The Science Luminaries Series - June 2012

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Headlined by some of the greatest scientific minds of our time, the inaugural Seattle Science Festival presented five provocative and entertaining evenings that celebrated and showcased the intersections of science, art and society. Events were intended for middle school students and older.

The Science Luminaries Series events:

Luminaries Series: Reinventing The Toilet - Friday, June 1 - Lack of access to adequate sanitation systems is the largest cause of disease worldwide. Recognizing the importance of this global problem, in July 2011 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched the 'Reinventing the Toilet' Challenge to reduce water-borne disease and improve the lives of billions of people worldwide. This Luminaries of Science event will 'get straight to the poop' on this important topic. Experts from around the world will come to Seattle for a dynamic evening filled with "potty talk." VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., main presentation at 8 p.m.
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Luminaries Series: Hackers - Saturday, June 9 - Identity theft, cyber-attacks, viruses, worms, and botnets...these terms strike fear into the hearts of all computer users, whether individuals, corporations or governments. How vulnerable are we to such threats? And what about the threats we are scarcely aware of, such as the microprocessors that control braking, acceleration, tire pressure and many other areas of your car's functionality - could a hacker compromise these systems? Come meet some of the world's foremost experts as they shine a spotlight on this important topic...complemented by 'the Inadvertent Hacker:  an Operetta' performed by musician Amy Denio. VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., main presentation at 8 p.m.
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Luminaries Series: Evolution - Saturday, June 16 - FEATURING STEPHEN HAWKING - 
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists of modern times, bestselling author, professor and scientist Stephen Hawking alongside, world renowned palaeontologist Dr. Jack Horner of Jurassic Park fame and award-winning biologist, Dr. Leroy Hood.  Their presentations will be  interwoven with hip hop and modern dance, in this exciting event at Seattle's Paramount Theatre that integrates presentations luminaries of the science world with interpretations of evolution from the art world! VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., main presentation at 8 p.m.
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Luminaries Series: Space - Friday, June 22 - The Space Gallery at Seattle's Museum of Flight is the setting for this event featuring astronauts Dr. Bonnie Dunbar and Dr. George 'Pinky' Nelson as well as Mr. Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada Corporation. VIP reception at 6:30 p.m., main presentation at 8 p.m.
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Luminaries Series: Gaming - Friday, June 29 - Located at Seattle's Benaroya Recital Hall, this event will feature inventors and developers of the most popular and successful computer games and will be offered in conjunction with a performance by Seattle Symphony of The Matrix. Luminaries event at 6 p.m. with VIP reception at 7 p.m. followed by the performance of The Matrix at 8 p.m.
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VIP Reception
With a VIP ticket, not only do you get premium seating, but also the exciting opportunity to meet our speakers! For each of these events, there will be a cocktail reception giving VIPs a chance to mingle and discuss the lecture topics with the presenters, ask questions, and talk with others who share the same interest in these hot topics. Drinks and appetizers will be provided to VIPs during this time. We welcome and encourage all ages to join us. Please see the following reception times for each luminary below.

Dates & Times of the VIP Receptions:

Friday, June 1, 2012
6:30-8 p.m.
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Reinventing the Toilet

Saturday, June 9, 2012
6:30-8 p.m.
Town Hall

Saturday, June 16, 2012
6:30-8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre

Friday, June 22, 2012
6:30-8 p.m.
Museum of Flight

Friday, June 29, 2012
7-8 p.m.
Benaroya Hall



*Tickets to all Luminaries Series events are non-transferable and non-refundable.


Images courtesy Science Festival Alliance.