Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks

PARTICIPANTS: Timo Andres, Michael Brown, Aletta Collins, Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Conor Doyle, Christine Ebersole, John Hockenberry, Eric Jordan, Tobias Picker, Concetta Tomaino
CREATIVE TEAM: 59 Productions, John Plummer


Awakening the Mind is a tribute to the remarkable life and work of Dr. Oliver Sacks. A physician, best-selling author, professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, and regular contributor to the World Science Festival, The New York Times called him "a poet laureate of contemporary medicine" and "one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century." With stories from friends, colleagues, patients, admirers, and Dr. Sacks himself, this multi-media memory piece of music, image, and language brings to life this extraordinary man who had an incalculable impact on the worlds of medicine and storytelling.

Produced in partnership with the Oliver Sacks Foundation.

DATE: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/01/2016 08:00 PM 06/01/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks
Awakening the Mind is a tribute to the remarkable life and work of Dr. Oliver Sacks. A physician, best-selling author, professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, and regular contributor to the World Science Festival, The New York Times called him "a poet laureate of contemporary medicine" and "one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century." With stories from friends, colleagues, patients, admirers, and Dr. Sacks himself, this multi-media memory piece of music, image, and language brings to life this extraordinary man who had an incalculable impact on the worlds of medicine and storytelling.

Produced in partnership with the Oliver Sacks Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Kavli Prize Announcement

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: France Córdova
MODERATOR: Richard Besser
PARTICIPANTS: Cori Bargmann, Michal Lipson, Nergis Mavalvala

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 2016 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 the keynote address at the breakfast in New York is France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation. Following the announcement of the winners, three renowned scientists—nanoscientist Michal Lipson, neuroscientist Cori Bargmann, and astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala—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.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience and is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2016
TIME: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Add to Calendar 06/02/2016 08:00 AM 06/02/2016 10:00 AM America/New_York Kavli Prize Announcement 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 2016 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 the keynote address at the breakfast in New York is France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation. Following the announcement of the winners, three renowned scientists—nanoscientist Michal Lipson, neuroscientist Cori Bargmann, and astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala—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.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience and is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
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Salon: LIGO—Can it Save Big Science?

MODERATOR: Walter Isaacson
PARTICIPANTS: Barry Barish, Rush D. Holt, Kip S. Thorne, Rai Weiss

The $1 billion taxpayer-funded LIGO project shook the science world this year with its observation of a gravitational wave, a ripple in space that was propelled by the violent merging of two huge black holes 1.3 billion years ago. The discovery ushers in a new era in astronomy that may fundamentally change our understanding of the universe. As such, LIGO is a triumph of Big Science, the commitment of tax dollars to expensive and often long-term research whose potential benefits to science and society cannot be guaranteed. Yet LIGO's achievement comes at a time when the funding of science research is under siege. Three of LIGO's pioneering physicists talk about the LIGO discovery, and the imperiled future of Big Science.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, "The Big, the Small, and the Complex," is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2016
TIME: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/02/2016 10:30 AM 06/02/2016 12:00 PM America/New_York Salon: LIGO—Can it Save Big Science? The $1 billion taxpayer-funded LIGO project shook the science world this year with its observation of a gravitational wave, a ripple in space that was propelled by the violent merging of two huge black holes 1.3 billion years ago. The discovery ushers in a new era in astronomy that may fundamentally change our understanding of the universe. As such, LIGO is a triumph of Big Science, the commitment of tax dollars to expensive and often long-term research whose potential benefits to science and society cannot be guaranteed. Yet LIGO's achievement comes at a time when the funding of science research is under siege. Three of LIGO's pioneering physicists talk about the LIGO discovery, and the imperiled future of Big Science.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, "The Big, the Small, and the Complex," is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Colloquium Room

Making Waves: The Moth at the World Science Festival

MODERATOR: Adam Gopnik
PARTICIPANTS: George Church, Sylvia Earle, Michael J. Massimino, James McClintock, Cathy Olkin

In partnership with The Moth, the Peabody Award-winning storytelling collective, The World Science Festival brings esteemed scientists, writers, and innovators to the stage to share stories of their personal relationships with science. They're tales of insight, wins and losses, and unexpected twists. In keeping with The Moth's tradition, the rules are simple: all stories are told within ten minutes, and without notes. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining.

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2016
TIME: 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/02/2016 07:30 PM 06/02/2016 09:00 PM America/New_York Making Waves: The Moth at the World Science Festival In partnership with The Moth, the Peabody Award-winning storytelling collective, The World Science Festival brings esteemed scientists, writers, and innovators to the stage to share stories of their personal relationships with science. They're tales of insight, wins and losses, and unexpected twists. In keeping with The Moth's tradition, the rules are simple: all stories are told within ten minutes, and without notes. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Science Goes to the Movies

MODERATORS: Heather Berlin, Faith Salie
PARTICIPANTS: Pamela Abshire, Bertram Malle, Wendell Wallach

Cutting edge technology has radically changed modern warfare and the modern soldier, perhaps exerting its greatest impact through the introduction of automated drones. In this live edition of CUNY TV's "Science Goes to the Movies," journalist Faith Salie and neuroscientist Heather Berlin lead an exploration of the technical, ethical, and psychological effects of drone warfare, as dramatically depicted in clips from films such as “Eye in the Sky.” Join a lively and engaging conversation sweeping across the battlefield and the big screen.

This program is presented in collaboration with The Museum of the Moving Image.

Science Goes to the Movies is made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and CUNY TV.

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

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2016
TIME: 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/02/2016 07:30 PM 06/02/2016 09:00 PM America/New_York Science Goes to the Movies Cutting edge technology has radically changed modern warfare and the modern soldier, perhaps exerting its greatest impact through the introduction of automated drones. In this live edition of CUNY TV's "Science Goes to the Movies," journalist Faith Salie and neuroscientist Heather Berlin lead an exploration of the technical, ethical, and psychological effects of drone warfare, as dramatically depicted in clips from films such as “Eye in the Sky.” Join a lively and engaging conversation sweeping across the battlefield and the big screen.

This program is presented in collaboration with The Museum of the Moving Image.

Science Goes to the Movies is made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and CUNY TV.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative.
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Shaking Up the Dark Universe: The Dark Horses of Dark Matter

MODERATOR: John Hockenberry
PARTICIPANTS: Katherine Freese, Justin Khoury, Stacy McGaugh, Neal Weiner

Forget what you think you know about dark matter. After a 30-year search for a single, as yet unidentified, species of dark matter particle that would make up some 25% of the mass of the universe, physicists are starting to consider novel explanations. Some envision invisible matter hiding within the folds of extra spatial dimensions. Others suggest not one kind of dark matter particle, but numerous species inhabiting a shadow universe. Others still conjecture that dark matter doesn’t exist, and instead propose that the laws of gravity need modification. We’ll bring together leading thinkers on dark matter—the revolutionary and conventional alike—for a distinctly unconventional discussion on the dark universe.


