SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE 2016 Feb. 3, Feb. 10
The 2016 series will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 27, February 3 and February 10. As in the past, each program will consist of an understandable talk by a scientist involved in research on the topic, and an opportunity for questions from the audience. Brochures giving speakers, and subjects and the location will be distributed in January. The purpose of these lectures is to bring together the general public and scientists to explore topics of interest and importance to everyone. Admission is free.
7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Our Lady of Lourdes High School
131 Boardman Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Programs whose purpose is to bring together scientists and the lay public in the exploration of topics of general interest and concern. Admission is free.
Mary Louise Van Winkle, Chairperson
Maung S. Htoo
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
7:30 PM MUSIC BY VIVACHE ORCHESTRA (28 person group conducted by Jonathan Handman).
8:15 PM “MUSIC EDUCATION AIDS IN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT” By MIA CHUNG, PH.D. Professor Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing an instrument wires the brain for learning. Recent research from Children’s Hospital in Boston supports the theory that music enhances Executive Function skills. By teaching the children to play music, we increase their potential for success in other disciplines. Students perform better on standardized tests as they learn to process information, focus, switch mental gears and regulate thought patterns more effectively. Resistance to change and complacency have shortchanged our children, particularly the underserved. It is time that we pay attention to the evidence before us and rethink education. No child should be without music.
Dr. Chung graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. She received a master’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate from Julliard school. She is a concert pianist who has performed in major concert halls including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, Seoul’s Sejong Art Center and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She joined the faculty of Curtis Institute for Music in 2012.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7:30 PM SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC AND DANCE (by Sahana and Sanjay Natesan)
8:15 PM “ARCHEOLOGY, DIPLOMACY AND TOURISM AT MACHU PICCHU” By RICHARD L. BURGER, PH.D. Professor Yale University New Haven, Connecticut
Situated high in the Peruvian Andes, the fifteenth century Inca palace complex at Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular archeological sites in the world. It was discovered by Yale University Professor Hiram Bingham in 1911 who spoke about the discovery at Vassar Bothers Institute the same year after he returned from Peru. Professor Burger will provide an unprecedented overview of the site, its place within the Inca empire, the mysteries surrounding its establishment and abandonment, and the discoveries made there since the excavations by Professor Bingham in 1911. He will also show color illustrations and explanations of some 120 gold, silver, ceramic, bone and textile works recovered at Machu Picchu.
Dr. Richard Burger is Charles J.MacCurdy Professor of Anthropology at Yale University and Curator of the Division of Anthropology at the Peabody Museum. After graduating from Yale he completed his doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley and became a member of the Yale faculty in 1981. He has written numerous articles and books on South American prehistory and organized a major exhibition on Machu Picchu at the Peabody Museum which was seen by over a million visitors. Professor Burger served as the Chair of the Senior Fellows of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. and is currently the President of the Institute of Andean Research (NY).
Travel & Adventure Programs at
Poughkeepsie High School Auditorium
70 Forbus Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
7:30pm (Doors open at 6:45pm)
February 24, 2016
With 70 years of travel film production under his belt, Stan felt it was time to put together a historical portrait of the industry. He will take us through highlights of famous travel films and introduce us to legendary producers, including Burton Holmes and Lowell Thomas, both of whom Stan had working experiences with at an early age.
March 2, 2016
Along the Royal Inca Road
Acclaimed National Geographic explorer, Karin Muller will take us down the 3,200 mile Inca Road which was built over 500 years ago to link the outposts of the Inca Empire. She will spin our journey into a modern tapestry of faces and memories, while intertwining a chronicle of the Inca and how they lived, worshiped and warred.