January 4, 2017

Bow-WOW! Tuesday, January 10, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! Secret Science Club presents Cognitive Scientist, Dog Researcher & Author Alexandra Horowitz

Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside the mind of a dog? Dog cognition researcher and author Alexandra Horowitz explores how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our own underused sense of smell to work in surprising ways.

Jumping off from her new book Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell and over a decade of canine research, Dr. Horowitz delves into the astonishing load of information dogs acquire from a single sniff of air, the anatomy of a dog’s snout and the human nose, and the ability of tracking dogs to sniff out everything from fire ants to their owners’ declining glucose levels.

Alexandra Horowitz is director of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. She has written for the New York Times, New Yorker, and Smithsonian, and she has been a featured scientist on NPR and NOVA ScienceNOW. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller Inside of a Dog, On Looking, and most recently Being a Dog.

Before & After
--Try the hair of the dog that bit you! Our cocktail of the night, the Finnegan & Upton, is named for the canine pair that inspires Dr. Horowitz’s research.
--Groove to the sounds of scents
--Stick around for the sweet-smelling Q&A
--Snag a signed copy of Alexandra Horowitz’s new book, Being a Dog

This next tail-wagging edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, January 10, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave; R to 9th Street.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

January 2, 2017

It’s Secret Science Club's New Year's Pledge Drive! Support Secret Science Club in 2017 . . . and Beyond

RED ALERT! Join our New Year's pledge drive and support Secret Science Club in 2017.

Secret Science Club is serious and passionate about science communication. As we enter the new year, we are as committed as ever to keeping our regular monthly events free and expanding our low-cost, high-quality programming to feed the need for more public science events.

In 2016, Secret Science Club went on an amazing, curiosity-fueled ride through astrophysics, brain science, evolution, undersea worlds, artificial intelligence, the genome, and more. We want 2017 to be even more mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, and science-filled.

To make a donation and support Secret Science Club 2017, visit our secure pledge page. You can snag cool pledge rewards, too (T-shirts, secret SSC swag, and more!). For those of you who don’t want pledge rewards, click here for faster check out.

Secret Science Club is a fiscally sponsored project of Science Live Productions, Inc, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. That means your donations are tax deductible!

Join us in celebrating science as a vital part of culture and public life and stand up for science as we head into the future. Thanks for your generous support of SSC's mission. Science for all!

Stay tuned for upcoming Secret Science Club events at the Bell House and Secret Science Club (North) events at Symphony Space.

December 14, 2016

Winter Solstice Edition! Wednesday, December 21, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist Charles Liu

Secret Science Club is ending 2016 with a Big Bang! Blast off into deep space and celebrate science (and the holidays) with all-star astrophysicist Charles Liu.

Before & After 
--Groove to out-of-this-world tunes
--Stick around for the cosmic Q&A
--Try our winter solstice cocktail, the Darkest Night
--Enter our goodbye-to-2016 tin foil hat contest! (Details below.)
Charles Liu is professor of astronomy at City University of New York's CSI, director of the Macaulay Honors College at CSI, and associate at the Hayden Planetarium and American Museum of Natural History. An extragalactic observational astronomer, he researches colliding galaxies, starburst galaxies, and the history of the universe. He is the newly elected Education Officer for the American Astronomical Society (huzzah!) and a StarTalk Radio All Star.

PLUS! Tin Foil Hat Contest! In an allegedly post-fact world filled with fake news and conspiracies, how can you best protect yourself? With a tin foil hat, of course! But not one that's drab and dull ... no! You're planning on donning the most stylish psycho-protective gear in town. That's why Secret Science Club is challenging you to make a tin foil hat that protects your mind from thought incursion AND looks great! Bring your head-turning headpiece to SSC at the Bell House on Wednesday, December 21 OR post your picture on Twitter with the hashtag #TinFoilHat2016 by midnight on Tuesday, December 20. (No Twitter? No prob. Send your best pic to secretscienceclub@gmail.com) Prizes for the most awesome tin foil hats in live and cyberspace categories!

The Winter Solstice edition of the Secret Science Club featuring astrophysicist Charles Liu meets Wednesday, December 21, 8PM @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St. 

Doors open at 7:30PM. Please bring ID: 21+.  No cover. Just bring your smart self!
 
COMING UP IN 2017!
**January 10: Canine Cognition Researcher & Author Alexandra Horowitz on “Being a Dog”
**February 7: Philosopher, Cognitive Scientist & Author Daniel Dennett on “The Evolution of Minds”
 

November 16, 2016

Monday, November 21, 8PM @ the Bell House, Secret Science Club presents Evolutionary Biologist Rafael Maia, FREE!

