Carnegie Mellon University
September 23, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Students Take Stage To Share Funny, Touching Stories Behind the Science

Story Collider and Students Join For Oct. 6 Program at Rex Theater

Contact: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 /

Story Collider ImagePITTSBURGH—Is there something funny about sea urchins dying amidst a polar vortex? Is there drama in establishing an Internet connection at sea? These and other tales about scientific research, to be recounted by five Carnegie Mellon University students during a performance on the South Side, promise both laughter and tears.

The students from CMU's computer science, engineering and biology programs will tell their sometimes funny, sometimes touching stories during a show at 8 p.m., Oct. 6 at the Rex Theater on the South Side. Like the first such show here last fall, this is a collaboration between The Story Collider, an international storytelling project that produces live shows and podcasts, and Public Communication for Researchers (PCR), a CMU student group that promotes graduate students explaining their research and why it matters.

The Carnegie Mellon students telling stories are Adam Foote, a biology Ph.D. student; Casey Canfield, an engineering and public policy Ph.D. student; Matineh Eybpoosh, a civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. student; Vrushali Fangal, a computational biology master's degree student; and Anvesh Komuravelli, a computer science Ph.D. student.

Erin Barker, senior producer of The Story Collider, and Ari Daniel Shapiro, Boston producer and host, will moderate the show.

Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door or at Though this event is open to all ages, PCR and The Story Collider note that some of the stories may contain explicit content.