postdoctoral scientist at Harvard University researching mechanisms of stem cell identity at the intersection of cancer and developmental biology. Daisy’s passion for the effective translation of science has fueled her years of teaching, speaking, and consulting on numerous projects in the US and abroad. In addition, she is a co-founder of Weird and Wonderful, a production company aimed at bridging the knowledge gap in science by connecting with creativity and entertainment to engage, educate and inspire people from all walks of life.




Ron Nirenberg – SA District 8 Council
(Mayoral Candidate)

Ron Nirenberg was first elected to San Antonio’s District 8 City Council in 2013 and was reelected in 2015. During his tenure, Councilman Nirenberg has focused on solutions to San Antonio’s deepest challenges, including improving transportation infrastructure, ensuring the city’s sustainability through environmental and economic initiatives, embracing new technology, closing the workforce skills gap and creating jobs.

As comprehensive planning committee chairman, he played an instrumental role in guiding the development of the SA Tomorrow plan, a citizen-driven blueprint for the city’s future that will help city leaders prepare for significant population growth. It will improve the quality of life for residents by focusing on a range of solutions that include equitable housing policies, transportation reform, health and wellness initiatives, natural resource management and economic development proposals. He is also the chairman of several critical committees that work to build a resilient city on the national and local levels.

Experienced in business and policy, Councilman Nirenberg is a former program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center, where he developed and directed award-winning civic engagement programs in cities across the United States, including San Antonio. He is also the former General Manager of Trinity University’s KRTU-FM and the founder of two small businesses.

A graduate of Trinity University (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.), Councilman Nirenberg and his wife Erika Prosper, a respected business and community leader, are proud parents of their son, Jonah.
Photo & biography courtesy of The City of San Antonio


Adrienn Luspay-Kuti, PhD

Dr. Adrienn Luspay-Kuti is a Planetary Scientist at the Department of Space Research, Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute. She studies the atmospheres and the behavior of exotic liquids and ices of cold, outer Solar System bodies. Her research focuses on the composition and structure of comets and what they can tell us about the early Solar System, and the chemistry of atmospheres with complex, organic chemistry resembling that of the ancient Earth, such as the atmospheres of Saturn’s moon Titan, and Pluto. She has extensive experience with simulating icy planetary conditions in the lab, as well as numerical modeling and data analysis. Dr. Luspay-Kuti is a science team member for the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) instrument onboard the historic comet-orbiting Rosetta spacecraft that recently crash-landed on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and a former adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University.

Bryan Tobias – Astronomer
9th Planet Talk





Interacting with Science

Reach out and touch science in our interactive area with engaging displays and hands-on experiments to bring out the scientist in everyone.


UT Health GSBS



Girls Inc.

UTSA Geological Society

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Primary Care
Will be handing out goodie bags and their very own “Elsa” will be there to take photos with the kids.

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Demonstration on our big stage!

Biology Living Learning Community (BLLC)

UTSA Department of Biology


Chemistry Society UTSA
Providing hands-on chemistry demonstrations including “poly-snow” and rainbow electrolysis.

UT-Student College of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Incarnate Word

San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA)
Awesome telescopes for everyone to check out!

Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones
Bringing their talent to Science Fiesta with a beautiful dance performance!

Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science

UT Health Hispanic Student Dental Association

UT Health Physiology

SAMSAT will be displaying some of the very first PC’s invented and put into production for the public, from the company Datapoint (a San Antonio founded company).

UT Health Frontera de Salud
Medical, nursing and PA students will be providing vital heath care screenings consisting of calculating BMI, blood pressure, blood sugar, and lipid screening. Patients will then be counseled by current students, while under faculty supervision, to address health issues related to the screening tests.

UT Health History of Medicine Society
Spin-the-wheel trivia game and historical book and item exhibit.

UT Health AMWA

UT Austin Center for Learning and Memory
Mice in research game & brain exhibit.

UT Health Radiological Sciences

UT Health NeuroHealth Lab

UT Health Respiratory Therapy
Effects of smoking on lungs and guide to asthma care.

UT Health Pathology Student Interest Group

UT Health CHEO
Displaying cool anatomy models!

UT Health PsIG

UT Health CSBL – Anatomy
Bone Box and Histology Slides with Microscopes.

UT Austin Institute for Neuroscience

UT Health Barshop Institute



RISE & MARC U*STAR Research Programs

Cibolo Nature Center
Interactive water shed model for participants to engage with and learn about water movement and pollution, how the things we use get into the water systems, and how to be water wise stewards. There will also be a vermiculture (worm composting) system for participants to explore and learn about the importance of decomposition and waste management practices to better the environment.

US Army Institute of Surgical Research

Science Fair Winners

American Medical Women’s Association
Exhibit on components of blood!

UT Health Microbiology, Immunology, and molecular genetics
Handing out free goodies (such as pencils, coloring pages, candy) and informational flyers about their graduate programs. They will also have student volunteers hosting a matching game in which guests will be able to try to match bacteria and viruses to the diseases that they cause!

UT Health Office of The Vice President of Research

The South Texas Poison Center
The South Texas Poison Center (STPC) will be educating event participants on the importance of poison prevention. STPC will increase knowledge in regards to laundry pod safety, medication safety, product lookalikes, and dangerous things in your home. STPC will utilize various interactive activities to teach families about poison prevention and provide activity books, stickers, magnets, and pencils.

Science Fiesta Logo Contest Winners

On Sunday, April 9th, 2017, the UT Health San Antonio Graduate Student Association and Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy will reveal the winners of the Science Fiesta logo contest! Be sure to stay until the end of Science Fiesta to find out what local classroom’s logo submissions will win!

For more information visit the logo contest page here.

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