Archive for 'Ig Nobel'

Ig Nobel Tickets go on sale THURSDAY, JULY 20, at NOON

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Tickets for the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony go on sale THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017, at noon (US eastern time). We expect (based on experience) the tickets will get snapped up quickly.

The Harvard Box Office handles all ticket sales. The physical ticket office [now in a temporary location in Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke Street, Cambridge] is open some (but not all!) days from noon to 6 pm.Telephone (+1) 617-496-2222.
The web site is open 24 hours, every day.

Tickets: $75 / $65 / $55 / $35
Student tickets: $70 / $60 / $50 / $30
Ig Glorious tickets: $150. We fund the ceremony (theater rental, and half a zillion other expenses) mainly through ticket revenues. We are offering a few special “Ig Glorious” tickets, for persons who want to be specially supportive. Ig Glorious tickets come with special perks: Excellent seats; A vintage copy of the Annals of Improbable Research, signed by an emissary; Their photo taken at the Ig Nobel lectern on stage (before or after the ceremony, at the discretion of the Stage Manager); Access to our Ig Glorious Liaison, a staff member assigned to the “Ig Glorious” group for the entirety of the event; And a hearty handshake!

The ceremony will happen at the usual place.
WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017, 6:00 pm.
Ceremony details.

A visit to the world of the Ig Nobel Prizes

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Journalists from Mirror Media journeyed halfway around the world to visit Ig Nobel headquarters in Massachusetts (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3), and also visit an Ig Nobel Prize winner (Patricia Yang) at her lab in Georgia (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3). You can see and hear what they found, in two three-part reports and a short video.

BONUS INFO: Tickets for the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony go on sale this Thursday, July 20, exclusively from the Harvard Box Office.

BONUS: Here’s a Taiwanese animation about the Ig Nobel Prizes:

Are Scientists People?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

“Will a click on the Ig Nobel Awards make the average person laugh? Absolutely. And I believe that if they laugh and see us laugh, if we are able to connect with them not as scientists and laypeople but as fellow curious, excited humans—real people who are trying to make a real difference—they will begin to care.”

— from the essay “Let’s Get Real: (Re)making Scientists Into People,” by Jessica Sagers, which won honorable mention in the Lasker Foundation Essay Contest.

Stinky-feet-and-cheese researcher’s research gets new attention

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Ig Nobel Prize winner Bart Knols‘s sure-footed malaria-mosquito research is featured in a new Discovery Channel documentary called “Mosquito.” The New York Times celebrates “Mosquito,” contrasting it with the “frivolous” Shark Week films that the TV network is famed for: “Deadlier Than Sharks: A Documentary Spotlights the Mosquito.”

Here’s a promotional chunk of the film:

Knols and Ruurd de Jong were awarded the 2006 Ig Nobel Biology Prize, for showing that the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae is attracted equally to the smell of limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet. Here are some of their prize-winning studies:

“Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture” research celebrated in Greece

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture” — the study that earned the 2002 Ig Nobel Medicine Prize — is given a keen appreciation, lavishly illustrated, in Athens magazine, in Greek. The study itself was published in the journal Nature, which featured it on the cover of their February 5, 1976 issue.

The study’s author, Chris McManus, is a professor of psychology and medical education, at University College London. McManus also is founding editor of the research journal Laterality.