WONDERFEST: Bay Area Festival of Science – Day One | Stanford
Saturday, November 6, 2010- 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford University| 370 Serra Mall, Stanford CA
WONDERFEST, is a two-day free Bay Area Festival of Science which takes place at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
This series of free public science dialogues between world class researchers in discussion of provocative scientific questions also features the Bay Area Science Expo where artists and craftspeople show their science stuff. No registration required.
Saturday’s Stanford highlights include lectures on “Does 10,000 Hours of Videogaming Have Side Effects?” and the stand-up comedy act from Physicist Norm Goldblatt.
Many of the events are 90-min affairs — They are divided into 3 segments: 30 min of intro background remarks, 30 min of “debate,” and then 30 min of questions from the audience. That means you get to interact and placate scientists with your best wit and snarky comments.
The Schedule of Events (which are all FREE):
1:00 pm DOES 10,000 HOURS OF VIDEOGAMING HAVE SIDE EFFECTS? Jane McGonigal, Director of Game Research, Institute for the Future; Philip Zimbardo, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Stanford
2:45pm IS MATHEMATICS MORE ART THAN SCIENCE? Keith Devlin, Executive Director of H-STAR Institute, Stanford & Alejandro Garcia, Professor of Physics, San Jose State University
4:00-7:00pm AMATEUR SCIENCE FORUM – Groups & individuals share their explorations
4:30pm SCIENCE LAUGHS – Physicist Norm Goldblatt studies lasers and their ophtalmic uses but in his free time he does stand-up comedy. This, you gotta see.
5:00pm NEUROMAGIC — Luigi Anzivino
5:30pm BECHTEL WONDERCUP CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP – Top high school science teams square off
8:00pm WILL SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY MAKE INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY OBSOLETE?Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate & Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford & Richard Zare, Priestley Medalist & Chemistry Department Chair, Stanford
Also: Presentation of the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization to:DONALD KENNEDY, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford