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The World Science Festival is BIG Science, affordably priced and comfortably explained in talks and panels.

Go and learn more about yourself, your world and our universe.

Find out how to change the world. Find out how to save it.

There are new approaches to helping the blind see and helping the deaf hear.

Learn about the science of beer.

Learn about the science of chocolate.

Learn.

No kidding.

get more info: http://worldsciencefestival.com/events

 

The 2014 World Science Festival Tickets Available

Welcome to the 2014 World Science Festival!

We’re excited to offer a slate of exciting new programs and old favorites this year, all aimed at unlocking the beauty and complexity of science for everyone.

Tickets are available for the selected programs below, and we’ll be adding more events in the coming days.

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We look forward to seeing you May 28-June 1 in New York City.

 

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Thursday


  • 2014 Kavli Prizes

    Richard Besser, Alan Alda, Brian Greene, Eric Kandel, Ann Graybiel, Martin Rees Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Grand Hall, NYU Global Center

  • The prestigious biennial Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for major advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience—the big, the small and the complex. The 2014 winners, sharing a $1 million award in each field, will be announced via live satellite from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo. The opening conversation, in tribute to the extraordinary philanthropist, the late Fred Kavli, will feature Alan Alda, Brian Greene and Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel.  Following the announcement of the winners, three renowned scientists—nanoscientist Paul Weiss, neuroscientist and Kavli Laureate Ann Graybiel and astrophysicist Lord Martin Rees—will join ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Richard Besser for a discussion of the scientific achievements of the Kavli Laureates and provide commentary on the next wave of research and opportunities within these dynamic fields. Invitation Only | More Info »

  • Pioneers in Science: Martin Rees

    Martin Rees Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Colloquium Room, NYU Global Center

  • 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 engage with British astrophysicist, Lord Martin Rees. Now the prestigious Astronomer Royal, Rees has worked on everything from black holes and quasars to quantum physics and the Big Bang. During this intimate gathering, he’ll share his personal stories, life challenges, and career highlights, all toward inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers. Invitation Only | More Info »

  • Science and Story: The Write Angle

    John Hockenberry, Sean Carroll, Jo Marchant, Steven Pinker Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM The Great Hall, Cooper Union

  • Doing science? Hard work. Explaining the results to an interested but scientifically untrained public? Just as difficult. And just as important. Join a conversation with Sean Carroll, Jo Marchant, and Steven Pinker to discuss the responsibilities and challenges science writers face when leading the uninitiated into worlds filled with equations, data, minutiae, and long histories of incrementally compiled knowledge. What are the most effective and creative ways for making complex ideas compelling and accessible without compromising their intellectual integrity?
    This program is supported by The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • It’s All Relatives: The Science of Your Family Tree

    Catherine Ball, Mark D. Shriver, CeCe Moore Thursday, May 29, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM New-York Historical Society 

  • Researching the farthest branches of your family tree is now faster, cheaper, more accessible and more accurate than ever before. Today you can find distant living relatives, learn how you are related to important historical figures or discover how your ancestors participated in major movements in human history.  And, using advanced technologies to analyze face structure and skin pigmentation, evolutionary geneticists can determine what your ancestors actually looked like.  Join a conversation among leading researchers about how gains in computational power, together with technological innovations, are allowing scientists to come ever closer to understanding how we are all connected.
    This program is produced in collaboration with The New-York Historical Society. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Cheers to Science! Nordic Grog: Brewing on the Wild Side

    Sam Calagione, Patrick E. McGovern Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Wythe Hotel, Main Event Hall

  • Join biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern and pioneering brewmaster Sam Calagione as they explore the biotechnology of ancient ales from around the world, and reconstruct an ages-old Nordic Kvasir. Taste the results of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500‐year‐old Scandinavian drinking vessel. Observe the results of several kinds of special fermentation to discover just how wild yeast can get. It’s a sensational evening of science, beer and conversation, inspired by the innovative practices of our ancestors.
    This program will premiere a special version of Dogfish Head Kvasir fermented with wild yeast. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Mercury Rising – The Moth at The World Science Festival

    Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM The Players Club

  • In partnership with The Moth, New York’s Peabody Award-Winning storytelling collective, scientists, innovators and artists take to the stage with stories of their personal relationship with science: the ups and downs, inspiration, hurdles, and unexpected twists. In keeping with Moth tradition, all stories must be told within ten minutes, without notes. Their stories are a reminder that science is more than equations or experiments; it is a window to humanity, a quest for understanding, and, often, a way of life.
    This program is presented in collaboration with The Moth. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Measure for Measure: Quantum Physics and Reality

    Brian Greene, David Z. Albert, Sheldon Goldstein, Sean Carroll Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

  • Throw a baseball and you can track its arc across the sky without disturbing it. Scientists don’t have that luxury with quantum particles. When no one is looking, a particle has near limitless potential: it can be nearly anywhere. But measure it, and the particle snaps to one position. This transition from the fuzzy quantum world to the sharp reality of common experience is as vital as it is controversial. How do objects shed their quantum weirdness when measured? Join a debate of current theories, including tales of infinite universes where anything and everything happens.
    This program is part of the Big Ideas Series. Sold Out | More Info » A limited number of additional tickets may be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

  • Cells to Silicon: Your Brain in 2050

    Gary Marcus, Sheila Nirenberg, John Donoghue, Michel M. Maharbiz Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

  • We are at the dawn of a revolution in neuroscience, with the potential to dramatically expand how the human mind interacts with the world. For the most part,  brains still need bodies—vocal cords, hands, eyes—to turn thought into action, but rudimentary mind-to-machine links have already been developed. The science fiction dream of uploading new skills and memories directly to your mind, might not be far off. Drawing from neuroscience, biology, engineering, genetics, and psychology, we will explore the breakthroughs happening in brain-machine interaction today, and speculate about the enhanced human capabilities of tomorrow.
    This program is part of the Big Ideas Series. Buy Tickets | More Info »

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Friday


  • Galactic Classroom: Aboard the International Space Station

    Tara M. Ruttley, Mark M. Weislogel, Sandra Magnus Friday, May 30, 2014 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Colloquium Room, NYU Global Center

  • In space, water becomes a spherical ball, hovering in the air. Plants grow sideways. Humans lose muscle mass. Without earth’s gravity things behave…well, differently. Such is life—and science—aboard the International Space Station, where the extremes of microgravity make possible a whole new class of cutting-edge experiments ranging from fluid dynamics (try drinking a cup of coffee that won’t stay in the cup) to vaccines, and research about the origin of the life to predicting natural disasters.  ISS scientists join middle school students from across the country in a virtual classroom that brings research at 240 miles above earth’s surface right down to earth.
    Invitation Only | More Info »

  • Pioneers in Science: John Grunsfeld

    John M. Grunsfeld Friday, May 30, 2014 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Colloquium Room, NYU Global Center

  • 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 engage with NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld, veteran of five space shuttle flights and multiple spacewalks. Grunsfeld helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope and until recently managed the science program for the James Webb Space Telescope. During this intimate gathering, he’ll share his personal stories, life challenges, and career highlights, all toward inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers. Invitation Only | More Info »

  • Evidence in the Natural Sciences: A Discussion with Brian Greene & Jim Baggott

    Brian Greene, Jim Baggott Friday, May 30, 2014 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium

  • What is the difference between evidence, fact, and proof? Can we quantify evidence; is something more evident than something else? What does it take to convince a scientist, a scientific community, and the general public of the correctness of a scientific result in the era of very complicated experiments, big data, and weak signals?
    Hosted by the Simons Foundation and John Templeton Foundation, and in collaboration with the World Science Festival, this discussion between Brian Greene and science writer Jim Baggott will address these and related questions. It will be of interest to established researchers, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and the well-informed general public.
    There will be a reception immediately following this event at 6:45. Register Now | More Info »

  • Scientific Kitchen: Biophysics? More like PIE-o-physics!