The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/02/2016 08:00 PM 06/02/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York Shaking Up the Dark Universe: The Dark Horses of Dark Matter Forget what you think you know about dark matter. After a 30-year search for a single, as yet unidentified, species of dark matter particle that would make up some 25% of the mass of the universe, physicists are starting to consider novel explanations. Some envision invisible matter hiding within the folds of extra spatial dimensions. Others suggest not one kind of dark matter particle, but numerous species inhabiting a shadow universe. Others still conjecture that dark matter doesn’t exist, and instead propose that the laws of gravity need modification. We’ll bring together leading thinkers on dark matter—the revolutionary and conventional alike—for a distinctly unconventional discussion on the dark universe.


The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

To Unweave a Rainbow: Science and the Essence of Being Human

PARTICIPANTS: Brian Greene, Joanna Kaczorowska, Pablo Lavandera, Miguel Nicolelis, Leon Wieseltier

As long ago as the early 19th century, the poet Keats bemoaned the washing away of the world’s beauty and mystery in the wake of natural philosophy’s reductionist insights—its tendency to “unweave a rainbow.” Two centuries later, the tentacles of science have reached far further, wrapping themselves around questions and disciplines once thought beyond the reach of scientific analysis. But like Keats, not everyone is happy. When it comes to the evaluation of human experience—passion to prayer, consciousness to creativity—what can science explain, and what are the limits of its explanatory powers? What is the difference between science and scientism? Are the sciences and the humanities friends or foes? Join an animated discussion on science, reductionism, the mind, the heart, freedom, religion, and the quest for the human difference.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/02/2016 08:00 PM 06/02/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York To Unweave a Rainbow: Science and the Essence of Being Human As long ago as the early 19th century, the poet Keats bemoaned the washing away of the world’s beauty and mystery in the wake of natural philosophy’s reductionist insights—its tendency to “unweave a rainbow.” Two centuries later, the tentacles of science have reached far further, wrapping themselves around questions and disciplines once thought beyond the reach of scientific analysis. But like Keats, not everyone is happy. When it comes to the evaluation of human experience—passion to prayer, consciousness to creativity—what can science explain, and what are the limits of its explanatory powers? What is the difference between science and scientism? Are the sciences and the humanities friends or foes? Join an animated discussion on science, reductionism, the mind, the heart, freedom, religion, and the quest for the human difference.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, June 3, 2016

World Science U for a Day: Triumphs and Mysteries of Gravity

PARTICIPANTS: Barry Barish, Katherine Freese, Justin Khoury, Priyamvada Natarajan, Rai Weiss

Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the foremost experts in gravitational physics and a cosmology. This event offers you and group of no more than 60 fellow enthusiasts a curated curriculum comprising stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From black holes to dark matter to gravitational waves, this is a rare opportunity to be guided by our stellar faculty to the far reaches of understanding.

DATE: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/03/2016 08:00 AM 06/03/2016 05:00 PM America/New_York World Science U for a Day: Triumphs and Mysteries of Gravity Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the foremost experts in gravitational physics and a cosmology. This event offers you and group of no more than 60 fellow enthusiasts a curated curriculum comprising stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From black holes to dark matter to gravitational waves, this is a rare opportunity to be guided by our stellar faculty to the far reaches of understanding. NYU Global Center, Colloquium Room World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: NYU Global Center, Colloquium Room

Pioneers in Science

MODERATOR: Juan Manuel Benitez
PARTICIPANT: Gabriela González

Great minds inspire greatness in others, which is why the Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare access to some of the world's most renowned scientists. This year, students will meet physicist Gabriela González, a leading scientist in the recent discovery of gravitational waves and the spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration group. During this intimate gathering, she'll share her personal stories, life challenges, and career highlights, all toward inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers.

DATE: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 9:15 AM-12:15 PM
Add to Calendar 06/03/2016 09:15 AM 06/03/2016 12:15 PM America/New_York Pioneers in Science Great minds inspire greatness in others, which is why the Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare access to some of the world's most renowned scientists. This year, students will meet physicist Gabriela González, a leading scientist in the recent discovery of gravitational waves and the spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration group. During this intimate gathering, she'll share her personal stories, life challenges, and career highlights, all toward inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers. World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY

Salon: Big Data—Power, Potential, and Perils

MODERATOR: Claudia Perlich
PARTICIPANTS: Gary Marcus, Cathy O’Neil, Duncan Watts, Chris Wiggins

We live in the era Big Data. Its algorithms pervade our lives--shaping our purchases, our finances, our health care, our education, our communities, our public policy. Armed with phones, computers, and countless other devices, society has produced more data in the past two years—a zettabyte—than the prior span of human civilization. Yet the promise of Big Data lies not only in quantity, but in the quality of our analyses and the foresight of our applications. Is Big Data the future of scientific inquiry? Are we giving too much power to algorithms, seeking large-scale patterns, with the risk of losing the core of our humanity? Join us to explore the potential and perils of Big Data.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/03/2016 06:00 PM 06/03/2016 07:30 PM America/New_York Salon: Big Data—Power, Potential, and Perils We live in the era Big Data. Its algorithms pervade our lives--shaping our purchases, our finances, our health care, our education, our communities, our public policy. Armed with phones, computers, and countless other devices, society has produced more data in the past two years—a zettabyte—than the prior span of human civilization. Yet the promise of Big Data lies not only in quantity, but in the quality of our analyses and the foresight of our applications. Is Big Data the future of scientific inquiry? Are we giving too much power to algorithms, seeking large-scale patterns, with the risk of losing the core of our humanity? Join us to explore the potential and perils of Big Data.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

Stewards of the Earth: Hope for Our Planet

MODERATOR: Bill Blakemore
PARTICIPANTS: Sylvia Earle, Shahid Naeem, Jennifer Newell, Carl Safina, Lynette Wallworth

We’ve assembled an all-star group of ecologists, naturalists, and creative thinkers for an urgent but hopeful conversation about the environmental pressures bearing down on Earth’s rich spectrum of species. Join legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle and some of the most insightful, effective, and vocal champions of sustainability, for a wide ranging discussion about solutions to the rapidly declining biodiversity on our planet.  It’s a rallying event about the very future of life on Earth.

Each ticket holder is entitled to receive a complimentary drink, which may be used during the pre-discussion cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

The first 100 people who arrive will have the option to attend a screening of the virtual reality film, “Collisions.” This stunning, short documentary tells the story of a culture whose future was dramatically altered by humans on the other side of the world. There will be multiple showings of this virtual reality film during the cocktail hour.

