Welcome to Enrichment in the Spring

This March sees the launch of the first annual Enrichment in the Spring program, this exciting new program is open to the whole KAUST community and will run from Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 28.

Inspired by the Brain Awareness Week, Enrichment in the Spring’s main theme is the brain and human mind. We will explore memory, emotion and all the functions of our amazing and complex brains with keynote and lunchtime lectures on neuroscience, language and 3D visualizations of the brain, mind games, a multimedia musical performance, movies and much more.

Enrichment in the Spring also features core events and community events for every age and interest, including musical performances and exhibitions. Enrichment in the Spring is open to the entire KAUST community upon online registration. To learn more, click here​​​​​​​​​.​​​​​​​

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Friday
March 20, 2015
07:00 PM-08:50 PM

Discovery Theater

Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Community Events

​​​Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. The ensemble cast includes Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Jane Adams, and David Cross.

It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Kate Winslet also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.​​

Warning: this movie is rated R (under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian).

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment programs in collaboration with the University Library.

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From
Saturday March 21, 2015 08:00 AM

To
Saturday March 28, 2015 11:00 PM

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Giant Outdoors Games Community Events

From Saturday, March 21 to Saturday, March 28, come and play chess, checkers, pick-up sticks and tumble tower in public spaces: challenge your boss, a colleague or a friend during lunchtime or after work! These 4 giant games will bring a new dimension to your imagination. Displayed in 3 different places on the campus, these are a good opportunity for good players to practice in a different environment, for beginners to learn more about the rules watching the others play, and for non-players to encourage everyone.

For more information, click here​.

Saturday
March 21, 2015
03:00 PM-08:30 PM

Fellowship Hall, Level 4, Student Center (building 18)

Challenge your brain playing board games! Community Events

Beginners and advanced players above the age of 15, join the Student Board Games Group and its members in playing exciting games from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Carrom Game, 7 wonders, Agricola, Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo, Flash point, Fire rescue, Bang!, Dominion, Five tribes, Escape, CV, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne and Power Grid.

Want to test your chess skills? Join student Daniel Binham at 6:00 p.m. for a one-round Giant Chess game in front of the Student Center.​

Free pop corn, hot dogs and pizzas.

Beginners Round from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Beginners will be able to attend a special session, play any game available or learn how to become an expert of Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne and Power Grid with the help of the Board Games Group members.

Register online below with no delay for this round open to anyone above 15. Seats limited!

Tournament from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Tournament is open to beginners and advanced players above 15. Beginners should have attended the afternoon Beginners Round.

Register on the spot from 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center (building 18), Fellowship Hall, Level 4. Seats limited!

Prizes for the winners.

Once players have learned how to play Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride or Power Grid, they will have the opportunity to play an extra tournament round. Not-so new beginners will face the BGG members and any other “expert” players. Show your intelligence, your strategy, your management skills and your cunning! 

Here's what you need to know:

Ticket to Ride: In this game, based on the golden era of railroads, your mission is to connect cities with railroads to earn points. However, with up to 5 people playing in the same board and limited available routes between the cities, you need to think of a suitable strategy to complete your assignments. Level: Force 1. Skills: strategy, management.

Carcassonne: This game takes you to the medieval French countryside. Placing one tile at a time, a landscape with walled cities, connected by roads and surrounded by fields start to appear. You earn points by completing each of these features with a limited number of followers who can claim them for you. Level: Force 2. Skills: area control, cunning.

Power Grid: You lead an ambitious electric company and your goal is to become the most profitable one amongst your competitors. During each turn you must balance your resources to build electric networks, buy or upgrade your power plants and obtain the necessary resources from a dynamic market to maximize your earnings. Recommended for those who are up for a brain boot camp. Level: Force 3. Skills: economic management and forecasting.

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment Programs in collaboration with Graduate Affairs and Student Board Games Group.