Tinder for the birds? Take flight at the next Secret Science Club with evolutionary biologist Rafael Maia, as he discusses the crazy (really crazy) mating behaviors of birds and how they are the products of evolutionary adaptation. He explores color, song, courtship displays, and weird body morphology, and connects it all to his own research on iridescence, the shimmering rainbow-like colors seen in soap bubbles, oil slicks and, yes, bird feathers

Rafael Maia works on “solving evolution’s mysteries, one feather at a time …” His research combines biology, physics, and materials science to understand the evolution and diversification of ornamental traits evolving under sexual and social selection. Dr. Maia is the Simons Foundation Junior Fellow in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University.

Before & After
--Raise a glass for science with our cocktail of the night, the Birds of a Feather
--Shimmy to tunes that shimmer and soar
--Stick around for the lofty Q&A

This in-flight edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, November 21, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

November 15, 2016

SOLD OUT! Secret Science Club (North) presents The Selfish Gene & Beyond with Richard Dawkins, Tuesday, November 15, 8pm @ Symphony Space,

SOLD OUT! Join evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Selfish Gene. In this classic work, Richard Dawkins gives a gene's-eye view of evolution that is both imaginative and powerful.
 
Are our bodies merely vehicles for ensuring the immortality of our genes? How can selfish genes support kindness and altruism? Why does our understanding of the evolution of life matter? 

The anniversary celebration continues and expands as Richard Dawkins discusses a lifetime of thinking and writing about science, and we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Blind Watchmaker, the 20th anniversary of Climbing Mount Improbable, and the 10th anniversary of The God Delusion.

As our knowledge of the genome grows by leaps and bounds in the 21st century, Richard Dawkins continues to change and challenge our view of Earth's life-forms and our own human experience.

Before & After
--Raise your glass! Visit our Mixology Lab, and sample a "Gene Fizz" 
--Snag a signed copy of a special anniversary edition of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene; and don't miss the Q&A!

Richard Dawkins is emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's inaugural Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science (1995-2008). He is a fellow of the Royal Society and best-selling author of such acclaimed works as The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, The Magic of Reality, An Appetite for Wonder, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science.

This special edition of Secret Science Club North meets @ Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St in Manhattan. Subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th Street. Doors for both events open at 7:30pm.

November 3, 2016

It's Official!

The ballots have all been cast… the votes are in… it’s really and truly official. Secret Science Club has been chosen as NYC’s “Best Nerd Hang.” Thanks for voting for science, New York, and thanks to our good friends at the Village Voice for making Secret Science Club part of the Best of NYC® 2016.

October 20, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 8PM @ the Bell House, Secret Science Club presents Social Neuroscientist Jon Freeman, FREE!

Snap judgments? Hey, we all make them about each other. The truth is when we see new faces, we categorize them in milliseconds. Our brains can have a person boxed and labeled before we’re even aware. Are they guilty or not guilty? Would they get your vote? Do you fear or trust them? Are they angry? Happy?

So what’s going on in our brains while these split-second, unconscious stereotypes and evaluations are being processed? Social and experimental psychologist Jon Freeman is looking to find out. He asks:
-- What are the neural and perceptual mechanisms underlying stereotypes?
-- Why are facial cues so important?
-- Can our unconscious first impressions actually morph the way we “see,” or perceive, someone?
-- What are the consequences of our unconscious initial judgments?

Director of the Social Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab and assistant professor of psychology at NYU, Jon Freeman uses brain imaging, behavioral techniques, and computational modeling to study the mechanisms underlying how we see and understand other people, including social categories and group membership, personality traits, and emotion. Recently, he was named to Forbes'30 Under 30 in Science” and was a featured scientist on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He is the author of over 60 scientific papers and the developer of the data collection and analysis software, MouseTracker. 

Before & After
--Get "BRAAAAAINS," our wet-wired, zombie-stereotyping cocktail of the night
--Submit to our dopamine-spiked neuro-grooves
--Stick around for the thought-provoking Q&A

This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, October 25, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. 

September 29, 2016

Mon, Oct 10, 8PM, Secret Science Club (North) presents Linguist and Author John McWhorter with "Words on the Move" @ Symphony Space

SPECIAL EVENT! Secret Science Club (North) presents Linguist & Author John McWhorter with Words on the Move, Monday, October 10, 8PM @ Symphony Space, $25. (Use code SECRET15 to get $15 tickets.)