Doors for the program, held in the Cullman Hall of the Universe at the American Museum of Natural History, open at 5:30pm.

This program is produced in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.

DATE: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/03/2016 07:00 PM 06/03/2016 08:30 PM America/New_York Stewards of the Earth: Hope for Our Planet We’ve assembled an all-star group of ecologists, naturalists, and creative thinkers for an urgent but hopeful conversation about the environmental pressures bearing down on Earth’s rich spectrum of species. Join legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle and some of the most insightful, effective, and vocal champions of sustainability, for a wide ranging discussion about solutions to the rapidly declining biodiversity on our planet.  It’s a rallying event about the very future of life on Earth.

Each ticket holder is entitled to receive a complimentary drink, which may be used during the pre-discussion cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

The first 100 people who arrive will have the option to attend a screening of the virtual reality film, “Collisions.” This stunning, short documentary tells the story of a culture whose future was dramatically altered by humans on the other side of the world. There will be multiple showings of this virtual reality film during the cocktail hour.

Doors for the program, held in the Cullman Hall of the Universe at the American Museum of Natural History, open at 5:30pm.

This program is produced in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.
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Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein

PARTICIPANTS: Brian Greene, Carl Howell, Angela Janas, Joanna Kaczorowska, Michael Winther
CREATIVE TEAM: Jeff Beal, Scott Faris, Brian Greene, 59 Productions

Described by The New York Times as a “cerebral spectacle with a theatrical twist,” Light Falls tells the dramatic story of Albert Einstein's electrifying journey toward one of the most beautiful ideas ever conceived—the General Theory of Relativity. With state-of-the-art animation, an original orchestral score, and innovative projection techniques, Brian Greene and an ensemble cast trace the breakthrough moments, near misses, agonizing frustrations, and final emergence into the light, as one intrepid mind took on the universe—and won.

DATE: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/03/2016 08:00 PM 06/03/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein Described by The New York Times as a “cerebral spectacle with a theatrical twist,” Light Falls tells the dramatic story of Albert Einstein's electrifying journey toward one of the most beautiful ideas ever conceived—the General Theory of Relativity. With state-of-the-art animation, an original orchestral score, and innovative projection techniques, Brian Greene and an ensemble cast trace the breakthrough moments, near misses, agonizing frustrations, and final emergence into the light, as one intrepid mind took on the universe—and won. NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Splicing and Dicing DNA: Genome Engineering and the CRISPR Revolution

MODERATOR: Richard Besser
PARTICIPANTS: George Church, Luke Dow, Josephine Johnston, Ben Matthews, Harry Ostrer, Noel Sauer

CRISPR: It’s the powerful gene editing technology transforming biomedical research. Fast, cheap and easy to use, it allows scientists to rewrite the DNA in just about any organism—including humans—with tests on human embryos already underway. The technique’s potential to radically reshape everything from disease prevention to the future of human evolution has driven explosive progress and heated debate. Join the world’s CRISPR pioneers to learn about the enormous possibilities and ethical challenges as we stand on the threshold of a brave new world of manipulating life’s fundamental code.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/03/2016 08:00 PM 06/03/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York Splicing and Dicing DNA: Genome Engineering and the CRISPR Revolution CRISPR: It’s the powerful gene editing technology transforming biomedical research. Fast, cheap and easy to use, it allows scientists to rewrite the DNA in just about any organism—including humans—with tests on human embryos already underway. The technique’s potential to radically reshape everything from disease prevention to the future of human evolution has driven explosive progress and heated debate. Join the world’s CRISPR pioneers to learn about the enormous possibilities and ethical challenges as we stand on the threshold of a brave new world of manipulating life’s fundamental code.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Saturday, June 4, 2016

World Science U for a Day: Chasing Waves from the Brain to Deep Space

PARTICIPANTS: Sylvia Earle, Drew Endy, Nergis Mavalvala, Miguel Nicolelis, Harold Varmus

Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the leading minds in biology, neuroscience, and physics. This event offers you and group of no more than 60 fellow enthusiasts a curated curriculum comprising stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From DNA to deep-sea exploration to black holes, this is a rare opportunity to be guided by our stellar faculty to the edge of our understanding.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 08:00 AM 06/04/2016 05:00 PM America/New_York World Science U for a Day: Chasing Waves from the Brain to Deep Space Immerse yourself in an intense and intimate day with some of the leading minds in biology, neuroscience, and physics. This event offers you and group of no more than 60 fellow enthusiasts a curated curriculum comprising stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From DNA to deep-sea exploration to black holes, this is a rare opportunity to be guided by our stellar faculty to the edge of our understanding. NYU Global Center, Colloquium Room World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: NYU Global Center, Colloquium Room

Baking Chemist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Danielle Vellucci

Every dessert menu is covered in science: chemistry to be exact! Bring your appreciation (and appetite) for the perfect slice of pie when you step into the kitchen at Four & Twenty Blackbirds Bakery with NYU chemist Danielle Vellucci. Through starch and heat experimentation, dig into just what makes a crust and filling so delicious, and how the tiniest factors can make a world of difference when it comes to taste.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 10:00 AM 06/04/2016 11:30 AM America/New_York Baking Chemist’s Apprentice Every dessert menu is covered in science: chemistry to be exact! Bring your appreciation (and appetite) for the perfect slice of pie when you step into the kitchen at Four & Twenty Blackbirds Bakery with NYU chemist Danielle Vellucci. Through starch and heat experimentation, dig into just what makes a crust and filling so delicious, and how the tiniest factors can make a world of difference when it comes to taste.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: Four & Twenty Blackbirds Bakery

Biochemist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Mandë Holford

There’s a fine line between potentially fatal poisons and life-saving medicines—and biochemist Mandë Holford walks it every day. Discover just what separates the harmful from the helpful by examining snails under a microscope, decoding DNA to uncover its healing properties, and even dissecting a squid to compare its black, inky venom to that of a snail.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 10:00 AM 06/04/2016 11:30 AM America/New_York Biochemist’s Apprentice There’s a fine line between potentially fatal poisons and life-saving medicines—and biochemist Mandë Holford walks it every day. Discover just what separates the harmful from the helpful by examining snails under a microscope, decoding DNA to uncover its healing properties, and even dissecting a squid to compare its black, inky venom to that of a snail.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: Hunter College – Room 1412 at Hunter North

The Great Fish Count

Strap on a pair of waders, cast a net and see what type of marine life you can find in the New York waterways—from Lemon Creek in Staten Island to the shores of Fort Washington Park. Led by top ecologists and biologists, the Great Fish Count gives participants of all ages the chance to discover the underwater world in their own backyard.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 10:00 AM 06/04/2016 04:00 PM America/New_York The Great Fish Count Strap on a pair of waders, cast a net and see what type of marine life you can find in the New York waterways—from Lemon Creek in Staten Island to the shores of Fort Washington Park. Led by top ecologists and biologists, the Great Fish Count gives participants of all ages the chance to discover the underwater world in their own backyard.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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Anthropologist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Shara Bailey