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Saturday
March 21, 2015
04:00 PM-06:00 PM

Discovery Theatre

Movie: Awakenings (1990) Community Events

Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film directed by Penny Marshall and based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer (portrayed by Robin Williams), who, in 1969, discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa. He administered it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by Robert De Niro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonia and have to deal with a new life in a new time. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment programs in collaboration with the University Library.​

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From
Sunday March 22, 2015 05:15 PM

To
Saturday March 28, 2015 06:00 PM

Auditorium lobby (building 20)

Portraits Exhibition Community Events

This exhibition is based on a collection of portraits submitted by the members of the KAUST Photography SDG and will run from Sunday, March 22 to Saturday, March 28.

A special exhibition unveiling will be held on Monday, March 23 at 6:15 pm.

The portraits are of people around the world captured in their everyday activity or posed to capture the individual at their best. Each portrait tells its own story, known or imagined, but as you stand and stare at each picture presented, just pause and consider life from their perspective and compare it with your own.

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” (Ansel Adams 1902-1984)

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” Ansel Adams (1902-1984)

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment programs in collaboration with the KAUST Photography SDG.​​

Sunday
March 22, 2015
05:30 PM-07:45 PM

Auditorium (building 20)

Opening Night Extravaganza Community Events

Speakers: David Keyes, Eduardo Regula, Jennifer Cho, John Tiranno, Pierre Magistretti

We're opening our inaugural Enrichment in the Spring program in style with a special opening night extravaganza, with two feature events at the Auditorium, building 20.

Food and refreshments will be served in an intermission between our events, with croque-monsieurs & hot-dogs, waffles, popcorn & cotton candy, ice-creams & sweets. 

Everyone is welcome; school-age children must be accompanied by their parents.

At 5:30 p.m., "From the New York Salon: Broadway and Popular Song":

Soprano Jennifer Cho and tenor John Tiranno​ accompanied by David Keyes and Eduardo Regula on the piano will take you on a tour through Broadway favorites and popular songs in a casual, after-work gathering around the piano. Tourists pack Broadway musicals in a billion-dollar-a-year business for New York City, while native New Yorkers treasure the performance art named after their city’s oldest and longest street for its entertaining and poignant snapshots of real life. Review a century of Broadway’s greatest composers: George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rogers, Frederick Loewe, Leonard Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Weber, along with other gems, in salon style, in solos and duets.

At 7:00 p.m., "The Night of the Ad Eaters©":

The Night of the Ad Eaters© is a worldwide advertising show created by Jean-Marie Boursicot in 1981. It is an entertaining and eye-opening look at advertising among many different nationalities on the Big Screen and in a special atmosphere!

It’s the opportunity to fling open a window on the world and for fourty-five minutes to get a taste of what Russian, Asian, African, European and South American advertisers serve up.

The Night of the Ad Eaters© is cinema and, of course, a show, but it’s also a testimony to our era, based on a language shared by all. With advertising you don’t need subtitles. The message is sufficiently brief and dense to be understood by everyone, transcending linguistic and cultural differences.

Introduction on neuroscience marketing research by Prof. Pierre Magistretti, Dean, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, Distinguished Professor, Bioscience​, KAUST.

Show Speakers' Biography

Jennifer Cho

Soprano Jennifer Cho directs The New York Opera Society, which commissions contemporary opera and produces classical and contemporary productions around the world. As a soloist, Jennifer has performed throughout in Europe and the United States. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance from Northwestern University and is highly conversant in German, French, Italian, Spanish and English. She resides in Washington, DC.

John Tiranno

Tenor John Tiranno’s singing has been called “ardent and mellifluous” by The New York Times. He has soloed extensively in New York City and across the Americas and Europe in classical and contemporary opera, oratorio, and musical theatre performances. John earned a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University and resides in New York City.

Pierre Magistretti

Dean, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, Distinguished Professor, Bioscience, KAUST. Prof. Magistretti has made significant contributions in the field of brain energy metabolism. His group has discovered some of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the coupling between neuronal activity and energy consumption by the brain. This work has considerable ramifications for the understanding of the origin of the signals detected with the current functional brain imaging techniques used in neurologic and psychiatric research. Prof. Magistretti’s research interests include cellular and molecular bases of brain energy metabolism and brain imaging, and the behavioral, cellular, and molecular determinants of neuronal and glial plasticity.

