Story Collider: Brain Awareness Week

Story Collider: Brain Awareness Week

Joey DeGrandis, Wendy Suzuki, Oliver Vikbladh, Caveh Zahedi, Thomas Dixon, Erin Barker, Nisse Greenberg

Tue, March 21, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Union Hall - Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

 

THIS MONTH: Join us in Brooklyn for our annual Brain Awareness Week show! 

Story Collider
Story Collider
The Story Collider was founded in 2010 by Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht, two physicists who met at a storytelling show in Queens and quickly realized that they could do that too. Since then, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well as our weekly podcast, and we've used what we've learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in our university and corporate workshop program.

We believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone's life. At The Story Collider, you'll hear from scientists about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, but you'll also hear from people who haven't had a formal connection to science since high school. We have physicists, comedians, neuroscientists, writers, actors, doctors, and many, many more telling their story. Some are heartbreaking; some are hilarious. They're all true, and all, in one way or another, are about science.
Joey DeGrandis
Joey DeGrandis
Originally from Ohio, Joey DeGrandis moved to New York City in 2003 to attend Fordham University, majoring in Communications. Initially working in “senior-targeted” marketing, conjuring up cool ways to sell Flomax, Depend Briefs and the like, Joey later found a job at a genetics lab and then as a copywriter for a Manhattan advertising agency. Currently, he works as a Marketing and Content Writer for New York tech firm Medidata. Joey is one of a handful of people in the world with a unique ability called HSAM (highly superior autobiographical memory), in which he can instantly recall memories from a given day, and vice versa. As scientists are studying this phenomenon, he's been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, in New York Magazine and Vice, and on the NPR program "This American Life." In his spare time, Joey enjoys cooking, biking, traveling, exploring the culinary and cultural delights of the Big Apple, reading insightful, left-leaning Op-eds, quoting movies and sitcoms like it’s his day job, and is a proud member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.
Wendy Suzuki
Wendy Suzuki
Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D. is a Professor of Neural Science and psychology at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before starting her faculty position in the Center for Neural Science at New York University in 1998. Wendy is a recipient of numerous grants and awards for her research including the Lindsley Prize from the Society for Neuroscience, the prestigious Troland Research award from the National Academy of Sciences and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching award. Her research has focused on understanding the patterns of brain activity underlying long-term memory and understanding how aerobic exercise affects mood, learning, memory and cognitive abilities. Her first book “Healthy Brain Happy Life” came out in paperback in March of 2016 and is an international bestseller.
Oliver Vikbladh
neuroscientist
Caveh Zahedi
Caveh Zahedi
Caveh Zahedi is a writer/director whose feature films include The Sheik and I (SXSW, 2012), I Am A Sex Addict (IFC), In The Bathtub of the World (Sundance Channel), I Don't Hate Las Vegas Anymore, (Critics’ Prize - Rotterdam International Film Festival, 1994), and A Little Stiff (Sundance, 1991). He is currently in production on an episodic series for BRIC TV calledThe Show About The Show.
Thomas Dixon
Thomas Dixon
Thomas Dixon is the creator of ME.mory, an artificial memory mobile app. He has a masters in educational psychology from Temple University, and enjoys spending New Year's Eve in a new country every year.
Erin Barker
Erin Barker
Erin Barker is senior producer of The Story Collider and a host of its live show in New York. She is the first woman to win The Moth's GrandSLAM storytelling competition twice and has appeared in its Mainstage and shows in cities across the country, as well as on its Peabody Award-winning show on PRX, The Moth Radio Hour. One of her stories was included in The Moth's New York Times-bestselling book, The Moth: 50 True Stories. She considers herself a Gryffindor.
Nisse Greenberg
Nisse Greenberg
Nisse Greenberg is an educator and storyteller who eats mostly vegetarian. Sometimes he eats wings because wings are really good. When he applied for a visa to go to India he tried to type "atheist" into the proposed slot for religion, but he accidentally typed "matheist." He found it more appropriate anyway. He teaches high-school math to high-schoolers and math philosophy to adults. He creates art with spreadsheets and quantitative analysis. He also curates storytelling for The Tank, and hosts the shows Bad Feelings, VHS Presents, and Drawn Out Storytelling. Here is his playground: nissegreenberg.com
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/