SEATTLE SCIENCE FESTIVAL’S LUMINARY SERIES BRINGS SCIENCE AND THE ARTS TOGETHER IN THOUGHT-PROVOKING, BREATHTAKING PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS
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SEATTLE – APRIL 26, 2012 – This summer, learn from many of the world’s
most inspired scientific thinkers about cutting-edge issues of our time.
Topics to be tackled in this innovative series include cyber security,
the future of genomics, the next generation of space exploration,
computer games, and mitigating the world’s leading cause of disease.
Discover the mysteries of the world around us through the Seattle
Science Festival’s Luminaries Series which will bring together
performances by world-class artists and multi-media presentations by
brilliant and inspiring thinkers.
The Science Luminaries Series is a month-long program consisting of five
provocative and entertaining evenings that will celebrate the
exploration of science and technology through a new cultural paradigm
that interweaves TED-type technical presentations with cultural
“These innovative presentations and artistic performances will
demonstrate, at the highest possible level, that science is an integral
part of our community’s culture,” said Ellen Lettvin, Ph.D., Seattle
Science Center Festival Director and Vice President for Science &
Education at Pacific Science Center. “This series is taking an
unconventional approach to attract audiences who may not typically be
drawn either to technical talks or to artistic performances, but are
intrigued by the concept of a program that integrates the two; it
aspires to enhance scientific literacy in our community as well as to
inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.”
The Luminaries Series begins Friday, June 1 with Reinventing the Toilet,
at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Renowned social entrepreneur Jack
Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization and the World Toilet
College in Singapore and British author Rose George, whose book The Big
Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste/The Unmentionable
World of Human Waste and Why it Matters, will discuss the important role
the toilet has played in saving lives and improving health in
industrialized nations, and the challenge of reinventing this technology
so it can benefit the more than 2.5 billion people who currently lack
access to adequate sanitation.
Luminaries Series: Reinventing the Toilet, is presented in partnership
with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose recently launched
Reinventing the Toilet Challenge is developing new technologies that
will reduce water-borne disease and improve the lives of billions of
Subsequent Luminaries Series events will be held each weekend throughout June:
Luminaries Series: Hackers at Town Hall – Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8
p.m.: Identity theft, cyber-attacks, viruses, worms, and botnets…these
terms strike fear into the hearts of all computer users, whether
individuals, corporations or governments. Think you are safe from these
cyber-perils, well think again! Meet Yoshi Kohno, Professor of
Computer Science; Deborah Gracio, national security expert; and Pablos
Holman, IT security expert, and a notorious hacker. These talented and
dynamic speakers will explore several different aspects of this critical
topic, complemented by ‘the Inadvertent Hacker: an Operetta’ performed
by musician Amy Denio.
Luminaries Series: Evolution at the Paramount Theatre –
Saturday, June 16, 2012, 8 p.m.: Presenters at this brilliant event are
world renowned palaeontologist Dr. Jack Horner of Jurassic Park fame
and award-winning biologist Dr. Leroy Hood whose inventions have
revolutionized biomedicine and are credited with ‘unlocking much of the
mystery of human biology’. Interwoven with these presentations will be a
performance of the world’s first peer-reviewed rap, New York’s
acclaimed ‘Rap Guide to Evolution’, as well as a stunning performance of
the work ‘Euclidean Space’ by Seattle’s critically acclaimed Spectrum
Luminaries Series: Space at the Museum of Flight’s newly opened Space
Gallery – Friday June 22, 2012, 8 p.m.: This fascinating event featuring
astronauts Dr. Bonnie Dunbar and Dr. George 'Pinky' Nelson as well as
Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada Corporation, will explore the topic of
space along with inspiring artistic performances.
Luminaries Series: Gaming at Benaroya Recital Hall – Friday, June 29,
2012, 6 p.m.: This event will feature some of the game industry’s most
imaginative and dynamic visionaries, including Kim Swift, developer of
Portal and creative director for Quantum Conundrum, Marty O’Donnell,
producer and sound designer for many successful games including Halo,
Myth and Oni, and Chris Taylor, creator of the Dungeon Siege and Total
Annihilation series. Following the lecture, take the red pill and let
the Seattle Symphony transport you into The Matrix. Watch this
groundbreaking film on the big screen while the Orchestra plays the
soundtrack live at 8 p.m.
Tickets to the Science Luminaries Series events for individual student,
general admission, preferred seating and VIP reception (includes meet
and greet with Luminaries Series speakers) can be purchased for
individual events or for the entire series at seattlesciencefestival.org. Ticket prices range from $10- $125.
In addition to a generous grant from lead sponsor JPMorgan Chase
Foundation, program support for the Seattle Science Festival comes from
The Boeing Company, Next 50 Seattle Center 2012, the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Ordinary People Foundation,
Intellectual Ventures, Google and Washington STEM, media partner, KOMO 4
and exclusive print partner, The Seattle Times.
The 2012 Seattle Science Festival is a collaboration of the region's
cultural, educational, research and business communities. Collaborators
to date include: University of Washington, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
Aquarium, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Institute for Systems
Biology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), EMP
Museum, Seattle Opera, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research,
PATH, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research
Center, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle University, Washington NASA
Space Grant, Washington STEM and many more organizations. Visit the
Seattle Science Festival website for more details and to view the
current event calendar.
Located under the arches near the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center
serves approximately one million guests on site and more than 300,000
students, teachers and families throughout Washington state each year.
As the Science Center approaches its 50th anniversary on October 22,
2012, the institution is as committed as ever to serving the community
and being an engine for creative and critical thinking for the Pacific
Northwest. Science education is at the heart of Pacific Science Center's
mission. As part of that effort, the Science Center is proud to be part
of the Seattle Science Festival to connect with, and help inspire, the
next generation of scientists.