    Amy Rowat, Christina Tosi, Bill Yosses Friday, May 30, 2014 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Momofuku MILK BAR

  • The Momofuku Milk Bar bakery becomes a science lab when biophysicist Amy Rowat, Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi, and White House pastry chef Bill Yosses illuminate the sweet science of your favorite dessert. Where the line is drawn between flaky confection and pie disaster often comes down to the proper respect for gluten protein networks and polymorphic phase behavior.  Smell, touch, and taste the science of each step toward a culinary masterpiece while Amy, Christina, and Bill attempt to make these complex concepts as easy as… pie.
    This program is part of the Scientific Kitchen Series – Intimate, hands-on, food-meets-science workshops behind the scenes at New York’s most exclusive kitchens and laboratories. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Particle Fever: The Higgs and Beyond

    Sean Carroll, David Kaplan, Nima Arkani-Hamed, Claudia Raschke-Robinson Friday, May 30, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Museum of the Moving Image

  • Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Here’s a film that gives you a front-row seat on one of the most important scientific discoveries of our age: the successful search for the elusive Higgs boson, the final particle to complete the Standard Model of Particle Physics. This inspiring and award-winning documentary follows a handful of the 10,000 scientists who collaborated on the biggest and most expensive scientific experiment in history. After the screening, there will be a live discussion with several of the scientists and filmmakers involved in Particle Fever.
    This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative.
    This program is presented in collaboration with The Museum of the Moving Image. Sold Out | More Info » A limited number of additional tickets may be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

  • Earth & Other Worlds: With Bobak Ferdowsi and Astronomy on Tap

    Emily Rice, Bobak Ferdowsi Friday, May 30, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Gould Plaza, NYU

  • There’s nothing trivial about the questions in this trivia game night in the Dome at Gould Plaza. Join NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, and other scientists to test your knowledge about the Pale Blue Dot and other worlds. Hosted by Emily Rice of the American Museum of Natural History (aka DJ Carly Sagan of Astronomy on Tap.)
    Free event open to the public. Register Now | More Info »

  • Designer Genes: Fashioning our Biological Future

    George M. Church, Jamie A. Grifo, Nita A. Farahany, Paula Amato, Sheldon Krimsky Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

  • Perhaps the most complicated code in the universe is the one sitting inside our cells, written in DNA. More than three billion letters make up the human genome, giving geneticists plenty to explore…and explore they have. But even as gene therapy, DNA analysis, and genetically modified organisms enter the mainstream—and inspire national debate—our capacity to manipulate life continues to deepen. How far should we go? Are there hidden downsides to rewriting our DNA? Can we hijack evolution and put an end to genetic diseases, or engineer the next generation to have advantageous traits? And who gets to decide?
    This program is part of the Big Ideas Series. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Ripples from the Big Bang: Listening to the Beginning of Time

    Brian Greene, John Kovac, Alan Guth, Andrei Linde, Paul Steinhardt, Amber Miller Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

  • In March, a major breakthrough in understanding the origin of universe took the scientific community—and the general public—by storm. A team lead by astronomer John Kovac, using a powerful telescope at the South Pole, reported evidence of ripples in the fabric of spacetime produced by the big bang, a long-sought prediction of our most refined approach to cosmology, the inflationary theory. Amidst the worldwide celebration, though, some have been quietly suggesting that the champagne has been uncorked prematurely. Join a singular conversation, among the world’s most respected pioneers in cosmological theory and observation, that will explore the state of the art in the ongoing quest to understand the beginning of the universe. Sold Out | More Info » A limited number of additional tickets may be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

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Saturday


  • Science Hack Day: Science and the City

    Francois Grey, Dana Karwas, Nancy Hechinger, Michael Flowers, Jin Montclare, Julie Hecht Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00 AM MAGNET, NYU School of Engineering

  • Life in the city is complicated, and sometimes the only way to solve an urban problem is with a hack—a science hack, that is.  Science hacks are low-cost, elegant workarounds that create useful scientific projects.  Science Hack Day is a two-day event that brings together scientists, designers, developers and innovators who will invent, build and test their projects. Participants will compete in teams to produce Science Hacks that all New Yorkers can use. Join us for the entire weekend or just stop by for a one-hour Pop-Up Workshop. Register Now | More Info »

  • Science on a Sphere®

    Hilary Peddicord Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Gould Plaza, NYU

  • See our home planet as you’ve never seen it before: projected and animated on a giant, suspended globe from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Drop by this semipermanent exhibition on Saturday and on Sunday during The Ultimate Science Street Fair to watch dramatic weather unleash furious historic storms, to see special spherical movies about space, tsunamis, and waterfalls, and to experience the science behind Superstorm Sandy. And meet the scientists and journalists who study our climate, changing oceans, and often only marginally predictable atmosphere.
    Free Admission | More Info »

  • Scientific Kitchen: Taste the Physics of Chocolate

    The Mast Brothers, Naveen Sinha Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mast Brothers – Clinton Hill

