88Nine Labs, a Radio Milwaukee project sparked by DJ Tarik Moody, keeps pumping out fun and engaging science programming for kids of all ages, including hackathons, talks and more ... like the upcoming event, "The Science of Marvel: Kyle Hill on the Science Behind Superheroes."
Slated for 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall, 733 N. 8th St., the event brings Marquette alum Kyle Hill back to town to talk about the science behind superheroes.
Perfectly timed to coincide with the arrival of "Captain Marvel" and the upcoming "Avengers: Endgame" flicks, the program will dig into how Captain Marvel can survive in space and the thermodynamics of Spider-Man.
Hill, who earned his bachelors of science in civil and environmental engineering from Marquette University in 2011, got a masters of arts in science communication there two years later, now lives in Los Angeles.
He is the science editor at Nerdist.com and the host of the "Because Science" YouTube channel – which has nearly 900,000 subscribers – and has written for WIRED, Popular Science, Slate, Scientific American, Discover Magazine and The Boston Globe, has been tapped as a science expert by Fox News, Al Jazeera America, BBC World Service and Huffington Post Live, and has appeared on the Science Channel’s "MythBusters: The Search" and "How to Build Everything," on Netfl’s "Bill Nye Saves the World" and on Al Jazeera America’s "TechKnow."
Hill will draw on math and science concepts to make Marvel comic and movie superheroes.
"I have been following Kyle Hill's YouTube channel, 'Because Science,' for years and I thought this would be great way to kick off this year's 88Nine Radio Milwaukee's tech initiative 88Nine Labs," Moody told me.
"Being a huge fan of comics and Marvel movies I thought this would be a great way to get young folks to look at science in a different way."
Admission is free but space is limited, so be sure to register here.
Sorry, no spaghett will be served.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.