David Keyes

David Keyes is Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science and the Director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST. Keyes works at the algorithmic interface between parallel computing and the numerical analysis of partial differential equations, with a focus on implicit scalable solvers. He addresses algorithmic requirements from emerging architectures, namely drastic reductions in communication and synchronization, increases of concurrency for cores sharing memory locally, and algorithm-based fault tolerance. Keyes graduated in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton in 1978 and earned a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in 1984. Before joining KAUST as a founding dean in 2009, he led scalable solver software projects in the ASCI and SciDAC programs of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Eduardo Regula

Pianist Eduardo Regula studied at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon, Portugal, where he graduated with a degree in piano performance. He taught a private studio of students at the National Conservatory of Lisbon and took part in numerous concerts and recitals. In July of 2012 he moved to KAUST to teach Performing Arts. He is very active in the KAUST music community. Currently he is working on his masters’ degree thesis entitled, “The Pianist’s Mental Process.”

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Monday
March 23, 2015
12:30 PM-01:30 PM

Level 0 Lecture hall between Al-Jazri and Al-Kindi (buildings 4 and 5)

Writing Systems and Hangul: Write your name in Korean in an hour Core events

Speaker: Suk Ho Chung

There are four writing systems in the world: logographic, syllabic, alphabetic, and featural writing systems. Korean Hangul is the only featural writing system in general use which analyzes features of various phonemes. Also, it is the only invented (not evolved) writing system by King Sejong in 1446. This lecture introduces the principle and philosophy in inventing the script, based on Yin and Yang and five element theory of old Chinese philosophy. There are 3 elements in the vowel system (Yin, Yang and human) which can be combined to generate 10 (22 including double vowels) vowels and 5 elements in the consonants which become total of 14 consonants with their derivatives. Through this lecture, you will learn how to write your name in Korean in an hour.
A light snack will be provided.​

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Suk Ho Chung

Dr. Suk Ho Chung is Named Professor of Mechanical Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) since August 2009 and served as Founding Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center during the period of 2009-2014. He previously served as a professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University in Korea for 25 years. Additionally, he served as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Advanced Automotive Research Center. He earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University.

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Monday
March 23, 2015
07:00 PM-08:30 PM

Auditorium (building 20)

Emotion, Music and the Brain Community Events

Speakers: Mike McGinnis, Pierre Magistretti

How emotional is our brain? ​In this special multimedia musical performance, neuroscientist Pierre Magistretti and composer/musician Michael McGinnis​ will collaborate with KAUST musicians, photographers and community members to explore neuroscience, our emotions and the brain.

Beginning with an overview from Magistretti on what we know today about the neuroscience of emotions, this event will feature a performance guided by McGinnis where a series of emotions and portrait images are represented and interpreted by music.

Community members:

-Wendy Keyes, viola

-Daniel Whitehair Duarte, tenor saxophone

-Chuck Brooker, trombone

-Paul Riker, electric bass

-Eduardo Regula, piano

-Sam Rosoman, percussion

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Mike McGinnis

Composer and clarinetist Michael McGinnis earned his music degrees from University of Southern Maine (US) School of Music and Eastman School of Music before relocating to New York City in 1997. As a clarinetist and saxophonist, he can swing in the straight-ahead tradition, improvise on the furthest edge of the avant-garde, or navigate the rigorous turns of a contemporary classical composition. As a composer, he creates vivid works that blur the boundaries between jazz and classical and the varied subgenres within, bringing the same deep commitment and personal vision to every musical situation. As a jazz clarinetist, McGinnis has performed and recorded with jazz innovators like Anthony Braxton, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, and Lonnie Plaxico; and as soloist for the Tony-winning Broadway hit, “Fela!” McGinnis’ wide-ranging imagination comes stunningly to the fore on his two latest releases, both of which feature extended compositions showcasing his skills as composer and improviser. Road*Trip (RKM Music) comprises two concertos for his clarinet and a nine-piece ensemble, while The Ängsudden Song Cycle (482music.com) is an expressive tone poem that depicts a sonic landscape bridging a Swedish archipelago and the woods of McGinnis’ native Maine. McGinnis has performed extensively in the United States and internationally and has appeared on more than 50 recordings. He is an active educator both in schools and in his private studio, where he teaches saxophone, clarinet, composition, counterpoint, harmony, arranging and improvisation.

