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NEXT: the creative curiosity of the scientist–artist

The Crawford Family Forum, 474 S Raymond Ave., Pasadena

This event has now reached capacity. However, tune in here at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, October 4th to watch our livestream of the program. 

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
--Physicist and Violinist Albert Einstein

Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla… scientists whose curiosity was made manifest in discovery and creativity. Many follow in their footsteps, creating visual artworks, performing music, writing poetry as they search for scientific answers to the riddles of the universe and its rules. But these are two worlds that, on the surface, seem very different and are often portrayed as being at odds. In fact, scientists find inspiration in each field for their work in the other. We explore this unbreakable connection between artistic expression and research in this edition of our NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow series. Be here as series host Mat Kaplan talks with scientists who are also accomplished artists.  We’ll take a look at their work and find out how science informs their art, and how art is reflected in their scientific work.


Mat Kaplan: host of KPCC’s science series, “NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow;” host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society 


Crystal Dilworth PhD: molecular neuroscientist; violinist; former nationally ranked rhythmic gymnast and professional modern dancer and choreographer; Marketing and Communications Consultant and an active member of the theater community at Caltech, where she teaches rocket scientists how to be “rockette scientists” 

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Daniel Durda PhD: Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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James K. Gimzewski PhD: Distinguished Professor, UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Department; Director, UCLA CNSI Nano & Pico Characterization Core Facility; Scientific Director, UCLA Art|Sci Center; Principal Investigator & Satellites Co-Director, WPI Center for Materials NanoArchitectonics (MANA), NIMS, Japan.

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Chuck Manning: Semiconductor Process Engineer working on micro and nano devices process technologies at JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory; acclaimed sax player active in the L.A. jazz scene for the last 25 years; his first solo CD is “Notes from the Real.” 

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“NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow “-- the Crawford Family Forum series on the convergence of science, technology and society.

This event is being held as part of the 2014 AxS Festival, a two-week city-wide festival that explores the nexus of science and the arts.