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Characteristics and theoretical parameters of music are explained alongside scientific findings about how the brain interprets and processes these characteristics. The neuroanatomy of musical expectation, emotion, listening and performance is discussed.
Daniel Levitin, McGill University
John Jay Gargus, Director of Center for Autism Research and Treatment, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Dancers encounter a diverse array of neuromechanical challenges with each practice and performance. The science behind how dancers maintain balance in a variety of situations – from balancing on the ball of one foot to retaining control during contact improvisation – will be discussed and demonstrated by dancers from BalletMet Columbus and the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Research in the Human Biomechanics Lab at Denison University, seeks to discover how dancers regain balance while rotating, and the latest findings will be presented.
Melanie Lott, Denison University
Urban infrastructure systems, such as highways, potable water systems, and the electric power grid, form the foundation for life in the US. Yet many critical components were designed more than fifty years ago and are reaching the end of their intended service life. Issues related to managing and improving these complex systems will be discussed.
Sharon Wood, University of Texas, Austin
C. Munro Cullum, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center