Kari Byron to headline 2017 Nebraska Science Festival

by Karen Burbach, UNMC public relations | January 12, 2017

Image with caption: Kari Bryon

Kari Bryon

Kari Byron, best known as a host on Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" and "The White Rabbit Project" on Netflix, will headline the 2017 Nebraska Science Festival on April 21.

For more than a decade Byron has been a strong presence in the world of reality-based science television. In addition to "Mythbusters" and "The White Rabbit Project," she has gone on to host and produce shows spanning several networks: "Head Rush," "Punkin Chunkin," "LDRS," "Thrill Factor," "Strange Trips" and "America Declassified."

"Kari Byron is a strong advocate of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) programming on television so we're especially proud to spotlight her in this, our fifth year of the Nebraska Science Festival," said SciFest coordinator Kacie Baum.

The Nebraska Science Festival -- scheduled for April 20-29 -- will feature an array of science- and technology-related activities in communities across the state with the goal of making science accessible, interactive, relevant and fun for all ages.

On April 21, join Byron in a moderated discussion at Joslyn Museum's Witherspoon Concert Hall in Omaha. Her 7:30 p.m. presentation is free to the public (but requires a reserved ticket) and is suitable for all ages.

Tickets for the general admission seating to Byron's presentation will be released on April 1 on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be released online at Event Brite (four per person); please check nescifest.com for more information. Although the presentation is free, tickets are required for admittance when doors open April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Past SciFest speakers have included scientist Bill Nye, "Animal Planet" host and conservationist Jeff Corwan, meteorologist and extreme storm chaser Reed Timmer and most recently, actor LeVar Burton, who discussed merging technology, storytelling and science fiction.

Presented by UNMC, the Nebraska Science Festival is a collaboration of organizations and individuals interested in the advancement of science literacy. In addition to UNMC, other sponsors, to date, are Nebraska Medicine, Metro Credit Union and media sponsors KETV and the Omaha World-Herald.

In addition to NeSciFest.com, you will find SciFest updates and information on Twitter (@NESciFest) and Facebook (NE SciFest).

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