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BIG ARTS Announces Three Speakers for Upcoming Health & Science Lecture Series

BIG ARTS has announced Dr. Jay Apt, of Carnegie Mellon University (Mar. 17); Joshua Foer, author of the best-selling Moonwalking with Einstein (Mar 21); and Dr. Anthony Ritaccio, of Albany Medical College Human Brain Mapping Program (Apr. 12).

Joshua Foer
Joshua Foer
PRLog - Jan. 13, 2012 - SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. -- BIG ARTS has announced three distinguished speakers who will visit the island this spring to explore leading issues in the worlds of health and science as part of its New Frontiers Lecture Series. Speakers for this fourth season include Dr. Jay Apt, a professor of technology at Carnegie Mellon University and former NASA astronaut (Saturday, March 17); Joshua Foer, a U.S. Memory Champion and author of the best-selling Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything  (Wednesday, March 21); and Dr. Anthony Ritaccio, Director of Albany Medical College’s Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program (Thursday, April 12).

As Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Electricity Industry Center, Dr. Apt is an esteemed and accomplished professor of technology. During his tenure as an astronaut, he flew four missions aboard U.S. Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour, and is the recipient of a NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his significant contributions in the field of engineering. Dr. Apt is regularly published in The New York Times and Washington Post. His BIG ARTS lecture is titled “Energy – What’s Next? Renewables, Battery Vehicles, Gas, Coal, and Energy Independence.”

The author of The New York Times best-selling  Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Foer is a science journalist who has written for National Geographic, Esquire and Slate. Moonwalking recounts Foer’s experience attending the 2005 U.S. Memory Championship to interview mental athletes for a journal piece on people with enhanced memory capabilities. He quickly became fascinated by the world of mnemonics and immersed himself in the challenge of training his own memory. A year later, he returned to the annual competition as a contender and became the Memory Champion of 2006. Foer received a $1.2 million advance for the book in 2006 at age 24 by Penguin Publishers. Film rights have recently been optioned for the story. Foer will challenge his audiences to become masters at their own memory game, whether in the boardroom, classroom or living room. Arrangements for the appearance of Joshua Foer made through Greater Talent Network, Inc.

As the Director of Albany Medical College’s Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program, Dr. Ritaccio is an expert in the fields of epileptic research, neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He is also Albany Med’s J. Spencer Standish Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and its Vice Chairman in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Ritaccio will speak about his ground-breaking research exploring the brain-computer interface. His fascinating research has been featured on CBS News and PBS, and is currently featured as a permanent exhibit in the Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This title of his lecture is “Attention, Intention, and Anticipation: Decoding the Brain and Exploring the Brain-Computer Interface.”

Tickets are General Admission $26 and Student $10. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, Florida. Group ticket rates are available.

New Frontiers Health & Science Lecture Series Grand Patron Series Sponsor FineMark National Bank & Trust http://www.finemarkbank.com/   

To purchase tickets and learn more about upcoming events and speakers at BIG ARTS, please call Marks Box Office at (239) 395-0900; e-mail info@BIGARTS.org; or log on to http://www.BIGARTS.org

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Whether your interest is in classical, jazz, or popular music; dance; the visual arts; lectures; film or live theater; or in attending a class or workshop – BIG ARTS has something for everyone! BIG ARTS serves Sanibel, Captiva and Southwest Florida.


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