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I’m at the 2012 World Science Festival!

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The 2012 World Science Festival runs from May 30 – June 3, and I am here in New York City attending some of the events.

Last night I got the chance to attend Icarus at the Edge of Time, a film that featured a score composed by Philip Glass and performed live by Orchestra of St. Luke’s. I also got to briefly chat with narrator LeVar Burton, filmmakers Al + Al, and the co-founder of the festival, Tracy Day. I’ll write more about that experience in a forthcoming post.

This morning I got up bright and early to attend the announcement of the 2012 Kavli Prizes, streamed live from Oslo, Norway. I did some excited tweeting about attending the event, especially when one of the Kavli Prize winners in Neuroscience, Cornelia Bargmann, was present at the announcement of her award.

Tonight, I’ll head to Madness Redefined: Creativity, Intelligence and the Dark Side of the Mind to hear about the links between creativity, madness, and intelligence. This is a topic I’ve always wondered a little about myself, as the stereotypes of musicians, writers, and scientists usually fits within those descriptive nouns.

Tomorrow, I’ll be at the event Reawakening the Brain through Music. As you might guess, I am EXTREMELY excited about getting to hear Oliver Sacks speak, and Petr Janata at UC Davis was one professor I seriously considered working with for doctorate research. The speakers at the event also include musician Stanley Jordan and music therapist Concetta Tomaino. It’s safe to say I can’t wait to attend.

The final World Science Festival event I’ll attend, Cool Jobs, is on Saturday afternoon. This event highlights scientists with cool jobs, and scientifically-themed rapper Baba Brinkman is one of those featured. I’m hoping that he will bust out a few rhymes during the event!

There are a few more events on Sunday the 3rd, but I’ll be heading back home to Durham then. I’m excited to be writing about these events and hope that you get a chance to check out some of the World Science Festival too!

Princess Ojiaku About the Author: Princess Ojiaku is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Neuroscience and Public Policy. She is also a student of life, exuberant nerd, and musician. She often tweets her daily links of interest and digital personal mutterings. Follow on Twitter @artfulaction.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. kboncales 4:51 am 06/1/2012

    Looking forward to reading your synopsis of the events, especially on Madness Redefined. Also, how about some videos?

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