Madame Mars

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AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch

Members and guests learned about the exploration and potential habitation of Mars and discovered what’s being done to introduce girls and women to the program. The audience ascertained the facts about what gender equity goals there are in space exploration and who supports STEM education for girls. Speakers presented a sneak preview of their transmedia documentary film.

Saturday, April 25, 11 AM
Social: 11 AM, Lunch: 11:45 AM
Program: 12:15 PM
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, CA 94526

Our 2015-2016 branch Board will be voted on electronically during a future time frame.

Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond

Our guest speakers discussed and showed excerpts from their transmedia documentary, Madame Mars. This production traces the long and arduous path women have taken in their efforts to explore Mars and worlds beyond. The filmmaker’s vision is to inspire young women and girls to pursue careers and opportunities in the space sciences. This presentation was of interest to those who want to establish gender equity in space exploration, those who support STEM education for girls, and those who are fascinated by recent developments that have advanced knowledge of Mars and potential habitation.


Beth Rogozinki has produced films, games, events, campaigns, websites, apps, and books. Beth started her career making interactive films and later CD-ROMs and was a founding member of the internationally renowned Multimedia Studies Program at SFSU. She then worked in media hardware, software, and services at such top firms as Silicon Graphics and Macromedia. She has since founded games and apps companies including Signal 2 Productions, Match Factor, and D2S Games. At these firms, she produced and published more than 30 casual games and apps. Beth is a founder of Transmedia SF, a transmedia agency and studio.

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D., is a veteran filmmaker, pioneering figure in the new media movement and professor emerita of cinema at San Francisco State University. She has produced digital and interactive cinema on subjects ranging from domestic violence to global terrorism. A versatile and accomplished writer, she has published two space-themed novels and served as contributing editor for the online journal, Academic Intersections. She is one of 705 Mars One astronaut candidate finalists worldwide and is embarking upon two years of rigorous screening to determine whether she will be among the first humans to colonize Mars.