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The 2012 World Science Festival took place on May 30-June 3 in New York City. We offered a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone. Sign up for our newsletter to stay connected and get exclusive interviews, stories, and updates on upcoming programs.

2012 World Science Festival Programs

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The World Science Festival's Fifth Anniversary Gala Celebration brings together leaders in science, theatre, music, art, education and business for an evening that celebrates both the content and the culture of science, while raising essential support for the Festival's mission and programs.

A "Performing Arts Salute to Science," the program will be hosted by Alan Alda and feature violinist Joshua Bell, physicist Brian Greene, TONY award-winning performer James Naughton, Emmy award-winning actress Debra Monk and other Broadway luminaries - Todd Ellison, Rose Hemmingway, Paige Faure, Eryn Murman, Abbey O'Brien, David Hibbard, Drew Gehling - as well as the mesmerizing dancer-illusionists of MOMIX.

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Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 04:00 PM-05:30 PM
Venue: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
Moderator: Mariette DiChristina
Participants: Bruce Cuthbert, Michael B. First, Donald Goff, Helen Blair Simpson

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. This salon explores the revolution in genetics, neuroscience and other means of understanding the biological basis of mental illness that promises a paradigm shift in psychiatry—one that would marry symptoms to their biological roots, refine the classification of mental disorders, and open up the door to personalized psychiatric treatments.

primordial_light

Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: Lawrence Krauss
Participants: John C. Mather, Amber Miller, Lyman Page, David Spergel

Cosmology is the one field in which researchers can—literally—witness the past. The cosmic background radiation, ancient light streaming toward us since the Big Bang, provides a pristine window onto the birth and evolution of the universe. Already, the radiation has been key to confirming an early explosive expansion of space, determining the geometric shape of the universe and identifying seeds that resulted in galaxies. Now, the cosmic background radiation is poised to reveal when the first stars formed, what happened in the fraction of a second after the Big Bang, and the answers to a host of other bold questions about the cosmos. Join Nobel Laureate John Mather and other leading scientists who are leading the way.

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This program is part of "The Big, the Small, and the Complex," a series made possible with support from the Kavli Prize.

flamesalon

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 04:00 PM-05:00 PM
Venue: Paley Center for Media
Host: Alan Alda

Actor and science advocate Alan Alda invites scientists, teachers, and others who care about science communication to join in the discussion of one of the vital questions of our time: how to help society understand science better. Alan will report on intriguing—and sometimes surprising—results from the Flame Challenge, a worldwide contest that asked scientists to explain a flame in terms that would engage an 11-year-old. More than 6,000 11-year-olds judged the entries, but their responses provide lessons for scientists communicating with audiences of any age. We will discuss innovative techniques pioneered by the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, where scientists are learning communication skills as a fundamental part of their science education.
Watch the announcement of the Flame Challenge winner at Cool Jobs

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Great artists shape new realities by challenging conventional world views and pushing society to see possibility in unlikely places. That paradigm springs to life on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Argentinian-born artist Tomás Saraceno debuts his new utopian installation, Cloud Cities, a towering constellation of interconnected pods that draws its inspiration from the geometry of bubbles, the flight of balloons, the patterns of the cosmos and the intricacies of spider webs. Navigate your way through the structure’s maze of mirrors and webs before joining the artist and renowned scientists and architects for a conversation that brings the intersection of science and art to the foreground, and explores radical new habitats for 21st-century living.

Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

cheers_to_science

Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 05:00 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: La Scuola Grande & La Birreria at Eataly
Participants: Sam Calagione, Patrick McGovern

Brewing beer might well be humankind’s first biotechnology, representing our first attempt to harness the power of living organisms. Dating back as early as 9000 BC, the craft galvanized the cultivation of barley and wheat, transformed hunter-gatherers into farmers and fueled the building of monumental structures, such as the pyramids, whose workers received five liters of beer per day as compensation. What did those ancient brews taste like? How were they made? Advanced scientific tools and new archaeological finds offer up tantalizing clues—and tasty results. Join biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern and pioneering brewmaster Sam Calagione as they explore ancient ales from around the world and retrace their journey to Italy to reconstruct an Etruscan fermented beverage circa 800 to 700 BC. This rare brew features an exotic combination of ingredients: hazelnuts, pomegranates, grapes, wild flower honey, frankincense, barley, wheat, and even a few hops. Following the talk and tasting, head up to Eataly’s rooftop brewery, La Birreria, to sample a first-run batch of this prehistoric ale before fermentation. It’s a sensational evening of artisanal snacks, Dogfish Head Ancient Ales and fascinating science.