Every fossil has a story—and NYU anthropologist Shara Bailey knows how to tell it. Unearth the history behind fossils recently discovered in Ethiopia using clues to determine their age and identity. Amateur anthropologists will even have the opportunity to step up to a state-of-the-art scanning device to create a 3D model of the bones, stitching them together to make a complete model.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 10:30 AM 06/04/2016 12:00 PM America/New_York Anthropologist’s Apprentice Every fossil has a story—and NYU anthropologist Shara Bailey knows how to tell it. Unearth the history behind fossils recently discovered in Ethiopia using clues to determine their age and identity. Amateur anthropologists will even have the opportunity to step up to a state-of-the-art scanning device to create a 3D model of the bones, stitching them together to make a complete model.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Anthropology Teaching Lab

Museum Scientist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Marco Leona

Go behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to reveal the science behind art authenticity testing and restoration. Under the guidance of Marco Leona, scientist in charge at the Met, future art historians will make dyes from plants and dead bugs (like the Maya and Aztec civilizations), examine historical art to determine its original source of color, and use an electron microscope to view gold in tapestries.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 11:00 AM 06/04/2016 12:30 PM America/New_York Museum Scientist’s Apprentice Go behind the scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to reveal the science behind art authenticity testing and restoration. Under the guidance of Marco Leona, scientist in charge at the Met, future art historians will make dyes from plants and dead bugs (like the Maya and Aztec civilizations), examine historical art to determine its original source of color, and use an electron microscope to view gold in tapestries.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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Salon: This Is Your Brain on Neuroprosthetics

MODERATOR: Guy McKhann
PARTICIPANTS: Elisa Konofagou, Bijan Pesaran, Philip Sabes, Sri Sarma

Paralyzed patients are starting to walk with the aid of exoskeletons and doctors are testing artificial retinas in the blind thanks to neuroprosthetics: surgical brain implants that restore some function in patients with severe sensory, motor, and even memory disabilities. Today, noninvasive brain stimulators that improve people’s attention are already available over the counter and over the Internet. But these tools come with consequences. Where do we draw the line between risks and rewards, particularly when individuals without physical or mental impairments take advantage of the technology available? In this Salon, we will take a deep dive into the burgeoning field of neuroprosthetics, its repercussions, and its life-altering benefits.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Additional support provided by The Jackson Laboratory.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 11:00 AM 06/04/2016 12:30 PM America/New_York Salon: This Is Your Brain on Neuroprosthetics Paralyzed patients are starting to walk with the aid of exoskeletons and doctors are testing artificial retinas in the blind thanks to neuroprosthetics: surgical brain implants that restore some function in patients with severe sensory, motor, and even memory disabilities. Today, noninvasive brain stimulators that improve people’s attention are already available over the counter and over the Internet. But these tools come with consequences. Where do we draw the line between risks and rewards, particularly when individuals without physical or mental impairments take advantage of the technology available? In this Salon, we will take a deep dive into the burgeoning field of neuroprosthetics, its repercussions, and its life-altering benefits.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Additional support provided by The Jackson Laboratory.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

It’s Alive, But is it Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Creation

MODERATOR: Robert Krulwich
PARTICIPANTS: George Church, Drew Endy, Tom Knight, Pamela Silver

For decades, biologists have read and edited DNA, the code of life. Revolutionary developments are giving scientists the power to write it. Instead of tinkering with existing life forms, synthetic biologists may be on the verge of writing the DNA of a living organism from scratch. In the next decade, according to some, we may even see the first synthetic human genome. Join a distinguished group of synthetic biologists, geneticists and bioengineers who are edging closer to breathing life into matter.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 12:00 PM 06/04/2016 01:30 PM America/New_York It’s Alive, But is it Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Creation For decades, biologists have read and edited DNA, the code of life. Revolutionary developments are giving scientists the power to write it. Instead of tinkering with existing life forms, synthetic biologists may be on the verge of writing the DNA of a living organism from scratch. In the next decade, according to some, we may even see the first synthetic human genome. Join a distinguished group of synthetic biologists, geneticists and bioengineers who are edging closer to breathing life into matter.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Science And Story Café

MODERATORS: Bill Blakemore, George Musser, Emily Senay
PARTICIPANTS: Jennifer Ackerman, Katherine Freese, Maria Konnikova, Janna Levin, George Makari, George Musser, Priyamvada Natarajan, Lisa Randall, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Caren Zucker

Join top science authors for coffee and conversation, shop our carefully curated selection of science books, and have your books signed by participating authors.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 12:30 PM-4:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 12:30 PM 06/04/2016 04:00 PM America/New_York Science And Story Café Join top science authors for coffee and conversation, shop our carefully curated selection of science books, and have your books signed by participating authors. NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge

On the Shoulders of Giants

PARTICIPANT: Barry Barish

Acknowledging the scientists who blazed intellectual trails before him, Isaac Newton wrote, “If I have seen a little further it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” In this special annual series, we invite our audience to stand on the shoulders of a modern-day giant. This year, we are honored to present an address by a titan of physics, Barry Barish. Professor Barish served as the Director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) from 1997-2005 and created the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. This year—one hundred years after Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves—Professor Barish and the entire LIGO team announced a dramatic milestone: the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the first observation of the merger of a pair of black holes. Join us for Professor Barish’s 2016 On the Shoulders of Giants address, "From Einstein to Gravitational Waves and Beyond."

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 01:00 PM 06/04/2016 02:00 PM America/New_York On the Shoulders of Giants Acknowledging the scientists who blazed intellectual trails before him, Isaac Newton wrote, “If I have seen a little further it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” In this special annual series, we invite our audience to stand on the shoulders of a modern-day giant. This year, we are honored to present an address by a titan of physics, Barry Barish. Professor Barish served as the Director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) from 1997-2005 and created the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. This year—one hundred years after Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves—Professor Barish and the entire LIGO team announced a dramatic milestone: the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the first observation of the merger of a pair of black holes. Join us for Professor Barish’s 2016 On the Shoulders of Giants address, "From Einstein to Gravitational Waves and Beyond."

