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Science Central brings the World Science Festival to Fort Wayne with live screening events

Science Central is proud to announce that it will take part in the World Science Festival by live screening two WSF Live programs, "Cool Jobs" and "What is Sleep," on May 30 and 31. Each presentation will touch on a different STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) related topic. Visitors will also have the opportunity to engage with the Festival via social media before, during, and after the programs. Cool Jobs will introduce visitors to a marine scientist, stuntman, NASA astrophysicist and wildlife conservationist as they discuss their careers and scientific passions. The program will be moderated by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and feature Mariah Hardt, Tanya Lowe, Amber Straughn and Steve Wolf.
Cool Jobs will run from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater.

Mariah Russell from the Northeast Indiana Beekeepers Association will be on-site at Science Central to introduce the program. Prior to the screening, Russell will give an unrelated presentation, "The Science of Honey Bees." In her presentation, Russell will discuss bee behavior and the process through which pollen and nectar are collected and honey is produced. The Science of Honey Bees is scheduled to take place from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, May 31, Science Central will screen the WSF Live program, "What is Sleep" from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater. This presentation gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the effects of sleep – or lack thereof – on our brains. What is Sleep will be moderated by Alan Alda and feature panelists Mary Carskadon, Paul Shaw, Robert Stickgold, Matthew Wilson. Introducing the program will be Molly Mengerink, a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) at Lutheran Sleep Center. Mengerink will conclude the program with further discussion about sleep and work of a RPSGT.

The public can send questions about the program topics to or via twitter using the #WSFLive hashtag before, during, and after the event. All three of these programs will be free with a paid admission to Science Central. About World Science Festival The World Science Festival brings together great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that presents the wonders of science and the drama of scientific discovery to a broad general audience. The Festival’s flagship live event, launched in 2008, is an annual weeklong celebration and exploration of science. Through gripping debates, original theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City. About Cool Jobs Science surrounds us, from land to sea to the skies. And the coolest jobs on-and off-the planet are held by scientists. Meet a marine scientist whose childhood love of the water led her into a career to save our oceans … and a stuntman whose fascination with explosions led him to study science so he could create safe and amazing special effects for film. We will travel to the cosmos with a NASA astrophysicist who studies black holes and distant galaxies, and we’ll come back to Earth to meet a wildlife conservationist who will bring along her turkey vulture, Barf. Join us to launch your own quest for a cool job in science.

About What is Sleep? Birds do it, bees do it, rats and fruit flies and we do it-sleep, that is. But what is sleep? Why do we dream? And what goes on in sleeping brains–from the tiny fruit fly’s to ours? Find out as we watch the brain activity of a wired-up person sleeping offstage, learn about sleep’s many phases and discover the stunning result of not sleeping for days on end. Capping the program, Alan Alda will announce this year’s Flame Challenge winners, those scientists whose explanations of sleep were voted best by our 20,000 eleven year-old judges.

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