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Science and All That Jazz | Cynthia Peterson | TEDxLSU

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Published on Jun 2, 2017

For biochemist Cynthia Peterson, science is like a fine jazz composition. Breaking down the processes of scientific inquiry and jazz, Cynthia shows us that the overlapping creative approaches in music and research facilitate two vital components to innovation: the belief that dreams can come true and the discipline to make them happen.


For Dr. Cynthia Peterson, science is like a fine jazz composition. A lifelong piano player, Cynthia applies her love of music to her passion for biochemistry. Her research focuses on determining the size, shape and networks of interactions among proteins that orchestrate health during wound responses like blood clotting, or in inflammation that occurs in cancer and other diseases. She believes uncovering the dynamics of proteins will provide clues to turning them on or off when they are out of balance. For Cynthia, these complex scientific puzzles – and their creative solutions – are not unlike jazz’s key elements of composition. Cynthia, who in 2014 became the first woman to serve as dean of the LSU College of Science, explored her thoughts about the connections between music and science after attending a summer jazz workshop at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York. She is passionate about science communication and showing others how science is active and creative, much like the music she admires and enjoys.


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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