Science Fest Features GU Faculty, Students and Comedy Night
April 26, 2012 – Georgetown professors and students will take part in the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which this year takes place April 28 and 29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The mission of the festival is to “re-invigorate the interest of nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math … by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States.”
The festival is sponsored by a large number of companies, organizations, nonprofits and educational institutions.
Georgetown will be part of the finale expo portion of the festival, which includes more than 3,000 hands-on activities and more than 100 stage shows.
One of the shows is a free Science Comedy Night tomorrow at the university’s Lohrfink Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The event features science comedians Brian Malow, Norman Goldblatt, Pete Ludovice and Tim Lee.
Associate professor of biology Heidi Elmendorf and her students as well as laboratory assistant professor of biology Amy Walsh will be at the festival to help people in attendance understand scientific concepts.
“When we learn science in school, we often think of it simply as another subject filled with too-big-to-spell Latin terms and too-small-to-see molecules and cells,” says Elmendorf, who directs undergraduate studies for her department and co-directs Georgetown’s biology of global health major. “Only later do we realize that those scientific ideas are relevant in everyday life to help us understand ourselves and our world.”
“We hear stories on the news alerting us to scientific discoveries,” she adds, “but these often leave us more confused than before.”
At Elmendorf’s booth, she and students will talk about and provide hands-on demostrations about the science underlying questions such as:
- I want to look healthy and tanned, but I know that tanning might cause skin cancer. Is it possible to have a safe tan?
- Some fats are said to be healthy and some are said to be dangerous. What is the difference and how do I know what foods to buy when I shop?
- What is love? How does science help to explain our emotions?
“We hope people at the festival will join students and faculty from Georgetown as we investigate the questions of life and biology’s answers,” Elmendorf says.
For more information and a full schedule of the events please visit the official festival website.