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium, Simons Foundation

Salon: Game Change—CRISPR’s Brave New World

MODERATOR: Robert Benezra
PARTICIPANTS: Ellen Jorgensen, Ben Matthews, Neville Sanjana, Jacob S. Sherkow, Stephen Tsang

Just a handful of technologies deserve to be called “game changers”—and CRISPR-Cas9, the new gene-editing tool, is one of them. Discovered just three years ago, CRISPR is sweeping through labs around the world and researchers are already using it to experiment on diseases like cancer and AIDS, engineer new sources of clean energy, and create hardier plants and animals with the goal of wiping out world hunger. This Salon gathers bioengineers and medical researchers to take a hard look at the monumental changes hovering on the horizon.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Additional support provided by The Jackson Laboratory.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 01:30 PM 06/04/2016 03:00 PM America/New_York Salon: Game Change—CRISPR’s Brave New World Just a handful of technologies deserve to be called “game changers”—and CRISPR-Cas9, the new gene-editing tool, is one of them. Discovered just three years ago, CRISPR is sweeping through labs around the world and researchers are already using it to experiment on diseases like cancer and AIDS, engineer new sources of clean energy, and create hardier plants and animals with the goal of wiping out world hunger. This Salon gathers bioengineers and medical researchers to take a hard look at the monumental changes hovering on the horizon.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Additional support provided by The Jackson Laboratory.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

Beyond Beauty: The Predictive Power of Symmetry

MODERATOR: John Hockenberry
PARTICIPANTS: Robbert Dijkgraaf, David Gross, Alan Lightman, Maria Spiropulu

From a bee’s hexagonal honeycomb to the elliptical paths of planets, symmetry has long been recognized as a vital quality of nature. Einstein saw symmetry hidden in the fabric of space and time. The brilliant Emmy Noether proved that symmetry is the mathematical flower of deeply rooted physical law. And today’s theorists are pursuing an even more exotic symmetry that, mathematically speaking, could be nature’s final fundamental symmetry: supersymmetry. Join some of the world’s preeminent scientists to explore the core role symmetry plays in our unraveling of nature’s deepest secrets—and catch a glimpse of profoundly important symmetries that may be awaiting us just over the horizon.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 02:00 PM 06/04/2016 03:30 PM America/New_York Beyond Beauty: The Predictive Power of Symmetry From a bee’s hexagonal honeycomb to the elliptical paths of planets, symmetry has long been recognized as a vital quality of nature. Einstein saw symmetry hidden in the fabric of space and time. The brilliant Emmy Noether proved that symmetry is the mathematical flower of deeply rooted physical law. And today’s theorists are pursuing an even more exotic symmetry that, mathematically speaking, could be nature’s final fundamental symmetry: supersymmetry. Join some of the world’s preeminent scientists to explore the core role symmetry plays in our unraveling of nature’s deepest secrets—and catch a glimpse of profoundly important symmetries that may be awaiting us just over the horizon.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Forensic Scientist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Linda C. Rourke

Cracking a case takes more than just gut intuition: it takes science. Uncover a body of evidence with John Jay College of Criminal Justice forensic scientist Linda Rourke. Up-and-coming sleuths will identify a substance left at a “crime scene,” take and analyze fingerprints, and even extract DNA (from their saliva). The session culminates in a tour of a working forensics lab for an up-close look at the tools used to solve crimes every day.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 02:00 PM 06/04/2016 03:30 PM America/New_York Forensic Scientist’s Apprentice Cracking a case takes more than just gut intuition: it takes science. Uncover a body of evidence with John Jay College of Criminal Justice forensic scientist Linda Rourke. Up-and-coming sleuths will identify a substance left at a “crime scene,” take and analyze fingerprints, and even extract DNA (from their saliva). The session culminates in a tour of a working forensics lab for an up-close look at the tools used to solve crimes every day.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: John Jay College of Criminal Justice – Room 5.67NB

Marine Scientist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: James McClintock

What is a fish willing to eat? Join Marine Scientist James McClintock of the University of Alabama at Birmingham to explore how sea creatures use taste to make sense of their world. Up-and-coming underwater explorers will feed fish, test chemical reactions in sea stars, and examine compounds under a microscope to see how the predator/prey relationship among ocean organisms begins on the micro level.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 02:00 PM 06/04/2016 03:30 PM America/New_York Marine Scientist’s Apprentice What is a fish willing to eat? Join Marine Scientist James McClintock of the University of Alabama at Birmingham to explore how sea creatures use taste to make sense of their world. Up-and-coming underwater explorers will feed fish, test chemical reactions in sea stars, and examine compounds under a microscope to see how the predator/prey relationship among ocean organisms begins on the micro level.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center

Product Engineer’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Dan Juda

Sleek. Sturdy. Strong. Can you create the perfect product? OXO engineer Dan Juda leads a hands-on exploration where future designers build their very own gizmos, break a few gadgets, and discover the ins-and-outs of developing the surprisingly extraordinary objects we use every day.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 02:00 PM 06/04/2016 03:30 PM America/New_York Product Engineer’s Apprentice Sleek. Sturdy. Strong. Can you create the perfect product? OXO engineer Dan Juda leads a hands-on exploration where future designers build their very own gizmos, break a few gadgets, and discover the ins-and-outs of developing the surprisingly extraordinary objects we use every day.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: OXO Headquarters

Scientific Sail: Under the Sun

PARTICIPANTS: Merry Camhi, Keith Ellenbogen

Raise the sails, cast off, and join the World Science Festival for a stunningly beautiful, family-friendly tour of New York Harbor aboard the Mystic Whaler, a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner. Marine ecologist Merry Camhi and underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen are on deck to lead experiments with acoustic and satellite tags used to monitor sharks and rays. Capture underwater images and earn your sea legs in this daytime expedition.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 03:00 PM 06/04/2016 05:00 PM America/New_York Scientific Sail: Under the Sun Raise the sails, cast off, and join the World Science Festival for a stunningly beautiful, family-friendly tour of New York Harbor aboard the Mystic Whaler, a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner. Marine ecologist Merry Camhi and underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen are on deck to lead experiments with acoustic and satellite tags used to monitor sharks and rays. Capture underwater images and earn your sea legs in this daytime expedition. Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6 World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6

Moral Math of Robots: Can Life and Death Decisions be Coded?