  • Chocolate is a complex system that blends science and art. Look deep into the creation of your sinful obsession with physicist Naveen Sinha and The Mast Brothers. Investigate the physics that leads to chocolate mastery, as well as the fascinating experiments that yield new understanding. Go behind the scenes of The Mast Brothers’ artisanal chocolate-making facilities and use all five senses (especially taste!) to comprehend the scientific processes that turn the seed of a cacao tree into a delicious indulgence.
    This program is part of the Scientific Kitchen Series – Intimate, hands-on, food-meets-science workshops behind the scenes at New York’s most exclusive kitchens and laboratories. Sold Out | More Info » A limited number of additional tickets may be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

  • Better, Stronger, Faster: The Future of the Bionic Body

    John Donoghue, P. Hunter Peckham, Jennifer French, Joseph J. Fins Saturday, May 31, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

  • The deaf begin to hear. The blind begin to see. Once damaged hearts begin to pump blood. Forget “wearable tech”—we’ve entered a zone where deploying engineering and circuitry inside the human body can help erase disabilities and, more controversially, enhance human capacities beyond their evolutionary limits. Peek into a future where technology will have the capacity to make us stronger, faster and by some measures, better.
    This program is part of the Big Ideas Series. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • On the Shoulders of Giants

    Mary-Claire King Saturday, May 31, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Grand Hall, NYU Global Center

  • Scientists rely on the revelations and discoveries of previous generations. Indeed, it was Isaac Newton who humbly offered that “if he had seen a little further than others, it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This year, we continue our special series that invites our audience to stand on the shoulders of modern-day titans, with a speech by geneticist Mary-Claire King. A role model for female scientists, King discovered the breast cancer gene that revolutionized treatment, is a pioneer who first demonstrated the remarkable genetic overlap between humans and chimpanzees, and is an activist who used DNA analysis to reunite war-torn kidnapped children with their families. Come and hear this most remarkable scientist, whose positive impact will be felt for ages to come. Sold Out | More Info » A limited number of additional tickets may be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

  • Scientific Kitchen: Butter Lab

    Kent Kirshenbaum, David Grier, Michael Laiskonis Saturday, May 31, 2014 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM NYU Silver Center – Chemistry Lab

  • In this comprehensive guide to the science of butter and all its variations, you’ll discover how fat globules, foam, and plasma are essential to the process of making this complex, delicious spread. Examine this soft matter physics phenomenon through NYU professor David Grier’s video microscope. Ask NYU chemist Kent Kirshenbaum why butter that has been fermenting in the ground for a year (or a lifetime) is considered a delicacy. And taste the best and most delicious ways to manipulate and use it thanks to pastry chef and ICE creative director, Michael Laiskonis. You’ll leave with your own handmade butter and an understanding of how and why that happened.
    This program is part of the Scientific Kitchen Series – Intimate, hands-on, food-meets-science workshops behind the scenes at New York’s most exclusive kitchens and laboratories. Sold Out | More Info » A limited number of additional tickets may be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

  • The Moth StorySlam: Boiling Point

    Saturday, May 31, 2014 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM The Bell House

  • Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner.  The Moth joins World Science Festival for a science-themed StorySLAM. At the beginning of the show, folks with five-minute stories based on the theme “Boiling Point” will put their names in the hat and ten will be selected to tell. Watch and listen as storytellers woo the audience with tales of heated exchanges, fiery conclusions and transformative moments of truth. Contestants will be judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, working within the theme, and presenting a story with a coherent structure and resolution.
    This program is presented in collaboration with The Moth. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Scientific Kitchen: Botany at the Bar

    Rachel Meyer, Selena Ahmed, Kevin Denton Saturday, May 31, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology

  • Explore the complex and often misunderstood world of botany in a new and delicious way.  Follow the scientists of Shoots and Roots on a botanical journey via hand-crafted bitters that showcase plants from biodiversity hotspots around the globe.  Use your newfound knowledge along with modern tools and techniques to craft your own high-quality, unique extractions from Earth’s most exotic plants.  Enjoy a sensory experience of science enhanced by the vaporized, carbonated and artfully crafted cocktails of Kevin Denton from wd~50 and Alder.  Finish with an insider’s peek at the greenhouse above the lab, concluding an evening that’s a beautiful melding of botany and booze.
    This program is part of the Scientific Kitchen Series – Intimate, hands-on, food-meets-science workshops behind the scenes at New York’s most exclusive kitchens and laboratories. Sold Out | More Info » A limited number of additional tickets may be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

