SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN • DECEMBER 7th – DECEMBER 17th, 2008
The conference fee is $1,275 and includes all seminars below. You may take every class — i.e., there will be no overlap as only one class will be going on at any one time. Classes only take place when we’re at sea, between 8:30am and 7:30pm.
The Catalysts of Creativity
Behind the Scenes at
NPR’s Science Friday
Cutting Edge New Energy Sources
Why Airplanes Fly: A Modern Myth
When Ash Meets Cowhide: The Physics of Hitting a Home Run
The Aerodynamics of Excitement: Curveballs, Gyroballs, Towering Popups, and Tape Measure Home Runs
The Controversy Over Aluminum Bats
Are Barry Bonds’ Home Run Records Tainted?
A Brief History of Our Universe
The Mysterious Dark Side of Cosmology: Dark Matter and Dark Energy
How Did It All Begin — Or Did It? How Will It All End?
Questions, I’ve Got Questions: Black Holes Edition
Cosmology and the Meaning of Life
How Do We See the World?
How Do We Imagine?
How Do We Learn, Reason, and Make Decisions?
How Do the Languages We Speak Shape the Way We Think?
What We’ve Learned from Storm Chasing
Tornadoes and Severe Thunderstorms: What We’ve Learned From Numerical Simulations
Radars as Tools of Choice: Better Living Through Radiation
Forecasting Severe Weather
Understanding Health Messages
Every day we’re all faced with news stories, ads, public service announcements, and medical articles that describe risks to health and what we can do to lower those risks. Many of these messages are incomplete, misleading, and/or exaggerated. As a result, people are often left misinformed and confused — but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Evaluating Health Messages: Is There Any “There” There
Refining the Fine Print
The End, The Means, and The Statistics
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Sunday, December 7, 2008
HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS — Monday, December 8, 2008
Holland America Line’s pristine private island offers everything you need for a day of play in paradise: a two-mile crescent of perfect beach; an interior lagoon; private beachside cabanas with butler service, showers and misters; and all manner of watersports and activities, including a children’s aqua park and a buoyed personal watercraft course. Sample shore excursions: Horseback Riding by Land and Sea; Deep-sea or Flats Fishing; Stingray Adventure; AquaTrax Watercraft Adventure.
ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I — Wednesday, December 11, 2008
The lovely, European-influenced port of Charlotte Amalie wins the prize for Caribbean shopping thrills. Cameras, jewelry, watches, perfumes are all here. So are beautiful beaches, undersea gardens and tales of Blackbeard. Sample shore excursions: Sea Trekking Helmet Dive & Coral World; Champagne Catamaran Sail & Snorkel to St. John; St. Thomas Ocean Racing; Ultimate Island Experience.
ROSEUA, DOMINICA — Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wonderfully untouched. Take in the thunder of Trafalgar Falls, breathtaking in triplicate; watch for the rare and beautiful Sisserou parrot, found only here. Sample shore excursions: Rain Forest Drive & Emerald Pool; Carib Indian Culture & History; Kayak & Snorkel Safari; Layou Gorge River Tubing.
WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO — Saturday, December 13, 2008
Amsterdam-like canals, gabled Dutch colonial buildings, an exotic floating market. This bustling duty-free port has it all. Plus the world-famous Curaçao Liqueur Distillery and an intriguing coral reef teeming with parrotfish and queen angelfish. Sample shore excursions: Curaçao Dolphin Encounter; Curaçao See & Sea Tour; Highlights of Curaçao with Folkloric Show; Canoe Safari; Willemstad Trolley Train.
ORANJESTAD, ARUBA — Sunday, December 14, 2008
Colorful floating markets, wondrous coral reefs and landscapes dotted with curiously bent divi-divi trees await on this, the “A” of the Netherlands Antilles’ famous ABC islands. (Bonaire and Curacao round out the trio.) Sample shore excursions: Natural Wonders of Aruba; Spanish Lagoon Kayak Adventure’ Jolly Pirates Sail, Snorkel, Swim & Swing.
Cruise prices vary from $1,099 for a Better Inside to $3,999 for a Full Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change. InSight Cruises will generally match the cruise pricing offered at the Holland America website at the time of booking.) For those attending the conference, there is a $1,275 fee. Taxes are $70.55 per person. There is a fuel supplement of $9 per person per day for the first and second guests and $4 per person per day for add'l guests in a stateroom. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.
The classes offered are detailed on the SEMINARS page. Classes are only offered when we're at sea. For a detailed listing of the cruise itinerary, along with the class times, please review our ITINERARY page.
Howard Bluestein, Ph.D.
Lera Boroditsky, Ph.D.
Alan M. Nathan, Ph.D.
Angelica de Oliveira-Costa, Ph.D.
Lisa Schwartz, M.D.
Max Tegmark, Ph.D.
NY Times Science Podcast
interview with Dr. Tegmark
Steven Woloshin, M.D.
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