Conference Program

The Conference will start at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, October 29 and end by 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 30. There will be an evening session for the public on Friday, October 29.

 Communicating Science to the Public through the Performing Arts 

Friday October 29, 2010

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
Conference Registration: 8:00- 8:45 AM  

Welcoming: Brian Schwartz, Professor of Physics and Director – Science & the Arts Program: The Graduate Center: 8:45-9:00 AM  

Session I: Science and Theatre-Plays and Critiques: 9:10 AM 

Moderator: Marvin Carlson, Professor of Theatre, Graduate Center, CUNY 


Graeme Gillis, A Growing Understanding: 1.5 Decades of the EST/Sloan Project, Director, The EST/Sloan Project

Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Some more “Dirty Easy Labels”: Science Plays after 1990, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Liliane Campos, A Shared Language”: Neuroscience as Dramatic Material in Mick Gordon’s “On Ego” and” On Emotion”, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

Stuart Firestein, The Science of Science in the Theatre, A Scientist as Reader and Critic, Columbia University

Coffee Break: 11:00 AM

Session II: Science and Theatre – Playwrights: 11:20 AM 

Moderator:  Roald Hoffmann, (Oxygen), Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus, Cornell University


Arthur Giron, (Moving Bodies), (Emilie’s Voltaire), (Flight), The Drama Found in the Lives of Scientists: Writing Plays about Richard Feynman, Emilie Du Chatelet, and the Wright Brothers, EST and Playwright, NY

Cassandra Medley, (Relativity), A Play about Science? From Panic to Production, Playwright, NY

Robert Clyman, (The Secret Order), Science and Drama: Natural Companions, Playwright, NJ

Ira Hauptman, (Partition), (Starry Messenger), How True to Science Should a Science Play Be?, Playwright, Queens College 

Lunch: 1:10 PM

Session III: Science Film and TV:  2:40 PM 

Moderator: Jerry Carlson, Professor of Film Studies, CCNY

Alexis Gambis, Avant-Garde Science, Artistic Director, Imagine Science Film Festival 

Sid Perkowitz, Hollywood Does Science: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly…and the Teaching Moments, Emory University

Ann G. Merchant, Dr Einstein or: How I Learned to Love Science By Watching TV and Going to the Movies, Deputy Executive Director/Office of Communications, The National Academies  

Odd tOdd, Animating Science: Cartooning Coolio Concepts, Science Animator, Brooklyn, NY 

Session IV: Contributed Poster Session:  4:30 PM

Session V: Open Public Lecture: 7:00 PM

David Saltzberg, The Making of the Big Bang Theory: TV Comedy Plus Accurate Science, Department of Physics, UCLA 

Saturday October 30, 2010
Session VI: Science and Dance 10:00 AM
Moderator: Ken Laws, Dickenson College

Jodi Lomask, Mining the Sciences for Metaphor, Embodying Nature, and Designing Experiences, Capacitor Dance Company, San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Streb, Physics and Extreme Action, STREB, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Thomas Warfield, Event Horizon – Gravity on Stage: A Dynamic Confluence of Theatre, Einstein and Dance, Director, RIT/NTID Dance Company Rochester

Ken Laws and Melanie Lott, Dance as a Venue for Science?, Bryn Mawr College

Lunch: 11:40 PM

Session VII: Science and Music: 12:50 PM

Moderator:  Alan Atlas, Graduate Center of CUNY


Samuel Zygmuntowicz, Strad 3D; Golden Age for Violins – Meet Modern Imaging, Brooklyn, NY

Nancy Rhodes, Music: Bridging the Soul and Science, Pythagoras to the Holographic Principle, Brooklyn, NY

Benjamin Wolff,Galileo’s Muse: A Tale of Creativity and Insight, Hofstra University, NY

Professor Brian Holmes, Updike’s Science – The Music of Physics, San Jose State University, CA

Patrick Grant, BIG BANG for Live Ensemble and Multimedia, Strange Music Inc., NYC

Coffee Break:  2:40 PM

Session VIII: Science Festivals, Cafés and Events: 2:50 PM

Moderator:  Brian Schwartz, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Frank Burnet, What’s Not a Science Festival? A Tentative Taxonomy a Rapidly Evolving Genus, Emeritus Professor of Science Communication, University of West of England

John Durant, The Science Festival Alliance, MIT Museum

Roald Hoffmann, Eight Years of “Entertaining Science” at the Cornelia Street Café, Cornell University, New York

Dorian Devins, The Secret to Getting Science to a General Public, Bell House in Brooklyn 

Marco Cavaglia, Translating Gravitational Waves into Light and Sound,  LIGO traveling exhibit University of Mississippi, LIGO traveling exhibit

Linda Merman and Brian Schwartz,Funding Strategies in Science & the Arts, The Graduate Center of CUNY

Adrienne Klein and Brian Schwartz, Ten Years of Science & the Arts at the Graduate Center, The Graduate Center of CUNY  

Conference Summary: 4:40-5:00 PM