The best and brightest minds in science will descend on New York City for the 2013 World Science Festival, May 29-June 2. NYU will be among the hosts for the highest-profile event of its kind in the United States.

World Science Festival Events to Feature NYU Faculty—May 29-June 2
The best and brightest minds in science will descend on New York City for the 2013 World Science Festival, May 29-June 2. New York University will be among the hosts for the highest-profile event of its kind in the United States.

The best and brightest minds in science will descend on New York City for the 2013 World Science Festival, May 29-June 2. New York University will be among the hosts for the highest-profile event of its kind in the United States. Now in its sixth year, the World Science Festival will feature events in scientific disciplines covering everything from the nature of infinity to the biology of consciousness, from the weirdness of quantum mechanics to the possibility of a multiverse, from insect love songs to the science of making beer.

Among the 2013 World Science Festival events featuring NYU faculty include the following:

  • “Taste of Science” with Kent Kirshenbaum, the Department of Chemistry (Thurs., May 30, 7-10 p.m.)
  • “Ending the Epidemic: Science Advances on AIDS” with Susan Zolla-Pazner, NYU Langone Medical Center (Fri., May 31, 10-11:30 a.m.)
  • “Measuring Consciousness" with Joseph LeDoux, the Center for Neural Science, and Gary Marcus, the Department of Psychology (Fri., May 31, 6-7:30 p.m.)
  • “Science of Food: From Geek to Chic” with Anne McBride, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (Fri., May 31, 7-8:30 p.m.)
  • “Science Hack Day” with Francois Grey and Tom Igoe, the Tisch School of the Arts’ Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Steven Koonin, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), Beth Noveck, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Clay Shirky, ITP and the Carter Journalism Institute (Sat., June 1, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • “A Matter of Time” with Tim Maudlin, Department of Philosophy (Sat., June 1, 8-9:30 p.m.)
  • “Cool Jobs” with Katherine Isbister, NYU-Poly (Sun., June 2, 11 a.m.-noon)
  • “Sunday at the Met: Art and the Mind” with Edward Vessel, Department of Psychology (Sun., June 2, 3-4:30 p.m.)
  • "The Neuroscientist's Apprentice: Dissecting Sheep Brains" with Wendy Suzuki, Center for Neural Science (Sun., June 2, 4-5:15 p.m.), who will also lead "Poetry, Dance, and the Brain" (11:30 a.m.) and "Eat, Play, Learn!" (12:30 p.m.) sessions at the Ultimate Street Fair on Sunday, June 2.

The Ultimate Science Street Fair will be held in and around Washington Square Park on Sunday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aspiring scientists of all ages investigate in “Science Circles” of biology, climate change, energy, math and technology, chemistry and more. Join Nobel laureates, scientists, researchers, and figures from sports and entertainment to illuminate the amazing science that lies behind virtually every aspect of modern life. Start your full day of fun and inspiration by producing energy through a soccer ball, planting a garden that grows up ... and in water, compare a walrus tooth to a warthog tooth, and even learn how to code your own computer game—then learn how to pollinate insects in a grease-powered bus, become a real crime scene investigator, extract DNA from a banana, and learn how your brain works.

A full schedule and ticket information is available at

NYU is a university partner of the 2013 World Science Festival.

Media requests for tickets should be submitted to or by calling 212.348.1400. Media seating is limited, so all requests should be submitted as early as possible. Media credentials will be required for entry.

NYU Ticket Discounts
Tickets are currently on sale. The festival has sold out in previous years. View the schedule and purchase tickets on the festival’s website.

NYU students can purchase tickets for $12 to festival events taking place at the Skirball Center by using the promo code “NYUSTUDENT” at checkout (must present valid NYU student ID, only applies to NYU Skirball events; limit of two). Students may purchase $15 tickets to several other WSF events by selecting the “Student” option at checkout or via phone.

NYU faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni can receive 15% off select regular adult tickets. Use promo code “15UNIVDISC” at checkout for the discount. (Discount valid on regular priced tickets only. Valid for up to four tickets per event. Not valid on VIP, Pioneer, Insider, Friend, special packages, Labs, Salons, Partner Programs or select special events.)

You can also save 20 percent on select events by purchasing a 5-ticket package.

Purchasing Tickets
ONLINE: Click here for the events schedule and click the “Buy Tickets” link to purchase tickets for a specific event; enter the promotion code at the prompt. To purchase tickets for events at the Skirball Center, you have the option of logging in to your NYU Home account and clicking on the “Get Tix” links on the Skirball channel (under the NYU Life tab).

IN PERSON: Tickets can be purchased in person from NYU Ticket Central, located at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South, Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and two hours prior to performance.

BY PHONE: 212.352.3101 or 866.811.4111 (OvationTix/Theatermania Call Center)

About the World Science Festival
The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. Founded in 2008 by Emmy award-winning producer, Tracy Day and world-renowned physicist and best-selling author, Brian Greene, the Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. The World Science Festival has been made possible with the generous support of its Founding Benefactors: the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation.

About New York University
Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; has eleven other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra; and sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university. Through its numerous 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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