Video feature: 'Communicating Science'

July 21, 2011 noon
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In this short video, Princeton professors engage with school children about the wonders of science. Molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler (above) speaks about how she "loves talking to kids and doing outreach, and trying to make young people (or old people) think that science is cool, and it's mysterious and it's beautiful."

Photo by Brian Wilson

Video stills courtesy of Teresa Riordan

Music courtesy of Firstcom.com

How many different ways do creatures communicate with one another? Howard Stone, Princeton's Donald R. Dixon and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Bonnie Bassler, Princeton's Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, enlist the help of elementary school students to explain the science of communication behind sound waves, pheromones, bioluminescence and more.

The footage in this video was taken during a lecture titled “Good Vibrations: How We Communicate,” given by Stone and Bassler at Princeton on Dec. 18, 2010.