Pierre Magistretti

Dean, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, Distinguished Professor, Bioscience, KAUST. Prof. Magistretti has made significant contributions in the field of brain energy metabolism. His group has discovered some of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the coupling between neuronal activity and energy consumption by the brain. This work has considerable ramifications for the understanding of the origin of the signals detected with the current functional brain imaging techniques used in neurologic and psychiatric research. Prof. Magistretti’s research interests include cellular and molecular bases of brain energy metabolism and brain imaging, and the behavioral, cellular, and molecular determinants of neuronal and glial plasticity.

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Tuesday
March 24, 2015
12:30 PM-01:30 AM

Auditorium (building 20)

The KAUST Whale Shark Projects Core events

Speakers: Jesse Cochran, Michael L. Berumen

During this lecture, Prof. Michael Berumen and Dr. Jesse Cochran will take you on an enlightening look at the fascinating world of whale sharks.

The whale shark is one of the most recognizable fish on the planet, due in part to its size and unmistakable coloration. In spite of its status as a charismatic megafauna species, it has long been considered enigmatic. Targeted study of these fish was only made possible in recent decades with the discovery of areas in which they gather predictably, including one in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea.

KAUST's Reef Ecology Lab​ has been studying Red Sea whale sharks since before the university officially opened in 2009. In that time, we have learned a great deal about these animals. We have used photo-identification to describe the population size and structure of our aggregation sites. We have undertaken the largest ever-tagging study for this species, using both satellite and acoustic telemetry to monitor the movement patterns and habitat use of individual sharks. We have also been collecting genetic data and, in collaboration with scientists studying other regions, assessing how "connected” (by migration) Red Sea sharks are with other populations.

This lecture will cover what is known about the whale sharks and how research at KAUST has contributed to that body of knowledge. The speakers Michael Berumen and Jesse Cochran will also describe their current projects and what they hope to learn from them. Finally they will talk about the crucial role that the KAUST community has played in facilitating their work and contributing to their understanding of this species.    

A light snack will be provided.

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Jesse Cochran

Jesse Cochran, another Arkansas native, grew up with a passionate interest in sharks. Being in a land-locked state, he pursued this interest by interning at a local aquarium, where he studied stress physiology in several shark species. Jesse earned his Bachelors in biology at the University of Arkansas, where he took several classes from Michael Berumen. When Michael started a whale shark project in the Saudi Red Sea, he invited Jesse to contribute and to apply for a Master’s position at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Jesse earned both his Masters and Doctoral Degrees studying at KAUST, where his research has focused on whale shark aggregations in Saudi Arabia and in Tanzania. In addition to the research Jesse has spearheaded the “whale shark weekend” outreach program, which offers KAUST community members the chance to swim with the world’s biggest fish.

Michael L. Berumen

Michael Berumen grew up in the landlocked state of Arkansas in the United States. At age 14, he was certified as a scuba diver and became fascinated with the diversity of life that existed underwater. Mike enrolled at the University of Arkansas, but spent his second year of undergraduate studies at James Cook University in Australia, where he took advanced classes in coral reef biology and spent 8 months working full-time on an independent research project. After one more year in Arkansas, Mike finished his Zoology degree summa cum laude. He returned to James Cook University to pursue graduate studies in coral reef ecology, specializing in butterflyfishes. He was awarded the PhD in 2007. In 2007, Mike accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he focused on larval connectivity in coral reef fishes, and soon after in 2009 he joined KAUST. To date, he has published 80 peer-reviewed articles, 3 book chapters, and has co-edited one book, Biology of Butterflyfishes. Notable papers include a Science paper, a PNAS paper, and two Current Biology papers. His research focuses on advancing our understanding of Red Sea coral reefs and more broadly making contributions to movement ecology, which is a critical aspect of developing conservation plans in the marine environment.

