RENO — Television science-show host, musician, artist, researcher, scientist, mathematician and roboticist Jeff Lieberman will be featured in the University of Nevada, Reno’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.”
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.
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. 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.
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 UNR. Admission is free. Parking is reserved for the event on the upper level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. For more information, call 784-4591 or visit www.unr.edu/science.