Research Day Activities Kick Off With October Presentation From Science Comedian Brian Malow

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

We’ve all earned a little humorous escape from the trials and challenges of 2020, so the Research Day Planning Committee is pleased to host science comedian Brian Malow for a virtual presentation, Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet, Friday, October 30, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Malow is a standup comedian with a passion for blending humor and science, who specializes in the intersection between knowledge and entertainment. His presentation will be a rocket ride through the humorverse, dispelling myths and misconceptions about science while exercising participants’ brains, as well as their funny bones.

The October 30 event will serve as the informal kickoff to Iowa State’s Research Day activities for this academic year. After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the program will return in the 2021 spring semester, during the week of March 22, 2021.

“We’re making modifications to transform this year’s program into a multi-platform virtual experience that will be conducted across several days, and because of that, we’ve also made a slight modification to the name – Research Days 2021,” said Guru Rao, Interim Vice President for Research. “In that spirit, we wanted to jump start Research Days 2021 by inviting Brian Malow to share his lighthearted take on science in the world around us. One of our greatest challenges as a leading land-grant research institution is to make our work understandable and relevant to society as a whole. We’re excited to have Brian share some of his valuable – and fun – perspectives on how we can make our work more accessible to the public.”

Malow’s October 30 presentation will be conducted through a virtual platform. It is open to the campus community as a whole, but the total number of participants is limited. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) asks those interested in participating in the program to register here. All registrants will receive a link to the program prior to the event.

More details about Research Days 2021 will be made available soon. All information on both current and past Research Day events is conveniently located in this section of the OVPR website. Visit these pages for regular updates.

About Brian Malow
In addition to performing and giving science communication talks at universities and for NSF, AAAS, NASA, NIST, ACS, Apple, Dell, Microsoft and others, Brian Malow has produced science videos for Time Magazine and audio pieces for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk radio show. Brian has blogged for Scientific American and worked in science communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He has co-hosted programs on The Weather Channel, appeared on the Science Channel and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle newspapers, and Nature, Science, American Scientist, and Symmetry magazines.