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Tuesday
March 24, 2015
04:00 PM-05:30 PM

Auditorium (building 20)

Keynote Lecture: From Deep Brain Stimulation to Brain Computer Interfaces: Translational Research at Clinatec Institute Core events

Speaker: Alim-Louis Benabid

2014 recipient of Lasker Prize and Breakthrough Prize Alim-Louis Benabid will introduce you to his work focused on the approach of neurosurgical pathologies.

While little progress has been made over the last two decades in developing new drugs for brain diseases, neurotechnology approaches such as deep brain stimulations have radically improved the quality of life of thousands of patients, in particular with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. The lecture will develop three examples: deep brain stimulation at high frequency for Parkinson's disease, deep brain near infrared illumination in neurodegenerative diseases, and brain computer interface driven exoskeleton for tetraplegic patients. This will highlight the power of multidisciplinary permanent interaction of scientists, engineers, physicians in creating new concepts and new tools to provide solutions for patients to cure their diseases. New developments in the field of neurotechnology are implemented at Clinatec​, a multidisciplinary research institute devoted to micronanotechnology-based innovation in diagnosis and treatment in Medicine.

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Alim-Louis Benabid

Alim-Louis Benabid of Université Joseph Fourier, chairman of the board of the French bio-medical research center Clinatec and member of the French Académie des Sciences, is the co-receipient of the prestigious 2014 Lasker DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation in New York City. Benabid and co-recipient Mahlon R. DeLong of Emory University were honored for their separate contributions to developing high frequency deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus, a surgical technique that reduces tremors and restores motor function in patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world. As head of neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Grenoble, Benabid devised a technique that also stimulates the subthalamic nucleus, the role of which was highlighted by DeLong’s work, and which relieves slow movement and stiffness in PD patients. Over 100’000 patients worldwide have benefited from this therapy. Benabid, a professor emeritus of biophysics at Université Joseph Fourier, focused on the approach of neurosurgical pathologies during his career, particularly brain tumors and movement disorders. From 1989 to 2007, he was head of the Neurosurgery Department at the University Hospital of Grenoble. In 2009, he helped found Clinatec, the multidisciplinary biomedical research center at CEA in Grenoble.

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Tuesday
March 24, 2015
07:00 PM-08:00 PM

Auditorium, Building 20

Piano Plays in Triple Meter Community Events

Speaker: Orazio Sciortino

Come listen to the concert performer pianist Orazio Sciortino​. You’ll be entertained by a special performance in “Triple Meter”.
When beats are organized into recurring accent patterns, the result is a recognizable meter. One of the most common meters is the triple meter. 
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Program of the night:
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Waltzes op. 39 no. 1 - 4
Scherzo op. 4

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) 
Arranged by O. Sciortino
Waltz Suite from "Der Rosenkavalier" 

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Waltzes
-op. posthumous in e minor
-op. 70 no. 2 in f minor
-op. 64 no. 1 in D-flat Major
-op. 42 in A-flat Major
Scherzo op. 31 no. 2

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Valse infernale from the opera Faust by Charles Gounod 

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Orazio Sciortino

Pianist and composer Orazio Sciortino hails from Siracusa (Sicily), Italy. He studied with Boris Petrushansky, Michel Dalberto and Louis Lortie at the International Piano Academy of Imola, receiving highest honors upon graduation. Mr. Sciortino also completed his composition studies with Fabio Vacchi at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. As a concert performer, both as a solo recitalist and a soloist with orchestra, he has appeared in renowned concert halls, among them the La Scala Theatre in Milan, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, the Greek Theatre in Syracuse (Sicily), and Salle Molière in Lyon (France). He has also performed in many festivals throughout the world, among them the Serate Musicali di Milano at Teatro Dal Verme, the Bonn Beethovenfest, the New York Barge Music Festival, I Cameristi della Scala, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada). Mr. Sciortino’s works have been published by Ricordi and Carisch and performed in Italy and internationally. He has made numerous radio and television recordings, and for the labels Dynamic, La Bottega Discantica, and Limen Music. Currently he records for the Sony Classical label. He has collaborated with the publishing houses Mazzotta and Skira on projects linked to the relationship between music and the visual arts as well as offering lecture-concerts on how to listen to music. Mr. Sciortino lives in Milan.

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Wednesday
March 25, 2015
12:00 PM-02:00 PM

Location: Al-Khawarizmi (building 1), Multipurpose Room, room 2418, desert side.

Brain-In-Sight: Visualization of the brain in 3D Core events

Speakers: Ali Awami, Corrado Calì

Understanding the brain is one of the most ambitious scopes of science. The way neuroscientists have approached the problem ranged from the molecular level up to the higher cognitive functions in humans. Lately few collaborative projects all over the world have been launched and founded for billions of dollars to enhance collaboration and push labs all over the world to join forces, collect diverse competences and share data. This vision should help mankind to advance toward elucidating the many unsolved questions about the brain.

Here at KAUST, we are in a unique position to help develop this vision by collaborating with two of the most ambitious projects about the brain: the Human Brain Project and the Human Connectomics Project. 

Join Postdoctoral Corrado Cali and PhD student Ali Awami as they tell you more about these two great projects and show you how the visualization technology supports the study of brain structure and function.

PART 1: A short introduction to the KAUST human brain-related projects

KAUST - Blue Brain Project Alliance

The KAUST-EPFL Alliance for Brain Metabolism and Visualization is an innovative program of computational neurobiology in collaboration with the Blue Brain Project of EPFL and the European Union’s (EU) Human Brain Project (HBP), whose long term goal is to develop a comprehensive and accurate model of the nervous system. Extensive work focused on collecting and modeling data on neuronal activity and connectivity resulted in the first physiologically accurate simulation of the electrical activity of 10’000 neurons in a functional module (column) of the cerebral cortex. The KAUST contribution will be to collect a new experimental dataset aimed to reconstruct the morphology of all the non-neuronal cells in the brain, which represent at least 50% of total brain cells, as well as the vasculature, in order to increase the complexity and refine the accuracy of the existing model.​

Connectome Visualization

The average human brain has tons of billions of neurons connected through perhaps one hundred trillion synapses. The connectome project was launched to determine the detailed wiring diagrams of such complex neural circuits.

The project aims to create novel solutions to visualize large-scale connectome data. The resulting tools will tackle the problem of data scalability (petabytes of nanoscale electron microscopy images) with a client-server architecture. Novel filtering and abstraction techniques will be employed to handle visual clutter and domain-specific analysis of such data.

The project is an ongoing collaboration with Harvard Center for Brain Science and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Part 2: Open-house Demos in the Visualization Lab

Get immersed in Cave-Cornea and NexCave’s 3D environments! You will be guided throughout the forest of axons and dendrites the brain is composed of.

You will also take a look at the big wall, an interactive visualization tool that will help you have a better view of the technical details of these two KAUST projects and understand what kind of scientific questions can be answered through this innovative tool.

The small wall will also be introduced to you during the visit. Developed at KAUST and designed to investigate and visualize in an innovative way the degree of connection of neurons at sub cellular level, this interactive visualization tool is particularly suitable for the use of connectome explorer. 

A light snack will be provided.

Show Speakers' Biography

Ali Awami

Ali Awami is a PhD student in Computer Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). His research interests are scientific visualization, data navigation and exploration. Awami has a MS degree in Computer Science from KAUST.

Corrado Calì

Corrado Calì was trained an electronic engineer at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, where he got his MSc in 2006. During his last 6 months, he worked on a computational neuroscience project in Henry Markram’s lab at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), and became interested in investigating the mechanisms of brain physiology. In the same year he join the lab of Dr. Paola Bezzi at UNIL (University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland) where he was trained as a neuroscientist and got his doctoral degree in 2012. During his PhD, he focused his interests in the aspects of the physiological role of astroglial cells in supporting neuronal functioning and neuronal networks. After one year as postdoctoral fellow in Graham Knott’s lab, where he enriched and deepend his skills in the state of the art electron microscopy techniques, he joined Pierre Magistretti’s lab in KAUST, where he is investigating the mechanisms of metabolic support from astrocytes to neurons using pioneering morphological and 3D imaging approaches.

