Wonderfest’s Mission is to inspire and nurture a deep sense of wonder about the world. Through science education programs, Wonderfest stimulates curiosity, promotes careful reasoning, challenges unexamined beliefs, and encourages life-long learning. Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Wonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Following short talks on provocative modern science topics, these two Science Envoys will answer questions with insight and enthusiasm:
• UC Berkeley psychologist Rebecca Corona on "The Many Faces of Awe" — Awe is unlike any other emotion. It possesses the power to grab us, shake us, and change the way we see the universe. Psychological research in national forests and during the COVID-19 pandemic helps us to plumb the depths — and the many aspects — of awe.
• UC Berkeley statistician Stephen Bates on "Being Honest with Big Data" — Huge datasets now touch every part of our lives, and this explosion of information allows scientists to ask (and answer!) more questions than ever. But the more questions we ask, the more easily we fall prey to the "cherry-picking" fallacy. New ideas from statistics allow scientists to make honest assessments of the evidence in big data.