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'Science Exposed' Reflects Interpretations Of Alzheimer's

It sounds like the beginning of an old joke — “What happens when a molecular virologist, an evolutionary biologist and a hip-hop dancer go to a laboratory?”

But it’s not a joke! It’s a real question that ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is asking in their new performance: “Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life Through the Arts,” which will be performed tonight on ASU’s Tempe campus.

This is a multidisciplinary performance. There will be dance collaborations from dance legend Liz Lerman’s “Animating Research” class, and musical compositions created by two graduate students who spent some time with neuroscientists studying Alzheimer’s disease. They spoke with both researchers and caregivers, and came up with compositions that reflect their interpretations of the disease.

We talked to one of those composers, Stephen Mitton, as well as Dr. Stephani Etheridge Woodson, director of Herberger Institute Design & Art Corps, about the project.

"Science Exposed: Bringing Science to Life through the Arts" is tonight at The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.