The Solace of Vacant Spaces: An Interview with Visionary Peter Soderman

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“I’ve been reading about labyrinths,” says Soderman, as he describes his latest creative project with internationally-acclaimed scientists, including Shirley Tilghman, President of Princeton University and a world-renowned scholar in the field of molecular biology; Freeman Dyson, Nobel Prize-winner and Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study; and Tracey Shors, professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, and an expert in how memories are stored in the brain.

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Quarks, Parks, and Science in Everyday Life: Filmmaker Chris Allen’s Documentary where Art Meets Science in a Vacant Lot

nagy-parks-1 (1)If, once upon a time, science and scientists ignited the world's imagination rivaling movies and movie stars for airtime, today it might seem that we've lost access to the childlike joy of curiosity (and deep methodical satisfaction of problem-solving) so essential to scientific inquiry and appreciation.  

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Quark Park: Visions

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Quark Park represents a collaboration of scientists and engineers paired with artists and landscape architects rendering high concept into three-dimensional space.

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Algorithms, Google & Snow Globes: David Dobkin

snow globe - David Dobkin Thanks to scientists like Dobkin, we are in another golden age, an age where mathematics, art, and geometry are determining how we see and process information.

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Boundless Theatre: An Interview with Emily Mann

Emily Mann In the sixth century BC, legend has it that a wickedly playful character named Thespis of Icarius was born. According to some, Thespis’s life and work ushered in a new realm of Greek theater — individuals who acted out written plays in original performances.  Thespis delighted audiences by depicting gods, monsters, and, of course, heroes outside the usual boundaries of traditional theater. In fact, the world proved a portable stage for Thespis, one that he concocted directly from his traveling cart, and the first “thespian” won numerous awards for his swiftly changed masks and colorful performances.

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An Interview with Rush Holt

Rush Holt It’s not every day you meet a five-time “Jeopardy” winner, not to mention Congressman for the Twelfth District of New Jersey.  But what many people don’t know about Congressman Rush Holt, former Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, is that he has been fascinated by science from the time he was in the first grade. Well before America sent a man to the moon, Holt thumbed eagerly through the pages of 1950s textbooks, and what started out as child-like enthusiasm for dinosaurs and the solar system, eventually grew into a passion for empirically based theories and scientific inquiry.

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Journey into the Male & Female Brain: An Interview with Tracey Shors

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So I ask Tracey Shors, Professor of Psychology and prominent neuroscientist at the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, a woman with a bright gleam in her eye, and a formidable publication list, “Is nature or nurture even the right question?”

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Keeping Time: A Conversation with Historian James McPherson

nagy-keepingtime-circle Sixty thousand years ago, a man, to whom we are all related, lived on the continent of Africa. Though scholars still debate exactly where he was born (either Eastern or Southern Africa), the general region itself is beyond dispute. In fact, geneticists can trace every strand of human DNA back to the birthplace of our ancestors in Africa — where our family tree (for we really are only cousins separated at most by 2,000 generations) began.  

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Labor of Love: An Interview With Architect Kevin Wilkes

Quark Park entrance As I gaze upon the wild victory of Quark Park, and shake hands with architect and co-founder, Kevin Wilkes, the steadfast determination of Heracles comes to mind. Even on a blisteringly hot day in July, Wilkes exudes a cool, calm strength.

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Moonlight Science: Molecular Biologist and Entrepreneur, Paul Schimmel

nagy-moonlightscience2-paulschimmel (1)Schimmel is the Ernst and Jean Han Professor of Molecular Biology and Chemistry at the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in Southern California. Before that he served as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Department of Biology at MIT. In 2001, Nature Magazine listed Schimmel’s work as one of the developments that launched the Human Genome project.

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Music in Stone: Jonathan Shor Constructs a Lithophone for Quark Park

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Jonathan Shor is interested in the composition of granite. As granite’s name hints, it is a coarse-grained, crystalline rock, a direct link to the earth’s beginning, and a challenge for any sculptor seeking the shape and music within.

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The Scientist as Rebel

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In the middle of Quark Park, an orange-red sundial rises in benign splendor, marking the most illusory of measurements: time. A simple construct really, a sculpted piece of metal positioned at an angle to meet the sun’s rays. Steel and sunlight, play of light and shadow, creating a column of darkness that brushes in unceasing rhythm across the earth.

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