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
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: flu season! Well, maybe not everyone looks forward to flu season, but this event will feature talks from scientists who just might. Jeffrey Shaman will discuss how statistical models can be used to forecast the spread of infectious diseases, including influenza, using environmental data. Some of his work has focused specifically on predicting the spread of respiratory viral infections right here in NYC. We’ll also hear from a microbiologist Nicole Bouvier about the biology of the flu virus itself.