Are you LITERALLY driven mad by imprecise word usage? Are you flustrated by neologisms, or are you language fluid?
Do you cringe at mispronunciations, or are they like LOL chill? Are emojis words? 

Think the friction between red states and blue states is rough? Try checking out the culture wars over "proper English." Linguist and master observer of American culture, John McWhorter examines and parses our shape-shifting language in this special talk coinciding with the release of his new book Words on the Move---and explores why some of the tensions over Lingua Americana may be central to our identities and views about culture and race in America.  

Before & After
--Try our cocktails of the night, the "Old-fashioned Grammarian" and the "YAAASSSSS!"
--Take our language quiz for a chance to win pithy prizes
--Sway to wordplay-inspired tunes
--Stick around for the Q&A, and snag a signed copy of John McWhorter's new book, Words on the Move

John McWhorter is a linguist and professor at Columbia University. He writes for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Root, Politico, The New Republic, and The Atlantic, and he is a frequent guest on NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. His popular and critically acclaimed books include The Power of Babel, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, What Language Is, and most recently, Words on the Move: Why English Won't---and Can't---Sit Still (Like, Literally).

Get $15 tickets for John McWhorter here with code SECRET15 and enter the code at checkout. You can also use the code at the Symphony Space box office (call 212.864.5400 or visit in person). 

This loquacious edition of Secret Science Club (North) meets Monday, October 10, 8PMSymphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St in Manhattan. Subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th Street. Doors open at 7:30pm. This is an all-ages event.

Photo Credit: Eileen Barrosa--Columbia University (John McWhorter)

September 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 8PM @ the Bell House, Secret Science Club presents Deep-Sea Biologist Mercer Brugler, FREE!

Take the plunge! Just returned from exploring undersea canyons and corals with the deep-diving Alvin research submarine, marine biologist Mercer Brugler shares secrets of the seafloor at the next Secret Science Club.

Cruise with Dr. Brugler as he explores the unusual and beautiful life-forms that thrive on the ocean floor. Dive to ocean depths where no light penetrates and chemicals bubbling from cold seeps fuel strange ecosystems and undersea microbes convert methane into food via chemosynthesis.

An evolutionary biologist specializing in the deep sea, black corals, and anemones, Mercer Brugler is assistant professor at City Tech-CUNY and research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to two deep dives in the storied Alvin, he has participated on several missions with deep-diving remote-operated research vehicles. He is one of the only people on Earth to have visited Bear Seamount, a 100-million-year-old extinct undersea volcano. Dive!

Before & After
--Quench your thirst with our grog of the night, the Strange Blue World. Drink up, me hearties!
--Groove to deep-sea shanties
--Stick around for the waves of Q&A

The next submersive edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, September 20 at 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover.

August 30, 2016

Secret Science Club (North) presents Linguist John McWhorter & Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins, Fall 2016 at Symphony Space!

Secret Science Club will be back at the Bell House in Brooklyn with our regular monthly talks starting September 20. Stay tuned for details! Meanwhile, heading into Manhattan...
 
Secret Science Club (North) is teaming up with Symphony Space for two special, ticketed events this fall!

***Secret Science Club (North) presents Words on the Move with Linguist John McWhorter, Monday, October 10, 8PM @ Symphony Space, $25. (Use code SECRET15 to get $15 tickets.)

Think the friction between red states and blue states is rough? Try checking out the culture wars over "proper English." Linguist and master observer of American culture, John McWhorter parses our shape-shifting language in this talk coinciding with the release of his new book Words on the Move---and explores why some of the tensions over Lingua Americana may be central to our identities and views about culture and race in America.  

Before & After: Try our cocktails of the night, the "Old-fashioned Grammarian" and the "YAAASSSSS!"; take our language quiz for a chance to win pithy prizes; sway to wordplay-inspired tunes; stick around for the Q&A; and snag a signed copy of John McWhorter's latest book.

John McWhorter is a linguist and professor at Columbia University. He writes for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Root, Politico, The New Republic, and The Atlantic, and he is a frequent guest on NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. His popular and critically acclaimed books include The Power of Babel, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, What Language Is, and most recently, Words on the Move: Why English Won't---and Can't---Sit Still (Like, Literally).

Get $15 tickets for John McWhorter here with code SECRET15 and enter the code at checkout. You can also use the code at the Symphony Space box office (call 212.864.5400 or visit in person). 


***Secret Science Club (North) presents The Selfish Gene with Richard Dawkins, Tuesday, November 15, 8pm @ Symphony Space, $25. ($15 with code SECRET15)

Join evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Selfish Gene. In this classic work, Richard Dawkins gives a gene's-eye view of evolution that is imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant.

