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A Collection of Thoughts on the Art of Science

Friday, 5 April 2019, 4 – 6pm

A Collection of Thoughts on the Art of Science

A lecture by Dr Caitlin Vander Weele (MIT and Interstellate) as part of the Neurohumanities Public Lecture Series.

Caitlin Vander Weele is a neuroscientist and science communicator with 10 years of experience in understanding how emotions and brain chemistry influence decision-making. Caitlin received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where her research is published in neuroscience’s top journals (including Nature, Cell and Neuron). With a goal of connecting to a public audience, Caitlin founded Interstellate, a movement that leverages visual imagery to promote science education. Since moving beyond the lab bench in 2018, Caitlin is a life sciences Public Relations professional and social media specialist at Russo Partners in New York City.

My favorite part of being a neuroscientist are the moments spent peeking into a microscope. It is profoundly peaceful to sit in a dark room and see the brain cells I had experimented on just days before. Their delicate connections and fragile branches tell a thousand tales, ranging from our evolutionary past to the biological breakthroughs yet to come. While many people visualize “science” and “art” on opposite ends of a spectrum, I see them as a powerful and dynamic blend that when examined closely, have the potential to speak volumes. While completing my neuroscience PhD at MIT, I founded ‘Interstellate’ — a new medium and community that collects beautiful brain images from scientists around the world, to communicate the beauty in science to the public and to narrate the surprising stories found at the intersection of science and art. Join me and let’s explore them together.

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Campus LocationScience Gallery
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Paccar Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public, Science Gallery, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)

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