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From
Wednesday March 25, 2015 05:00 PM

To
Saturday March 28, 2015 06:00 PM

University Library (building 12)

Brain Activity and Creativity of The KAUST School Seniors Community Events

Speakers: Ahmed Abdullah, Fatima Mahmud, Marjaan Mohammed, Meshari Al-Thagafi, Mohammed Faydi, Myah Doxen, Nathan Herrington, Pashin Aibara, Raghad Al-Shawaf, Rahaf Fairaq, Shahista Banu, Sultan Al-Harthi

The Grade 12 students who followed the IB Visual Arts Program will be exhibiting their studio production at the University Library from Friday, March 25 to Wednesday, April 1.

From the 20th until the 24th the students will be displaying the art pieces they have made. This set up represents the ultimate step of their work. The exam day is on the 25th.

A special exhibition unveiling will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 5:00 pm.

What is this exhibition about?

Each student will present a collection of personally relevant artwork through which they explored ideas that reflect cultural and historical awareness. Students are encouraged to explore art, craft and design traditions from past, present and emerging cultural backgrounds, as well as from local, national and international contexts.

In this Visual Arts Program, the students develop and demonstrate technical and artistic skills that challenge and extend personal boundaries. The course enables students to engage in both practical exploration and artistic production, and in independent contextual, visual and critical investigation. The development of studio techniques is essential to help students explore the potential for expression and better understand the relationship between theory and practice.

This Program enables students to study visual arts in higher education and also welcomes those students who seek life enrichment through visual arts.

The Artists:

Ahmed Abdullah

Pashin Aibara

Sultan Al-Harthi

Raghad Al-Sahwaf

Meshari Al-Thagafi

Shahista Banu

Myah Doxen

Rahaf Fairaq

Mohammed Faydi

Nathan Herrington

Fatima Mahmud

Marjaan Mohammed

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment programs in collaboration with The KAUST Schools.

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Fatima Mahmud

Fatima Mahmud is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating her technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Meshari Al-Thagafi

Meshari AlThagafi is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating his technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Mohammed Faydi

Mohammed Faydi is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating his technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Nathan Herrington

Nathan Herrington is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating his technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Pashin Aibara

Pashin Aibara is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating his technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Raghad Al-Shawaf

Raghad AlShawaf is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating her technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Rahaf Fairaq

Rahaf Fairaq is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating her technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Shahista Banu

Shahista Banu is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating her technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Ahmed Abdullah

Ahmed Abdullah is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating his technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Marjaan Mohammed

Marjaan Mohammed is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating her technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Myah Doxen

Myah Doxen is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating her technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Sultan Al-Harthi

Sultan Al-Harthi is a grade 12 student who followed the IB Visual Arts Program and will be demonstrating his technical and artistic skills in this exhibition.

Wednesday
March 25, 2015
07:00 PM-08:00 PM

Auditorium (building 20)

Art Songs and Opera Arias from the European Stage Community Events

Speakers: Jennifer Cho, John Tiranno, Orazio Sciortino

Retreat to an​ era before digital media, to a program of German art songs and Italian opera. Beethoven, Schumann, and others set the poetry of their day to music in “art songs.” During the year Robert Schumann married his beloved Clara (1840), he wrote 138 of them. Meanwhile, in 19th century Italy, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini and others elevated the baroque and classical musical story-telling of opera to its grand bel canto style, creating stage roles of heros and villains for the ages, while becoming the unsurpassed heros of popular culture themselves. 

Soprano Jennifer Cho​, tenor John Tiranno and pianist Orazio Sciortino bring this great music to life in the Auditorium.​

Show Speakers' Biography

Jennifer Cho

Soprano Jennifer Cho directs The New York Opera Society, which commissions contemporary opera and produces classical and contemporary productions around the world. As a soloist, Jennifer has performed throughout in Europe and the United States. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance from Northwestern University and is highly conversant in German, French, Italian, Spanish and English. She resides in Washington, DC.

