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Thursday, May 30, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

The World Science Festival’s Pioneers in Science program gives high school students from around the globe rare and intimate access to renowned scientists in a town hall-style discussion. Meet Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Her pioneering technique made it possible to accurately count the number of neurons in brains of all sizes. After studying over 80 species, she discovered that humans have far more neurons than other animals relative to brain size.  Hear about how this breakthrough discovery fundamentally altered our understanding of interspecies neurology.

Supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.


Ariel ZychScience Educator

Ariel Zych is an educator, scientist, writer, and producer dedicated to sparking a love of science and math in others. Currently education director at Science Friday, she’s produced and created hundreds of experiments, activities, lessons, events, and workshops for kids, parents, and teachers in video, radio, print, web, and social media.

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Suzana Herculano-HouzelNeuroscientist

Suzana Herculano-Houzel, PhD, is a biologist and neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University, where she is associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on what different brains are made of.

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