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Online Lecture by Dmitriy Zhukov “Hazards of Ig Nobel Prizes”

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Online Lecture by Dmitriy Zhukov “Hazards of Ig Nobel Prizes”

On March 19 at 6 pm Republic’s Library for Children and the Youth (Pushkinskaya St., 200) is hosting online broadcasting of the lecture by Dmitriy Zhukov “Hazards of Ig Nobel Prizes” organized by the National Library of the Udmurt Republic as part of the “Dynasty” Foundation project and supported by the Book Institute.  

The Ig Nobel Prize was created in 1991 by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research as a parody of the Nobel Prize. The prizes are given each year for the most weird and trivial achievements in scientific research. Examples range from investigating whether it is mentally hazardous for a human being to own a cat to measuring the laser beam pain people suffer while looking at an ugly painting, rather than a pretty painting; to researching response behaviors of Svalbard reindeer towards humans disguised as polar bears etc.


However, some of the scientists who find themselves awarded the Ig Nobels are in fact involved with the serious research which "first makes people laugh and then makes them think". Scientists are really concerned about the rising popularity of the Ig Nobles, generating much negative attitude toward science among the general public and ignoring the fact that many major scientific advances come from research into "trivial" questions. 


Dmitriy Zhukov – Doctor of Biology, associate professor in physiology, senior scientific worker at the laboratory of comparative genomics and behavioral research (Institute of Physiology named after I. P. Pavlov, Russian Academy of Sciences). Dmitriy Zhukov is one of the foremost experts on stress management. He is a laureate of the “Prosvetitel-2013” Award for the book “Stop, Who's in Charge? Behavioral Biology of Humans and Other Animals”.


All are welcome to attend.