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Science Works 2012

Featured Presenter Jeff Lieberman

As host of the Discovery Channel series “Time Warp,” Jeff Lieberman used high-speed, state-of-the-art photography to show viewers wonders their unaided eyes could never see.  Visuals of common and unusual occurrences – ranging from a cat licking its paw to world-class skateboarding tricks and dropping a full-sized car on an egg from a height of 50 feet – became things of both beauty and learning.

Lieberman shared experiences like these and his reflections of human perception when he gave the Science Works 2012 Feature Presentation on May 5, 2012. Presented by Air Products with support from Dan’s Camera City and Cedar Crest College, Lieberman’s program highlighted the Da Vinci Science Center’s two-day celebration of the connections between science and the arts.

Lieberman has been described as a “musician wrapped in a roboticist sculptor wrapped in a photographer.” He holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) has been a research assistant in the world-renowned M.I.T. Media Lab. His achievements include development of the Cyberflora installation, a robotic flower garden that senses and responds to people in a lifelike manner.

Lieberman’s work as a photographer and sculptor are acclaimed expressions of science’s connections with the visual arts. His most well-known work is an interactive music-making sculpture titled Absolut Quartet. Lieberman’s skills as a piano player and electronic musician have earned him opportunities to perform at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Liberman’s art and science journey began as he grew up in Miami, Fla., where he began playing music at the age of six, loved playing with Legos, and placed at several state mathematics competitions.

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