Science Meets Music

Science Meets Music: “The Resolution Revolution”

Jan 31,
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  • Location: The Benjamin School

Stefan Hell, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

It’s been widely accepted throughout the 20th century that a light microscope using conventional optical lenses could not distinguish details finer than about half the wavelength of light, or 200-400 nanometers, due to diffraction – the slight bending of light as it passes around the edge of an object. This presumed limitation prevented scientists from studying individual molecules within living cells. However, in the 1990s, visionary scientists, among them, Dr. Stefan Hell, discovered methods to bypass this diffraction limit. Dr. Hell’s method of stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy uses laser beams and fluorescence to allow researchers to study living cells at molecular dimensions. In this lecture, Dr. Hell discusses the simple yet powerful principles used to overcome the diffraction limit and bring about the entirely new field of imaging known as nanoscopy – allowing researchers to see things they’ve never before been able to, like how molecules build connections between nerve cells in the brain or the interactions between proteins involved in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. The development of this significant advancement in research technology earned Dr. Hell the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2014.

Jonathan Roozeman, cellist

The Finnish-Dutch cellist Jonathan Roozeman, who was born in 1997, began his musical education as a junior student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professor Martti Rousi. In 2013 he was awarded a special prize at the Finnish National Cello Competition as well as at the International Paulo Cello Competition. Winning sixth prize in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition – as the youngest participant ever – immediately resulted in an invitation to take part in a concert with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valeriy Gergiev. Jonathan Roozeman has also performed with the Jean Sibelius Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. In 2014 he toured China as a soloist with the Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at numerous international chamber music festivals. Jonathan Roozeman plays a cello by David Tecchler from 1707, which is on loan to him by the Finnish Culture Foundation. In 2014 and 2016 Jonathan Roozeman was an active participant at the Cello Masterclasses and was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize in 2016. Since 2016 he has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. These studies are funded by the von Opel/Dr. Schaefer Stipendium.

Robert Roozeman, pianist

Dutch-born pianist Robert Roozeman studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Viktor Merzhanov and at the Utrecht Conservatory with Herman Uhlhorn. He is winner of the 1987 International Eduard Flipse Competition. He has been active as recitalist and orchestra soloist while more recently concentrating more on chamber music and duo playing. He is a long-time guest at the Savonlinna Summer Academy and Crusell Festival in Finland and in recent years has been seen performing and coaching in Holland, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, England, Italy, Portugal, Japan, USA and Armenia.