How do we change our environment, and how does it change us back? This Earth Week, EcoWomen NYC and 500 Women Scientists are teaming up and exploring how we interact with the world around us in complex and ever-changing ways. We'll hear from three top researchers in New York City as they explain their work on wetland ecosystems, food and oceans, and the connections between biodiversity and disease.
Join us to learn more about how microbes are crucial to our world.
Join taste of science and braiNY (part of the Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience ) for a night of educational and artistic fun while learning about some of the most misunderstood and stigmatized neurological disorders.
For centuries, art and music have reflected not only contemporary cultural and political themes but also the lives of the artists themselves. For example, medical diagnoses have shaped the way artists perceive and interact with the world, and are expressed in their art. This talk explores how a pituitary tumor, REM sleep disturbances, prosopagnosia and syphilis have ultimately had profound impacts on art and music, while explaining the science behind these diagnoses along the way.
Every year, we get new tech and new gadgets to make our lives easier. With it comes more new passwords to remember and possibly new threats to our privacy. It's easy to lose track of all the information or be overwhelmed with how it might be exposed to unintended uses. In this interactive talk and workshop, cybersecurity expert Allison Bishop will show you how some basic math tricks that can help anyone think more systematically about personal cybersecurity and allow you to make more informed decisions around the tradeoffs between your personal security and technological convenience.
Since its discovery, the CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionized our ability to manipulate and change the genome of almost any organism, including humans. CRISPR allows scientists to reach into cells and add or replace genes to an astonishing degree of accuracy with fewer and fewer side-effects. Join us as we speak with two scientists at the forefront of this rapidly developing technology as they help us understand how CRISPR works, what makes it so game-changing, and how the future of medicine could, or should, be changed by it.
Come explore the hidden depths of the forgotten borough and learn about the workings and animals of the deep sea! At our first ever Staten Island festival event, you will learn about aquatic inspired research happening in the NYC area all while enjoying a beer (or two). Start at the Manhattan ferry terminal, where you can pick up a ferry beer to enjoy while engaging in our NYC science fact themed ferry scavenger hunt! Once docked safely at the hidden borough, we will sit down for table talks with local scientists at Staten Island’s very own brewery. Don’t miss this inaugural event celebrating science in every borough!
Scientists have been predicting climate change impacts with extraordinary accuracy for decades, even as fossil fuel interests have attacked and tried to undermine them. How do they get it so right? Speakers will explain the models, satellites, marine robots, and millennia worth of soil, ice and tree ring samples that are illuminating our dangerous path ahead — and that helped win the United Nations' climate science program a Nobel Peace Prize.
Termites eat wood, and wood contains cellulose. The problem? Termites can’t naturally digest cellulose. Hawaiian bobtail squid glow in the dark, allowing them to hide from predators in patches of moonlight. The problem? Squid can’t naturally glow in the dark. How do these animals accomplish such impossible feats? By playing host to friendly microorganisms that allow them to go beyond their biology. Like termites and squids, our bodies have billions of bacteria that help us carry out essential processes that we can’t perform ourselves. Come learn about symbiosis, in which animals and microbes help each other out — while sipping some microorganism-fermented beer.
Trivia, interactive challenges, prizes, and — DUH — dinosaurs! Join Dustin Growick (Museum Hack's Team Lead for Science and host of The Dinosaur Show) for a fast-paced night of games and challenges to test both your real and pop culture knowledge of the greatest group of animals to ever walk the face of the Earth. What's the difference between Triceratops and Torosaurus? Do you know what year Jurassic Park came out? Is Jeff Goldblum the sexiest man alive? Grab a friend (or a whole trivia team) and come put your paleontological AND critical thinking skills to the test. Dinosaurs will be given out. Prizes will be won. And you'll be smarter before night goes extinct.
From ancient wall paintings in South America to instant access posts on Twitter, communication has constantly been evolving. As we think about how art, writing, and speech have changed over time, it’s important to note the external forces that have drastically transformed how we communicate with each other. Hear from an archaeologist, linguistic anthropologist, and social media manager as we dig into communication, from the disturbance of ancient art by a changing climate to the effect of modern technology on our communities and networks.
Join us and great Sci-Comm organizations from around NYC for some post-work drinks and interactive stations to determine once and for all - are you smarter than a 6th grader?
Join us as we take a hard look at human anatomy in our special event on bones. Kris Sunderic (CCNY) will explain his work on bone regeneration and how his findings are being applied to bioengineering. Tim Bromage (NYU) will discuss how lasers and mineralized hard tissues, like bones and teeth, are helping his team answer critical questions on evolution and the environment. Also on deck is a hands-on opportunity to study the diet of an owl by dissecting out the bones in an owl pellet. As always, you can enjoy these great talks with a beverage in hand (maybe keep your drinks away from the owl pellets). We recommend a White Russian if you feel the need for some calcium!
First talk starts at 7:15pm. Ryan's Daughter does not serve food, but feel free to order to the bar or bring your own!
Image credit: Jacob Medina