String Theory Meets Star Trek Voyager

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Friday, April 10 11:00 a.m. Live Oak Room at the UCF Marketplace

Free Event – Open to the public

A book signing event by the speakers will take place immediately after the interview.

For more detailes information, contact Costas Efthimiou as

Presented by the UCF iCubed Project


Brian Greene, a physicist who helped make string theory a common household phrase, and Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager; Orange is the New Black), will be visiting UCF on Friday, April 10.

Tom Johnson, emmy award winning journalist and anchor at FOX35, will host the event and interview Greene and Mulgrew.  The event, presented by UCF iCubed Project, is free and open to the public.  A book signing by the speakers will take place following the interview.

Greene, a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, has been studying the cosmos for decades and is considered a leading expert in the field. He also is known for  his ability to make science understandable to non-scientists. He has published many books, narrated PBS specials, appeared on a variety of shows including The Colbert Report, Late Night with David Letterman and even had a guest spot on the TV comedy The Big Bang Theory.

Kate Mulgrew, who currently stars as Galina “Red” Reznikov on the hit Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” is internationally recognized by science fiction fans as Capt. Kathryn Janeway, the first female captain of the Starship Enterprise in “Star Trek: Voyager.”  Her upcoming memoir, Born With Teeth, will be released April 14.

Mulgrew looks forward as well to her Orlando visit and collaboration with UCF.  “I love any school that takes culture as seriously as [UCF] does,” she said.

This event is presented by UCF iCubed, a National Science Foundation-funded project.  UCF iCubed partners with several colleges within the University of Central Florida, including the College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Education, and College of Sciences. The project goal is to ensure broader impact of NSF-funded projects through coordination and integration of the education and research activities by increasing participation in STEM fields.

Later that evening (April 10), Mulgrew will perform in UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015, as science, art and music mesh in a performance of “Icarus at the Edge of Time,” based on a children’s book authored by Greene.  Mulgrew will provide live narration and the music will be performed by the UCF Symphony Orchestra.  For more information on the evening event, click here.

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