cool_jobs_2012

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM-02:30 PM
Venue: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Host: Alan Alda
Participants: Baba Brinkman, Cynthia Bir, Jarod Miller, Wendy Suzuki, Adam Wilson

The Festival's ever-popular Cool Jobs is back with a jaw-dropping show that brings you face-to-face with amazing scientists with amazing jobs. Imagine having an office that's a zoo and co-workers that are lemurs and porcupines. How about getting paid to build machines that can read people's thoughts. Or imagine your desk was a basketball court and your clients were superstars trying to improve their game through biomechanics? Well, you don't have to just imagine. Hear from scientists who have these jobs—find out what they do, how they do it, and how they got the coolest and weirdest gigs on the planet. The program begins with Alan Alda hosting The Flame Challenge Prize Announcement. The contest, conceived by Alda and Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science, called on scientists worldwide to give their best explanation of how a flame works—but in a way that makes sense to a kid. The winner was chosen by hundreds of 11-year olds around the country.

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time_einstein_cold

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 03:30 PM-04:30 PM
Venue: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Participants: William Phillips

Nobel prize-winning physicist William Phillips returns to the World Science Festival for another spellbinding journey to the lowest temperatures ever recorded. What’s an atomic clock and why does it keep better time when cold? What’s the relationship between speed, temperature and relativity? Through crackling, fizzing, popping experimentation, see what happens when ordinary objects plunge to the edge of absolute zero.

exoplanets

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
Venue: Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Moderator: Dan Harris
Participants: Natalie Batalha, Matt Mountain, Sara Seager

A few decades ago, we knew of no other planets beyond those in our solar system. Today, astronomers have confirmed over 700 planets circling other suns and believe billions more lay undiscovered. These new worlds have smashed conventional assumptions, revealing planets orbiting multiple stars, planets that don’t orbit stars at all, and at least one as airy as Styrofoam. The incredible boom in planetary diversity raises tantalizing prospects for an Earth analog that could harbor life—as we know it, and as we never imagined it.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-11:00 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
Participants: Mario Livio, Lawrence Krauss, Kelle Cruz

Join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. An outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, it will be a night to explore and discover the vast wonders of the cosmos. Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens we’ll have on hand.

The evening kicks off with a conversation with four world-class astronomers who share their unique perspectives on the cosmos and explain the upcoming Transit of Venus, a rare astronomical event set for June 5 when Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun.

Afterward, mingle with the astronomers as we point the telescopes skyward and enjoy celestial tunes by Brooklyn DJ Patrick Billard.

hedy_and_george

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-10:00 PM
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge
Moderator: John Schaefer
Participants: Carmelo Amarena, Tyondai Braxton, Jennifer Choi, Philip Glass, Tristan Perich, Richard Rhodes, Kathleen Supové

An evening of intimate conversation and musical performance as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes and some of the most forward-thinking composers of our age, explore the extraordinary lives and legacies of two unconventional innovators: the legendary screen siren Hedy Lamarr and renowned avant-garde composer George Antheil. In a remarkable and unlikely union, Lamarr, known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world,’ and Antheil, the self-described ‘bad boy of music,’ joined forces during World War II to invent a secret communication system that presaged today’s GPS, cell phone and Bluetooth technologies. Today, George Antheil is revered as a pioneer of electronic music. Some of his compositions were so far ahead of their time that the technology to bring them to life only materialized decades after his death. The conversation on innovation, science and music will be amplified by a series of performances of Antheil's seminal scores and explorations of today’s most avant-garde electronica.

resilience

Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Moderator: Bill Blakemore
Participants: George Bonanno, Dennis Charney, Fran Norris, Matthieu Ricard

Car accidents. Suicide bombers. Earthquakes. Death of a spouse. Why do some people bounce back from traumatic events while others do not? Is there a biological profile of resiliency? Can science, with the jab of a needle or huff of an aerosol, help reduce post-stress trauma? Can, and should, we train people to be more resilient? Leading thinkers from around the world explore these and other questions about the science of human resiliency.

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icarus2012

Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: United Palace Theatre

Icarus at the Edge of Time is the story of a courageous boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole. This stunning, full-orchestral work with animated film and live narrator brings a powerful modern twist to a classic myth, taking audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time, to the very edge of understanding. Featuring an original orchestral score by Philip Glass, performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Brad Lubman, film by Al + Al and narration written by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang.

