Welcome to the MSU Science Festival’s Feature Page!
We invite you to browse the full schedule and take a bit of time to plan your visit. There is much to see and do!
Our feature page links, in the menu box to the left, will offer details on some unique events and special guest speakers you may not want to miss!
Robert Krulwich, Cohost of NPR’s Radiolab
Friday, April 4th at 7pm.
Kellogg Center Big Ten Room, B&C
(Please note: Harrison Rd entrance to the Kellogg parking ramp may be closed due to construction. Please enter ramp via lot 67 on Kalamzoo St. (http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/)
Science Comedian, Brian Malow, will entertain and host our "Afternoon of Comedy and Science" event featuring our "Say It In 7" presentations,
Sunday, April 6th, at 3:30pm
Explore the menu box for more information on these and other featured events!
Each week, as we approach the start date of the Science Festival, we will highlight a variety of programs on our schedule.
Be sure to check back here weekly and see if you discover something new!
You can find more information on all of the events below, and our full schedule, by clicking on the "schedule" tab, and then do a "search", for even more information click on "details".
This week we would like to bring to your notice these presentations:
Bird Banding: The location of the Inland Lake Bird Banding Event has been changed! The new location is in the natural area just south of the Natural Resources Building at the corner of Farm Lane and Trowbridge Rd.
Robot Race Club! Try your hand at building your own robot, but joining the technology staff of the East Lansing Public Library. Learn about circuits, coding and racing robots for some hands-on fun! Friday, April 4th, at 11:30am. Pre-registration required. Click here to register: http://events.outreach.msu.edu/Registrations/Register/81
Entertaining Science! Communication and science experts will connect programs such as Nova, Sci Girls and Sid the Science Kid, with science education and games. Participants are encouraged to play along on their own device. All ages and families are welcome! Tuesday, April 1, 2:30-4pm.
Partying at the Tech-Noir: Science Fiction as Dystopia. This presentation will explore the negative consequences of technology in science fiction, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the cyber-punk. Thursday, April 3rd, 6:30pm- 7:30pm.
Epidemiology and Popular Culture. Examine the public image of epidemiology in popular culture (books, films, TV) over the last decade, and then explore the pioneering work of British epidemiologist John Snow, who discovered how cholera was transmitted. Thursday, April 3rd, 7:30pm-8:30pm.
In previous weeks, we have made mention of these events:
- Science, Fiction and the Real Monsters of Our Imagination. Join in the discussion as a panel of researchers explore how fiction inspires science and science inspires fiction. Tuesday, April 1st, 6:30pm in Berkey Hall, Room 106B
- Sneaker Science! Discover the science and machines behind the research that develops your footgear. Watch a demonstration of testing that guides design development. Choose the day that works for you: Tuesday (6pm-7pm), Thursday (6pm-7pm), or Saturday (11am-12pm). All in Fee Hall Room A423 (a little off the beaten path but worth the time!)
- The science behind sport related concussions. Choose from two different presentations: Sport Related Concussion in High School and Collegiate Athletes, Wednesday, 6:30pm- 7:30pm in Berkey Hall Room 111, or Playing It Safe: How to Protect Your Child Against Concussions, Saturday or Sunday, 11am-12pm, Berkey Hall Room 111
- A Virtual Visit to the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Meet and chat with our own MSU researchers working at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Higgs-Boson was discovered! (Find out what that is!)Videos about the facility will also be available for viewing. Saturday and Sunday in North Kedzie Hall Rm 101, 10am-12:00pm. Researchers have generously offereed to stay longer if curiousity abounds!
- Your Brain on Jane Austin. Find out how our brains respond when we read the works of Jane Austin. This is research area is called literary neuroscience. Come and discover more about what this fascinating work tells us about our brains. Sunday, Berkey Hall Rm 118, 12:30-1:30pm.
- MSU's Environmental Science and Policy Program present's the "Fate of the Earth Inaugural Symposium". This event was just recently brought to our attention and is not listed in our program booklet. Date: April 3rd. Location: Kellogg Center. Seminars from 8am-9pm. For registration and more information visit: http://environment.msu.edu/fateoftheearth.php
- Tuesday Trivia and Friday Fun Facts appear in The Science Festival Tweets and on our Facebook page. Be sure to check them out, and share them with friends!
- "The Best Lettuce Community Wide Experiment"- Anyone can participate; families, classrooms or individuals. Materials are available to get you started, and results can be posted online! Follow this link to find out more: http://scifest2014.wikispaces.com/