Spring for STEM

Spring for STEM

Spring for STEM


May 3, 2021

Finding Happiness

A NYSCI Webinar

About Spring for STEM

What defines personal happiness?
How can one find it?
And what can science tell us about it?

Such questions have been raised the past year when moments of happiness were difficult to find. Humans as a species are resilient, but finding joy is an individual experience as each of our brains process things differently. For NYSCI’s seventh annual Spring for STEM, we hosted a live and thoughtful webinar discussion between Matthieu Ricard and Jad Abumrad, who tackled this surprisingly complex subject.

NYSCI is excited to feature this conversation in parallel with preparations to re-open to the public in July 2021. Our visitors will experience a refreshed and reimagined museum including our newest exhibit, The Happiness Experiment, which will focus on similar themes around the intersection of positive emotions, resilience and well-being.

Spring for STEM provides a distinctive platform for presenting critical issues to people interested in science, education, and the cultural and intellectual life of New York. NYSCI is proud to host this invitation-only live streaming event that highlights various perspectives on important topics in STEM that impact our city, our country and our world.

For more information, please contact us at 718-595-9180 or presidentscouncil@nysci.org.


Jad Abumrad

Jad Nicholas Abumrad is a Lebanese-American radio host, composer and producer. He is the founder of the syndicated public radio program Radiolab, which is broadcast on over 600 radio stations nationwide and is downloaded more than 120 million times a year as a podcast. He also created More Perfect, a podcast that tells the stories behind the Supreme Court’s most famous decisions. And most recently, Dolly Parton’s America, a nine-episode podcast exploring the life and times of the iconic country music star. Abumrad has received three Peabody Awards and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011.

Matthieu Ricard

Born in France in 1946 as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He first visited India in 1967 where he met great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 45 years.

He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos, forums at the United Nations, and ad TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. He is a charismatic figure who has captured the minds and hearts of people all over the world.

About President's Council

The President’s Council is a diverse and dynamic group of individuals who are passionate about STEM. Our members provide crucial support for the museum to thrive and serve as a laboratory for learning, a training ground for young scientists, and an anchor for members of our community to engage with creative STEM learning experiences.

Members of the President’s Council are entitled to a host of benefits, including unlimited guest passes to NYSCI, insider access to exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, invitations to exclusive events and receptions with distinguished STEM leaders, and much more.

For more information, please contact presidentscouncil@nysci.org, ph: 718-595-9180.