Monday, June 8, 2009

World Science Festival, New York City, Traffic

I am getting ready for the World Science Festival, which takes place in New York City, June 10-14, 2009. There will be a gala to open up the festival this coming Wednesday night and to also honor the 80th birthday of E. O. Wilson, the scientist from Harvard, who needs no introductions. I will be a panelist on the "Traffic" segment that will take place on Friday evening. My co-panelists are Iain Couzin of Princeton University and Mitchell Joachim of Columbia University and the Parsons School of Design. The excitement surrounding the 2009 World Science Festival is palpable! It is an incredible venue in which to celebrate science, creativity, and the world around us!

The Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, where I teach and conduct research on networks, is also publicizing the event and has issued a press release. The Traffic segment is especially timely, given Mayor Bloomberg's initiative in closing Broadway from 47th to 42th Street to create pedestrian plazas!