Icarus At the Edge of Time
Based on the Book by Brian Greene
Music by Philip Glass
Narrative Adapted by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang
Film Created and Directed by Al + Al
© 2010 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc.

Icarus at the Edge of Time was commissioned and produced by the World Science Festival (New York), with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Southbank Centre (London), with the Royal Society. Co-commissioned by Associazione Festival della Scienza, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow's Concert Halls. Executive Producers: Tracy Day, World Science Festival, New York; Gillian Moore, Southbank Centre, London.

illuminating_resilience

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Venue:
Moderator: Carl Zimmer
Participants: George Bonanno, Sandro Galea, Glenn Saxe, Rachel Yehuda

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. This salon looks at new and controversial ways to understand the human capacity to cope with stress and rebound from traumatic events. Is resilience a combination of innate traits born of thousands of years of evolution? Is it a complex psychological process that varies across cultures and environments? Can resilience be reliably defined and objectively measured? Can it then be taught and reproduced?

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Innovation Square
A technophile's adventureland
The World Science Festival transforms a picturesque quad in downtown Brooklyn into a staging ground for future-shaping innovations springing to life in labs and workshops around the world. Watch the first public demonstration of quantum levitation; get lost in the robot petting zoo; play with the world’s lightest material. It’s an unforgettable afternoon of amazing demos, challenges, and interactive fun, suitable for tech enthusiasts of all ages.

curiosity_rover

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 11:30 PM-02:00 AM

On November 26, 2011, NASA launched its most ambitious and complex mission to Mars yet, with the goal of landing a robotic rover called Curiosity on the surface of the red planet. Armed with a full, on-board laboratory, its mission is to study the Martian climate and geology and collect data in preparation for a future manned mission to Mars.


Curiosity is scheduled to land in Gale Crater at about 1:30AM EDT on August 6, 2012. Leading up to the landing, NASA TV will provide live coverage beginning at 11:30PM.


For the Mars Science Laboratory media feed, click here
Download the mission fact sheet
Image courtesy of NASA

meet_the_authors

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge
Participants: Carl Zimmer, Peter Pringle, Lawrence Krauss, Edward O. Wilson

Spend a thought-provoking afternoon with four leading science authors as they share insights from their latest books. The conversations will move from the mind-bending physics of nothing to the surprising trend of science-themed tattoos, from the dark secrets of scientific research to the evolutionary mystery of the human condition. Bring your questions, your books, and your tattoos!

 

neutrinos_the_next_decade

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 09:30 PM-11:00 PM
Venue: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall
Moderator: John Rennie
Participants: Janet Conrad, Francis Halzen, Joseph Formaggio, Lawrence Krauss

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. In this salon, drill deeper into the insights neutrino research offers for the next phase of particle physics and the ongoing quest to determine the origins of the universe. What are the emerging techniques for hunting the elusive neutrino and how will these experiments lead to neutrino physics breakthroughs in the decade ahead?

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Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM
Venue:
Participants: Edward O. Wilson

Every generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of the generations who came before. “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” wrote Isaac Newton. In a special series, the World Science Festival invites audiences to stand on the shoulders of modern-day giants. The second annual address in this series will be given by esteemed evolutionary biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson, who will speak about radical advances in the study of human social behavior and evolutionary biology.

pandemic

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 02:00 PM-05:30 PM
Venue: Smith Auditorium, New-York Historical Society
Moderator: Richard Besser
Participants: Laurie Garrett, Gary Nabel, Michael Osterholm, Harold Varmus

Imagine beating every strain of flu with a single jab. Wiping out your risk of some lethal cancers, HIV, and malaria during a routine doctor’s visit. That’s the promise of next-generation vaccines, and researchers are closing in on the basic science needed to bring them to reality. Join epidemiologists, virologists, and public-health experts as they share insights on the new wave of vaccine research, and the race to eliminate pandemic threats. Setting the stage for the discussion is a screening of Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s chilling thriller about a deadly flu outbreak and the global race to contain it.