  • The Night Sky from Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Bobak Ferdowsi, Mario Livio Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Get out your telescope (or come borrow one of ours) for a night of urban stargazing and live music as we celebrate the dance of the planets. Learn even more about the universe at our Star Chat, where some of the world’s best astronomers, physicists, and scientists will discuss hunting for life, landing crafts on Mars, and discovering planets trillions and trillions of miles away. Gear up for the Rosetta Mission that is slated to land on a comet later this year by visiting our model comet with interactive programming. Finally, get a taste of what it’s like to be an exoplanet hunter with NASA’s interactive game, The Hidden Light, and enjoy finding your favorite constellations without ever leaving the city. Free Admission | More Info »

  • Alien Life: Will We Know It When We See It?

    Dimitar Sasselov, Jack W. Szostak, Sara Seager, Paul Davies Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

  • Are we alone in the universe? Scientists haven’t found aliens yet, but by scanning the sky they’ve shown that our galaxy harbors billions of planets, many of which likely have conditions similar to those on Earth. Which brings new questions into sharp relief: When searching for life beyond our home planet, how do we know what to look for? What human prejudices might cause us to overlook intelligent life forms very different from what we expect? Learn how scientists across disciplines—astronomers, chemists and microbiologists—are intensely studying the evolution of life on Earth to help identify life abroad, a research agenda with wide-reaching ramifications for science, philosophy, religion, and much more.
    This program is part of the Big Ideas Series. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • The Craving Brain: The Neuroscience of Uncontrollable Urges

    Elizabeth Vargas, Nora D. Volkow, Kim D. Janda, Eric Nestler, Amir Levine Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

  • Counseling . . . therapy . . . self-control. The path to curing addiction has never been easy. Addiction short-circuits the brain’s reward system, releasing dopamine and other feel-good chemicals that keep you coming back for more. But through a steadily developing understanding of the brain, scientists foresee a future in which a simple medical procedure—even a shot or a pill—could defuse addiction’s power.  Join leading researchers studying how addiction changes the very fabric of the brain, and what new insights could mean for addicts trying to win back their lives.
    This program is part of “The Big, the Small, and the Complex,” a series exploring the latest developments in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience—fields recognized by The Kavli Prize. Buy Tickets | More Info »

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Sunday


  • The Ultimate Science Street Fair

    Bobak Ferdowsi, Michael S. Hopkins, Michael J. Massimino, and many others Sunday, June 1, 2014 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Washington Square Park

  • Games, performances, interactive experiments, and the great outdoors combine for a full-day science extravaganza at the seventh annual World Science Festival Street Fair. Installations and activities from more than 50 organizations will focus on our three themes: space, weather, and robots. Free Admission | More Info »

  • Anthropologist’s Apprentice: DNA Extraction and Analysis

    Todd Disotell Sunday, June 1, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Get up close and personal with yourself by extracting DNA from your own spit! Every cell in your body contains a copy of the instructions that make you…well, you. Your DNA determines everything from the color of your hair to whether you’ll enjoy certain foods, as well as more serious things like whether you’re likely to contract a certain disease. Come take a peek at your own fascinating genome, and learn how scientists examine DNA for everything from solving crimes to improving tomatoes to tracing your ancestors.
    Ages: 6th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Sports Statistician’s Apprentice: Bracketology

    Tim Chartier Sunday, June 1, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Ever wanted to be a fortune-teller? Bracketologists combine the fun of sports with the logic and statistics of math to try to predict the future and win bragging rights. Davidson College math professor Tim Chartier, a contributor to ESPN’s Sports Science, uses formulas and code to make very smart predictions about which team will come out on top during NCAA “March Madness” basketball games—and he’s right more often than most. He’ll demonstrate tricks and techniques for applying statistics to public scores and rankings to help you compile smart brackets. Using his methodology will help you dominate the competition in the tournament next March, and anywhere else that extremely educated guessing comes in handy.
    Ages: 7th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Neuroscientist’s Apprentice: Dissecting Sheep Brains