MODERATOR: Bill Blakemore
PARTICIPANTS: Fernando Diaz, Colonel Linell Letendre, Gary Marcus, Matthias Scheutz, Wendell Wallach

A self-driving car has a split second to decide whether to turn into oncoming traffic or hit a child who has lost control of her bicycle. An autonomous drone needs to decide whether to risk the lives of busload of civilians or lose a long-sought terrorist. How does a machine make an ethical decision? Can it “learn” to choose in situations that would strain human decision making? Can morality be programmed? We will tackle these questions and more as the leading AI experts, roboticists, neuroscientists, and legal experts debate the ethics and morality of thinking machines.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 04:00 PM 06/04/2016 05:30 PM America/New_York Moral Math of Robots: Can Life and Death Decisions be Coded? A self-driving car has a split second to decide whether to turn into oncoming traffic or hit a child who has lost control of her bicycle. An autonomous drone needs to decide whether to risk the lives of busload of civilians or lose a long-sought terrorist. How does a machine make an ethical decision? Can it “learn” to choose in situations that would strain human decision making? Can morality be programmed? We will tackle these questions and more as the leading AI experts, roboticists, neuroscientists, and legal experts debate the ethics and morality of thinking machines.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Salon: Life in Our Image—The Ethics of Altering the Human Genome

MODERATOR: Amy Harmon
PARTICIPANTS: George Church, Drew Endy, Gregory E. Kaebnick, S. Matthew Liao

Powerful new genetic tools allow scientists to alter the DNA of any organism—with tests on human embryos already underway. Even more ambitious, synthetic biologists on the verge of creating the genetic material for a living organism from scratch are setting their long-term sites on fashioning a fully synthetic human genome. With bold promises of disease resistance and controlling human evolution, this explosive progress has ignited ethical debate. As we rewrite our code of life, how will we revise the code we live by? Join a panel of distinguished scientists and bioethicists wrestling with the moral challenges of altering the human genome.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 04:00 PM 06/04/2016 05:30 PM America/New_York Salon: Life in Our Image—The Ethics of Altering the Human Genome Powerful new genetic tools allow scientists to alter the DNA of any organism—with tests on human embryos already underway. Even more ambitious, synthetic biologists on the verge of creating the genetic material for a living organism from scratch are setting their long-term sites on fashioning a fully synthetic human genome. With bold promises of disease resistance and controlling human evolution, this explosive progress has ignited ethical debate. As we rewrite our code of life, how will we revise the code we live by? Join a panel of distinguished scientists and bioethicists wrestling with the moral challenges of altering the human genome.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

Salon: Coming to Grips with Gravity

MODERATOR: Richard Panek
PARTICIPANTS: Pedro Ferreira, David Gross, Szabolcs Marka, Rachel A Rosen, Maria Spiropulu

The mysteries of dark matter and dark energy may be evidence that we don’t fully understand the force of gravity. But when it comes to a force that has been studied mathematically and probed observationally for hundreds of years, what do we still need to learn? What questions are being asked? What research is pursued at the cutting edge? Would a new theory of gravity lead to a grand revolution in science, or do our present theories just need to be tweaked?

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 06:30 PM 06/04/2016 08:00 PM America/New_York Salon: Coming to Grips with Gravity The mysteries of dark matter and dark energy may be evidence that we don’t fully understand the force of gravity. But when it comes to a force that has been studied mathematically and probed observationally for hundreds of years, what do we still need to learn? What questions are being asked? What research is pursued at the cutting edge? Would a new theory of gravity lead to a grand revolution in science, or do our present theories just need to be tweaked?

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

Saturday Night Lights: Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

PARTICIPANTS: Eric Chown, Anna L. Fisher, Erick Ordoñez, “Dr. Skateboard” Bill Robertson, Dominic Walliman

It is possible to see the stars in the city! Step up to a world-class telescope (or bring your own) for an outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Under the twinkling canvas of the night sky, explore the vast wonders of the universe with some of the world’s best astronomers, physicists, and scientists.

Sponsored by Celestron.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 7:00 PM-11:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 07:00 PM 06/04/2016 11:00 PM America/New_York Saturday Night Lights: Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park It is possible to see the stars in the city! Step up to a world-class telescope (or bring your own) for an outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Under the twinkling canvas of the night sky, explore the vast wonders of the universe with some of the world’s best astronomers, physicists, and scientists.

Sponsored by Celestron.
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VENUE: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1

Scientific Sail: Under the Stars

PARTICIPANTS: Merry Camhi, Keith Ellenbogen

Raise the sails (and a glass or two) as you embark on a stunningly beautiful sail aboard the Mystic Whaler schooner with the World Science Festival. Marine ecologist Merry Camhi and underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen are on deck to lead experiments with acoustic and satellite tags used to monitor sharks and rays. Capture underwater images and earn your sea legs during this evening expedition of New York Harbor.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 07:00 PM 06/04/2016 09:00 PM America/New_York Scientific Sail: Under the Stars Raise the sails (and a glass or two) as you embark on a stunningly beautiful sail aboard the Mystic Whaler schooner with the World Science Festival. Marine ecologist Merry Camhi and underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen are on deck to lead experiments with acoustic and satellite tags used to monitor sharks and rays. Capture underwater images and earn your sea legs during this evening expedition of New York Harbor. Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6 World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6

Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins

MODERATOR: Brian Greene
PARTICIPANTS: Barry Barish, Nergis Mavalvala, Frans Pretorius, David Shoemaker, Rai Weiss

On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years ago, washed across the Earth. As it did, two laser-based detectors, 50 years in the making - one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State - momentarily twitched, confirming a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein and marking the opening of a new era in astronomy. Join some of the very scientists responsible for this most anticipated discovery of our age and see how gravitational waves will be used to explore the universe like never before.

This program will feature exclusive footage from director Les Guthman's upcoming documentary chronicling the drama of the gravitational waves discovery.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, "The Big, the Small, and the Complex" is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 08:00 PM 06/04/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years ago, washed across the Earth. As it did, two laser-based detectors, 50 years in the making - one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State - momentarily twitched, confirming a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein and marking the opening of a new era in astronomy. Join some of the very scientists responsible for this most anticipated discovery of our age and see how gravitational waves will be used to explore the universe like never before.

This program will feature exclusive footage from director Les Guthman's upcoming documentary chronicling the drama of the gravitational waves discovery.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, "The Big, the Small, and the Complex" is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
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VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Mind Melds and Brain Beams: The Dawn of Brain-to-Brain Communication

MODERATOR: John Donvan
PARTICIPANTS: Joseph J. Fins, Miguel Nicolelis, Chantel Prat, Andrea Stocco, Seung-Schik Yoo

Music students download the technique of their favorite pianist or singer directly into their brains. Medical students download the skills of a seasoned surgeon or diagnostician. And each one of us routinely uploads our thoughts and memories to the digital cloud. While these scenarios still lie in the future, rudimentary versions of the necessary brain-to-brain technology exist today. But the ability to directly influence another person’s brain raises serious questions about human rights and individual freedoms. This program will present the latest technology and explore how the ethical implications of enhanced thinking go to the heart of consciousness itself.

Our media partner for this program is Popular Science.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 08:00 PM 06/04/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York Mind Melds and Brain Beams: The Dawn of Brain-to-Brain Communication Music students download the technique of their favorite pianist or singer directly into their brains. Medical students download the skills of a seasoned surgeon or diagnostician. And each one of us routinely uploads our thoughts and memories to the digital cloud. While these scenarios still lie in the future, rudimentary versions of the necessary brain-to-brain technology exist today. But the ability to directly influence another person’s brain raises serious questions about human rights and individual freedoms. This program will present the latest technology and explore how the ethical implications of enhanced thinking go to the heart of consciousness itself.

