The Kavli Foundation, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General will support a program on neuroscience, entitled "Manipulating Memory" at the World Science Festival that opens in New York on June 1, 2011. The events include a panel discussion on memory, "The Unbearable Lightness of Memory" on the 3rd of June. This will be followed by an in-dept salon event on the 4th of June, "World Science Festival Salon: Manipulating Memory".
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will be represented at the World Science Festival by Secretary General Øivind Andersen (right) and Chief Excutive Øyvind Sørensen. Photo: Eirik Furu Baardsen
After the salon-event there will be a reception at NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General.
This program is a part of The Big, the Small, and the Complex, a Series exploring the latest developments in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience, fields recognized by the Kavli Prize.
The two main Kavli Prize events at the World Science Festival, "The Unbearable Lightness of Memory" and the "World Science Festival Salon: Manipulating Memory", are described below.
The Unbearable Lightness of Memory
Moderator: Dan Harris
Friday, June 3, 2011, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York
It's the thought of your childhood home. It's that comforting aroma you can still smell ten years later. It's the way you define yourself. It's your memory. Where is memory stored? How do we recall? Why do we forget? We'll shine a light on these and many other questions about memory from a molecular, psychological, and emotional perspective. Discover how your long-term memories can be naturally twisted, tweaked, and changed. Understand how memories of the past can also help us peer into the future. And explore the bumpy road even a youthful mind sometimes travels when experiencing déjà vu, succumbing to suggestibility, or having a "senior" moment.
Dan Harris was named co-anchor of ABC News' weekend edition of Good Morning America in October 2010. He is also anchor of World News Sunday, a position he has held since 2006. Additionally, Harris is a New York-based correspondent for ABC News' broadcasts and platforms, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio.
World Science Festival Salon: Manipulating Memory
Moderator: Julie Burstein
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, New York
We are our memories, but can they be tampered with? Erased? What are the ethical considerations? Whether enhancing memory for an aging population or inhibiting memories that prevent function, new drugs bring new possibilities for abuse and misuse. Even in their most welcome applications, these drugs raise profound questions about the relationship between the subjective experience of memory and the true nature of what we remember. Some of the advanced topics which the conversation may explore include: Latest progress in memory research, including the enzyme PKMzeta and memory "erasure," infusion of the protein synthesis inhibitor anisomycin, problems of animal models in memory research, and therapeutic implications inherent in these discoveries.
World Science Festival Salons are an opportunity for in-depth conversations with world-leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival's flagship public programs at a level appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, faculty and particularly well-informed members of the general public.
Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, bestselling author and public speaker with a passion for creativity in everyday life. In 2000, Julie designed Studio 360, public radio's premiere program about pop culture and the arts, hosted by Kurt Andersen. Julie led the Studio 360 team for many years, leaving her post as executive producer to write the first Studio 360 book, Spark: How Creativity Works, which was published by Harper in February.