Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster.

She has been a regular contributor to “TechKnow” on Al Jazeera America, and reports on local issues for ‘SoCal Connected’ on KCET, a non-commercial educational, independent television station in California. Cara also hosts a weekly science podcast called “Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria” and co-hosts the popular “Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” podcast.

Cara is a correspondent on National Geographic’s Explorer and Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World. In addition to the weekly science podcast called Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria, she is a founding member of the Nerd Brigade, and co-founded the annual science communication retreat #SciCommCamp.

Along with her co-hosts on The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast, Cara co-authored a book, published in 2018, about scientific skepticism: “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake”. The paperback version will be available for direct purchase at the conference.

Cara’s speaking topic at the conference is “Is Constructivism a Four Letter Word? Science Meets Existential Psychology