Screening at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Program at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Presented in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, where "Get Vaccinated" is on display May 15 through September 2.

pioneers_fuchs

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM-10:00 AM
Venue: NYU Global Center, President’s Colloquium Room
Moderator: Juju Chang
Participants: Elaine Fuchs

Pioneers in Science is an interactive program that gives high school students from around the world rare and intimate access to Nobel Laureates, presidential advisors, and other trailblazing scientists. Presented in collaboration with the Global Nomads Group, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth, Pioneers in Science encourages students to participate and ask questions during engaging town-hall-style discussions where speakers share their personal stories, life challenges and career highlights, all with the goal of inspiring by example. This year's program features geneticist Elaine Fuchs, an esteemed researcher who has been personally recognized by President Obama for her contributions to science.

pioneers_jackson

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Venue: NYU Global Center, President’s Colloquium Room
Moderator: Juju Chang
Participants: Lisa P. Jackson

Pioneers in Science is an interactive program that gives high school students from around the world rare and intimate access to Nobel Laureates, presidential advisors, and other trailblazing scientists. Presented in collaboration with the Global Nomads Group, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth, Pioneers in Science encourages students to participate and ask questions during engaging town-hall-style discussions where speakers share their personal stories, life challenges and career highlights, all with the goal of inspiring by example. This year's program features chemical engineer Lisa P. Jackson, a renowned scientist who brings two decades of experience as a pioneering environmental regulator to the post of Administrator of the Environmental Agency.

sacks2012

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: Lesley Stahl
Participants: Oliver Sacks, Petr Janata, Stanley Jordan, Concetta Tomaino

A composer finds freedom from Tourette’s through music; an amnesiac remembers distant memories when he hears the Grateful Dead; a patient with Parkinson’s listens to her favorite tunes and regains the ability to walk without tremors. What is it about music that can transport us to the past, reawaken distant emotions, and even heal some neurological disorders? Join renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and pioneering music therapists as they use intimate portraits of patients profoundly transformed by music to explore the neural mechanisms behind music's healing powers, and discuss possible implications for the treatment of Alzheimer's, aphasia and other neurological impairments.

reefs

Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Venue: American Museum of Natural History
Moderator: Bill Ritter
Participants: Lynette Wallworth, Anya Salih, Nancy Knowlton

The stunning underwater realm of fluorescent coral reefs and exotic sea creatures will overwhelm your senses, as the Hayden Planetarium's dome is transformed by the renowned video installation artist Lynette Wallworth into an immersive view of ocean life few have ever witnessed. This unique event, presented in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, takes audience members on a journey through the teeming community of coral reefs, an environment responsible for the health of the biosphere. Leading researchers share their insights on coral reefs prior to the world premiere of Wallworth’s film, Coral: ReKindling Venus, and set the stage for a remarkable evening of art and science. Tickets include cocktails and an optional after-hours tour of the museum’s “Bioluminescence” exhibit with Wallworth and the scientists.

Presented in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.

refining_cosmology

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 02:00 PM-03:30 PM
Venue:
Moderator: Lawrence Krauss
Participants: John E. Carlstrom, Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, John Kovac, Suzanne Staggs

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public. This salon will look at how a sophisticated network of telescopes deployed in some of the most remote locations on Earth, from the South Pole to the Atacama desert, are providing ever more refined data to understand how the universe was created and how it will eventually evolve.

This program is part of "The Big, the Small, and the Complex," a series made possible with support from the Kavli Prize.

robot_and_frank

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: Museum of the Moving Image
Moderator: David Brancaccio
Participants: Maja Matarić, Dennis Hong

Join us for a screening of Robot & Frank, winner of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation feature film prize at Sundance. This dramatic comedy, about a curmudgeonly old jewel thief whose robot caretaker becomes an unlikely partner-in-crime and soulmate, will inspire a follow-up discussion among pioneering roboticists, exploring the future of computerized companions and caretakers as technology profoundly alters the landscape—and very definition—of human interaction.

A special preview screening of the soon-to-be-released, "Robot & Frank," courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology initiatives.

Presented in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image.

sacks

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 06:30 PM-08:00 PM
Venue: Great Hall of the Cooper Union
Moderator: John Hockenberry
Participants: Oliver Sacks

Famed neurologist Oliver Sacks joined award-winning journalist John Hockenberry to discuss Sacks' latest book, which explores the bewitching and surreal world of hallucinations.

