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NYU to Host Third Annual World Science Festival Events—June 2-6

May 20, 2010

The best and brightest minds in science will descend on New York City for the 2010 World Science Festival, June 2-6. New York University will be among the hosts for the highest-profile event of its kind in the United States. Now in its third year, the World Science Festival will feature 40 programs in scientific disciplines ranging from astronomy, physics, and genetics to neuroscience, robotics, and mathematics.  The Festival’s programs will also integrate traditional arts disciplines – dance, theatre, music and the visual arts – to underscore that science is everywhere.

The Festival will conclude with its Youth and Family Street Fair in Washington Square Park on June 6. This free, day-long public event showcases the intrigue and pure fun of science via a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and live demonstrations. For more, click here. Among the June 6 activities will be "Author's Alley," in which scientists read from and sign their works. Dennis Shasha, a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and co-author of Natural Computing, will be among the featured authors (Discovery Theatre, Kimmel Center, 8th Floor, 2:30 p.m.).

“Science is the greatest of all adventure stories, a fact that often gets lost in the science classroom,” said Festival co-founder Brian Greene.  “The World Science Festival is dedicated to bringing science to general audiences in a new way, revealing the excitement, wonder, and inspiration of cutting-edge discovery.”

 Among the NYU-hosted events are the following:

· “Our Genome Ourselves,” Thursday, June 3, 8-9:30 p.m., Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium: There is a revolution underway in the world of medicine.  As researchers identify the genetic variants responsible for cancer, schizophrenia, and diabetes, and doctors tailor medications and diagnostic tests specifically for your genomic makeup, we inch closer to personalized medicine. But what does this mean for you today?  And how will it affect your health care in the future?

· “Einstein, Time, and the Explorer’s Clock,” Saturday, June 5, 12:30-2 p.m., Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium: Nobel prize-winning physicist William Phillips takes us on a voyage to the lowest temperatures ever recorded. What is an atomic clock and why do they keep better time when they’re cold? And just what is the relationship between speed, temperature and relativity? Phillips will show us with experiments what happens when ordinary objects are taken to the edge of absolute zero.

· “Cool Jobs,” Saturday, June 5, 5-6:30 p.m., Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium: Imagine hunting extraterrestrial life for a living. Or getting paid to study South African penguins. Meet scientists, including André Fenton, a visiting professor at NYU’s Center for Neural Science, with some of the coolest jobs in the world.

In addition, NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life will host the announcement of the 2010 Kavli Prize laureates (June 3/invitation only). First bestowed two years ago, the Kavli Prizes are international awards that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

A full schedule and ticket information is available here.

NYU is a university partner of the 2010 World Science Festival.

Reporters seeking to attend World Science Festival events must contact Sid Dinsay, CeCe Cheng, or Kristen LaRosa at 212.685.4300 or

About the World Science Festival

The World Science Festival, co-founded by Brian Greene and Tracy Day, is an unprecedented annual celebration of imagination, ingenuity and inventiveness.  It takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, theaters, museums and public halls of New York City, making the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating. The Festival’s mission is to cultivate and sustain a general public informed by the content of science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.  For more information, visit

About New York University

New York University is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1831, it is one of America’s foremost research universities and a member of the selective Association of American Universities.  It is one of the largest private universities, it is a leader in attracting international students and scholars in the U.S., and it sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university.  Through its 18 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

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NYU to Host Third Annual World Science Festival Events—June 2-6

New York University will be among the hosts for the 2010 World Science Festival, the highest-profile event of its kind in the United States--June 2-6.

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