How does our brain distinguish between sweet and bitter taste, and can a better understanding of our taste mechanisms shed light on more complex behaviors related to nutrition and obesity? Can robots be designed to have the amazing eyesight of a fly? How can deeper insights into sound perception help us in such areas as music training and mastering a second language?
These are intriguing questions being asked by some of the most renowned researchers in sensory perception today, and during a series of amazing stage shows presented this month at the Expo by major Festival sponsor, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), you'll meet key scientists and engineers who are at the forefront of finding answers to such inquiries.
Don't miss "Brain Meets World: The Science of Our Senses" taking place on the AAAS performance stage Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The exciting array of presenters will include these cutting-edge researchers and their topics:
--Joshua Singer, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park: "What Optical Illusions Tell Us About the Eye and Brain."
--Mark Hoon, Chief of the Molecular Genetics Unit, National Institutes of Health: "Itchy Tales: Discoveries in Sensory Neuroscience."
--Steven Munger, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine: "Smell, Taste, and Flavor: Making Sense of Food."
--Polly O'Rourke, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland, College Park: "Brainwaves and Words: How We Learn about Language in the Brain."
--Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Professor of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University: "I, Robot: Blurring the Lines Between Man, Machine, and Robotics."
--Sarah Bergbreiter, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park: "How Tiny Robots See the World."
--Ricardo C. Araneda, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park: "Scent-Sational Science."
At Expo 2014, AAAS will also participate in another exciting stage presentation series called "Meet the Scientists and Engineers" in which you can talk one-on-one with researchers about what they do.
For a look at more exciting stage shows taking place at the Expo, click here.