The conversation canvassed the rich cultural history and contemporary science of the hallucinatory experience, and also touched on Sacks’ own early psychedelic forays that helped convince him to dedicate his life to neurology and to write about the myriad riddles of the human mind.

clearwater

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 06:00 PM-08:00 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
Participants: Jeffrey Levinton

The World Science Festival joins Clearwater educators in raising the sails on the sloop Clearwater, a replica of the 18th-century Dutch tall ships that once traveled the region delivering mail and supplies. Set your course using charts and compasses, and explore the waters of New York City as a citizen scientist. Identify an amazing variety of fish and invertebrates; test for pollution levels; and learn about the pressing environmental issues impacting this historic waterway. All aboard!

clearwater2

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
Participants: Jeffrey Levinton

The World Science Festival joins Clearwater educators in raising the sails on the sloop Clearwater, a replica of the 18th-century Dutch tall ships that once traveled the region delivering mail and supplies. Set your course using charts and compasses, and explore the waters of New York City as a citizen scientist. Identify an amazing variety of fish and invertebrates; test for pollution levels; and learn about the pressing environmental issues impacting this historic waterway. All aboard!

 

science_on_site2012

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1

Science comes to life in Brooklyn Bridge Park! Join adventurous researchers for a day of family-friendly exploration in one of the city’s most dynamic parks. Discover incredible marine life through an ancient fishing technique, join a leading botanist for a park-wide safari, learn the science secrets of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and more. Capping it all off is an unforgettable evening of stargazing. Adventure awaits!

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Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Participants: Brian Greene, Elizabeth Stahlmann, Michael Roush, Raja Burrows

In 1935, Albert Einstein and two colleagues published a landmark paper revealing that quantum mechanics allows widely separated objects to influence one another, even though nothing travels between them. Einstein called it spooky and rejected the idea, arguing instead that it exposed a major deficiency in the quantum theory. But, decades later, experiments proved the unsettling concept correct, upending conventional notions of reality. Join Brian Greene on a journey that brings this insight and the remarkable history of reality-bending quantum mechanics vividly to life.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: Galapagos Art Space
Moderator: Jason Silva
Participants: Cynthia Bir, Don Ingber, Alan Jacobsen, Peter Jäger, Maja Matarić

Strip away the trimmings of a traditional science presentation, add cocktails and an intimate lounge setting, and you have WSF Spotlight. This year's series provides an unobstructed glimpse into the minds of some of the most inventive thinkers. Experiments gone wrong. Happy accidents. Ah-ha moments. Every innovation or scientific breakthrough has a story. We'll hear a few of them from some of our favorite innovators: from discovering the world's largest spider to inventing the world's lightest substance, and from looking to art for insights into cellular processes to building social robots of the future. Join us as we trace some of the unlikely, entertaining and enlightening paths to discovery.

This program was an extension of Innovation Square, a free outdoor tech fest featuring amazing demos, performances and interactive fun at NYU Polytechnic Institute, MetroTech Plaza.

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Art historians are increasingly turning to particle physics to authenticate masterpieces by artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, as well as to explore mysterious artworks lying beneath surface paintings. Join a provocative discussion about the powerful new collaboration between scientists, curators and conservators that is bringing to light hidden works and revealing important clues about iconic art.

Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

surface_reception

Date: Thursday January 1, 1970
Time: 06:00 PM-08:00 PM
Venue: Eyebeam Art + Technology Center

Rethink the most fundamental resource on Earth—water—through the lens of art, science and design at the Opening Reception of the U.S. premiere of Surface Tension: The Future of Water. With more than 40 provocative exhibits, viewers are challenged to immerse themselves in the subject of water, exploring the exceptional and unexpected from art and culture to science and technology.

Join artists, collaborators, and VIPs for the debut of these thought-provoking installations.

SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland, the Cordover Family Foundation and the University of Dublin Fund.

 

surface_tension_program

Date: Saturday June 2, 2012
Time: 02:00 PM-03:30 PM
Venue: Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
Moderator: Femi Oke
Participants: Ralph Borland, Carey E. Hidaka, Sebastien Gouin, Stephanie Butler Velegol

The U.S. premiere of Surface Tension: The Future of Water challenges viewers to rethink the most fundamental resource on Earth—water—through the lens of art, science and design. Join leading scientists as they build upon the provocative ideas of this striking interactive exhibit and share insights on solving the urgent issue of water scarcity. How do we provide clean water to the 780 million people worldwide living without it? How do we stretch our limited water resources? What are the innovative technologies poised to change the landscape of water?

SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland, the Cordover Family Foundation and the University of Dublin Fund.

surface_tension

Date: Thursday January 1, 1970
Time: 12:00 PM-06:00 PM
Venue: Eyebeam Art + Technology Center

Rethink the most fundamental resource on Earth—water—through the lens of art, design and science at the U.S. premiere of Surface Tension: The Future of Water. This striking interactive exhibit, created by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, explores water through the exceptional and unexpected: a printer uses water instead of ink to rain words, a music box manipulates air and water to create an ethereal soundscape, a global map made of sponges forms a 3-D representation of water consumption. Showcasing more than 40 different artworks, Surface Tension underscores the urgency of the looming water crisis: 1.2 billion people lack access to clean water, and increasing shortages threaten food production, public health and political stability.

SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland, the Cordover Family Foundation and the University of Dublin Fund.

Surface Tension ran from May 30 through August 11th 2012 at Eyebeam in NYC.

kavli2012

Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 08:00 AM-10:00 AM
Venue:
Moderator: Richard Besser
Participants: John Holdren, Angela Belcher, Thomas Jessell, Claire Max

The prestigious Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for major advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience—the big, the small and the complex. The 2012 winners, sharing a cash award of $1 million in each field, will be announced via live satellite from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo. Delivering opening remarks is John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Following the announcement of the winners, three renowned scientists—nanoscientist Angela Belcher, neuroscientist Thomas Jessell and astrophysicist Claire Max—will join ABC News' chief health and medical editor Richard Besser for a discussion of the scientific achievements of the Kavli Laureates and provide insightful commentary on the next wave of research and opportunities within these dynamic fields.

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the_creator

Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM-10:00 PM
Venue: Museum of the Moving Image
Moderator: Tim McHenry
Participants: Al + Al, Yann LeCun, Janna Levin, Josh Tenenbaum

Join the world premiere screening of The Creator, a beautiful and surreal short-form film by award-winning British filmmakers Al+Al, which follows sentient computers from the future on a mystical odyssey to discover their creator: legendary computer scientist Alan Turing. Decades ago, Turing famously asked, ‘Can machines think?’ and ever since, the notion of computers exceeding human intelligence has transfixed researchers and popular culture alike. Marking the centenary of Turing’s birth, The Creator will launch a wide-ranging conversation among leading computer scientists and physicists about the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, as we take a personal look at the remarkable and tragic life of this computer visionary.

This movie contains adult themes. Some content may not be appropriate for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

neutrino

Date: Friday June 1, 2012
Time: 07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Moderator: Bill Weir
Participants: Janet Conrad, Francis Halzen, Lawrence Krauss, John Robinson

The neutrino is among the cagiest of particles, a subatomic wisp so ephemeral it could pass through light years of lead with more ease than a hot knife through butter. Despite its extraordinary abundance in the universe—billions pass through your body every second—this ghostly particle is notoriously difficult to trap, inspiring some of the most sophisticated detectors in science just to study it. A closer look could change everything. The elusive neutrino holds clues to some of the most profound questions in particle physics: What happened in the briefest moments after the Big Bang? Why does the universe contain more matter than antimatter? Join leading researchers as they chase neutrinos and other elusive particles in search of nature’s fundamental order.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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street_fair_2012

Date: Sunday June 3, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM

The Ultimate Science Street Fair returns to Washington Square Park with another action-packed day of interactive exhibits, experiments, games and shows, all designed to entertain and inspire. Visit a telepathy lab and control a computer just by thinking about it, learn the science tricks to shooting perfect free-throws with NBA stars, create your own fragrance at the Smell Lab, ride a square-wheeled tricycle, and much more!

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Date: Thursday May 31, 2012
Time: 07:30 PM-09:00 PM
Venue: Great Hall of the Cooper Union
Moderator: Andy Borowitz
Participants: Tricia Rose Burt, Moran Cerf, Lisa P. Jackson, George Lombardi, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Presented with New York’s innovative storytelling collective, The Moth, esteemed scientists, writers and artists tell on-stage stories about their personal relationship with science. In keeping with Moth tradition, each story must be true and told within ten minutes, without notes. The result is a poignant, hilarious, and enjoyably unpredictable evening that’s sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget.

Presented in collaboration with The Moth.

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” says American author Joan Didion. Stories have existed in all forms—parables, poems, tall tales, myths, novels, plays, songs—across almost all cultures and throughout human history. But is storytelling essential to survival? Is it a driver of evolution or a byproduct? What is the primal urge that drove our distant ancestors to crawl into a dark cave and paint portraits on rocky walls? Join a spirited discussion of how science has begun to explain the uniquely human gift of narrative, looking to the brain for insight on how neurons alight when we hear a tale, to developmental psychology for clues about the role of storytelling in learning, and to storytellers themselves for explanations that ultimately inform a greater understanding of who we are as a species.

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