    Wendy Suzuki Sunday, June 1, 2014 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Time to get your gloves on: When you start taking things apart to understand how they work, science can get pretty messy. Neuroscientists often find themselves slicing brains for analysis under a microscope, or cutting into them in search of damaged areas. Now it’s your turn! NYU neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki guides your hand as you dissect a sheep’s brain to identify some common features that can be found in human brains as well, like the hypothalamus and thalamus. Bring your curiosity and thirst for adventure—we’ll provide the scalpels.
    Ages: 2nd grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Physicist’s Apprentice: The Physics of Sound

    David Grier Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Your favorite song, a goofy laugh, the drip of a leaky faucet: Sound literally surrounds us, and bombards us with competing waves, every minute of the day. Let NYU physics professor David Grier rattle your eardrums with hands-on experiments in understanding how we sort out the chaos. How does changing the way vibrations travel transform a sound and the way we experience it? How is it possible there are certain sounds we can’t hear at all? Engage all your senses as you bounce laser beams off mirrors, send pulses through tubes, and learn to decipher the wild and noisy, but satisfyingly predictable, world of sound.
    Ages: Elementary School
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Cool Jobs

    Mark Siddall, Michael J. Massimino, Hannah Morris, Becca Peixotto, Chad Jenkins Sunday, June 1, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

  • Imagine exploring the Amazon river to dig up a rare breed of leeches, or heading into space to repair the famed Hubble Space Telescope, or crawling through a tiny crevice in the Earth in search of remains of our earliest ancestors. Well, you don’t have to just imagine these spectacular feats. The World Science Festival has assembled the coolest group of scientists with the most interesting jobs on the planet, who’ll tell you first hand about these explorations and much more. Join us to start your own quest to find a Cool Job in science. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • The Deceptive Watchman: Mind, Brain and Time

    John Hockenberry, David Eagleman, Dean Buonomano, Kia Nobre Sunday, June 1, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

  • The first minute of a roller coaster ride and the ninety-seventh minute in line at the DMV don’t seem to pass at quite the same rate. While our watches show time ticking forward at a uniform pace, the experience of time is anything but. Time is relative—not just in an Einsteinian way—but because the brain colors and shades the passage of time. Through an interdisciplinary discussion among some of the worlds leading researchers, explore the human experience of time, including the fascinating relationship between memory and reality, and the chemical and electrical impulses of the brain that drive the experience.
    This program is part of the Big Ideas Series. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Mathematician’s Apprentice: Sports Analytics

    Tim Chartier Sunday, June 1, 2014 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Every time a player scores a goal, makes a pass, or takes a foul shot, lots of data get generated. How well is that player doing per minute of game time? How about the team as a whole? How often does the team win when Number Six plays? Mathematicians and analysts are finding new and interesting ways to sift through all of this data to make predictions. Learn how to use statistics and math to your advantage and soon you’ll be forecasting with the best of them.
    Ages: 4th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Technologist’s Apprentice: Documenting the Science of New York City

    Dana Karwas Sunday, June 1, 2014 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • It’s your turn to write history. Join NYU School of Engineering’s Dana Karwas in using creative data tools to take history out of textbooks and into an interactive adventure. You’ll take photos and provide descriptions for an application that will turn any phone into a mobile history portal, letting people explore hidden facts about their urban surroundings. You’ll make history more accessible and relevant, so it’s easier for people to learn about (and learn from) the past.
    Ages: 5th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Anthropologist’s Apprentice: DNA Extraction and Analysis

    Todd Disotell Sunday, June 1, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Get up close and personal with yourself by extracting DNA from your own spit! Every cell in your body contains a copy of the instructions that make you…well, you. Your DNA determines everything from the color of your hair to whether you’ll enjoy certain foods, as well as more serious things like whether you’re likely to contract a certain disease. Come take a peek at your own fascinating genome, and learn how scientists examine DNA for everything from solving crimes to improving tomatoes to tracing your ancestors.
    Ages: 6th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Citizen Scientist’s Apprentice: Explore Wildlife

