Science Meets Music | The Remarkable Neuron

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 6:00 PM
MPFI - One Max Planck Way, Jupiter, FL 33458
Erin Schuman, PhD
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
(561) 972-9027

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Ingenuity and dedication: essential elements for both Science and Art. The musician and the scientist require them alike to break through towards new frontiers, where discipline, perfection and attention to the minutest details are just as important as curiosity, courage and inspiration.

Visionary scientists are at the origin of most ground-breaking discoveries. Creative and inspired musicians have led to many magnificent compositions and world-class musical performances throughout history.

This event series will establish a new cultural highlight for all of those interested in science and music here in Florida. Joining brainpower and passion in this new edition of its well established public lectures series, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is inviting the public to exciting science talks on new discoveries in brain research together with outstanding musical performances by some of the most talented young musicians presented by the American Friends of Kronberg Academy.

The Remarkable Neuron

Erin Schuman, PhD, Director, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Schuman, Erin
Brain cells, or neurons, are the most unique cell in our body. The shapes of neurons, reminiscent of the branches and roots of trees, have evolved to allow them to span long distances in order to communicate with tens of thousands of other neurons – giving rise to the networks that allow animals to sense, perceive, act, learn and remember about their environments. Neurons are responsible for encoding and maintaining our life histories (“memories”) by changing the properties of connections (“synapses”) in the networks. Synapses, in turn, are made up of proteins, which have a limited half-life. How do short-lived elements (proteins) give rise to long-term information storage? Dr. Erin Schuman will discuss current ideas on how neurons accomplish this task by distributing their protein making abilities throughout the complicated neuronal tree.


Tavi Ungerleider, Cello | Tao Lin, Piano

Cellist Tavi Ungerleider holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and completed a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School. He’s taken part in numerous festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival and has appeared in concert with many US orchestras such as the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the New England Conservatory. Tavi has already won numerous awards, including second prize in the Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards (2013) and the Gold Award in the International Crescendo Music Awards Competition (2012). Since October 2014 Tavi Ungerleider has been studying as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. These studies are funded by the Dieter und Elisabeth Feddersen-Stipendium.

Chinese-American concert pianist, Tao Lin, is a Steinway Artist and a winner of numerous piano competitions. He performs both as a soloist, as well as with major orchestras and chamber ensembles and is actively engaged in teaching promising young artists. His warm tone and musical sensitivity define his versatility when accompanying outstanding young musicians.


Time: Doors Open at 5:30 pm, Lecture Begins Promptly at 6:00 pm
Place: Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, One Max Planck Way, Jupiter, FL 33458

Free Admission | Limited Seating | Reservations Required

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