Our media partner for this program is Popular Science.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Science and Story: The Instinct for Curiosity

MODERATOR: John Hockenberry
PARTICIPANTS: Jennifer Ackerman, Maria Konnikova, Janna Levin, Mary Roach

Award-winning writers take the stage to share their quirky, engrossing, and sometimes shocking insights about human anatomy and social psychology. Mary Roach, widely regarded as one of the country's greatest popular science writers, brings her infectious wit to a conversation with psychologist Maria Konnikova and journalist Jennifer Ackerman. Join us for an evening of laughter and unexpected revelations as these sparkling authors discuss how they transform complicated science into engaging literature.

DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/04/2016 08:00 PM 06/04/2016 09:30 PM America/New_York Science and Story: The Instinct for Curiosity Award-winning writers take the stage to share their quirky, engrossing, and sometimes shocking insights about human anatomy and social psychology. Mary Roach, widely regarded as one of the country's greatest popular science writers, brings her infectious wit to a conversation with psychologist Maria Konnikova and journalist Jennifer Ackerman. Join us for an evening of laughter and unexpected revelations as these sparkling authors discuss how they transform complicated science into engaging literature. NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Street Science


Update: Sunday’s forecast currently calls for wet weather, but a little rain won’t stop the fun. Street Science will take place inside the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square).

The World Science Festival takes over Washington Square Park with STREET SCIENCE, a buzzing metropolis of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical explorations. Featuring awe-inspiring, interactive demonstrations, larger than life activities, mind-blowing experiments and live shows, this outdoor exhibition unleashes everyone's inner scientist. Free and open to all ages.

Presented by Con Edison.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
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Update: Sunday’s forecast currently calls for wet weather, but a little rain won’t stop the fun. Street Science will take place inside the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square).

The World Science Festival takes over Washington Square Park with STREET SCIENCE, a buzzing metropolis of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical explorations. Featuring awe-inspiring, interactive demonstrations, larger than life activities, mind-blowing experiments and live shows, this outdoor exhibition unleashes everyone's inner scientist. Free and open to all ages.

Presented by Con Edison.
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VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center

Neuroscientist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Paul Glimcher

Homework or video games? Grab an apple or raid the fridge? It turns out, some choices are not as simple as they seem. Under the guidance of NYU neuroeconomist Paul Glimcher, design and test out a decision study, take a tour of the neuroeconomics lab, and watch a live brain scan to investigate where all of these choices take place.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 11:00 AM 06/05/2016 12:30 PM America/New_York Neuroscientist’s Apprentice Homework or video games? Grab an apple or raid the fridge? It turns out, some choices are not as simple as they seem. Under the guidance of NYU neuroeconomist Paul Glimcher, design and test out a decision study, take a tour of the neuroeconomics lab, and watch a live brain scan to investigate where all of these choices take place.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Center for Neural Science – Room 156

Salon: My Society, My Self?

MODERATOR: Maria Konnikova
PARTICIPANTS: Joshua Knobe, Jesse Prinz, Daphna Shohamy, Nina Strohminger

How do we develop a sense of who we truly are? Do we perceive ourselves as science defines us? While some scientists think our identities are a product of our neurons, others are finding that our social and cultural context plays a dominant role in shaping how we view ourselves and each other. Join the top neuroscientists, philosophers, and psychologists as they discuss how culture and morality figure into the science of self.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Additional support provided by The Jackson Laboratory.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 11:00 AM 06/05/2016 12:30 PM America/New_York Salon: My Society, My Self? How do we develop a sense of who we truly are? Do we perceive ourselves as science defines us? While some scientists think our identities are a product of our neurons, others are finding that our social and cultural context plays a dominant role in shaping how we view ourselves and each other. Join the top neuroscientists, philosophers, and psychologists as they discuss how culture and morality figure into the science of self.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation. Additional support provided by The Jackson Laboratory.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

Science and Storytime

PARTICIPANTS: Anna L. Fisher, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Laura Overdeck, Dominic Walliman

Join us for a special storytime where top kids authors read from their books, all afternoon. Shop our carefully curated collection of kids’ science books for sale and have your books signed by participating authors.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 11:00 AM-3:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 11:00 AM 06/05/2016 03:30 PM America/New_York Science and Storytime Join us for a special storytime where top kids authors read from their books, all afternoon. Shop our carefully curated collection of kids’ science books for sale and have your books signed by participating authors. NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge

Sports Analyst’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Tim Chartier

Think you’re on a hot streak? Become an athletics analytics expert with Tim Chartier, Davidson College math professor and frequent sports show contributor, including ESPN’s Sports Science.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 11:00 AM 06/05/2016 12:30 PM America/New_York Sports Analyst’s Apprentice Think you’re on a hot streak? Become an athletics analytics expert with Tim Chartier, Davidson College math professor and frequent sports show contributor, including ESPN’s Sports Science.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center

Cool Jobs

MODERATOR: “Science Bob” Pflugfelder
PARTICIPANTS: Raychelle Burks, Angelique Corthals, Erick Ordoñez, Rachel Rothman

A NASA scientist prints 3D homes on Mars. An anthropologist solves mummy mysteries. An engineer tests new toys every day. What do these people have in common? A science job! Meet them all (and more) during this interactive event that gives everyone the chance to try each cool job for themselves.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 12:00 PM 06/05/2016 01:00 PM America/New_York Cool Jobs A NASA scientist prints 3D homes on Mars. An anthropologist solves mummy mysteries. An engineer tests new toys every day. What do these people have in common? A science job! Meet them all (and more) during this interactive event that gives everyone the chance to try each cool job for themselves. NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium World Science Festival info@worldsciencefestival.com false MM/DD/YYYY
VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium

Flame Challenge: What is Sound?

MODERATOR: Alan Alda
PARTICIPANTS: Whitney Coyle, Eddie Goldstein, Laura Kloepper

Alan Alda has issued this year's challenge to the world's top scientists: What is sound? In an action-packed hour of interactive demonstrations, Alan and a team of communication experts invite the audience to explore what we hear, how we hear, and what that means for different species. The program also highlights the winners of the 2016 Flame Challenge, in which video and written explanations of sound were judged for clarity’s sake…by 20,000 eleven year-olds.

This program is in association with the Flame Challenge, an annual contest held by The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 01:30 PM 06/05/2016 02:30 PM America/New_York Flame Challenge: What is Sound? Alan Alda has issued this year's challenge to the world's top scientists: What is sound? In an action-packed hour of interactive demonstrations, Alan and a team of communication experts invite the audience to explore what we hear, how we hear, and what that means for different species. The program also highlights the winners of the 2016 Flame Challenge, in which video and written explanations of sound were judged for clarity’s sake…by 20,000 eleven year-olds.

