14th Annual Honors Day Celebrates Student Research
A television personality who also designs robots, creates art sculptures, shoots high-speed photographs, performs music and studies how art and science can be combined to bring people together will deliver the keynote address for Alma College’s 14th annual Honors Day.
Jeff Lieberman, host of the Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp,” will discuss “Asking Why? The Nature of Curiosity” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Self sculpture, Jeff Lieberman
Honors Day activities continue Thursday, April 1 with the annual Honors Convocation at 9:30 a.m. in the Remick Heritage Center. Seniors reveal their choices for outstanding professors, and the top students are recognized, including the 2010 winner of the Barlow Trophy, Alma’s most prestigious academic honor.
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More than 100 Alma College students will share their original research, creativity and talent with an audience of their peers in afternoon sessions April 1 at various locations around campus.
Students display their research.
More than just a TV personality, Lieberman holds four degrees and is currently pursuing his doctorate at MIT’s Media Lab, where he focuses on the intersection between art and technology. He is known for creating “technological sculptures.”
At MIT, he led the design of 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 like dance, sports and rehab.
He also has produced kinetic art sculptures, including Absolut Quartet, a music-making machine that incorporates the audience into the performance, and an electromagnetically levitated and wirelessly powered light bulb.
In addition to his scientific pursuits, technological advances, artistic renderings and television career, Lieberman also performs electronic music in the duo Gloobic. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Lieberman’s venture with the TV show “Time Warp” focuses on the use of high-speed photography to show viewers new things about the world. Lieberman takes regular events or actions, such as a cat licking its paw or a champagne bottle being opened, and slows them down enough so the human brain can process exactly what is happening.
Posted: Sat, March 27th, 2010 at 10:43AM