Are our bodies merely vehicles for ensuring the immortality of our genes? How can selfish genes support kindness and altruism? Why does our understanding of the evolution of life matter? As our knowledge of the genome grows by leaps and bounds in the 21st century, Richard Dawkins continues to change and challenge our view of Earth's life-forms and our own human experience.

Before & After: Visit our Mixology Lab, and sample a "Gene Fizz"; sway to natural selections and (r)evolutionary sounds; snag a signed copy of the special anniversary edition of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene; and don't miss the Q&A!

Richard Dawkins is emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's inaugural Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science (1995-2008). He is a fellow of the Royal Society and best-selling author of such acclaimed works as The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, The Magic of Reality, An Appetite for Wonder, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science.

Get $15 tickets for Richard Dawkins here with code SECRET15 and enter the code at checkout. You can also use the code at the Symphony Space box office (call 212.864.5400 or visit in person). 

Secret Science Club North 
meets @ Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St in Manhattan. Subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th Street. Doors for both events open at 7:30pm.

For more information about the Secret Science Club, contact secretscienceclub@gmail.com

Or visit us on the Web at http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com 

Photo Credit: Eileen Barrosa--Columbia University (John McWhorter)

July 27, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 8PM, Secret Science Club & the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation present the “2016 Lasker Public Lecture” with Nobel-Prize-Winning Biologist Harold Varmus at the Bell House, FREE!

Dr. Harold Varmus has been studying cancer—a tricky and dangerous foe— for nearly five decades. He and his colleague Michael Bishop won the Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking discovery that cancer is not just a mysterious mass attacking the body, but a disease of the genome. This revelation opened floods of new research, and Dr. Varmus went on to become the director of the National Institutes of Health and later the National Cancer Institute, helping reshape America’s biomedical research agenda and public health policy.

Today, Harold Varmus is back in the lab (not that he ever really left). While people overall are living longer after a cancer diagnosis than they did when his career began, cures for most cancers are still elusive. Worldwide over 8 million people die of cancer every year and in many U.S. states, cancer is the #1 cause of death. As the battle against cancer rages on, new computational and genomic technologies are making Dr. Varmus’s historic research more relevant than ever, offering unprecedented opportunities to develop advances in treatment.

At the next Secret Science Club, Dr. Varmus asks: How will individualized genetic profiles—or precision medicine—affect the future of cancer research and care? Will Big Data and new DNA sequencing technology be the tipping point in the war on cancer? What cancer therapies, diagnostic tools, and prevention strategies may be in our future?

The co-winner of the Nobel Prize for pioneering research on the genetic origins of cancer and recipient of the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, Dr. Harold Varmus joined the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine in 2015. Previously, he was Director of the National Cancer Institute (2010 -2015), President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2000 – 2010), Director of the National Institutes of Health (1993 – 1999), and Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics at UC San Francisco (1979 –1993). The author of over 350 scientific papers and five books, he was co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, co-founder of the Public Library of Science, and chair of the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.

Before & After: Sample our cocktail of the night, the Scientific Method; groove to beats you can feel on a cellular level; and stick around for the scintillating Q&A

This multicellular edition of the Secret Science Club, the 2016 Lasker Public Lecture in honor of Al Sommer, is sponsored by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The Foundation works to foster the prevention and treatment of disease and disabilities by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science, educating the public, and advocating for support of medical research.Yeah!

The next Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, August 9, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self.

June 29, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 8PM @ the Bell House, Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist & Author Priyamvada Natarajan, FREE!

At the next Secret Science Club, we’re blasting off with astrophysicist and author Priyamvada Natarajan on a mission to explore black holes and dark matter—two of the most mysterious entities in the Universe.

In this mind-blowing talk, coinciding with the release of her new book Mapping the Heavens, Dr. Natarajan examines the most recent breakthroughs in cosmology—from mapping invisible dark matter to the discovery of gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of spacetime predicted by Einstein.

Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University, specializing in dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. A fellow of the American Physical Society, Royal Astronomical Society, and Explorers Club, she is the author of over 100 scientific papers and has written for The Huffington Post, Washington Post, New York Review of Books, and Discover Magazine. She has just published her first book, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos, which brilliantly explains advances in our understanding of the heavens from ancient times up through the most pressing questions at the frontier of astrophysics today.

Before & After
--Imbibe our starry-eyed cocktail of the night, the Cosmic Explorer
--Sway to groovitational tunes and stick around for the celestial Q&A
--Snag a signed copy of Dr. Natarajan’s fantastic new book, MAPPING THE HEAVENS

This out-of-this-world edition of the Secret Science Club meets Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 8pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave; R to 9th St. 