    Jared Lamenzo Sunday, June 1, 2014 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Did you know your smartphone can help you make the world a better place? Find out how! Crowdsourcing apps give you everything you need to become a volunteer scientist, gathering real data that can be used in important scientific analysis. By identifying and recording what you see—birds, flowers, trees, insects, wildlife, stars, and more—you can help scientists track habitat shifts, climate change, and population fluctuations, and generally understand the world around us a little better. Bring your phone or borrow our Google glasses to document species in Washington Square Park and start your journey as a citizen scientist.
    Ages: 4th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Physicist’s and Chemist’s Apprentice: The Science of Milk and Butter

    David Grier, Kent Kirshenbaum Sunday, June 1, 2014 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Examples of soft matter—things easily deformed by changes in temperature—are all around us. Chemists and physicists are intrigued by their unique properties of these materials. How can fat and water, which are clear and don’t mix, combine to form white, creamy milk? Using lasers and holograms (yes, you read that correctly), NYU physics professor David Grier and NYU chemistry professor Kent Kirshenbaum lead a fun and futuristic workshop showcasing how we can make and manipulate the fascinating everyday materials of milk and butter.
    Ages: 3rd grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Roboticist’s Apprentice: Simulating Microsatellites

    Alvar Saenz-Otero Sunday, June 1, 2014 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • If you’ve always dreamed of working with a team of robots to control a satellite in space—and who hasn’t?—now’s your chance. Right now, robots called SPHERES inside the orbiting International Space Station are taking web-browser commands from Earthlings below, testing how things navigate in microgravity. MIT’s Zero Robotics cofounder Alvar Saenz-Otero will teach you how to write code to order the SPHERES around, and let you run simulations to see how well your code would work. You can immediately put your newfound knowledge to work solving challenges and competing in tournaments to program the robots; finalists get to control the real SPHERES on the ISS.
    Ages: 5th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Neuroscientist’s Apprentice: Art Meets The Brain

    Wendy Suzuki, Jody Oberfelder Sunday, June 1, 2014 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • People used to believe that the right half of the brain produced creativity and art, while the left brain dominated all things mathematical and logical. The reality’s more complex, as you’ll learn when you join NYU neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki for an interactive class on how the brain is affected by movement. You’ll dissect your own brain, so to speak, learning what our neurons are really doing when we move and dance. And you’ll gain new insights into how different parts of the brain interact and work together while choreographing dances. Bring an open mind…and both halves of your brain.
    Ages: 4th grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • Archaeologist’s Apprentice: Excavation & 3D Scanning

    Hannah Morris, Becca Peixotto Sunday, June 1, 2014 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Scientist’s Apprentice Central

  • Are you prepared to dig into ancient human history? Join two members of an all-female excavation team who wriggled their way through tight tunnels into ancient caves to investigate an incredible find of early hominid remains. Besides hearing this amazing discovery story from the explorers who lived it, students will learn how to safely unearth and preserve historical artifacts with cool 3-D scanning technology, using reflected light to make a model of your find without touching it.
    Ages: 3rd grade and above
    Parents: This is a drop-off program for children. There is a waiting area nearby.
    This program is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Buy Tickets | More Info »

  • What is Color?

    Alan Alda, Bevil Conway, Jay Neitz, Kaitlyn Hova, David Eagleman Sunday, June 1, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM NYU Skirball Center for the Performing ArtsHow do you see colors, and do they look the same to everyone? It’s not an easy question. Most human eyes can see around 10 million different colors, but our eyes can’t see other spectra of light that many insects, birds, and fish can see. Some colors even look different when your brain compares them to other colors, something painters such as Monet and Matisse took advantage of.  And some people, synesthetes, can “invent” colors to go along with words, numbers, or even music. In an action-packed hour, our audience and experts will delve into the world of color. It all leads up to a dazzling sound and light show, helping us see the colors a young synesthete has in her head when she rocks out on the electric violin.
    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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  • Go Figure: Predicting the World with Math

    James Fowler, Steven Strogatz, Seth Lloyd, Andrew W. Lo Sunday, June 1, 2014 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter CollegeAlgorithms are the unsung heroes of everything from fighting crime and searching the world’s information to selecting movies and even choosing mates. These complex digital decision-making mechanisms mine mountains of data to make predictions for, well, nearly anything. And analysts thus armed are revealing unexpected connections between widely disparate systems. Join an exploration of the surprising predictive power of math, and probe the theoretical limits of even the most promising computers of tomorrow. We’re tackling ever more complex problems—but are there some problems simply beyond the reach of machines?
    This program is part of the Big Ideas Series.

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