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February 6, 2012
By Mike Wolterbeek
Jeff Lieberman, host of the Discovery Channel's "Time Warp," will speak on campus Thursday, Feb. 9, as part of the Discover Science Lecture Series. Photo by Patricia Cousins/Courtesy of The Loomis Chaffee School.
Popular television science-show host, musician, artist, researcher, scientist, mathematician and roboticist Jeff Lieberman will be featured in the College of Science’s "Discover Science Lecture Series" on Feb. 9, which is free and open to the public. The co-host of the Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp” will present “Asking Why? The Nature of Curiosity.”
“We see less than 1 percent of the universe around us, yet we take for granted that we understand our world,” Lieberman said.
At the event, he will tell how scientific tools, such as high-speed photography, help people understand the true nature of phenomena as he explores the connections between the arts, sciences, education, passion, creativity and the potential for human consciousness.
“One of goals with the lecture series is to bring world-renowned scientists to the community who can give a new perspective or show how science relates to us all – Jeff Lieberman fits that goal to a tee,” Jeff Thompson, dean of the College of Science, said. “The audience should expect to be entertained and educated with his thought-provoking material.”
At MIT, Lieberman focused on the intersection between art and technology with his work at the Media Lab in the Robotic Life Group. There he headed design on the Cyberflora installation, a robotic flower garden that senses and responds to people in a lifelike manner, and the Motor Learning Robotic Wearable Suit, a robotic suit that teaches motor skills (dance, sports, rehabilitation, etc). He has also produced kinetic art sculptures, including “ Absolut Quartet,” a music-making machine that incorporates the audience into the performance, and light bulb, an electromagnetically levitated and wirelessly powered light bulb.
Lieberman has four degrees from MIT: bachelor’s degrees in physics and math, and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and media arts and sciences. In his “Time Warp” show, he uses technology to see beyond the limits of normal human perception. He composes music in the duo “ Gloobic,” and has performed in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He shows technological sculptures around the world to bring people an emotional and mystical connection with science and the universe.
Lieberman is one of many renowned scientists from around the country who have brought their knowledge to the Reno community in the series of lectures at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. The lecture will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the College of Science’s Redfield Auditorium, Davidson Mathematics and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Admission is free. Parking is reserved for the event on the upper level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. For more information, call (775) 784-4591 or visit the College of Science.