This program is in association with the Flame Challenge, an annual contest held by The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.
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VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Salon: Paging Dr. Robot—How A.I. is Revolutionizing Healthcare

MODERATOR: Emily Senay
PARTICIPANTS: Eric Horvitz, Bertram F. Malle, Wendell Wallach

IBM’s Watson has the ability to make a diagnosis. Apps can track and monitor patient emergencies. Our phones may soon be our medical advisors. Preventive and diagnostic medicine is on the cusp of an AI revolution that will no doubt save lives. But when it comes to matters of life and death, should decisions be left to machines? Join us for a deep dive into the medical, ethical and all-too-human ramifications of allowing AI to have a controlling stake in our health and our lives.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 01:30 PM 06/05/2016 03:00 PM America/New_York Salon: Paging Dr. Robot—How A.I. is Revolutionizing Healthcare IBM’s Watson has the ability to make a diagnosis. Apps can track and monitor patient emergencies. Our phones may soon be our medical advisors. Preventive and diagnostic medicine is on the cusp of an AI revolution that will no doubt save lives. But when it comes to matters of life and death, should decisions be left to machines? Join us for a deep dive into the medical, ethical and all-too-human ramifications of allowing AI to have a controlling stake in our health and our lives.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

Urban Archaeologist’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Alyssa Loorya

This past year, construction workers at Washington Square Park found two burial vaults from the 19th Century. Now is your chance to unlock New York’s past with Alyssa Loorya, the archaeologist studying this historic site. Piece together pottery to reconstruct artifacts, create a map of all the archaeological sites throughout the city using Google Maps, and take a tour of the streets of New York with a new mission in mind: discovering what’s beneath your feet!

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 01:30 PM 06/05/2016 03:00 PM America/New_York Urban Archaeologist’s Apprentice This past year, construction workers at Washington Square Park found two burial vaults from the 19th Century. Now is your chance to unlock New York’s past with Alyssa Loorya, the archaeologist studying this historic site. Piece together pottery to reconstruct artifacts, create a map of all the archaeological sites throughout the city using Google Maps, and take a tour of the streets of New York with a new mission in mind: discovering what’s beneath your feet!

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center – Room 808

Astronomer’s Apprentice

PARTICIPANT: Allyson Sheffield

What does it take to spot a star or a planet? Join astronomer Allyson Sheffield of LaGuardia Community College as she reveals how she does it (and the tools she needs). All intergalactic explorers will construct a telescope that is a replica of the one Galileo used to observe moons orbiting Jupiter, test out a spectrograph, and have an up-close encounter with the chemistry of stars.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 03:30 PM 06/05/2016 05:00 PM America/New_York Astronomer’s Apprentice What does it take to spot a star or a planet? Join astronomer Allyson Sheffield of LaGuardia Community College as she reveals how she does it (and the tools she needs). All intergalactic explorers will construct a telescope that is a replica of the one Galileo used to observe moons orbiting Jupiter, test out a spectrograph, and have an up-close encounter with the chemistry of stars.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center – Room 808

Epic Stories of Genius: Science on Stage and Screen

MODERATOR: Lynn Sherr
PARTICIPANTS: Alan Alda, Matt Brown, Alan Lightman, Peter Parnell, Anna Ziegler

Marie Curie. Albert Einstein. Richard Feynman. Srinivasa Ramanujan. John Nash. Alan Turing. Rosalind Franklin. James Watson. Great minds that have blazed the trails of understanding whose larger than life stories speak to the human drama that swirls around profound discovery. Many of us, and the public more broadly, have come to know these figures through works of stage and screen. But what are the special challenges, pitfalls, opportunities and rare triumphs of seeking and synthesizing the essence of someone whose passion—quantum physics, number theory, nucleic acids, atomic species, computational design, gravitational phenomena—is so thoroughly foreign to the concerns of everyday life? Join us for an exploration of how writers artistically and faithfully capture the stories of science and the scientists who’ve made the stories.

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

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 04:00 PM 06/05/2016 05:30 PM America/New_York Epic Stories of Genius: Science on Stage and Screen Marie Curie. Albert Einstein. Richard Feynman. Srinivasa Ramanujan. John Nash. Alan Turing. Rosalind Franklin. James Watson. Great minds that have blazed the trails of understanding whose larger than life stories speak to the human drama that swirls around profound discovery. Many of us, and the public more broadly, have come to know these figures through works of stage and screen. But what are the special challenges, pitfalls, opportunities and rare triumphs of seeking and synthesizing the essence of someone whose passion—quantum physics, number theory, nucleic acids, atomic species, computational design, gravitational phenomena—is so thoroughly foreign to the concerns of everyday life? Join us for an exploration of how writers artistically and faithfully capture the stories of science and the scientists who’ve made the stories.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Grand Hall

Salon: The Beauty of Balance

MODERATOR: Robbert Dijkgraaf
PARTICIPANTS: Paola Antonelli, Annabelle Selldorf

Why are we drawn to symmetry? Because it provides order in a seemingly chaotic world? Because our brains are the product of the very same laws that yield the flower, the snowflake and the solar system? Because evolution selects for structures with symmetry? In this Salon, we will ask an interdisciplinary gathering of artists and scientists to explore the pervasiveness of symmetry throughout our study and appreciation of the natural world.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 04:00 PM 06/05/2016 05:30 PM America/New_York Salon: The Beauty of Balance Why are we drawn to symmetry? Because it provides order in a seemingly chaotic world? Because our brains are the product of the very same laws that yield the flower, the snowflake and the solar system? Because evolution selects for structures with symmetry? In this Salon, we will ask an interdisciplinary gathering of artists and scientists to explore the pervasiveness of symmetry throughout our study and appreciation of the natural world.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Global Center, Colloquium Room

My Neurons, My Self

MODERATOR: Bill Blakemore
PARTICIPANTS: Martha Farah, Joy Hirsch, Jesse Prinz, Daphna Shohamy

With ever more refined techniques for measuring complex brain activity, scientists are challenging the understanding of thought, memory and emotion–what we have traditionally called “the self.” How do electrical and chemical currents translate to self-awareness? And why does the brain produce consciousness at all? Join a discussion among eminent neuroscientists, philosophers and psychologists who are redefining what it means to be human.

Our media partner for this program is WABC-TV .

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

DATE: Sunday, June 5, 2016
TIME: 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Add to Calendar 06/05/2016 05:00 PM 06/05/2016 06:30 PM America/New_York My Neurons, My Self With ever more refined techniques for measuring complex brain activity, scientists are challenging the understanding of thought, memory and emotion–what we have traditionally called “the self.” How do electrical and chemical currents translate to self-awareness? And why does the brain produce consciousness at all? Join a discussion among eminent neuroscientists, philosophers and psychologists who are redefining what it means to be human.

Our media partner for this program is WABC-TV .

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
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VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts