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SMART Festival 2014

SMART Festival

24-25 October 2014

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The Ray P. Authement College of Sciences of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is excited to present the 2014 SMART (Science Meets ART) Festival and Science Day 2014. The SMART Festival will be held at the LITE Center in the UL Lafayette Research Park. The SMART Festival begins on at 6 pm on Friday evening, 24 October 2014 and continues from 11 am through 4 pm on Saturday, 25 October 2014. In conjunction with the SMART Festival we are also pleased to present Science Day 2014 which will be held from 8:00 am through 1:30 pm on Friday, 24 October 2014 on the main campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The SMART Festival is a celebration of science and art with a focus on the interdependence between art and science in our lives. This is a family-friendly event, appropriate for all ages, providing an opportunity for scientists and artists to share their fascination with the wonders of science and art with our community. There is no admission charge, registration is not required, and the event is open to the public.

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Lecture
6 pm, Friday, 24 October 2014
LITE Center in the UL Lafayette Research Park

Join us Friday evening for the beginning of our celebration of Science and Art!

Attend the opening ceremonies and be the first to learn about a new film production "In the Mind of the Maker" by internationally recognized film-maker and UL Lafayette English Professor Dr. Charles Richard, who explores the curious science behind creativity. And, quite unexpectedly, it turns out that the story of an elderly master boat builder from Louisiana's swamps could provide some of the clearest insights into the mysteries of human creativity.

Charles Richard, professor and film-maker, slates a scene
(Charles Richard, professor and film-maker, slates a scene)

Then attend the SMART Festival keynote lecture about the interconnectedness of human emotion, memory, and the brain. This year's exciting keynote lecture is "Emotion, Memory, and the Brain" by world-renowned neuroscientist and accomplished musician Dr. Joseph LeDoux from New York University.

Joseph LeDoux, neuroscientist and musician
(Joseph LeDoux, neuroscientist and musician)

Symposia, Workshops, Demonstrations
11 am-4 pm, Saturday, 25 October 2014
LITE Center in the UL Lafayette Research Park

Join us on Saturday for a continuation of our celebration of Science and Art!

On Saturday, you will be able to:

  • Attend a series of short discussions with scientists and artists sure to inform and entertain. Topics will include: the effects of global warming, the designing of smart robots, and the creation of a dance performance on a computer;
  • Get behind the scenes with forensic anthropologists helping uncover crimes;
  • Discover the Worlds of Science and Art through interactive demonstrations and workshops led by scientists, artists, and students;
  • Get ready for Halloween with a look at "The Mirror of Fear".

Concert and Celebration
7 pm, Saturday, 25 October 2014
Blue Moon Saloon 215 East Convent Street

Don't miss the performance of The Half-Full duo, Joe LeDoux (this year's SMART keynote speaker) and Colin Dempsey, at the Blue Moon Saloon on Saturday evening at 7 pm. Half-Full is exactly half of The Amygdaloids a NY City based band composed of scientists who play songs about love and life peppered with nuggets about mind and brain and mental disorders. This year's SMART festival will close with LeDoux and Dempsey playing acoustic versions of The Amygdaloids songs from their studio albums.

Half-Full: Joseph LeDoux and Colin Dempsey
(Half-Full: Joseph LeDoux and Colin Dempsey)

Contact Us

Please direct comments, suggestions, and inquiries regarding the SMART Festival 2014 to:
Natalia Sidorovskaia
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Physics
Office: 213 Broussard Hall
Phone: 337-482-6274
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2014 SMART Festival Steering Committee

  • Natalia Sidorovskaia, Chairperson, Physics
  • Patricia Mire-Watson, Biology
  • Ryan Simon, Chemistry
  • Karyn Sutton, Mathematics
  • Sonya Hsu, School of Computing and Informatics
  • Carl Richter, School of Geosciences
  • Calvin Berry, Webdesign&Support, Mathematics

Support Us

Your support of the SMART Festival will be greatly appreciated. To make a donation now please visit the UL Lafayette Foundation ( website. Please clearly indicate that your donation is for the SMART Festival.

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