John Tiranno

Tenor John Tiranno’s singing has been called “ardent and mellifluous” by The New York Times. He has soloed extensively in New York City and across the Americas and Europe in classical and contemporary opera, oratorio, and musical theatre performances. John earned a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University and resides in New York City.

Orazio Sciortino

Pianist and composer Orazio Sciortino hails from Siracusa (Sicily), Italy. He studied with Boris Petrushansky, Michel Dalberto and Louis Lortie at the International Piano Academy of Imola, receiving highest honors upon graduation. Mr. Sciortino also completed his composition studies with Fabio Vacchi at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. As a concert performer, both as a solo recitalist and a soloist with orchestra, he has appeared in renowned concert halls, among them the La Scala Theatre in Milan, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, the Greek Theatre in Syracuse (Sicily), and Salle Molière in Lyon (France). He has also performed in many festivals throughout the world, among them the Serate Musicali di Milano at Teatro Dal Verme, the Bonn Beethovenfest, the New York Barge Music Festival, I Cameristi della Scala, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada). Mr. Sciortino’s works have been published by Ricordi and Carisch and performed in Italy and internationally. He has made numerous radio and television recordings, and for the labels Dynamic, La Bottega Discantica, and Limen Music. Currently he records for the Sony Classical label. He has collaborated with the publishing houses Mazzotta and Skira on projects linked to the relationship between music and the visual arts as well as offering lecture-concerts on how to listen to music. Mr. Sciortino lives in Milan.

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Thursday
March 26, 2015
05:30 PM-08:00 PM

Al-Khawarizmi (building 1) Multipurpose Room, Room 2418

Science to Watch: Memento (2000) Community Events

Speakers: Enzo Di Fabrizio, Pierre Magistretti

Here’s a great opportunity to enjoy a modern classic film directed by Christopher Nolan and a fascinating science discussion on memory with Prof. Pierre Magistretti.

A man creates a strange system to help him remember things, so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.

Science to Wa​tch​ is an ongoing series presented by Idoia Galan and Prof. Enzo Di Fabrizio.​

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment Programs in collaboration with Office of the Arts and the University Library.

Show Speakers' Biography

Pierre Magistretti

Dean, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, Distinguished Professor, Bioscience, KAUST. Prof. Magistretti has made significant contributions in the field of brain energy metabolism. His group has discovered some of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the coupling between neuronal activity and energy consumption by the brain. This work has considerable ramifications for the understanding of the origin of the signals detected with the current functional brain imaging techniques used in neurologic and psychiatric research. Prof. Magistretti’s research interests include cellular and molecular bases of brain energy metabolism and brain imaging, and the behavioral, cellular, and molecular determinants of neuronal and glial plasticity.

Enzo Di Fabrizio

Professor, Material Science and Engineering, Physical Science and Engineering. Di Fabrizio conducts an interdisciplinary activity between physics and biology and nanomedicine that includes basic and applied research in nanotechnology. At KAUST he is dedicated to setting up a new lab for Molecular Sensing and Imaging. His main interests concern the study of material and macro molecules at nanoscale, their structure and function, through novel spectroscopy approaches mediated by nanostructures. In particular the activity includes: nanofabrication of plasmonic devices, optical tweezers based microscopy (applied to biophysics and nanomedicine), Raman spectroscopy for single molecules detection through scanning probe, design and fabrication of microfluidics nano-devices dedicated to cellomics and drug delivery, proteomic, biophotonic and TEM imaging.

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Friday
March 27, 2015
08:00 PM-10:00 PM

Discovery Theater

Movie: Awakenings (1990) Community Events

Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film directed by Penny Marshall and based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver Sacks, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer (portrayed by Robin Williams), who, in 1969, discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa. He administered it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by Robert De Niro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonia and have to deal with a new life in a new time. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.​

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment programs in collaboration with the University Library.​​

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Saturday
March 28, 2015
04:00 PM-05:50 PM

Discovery Theater

Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Community Events

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. The ensemble cast includes Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Jane Adams, and David Cross.

It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Kate Winslet also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.​​

Warning: this movie is rated R (under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian).​

Brought to you by the Office of Enrichment programs in collaboration with the University Library.​​

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