Invited Speakers & Moderators

As of October 1, 2010

Allan Atlas

Music: The Science of Musical Instruments
Distinguished Professor: Musicology Ph.D. Program
Director of The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Frank Burnet

Science Festivals: Cheltenham Science Festival and Other European Festivals
Frank Burnet Consultancy
Science Communication Unit, University of the West of England, Bristol, England
Liliane Campos
Theatre: Literary Analysis of Science Plays

Lecturer in English and Theatre Studies, University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle
Jerry Carlson
Film: Film Criticism
Professor, Film Studies Coordinator of Critical Studies in the Film & Video Program, The City College of New York, Producer for CUNY TV.
Marvin Carlson
Literary Criticism
Distinguished Professor, Department of Theatre
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Marco Cavaglià
Science Exhibits: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)
Member of the Education and Public Outreach working group of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Mississippi
Robert Clyman
Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright

John Durant
Science Festivals: Science Festivals in the US and Support by NSF Informal Science Program
MIT Museum Director and Adjunct Professor in the Science, Technology & Society Program
MIT Cambridge, MA
Stuart Firestein
Theatre: Scientist and Critic
Professor, Columbia University, Biological Sciences
Alexis Gambis
Film: The Imagine Science Film Festival
Artistic Director and Founder
Imagine Science Films
Rockefeller University

Graeme Gillis
Theatre: The Ensemble Studio Theatre / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project
Director, EST / Sloan Project

Arthur Giron
Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright

Patrick Grant
Music: BIG BANG for Live Ensemble and Multimedia
Composer/Performer: Strange Music Inc., NYC
Ira Hauptman
Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright
Professor of Theatre
Queens College, Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance

Roald Hoffmann
Science Cafes: Ten Years at the Cornelia Street Cafe
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Brian W. Holmes
Music: Understanding Musical Instruments: Composing “Updike’s Science”
Physics Department
San Jose State University, CA
Ken Laws
Dance: The Science of Dance
Professor of Physics Emeritus: Dickenson College 
Jodi Lomask
Capacitor Dance Company
Artistic Director
San Francisco, CA 94117
Melanie Lott
Dance: The Mechanics of Balance in Pirouettes
PhD candidate in physics at Bryn Mawr College    
Cassandra Medley
Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright
Ann G. Merchant
Film and TV: The Role of Science & Entertainment Exchange
Deputy Executive Director/Office of Communications. The National Academies
Odd tOdd
Science Communication via Science Toons
Sidney Perkowitz
Film: Author:
Hollywood Science: Movies, Science and the End of the World
Candler Professor of Physics
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Nancy Rhodes
Music: A New Science Opera: The Theory of Everything
Artistic Director, Encompass New Opera theatre

David P. Saltzberg
Physics and the Making of “The Big Bang” TV Comedy Series
Department of Physics
University of California — Los Angeles, CA
Elizabeth Streb
Dance: Streb Extreme Action
Artistic Director
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Thomas Warfield
Dance: Science the Universal Language of Movement
Director — RIT/NTID Dance Company
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
Benjamin Wolff
Music: Galileo’s Muse
Professor of Music, Hofstra University, New York
Eva-Sabine Zehelein
Theatre: Author, Science:
Dramatic: Science Plays in America and Great Britain, 1990-2007
Institut fuer Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie
North American Studies Program
Rheinsche Friedrich-Wilhems-Universitaet Bonn, Germany

Samuel Zygmuntowicz
Music: The Making and Science of String Instruments
Contemporary luthier