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

June 2, 2016

Monday, June 13, 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Roboticist Hod Lipson @ the Bell House, FREE!

A roboticist who works in the areas of artificial intelligence and digital manufacturing, Hod Lipson designs cool, biologically inspired machines—and he sees a future where robots are not only autonomous but creative. He and his colleagues build robots that do what you’d least expect robots to do: Self replicate, self-reflect, ask questions, and even come up with their own ideas. 

At the next Secret Science Club, Hod Lipson asks: Can robots ultimately design and make other robots? Can machines be curious? Will robots ever be truly self-aware? Can they evolve? Dream?

Hod Lipson is a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University. His work on robots and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, and on CNN and NPR. He has co-authored over 200 technical papers, the recent book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, and the forthcoming book, Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead.

Before & After
--Sample our self-replicating cocktail of the night, the Drinkbot
--Groove to algorhythmic tunes
--Stick around for the all-too-human Q&A!

This rock’em, sock’em robots edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, June 13, 8PM @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.  Doors open at 7:30PM.  Please bring ID: 21+.  No cover.

May 5, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Theoretical Physicist & Author Sean Carroll with "The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself" @ the Bell House, FREE!

Fasten your seatbelts, cosmonauts! Physicist and best-selling author Sean Carroll travels to the edge of time, space, and the limits of human understanding. On a grand tour of the Universe—observed from quantum, cosmic, and human perspectives—Sean Carroll probes the areas where physics, chemistry, astronomy, philosophy, and biology intersect. At the next Secret Science Club, he asks: What do we know about the Universe? What is the arrow of time? What does physics have to say about consciousness and the origin of life? What can the physical Universe tell us about the all-too-human quest for meaning in the world?

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist and research professor at Caltech, specializing in cosmology, gravitation, field theory, quantum mechanics, and the evolution of entropy and complexity. The recipient of prizes and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Packard Foundation, American Physical Society, American Institute of Physics, and Royal Society of London, Dr. Carroll has been a featured scientist on Colbert, PBS’s NOVA, and Through the Wormhole, and writes about physics on his blog, Preposterous Universe. He is the author of three critically acclaimed popular science books: The Particle at the End of the Universe, From Eternity to Here, and most recently, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.

Before & After 
--Sample our quantum cocktail of the night
--Groove to the cosmic ballet & interstellar tunes
--Stick around for mind-bending Q&A 
--Hot off the presses! Snag a signed copy of Sean Carroll’s new book, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

This intergalactic edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, May 10, 8PM @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St. 

Doors to open at 7:30PM. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. (We're expecting a big crowd, so get there early!)

Books will be sold by WORD Bookstore.  Thanks, WORD!
 

April 27, 2016

Tuesday May 3, 7:30PM, Secret Science Club (North) presents Marine Biologist Fernando Bretos @ Symphony Space

Secret Science Club is diving into Symphony Space for a special event...

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30PM, Secret Science Club (North) presents Marine Biologist Fernando Bretos @ Symphony Space, $20 ($15 with code SECRET15)

Ocean currents and ecosystems don’t acknowledge embargoes. Home to endangered manatees, crocodiles, sea turtles and sharks, Cuba’s underwater environments are ecological wonders. For two decades, marine biologist Fernando Bretos has worked alongside Cuban biologists, studying the island’s remarkable sea creatures, coral reefs, and the ocean ecosystems that bind us all together. 

At the next Secret Science Club (North), step into liquid with Fernando Bretos as he dives deep into Cuba’s underwater world.

Before & After: Grab a rum punch, sway to the sounds of salsa and son, and stick around for the post-talk Q&A!

Snag tickets for $15 here with code SECRET15, by phone at 212.864.5400, or in person at the Symphony Space box office. 

Fernando Bretos is director of the Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program, curator of ecology at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, and director of Trinational Initiative for Marine Science and Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico and Western Caribbean, a program to restore coastal and marine resources shared by Cuba, Mexico and the United States. For over 15 years, he has worked in Cuba on marine biodiversity expeditions, coral reef health assessments and research on green sea turtles. He was a featured scientist on CNN’s The Wonder List and the award-winning PBS documentary, Cuba: The Accidental Eden.

This wet-and-wild edition of Secret Science Club (North) meets Tuesday, May 3, 7:30pm @ Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St in Manhattan. Subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 96th Street. 

Doors open at 7pm. This is an all-ages event!

Photo credits: Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science; Fernando Bretos