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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lin Great Speakers Series to feature TED talker by St. Mary's University

‘Science humorist’ Abrahams set to entertain, enlighten St. Mary’s audience.  

What is a science humorist? If you haven’t seen Marc Abrahams’ TED talk, you’re about to find out. according to St. Mary's University.

Abrahams will present “Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes” at St. Mary’s University on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. as part of the Lin Great Speakers Series. The event will be held in Conference Room A of the University Center.

Abrahams is editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research, a science humor magazine that publishes genuine research as well as satirical articles that make people laugh, then think. His lectures expose the humor and importance of science, medicine and technology. The Washington Post called him “the nation’s guru of academic grunge.”

His TED talk, “A science award that makes you laugh, then think,” in October 2014, focused on the Ig Nobel Prizes, which he created. The awards are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates at a ceremony held at Harvard each year and broadcast on National Public Radio.

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A book signing and reception will follow his presentation. His book, “This Is Improbable Too,” will be available for purchase.

Source: St. Mary's University