For over a decade, Kari Byron has been a star in the world of reality-based science television. Byron visits mid-Michigan to help kick off Alma College’s 2014-15 Remick Heritage Center performance season.
The popular TV personality speaks at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Byron is best known as a host on Discovery Channel’s flagship show, “MythBusters,” and the host of Science Channel’s “Head Rush,” “Punkin Chunkin” and “LDRS” — which stands for Large Dangerous Rocket Ships.
“It‘s going to be an interactive moderated question and answer with Kari talking about women in science and how to make science more accessible to children,” says Mike Sheldon, event coordinator at the Heritage Center. “She has a unique perspective to share. Her presentation will be filled with great stories and wonderful fun.”
Byron has a degree in film and sculpture from San Francisco State University. After graduating from college in 1998 and spending a year backpacking through South Asia, she settled in San Francisco and pursued a career as a sculptor.
Special effects and prop making seemed like a perfect fit at the time. Trying to break into the field, she got an internship at M5 industries with Jamie Hyneman, a special effects expert and eventual “MythBusters” cohost. Her first day turned out to be the beginning of “MythBusters” and a career in television.
Byron recently appeared at the SXSW Interactive 2014 Festival with one of her co-host partners, Tory Belleci, and Bill Nye wowing the audience with some on-stage experiments on behalf of Science Channel. She also hosts the National Science Fair at the White House.