May 31, 2023

IN-PERSON @ THE WETLAB ON PIER 40, Secret Science Club joins forces with Hudson River Park, Thursday, June 8 @ 6:30 PM, $10

We’re taking the plunge & heading into Manhattan!

SPECIAL EVENT! Secret Science Club joins forces with Hudson River Park's "Ask a Scientist" to present an all-aquatic evening in Lower Manhattan

Thursday, June 8 @ 6:30PM, $10. (Reserve your tickets.)

Secret Science Club flows into Hudson River Park's Wetlab on beautiful Pier 40 to explore some of the most mysterious marine animals living in our waters.

Biologists Melina Giakoumis and Lalitha Jayant dive into the strange, fascinating, and spiny lives of echinoderms (sea stars! sea urchins!) at this special Ask a Scientist event.

Before & After the Talks
--Get up close and personal with wildlife from NYC’s liquid wilderness. Check out the exhibits & aquariums in the Wetlab, filled with creatures that live right under our noses alongside Wall Street, Tribeca, the West Village, and Chelsea.
--Groove to sea-salty tunes in our “Ebb Tide Lounge”
--Imbibe thirst-quenching cocktails & mocktails
--Ask a scientist (or two!) about your favorite Hudson River species

Get $10 tickets here!

Melina Giakoumis is the associate director of the Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History. She studies sea stars in the North Atlantic Ocean, and the causes of sea star population declines. She recently earned her PhD in biology, with a focus on Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior, from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She uses genomics and field research to understand the evolutionary history, population dynamics and future distributional changes in intertidal communities and is passionate about science communication & education.

Lalitha Jayant is a professor of cell and molecular biology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She works with the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus and marine bacteria associated with this species. One of her research projects involves extending the shelf-life of sea urchin eggs for laboratory use using liposomes. Given the limited life span of isolated eggs from L. variegatus, one aim of this work has been to make sea urchin gametes more readily available and useful for developmental research and for class experiments in biology labs.

This program meets Thursday, June 8, 6:30PM at the Wetlab on Hudson River Park’s Pier 40. (The entrance to the pier is at the intersection of W. Houston St and West St in Manhattan.) Subway: 1 to Houston St; C or E to Spring St.

Tickets are $10. Click here to reserve your spot!

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

May 10, 2023

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE, Secret Science Club presents Biologist & Circadian Rhythm Researcher Orie Shafer on Monday, May 15 @ 8PM, FREE!

Synchronize your watches! We’re about to explore the mysteries of circadian rhythms…

Secret Science Club presents Biological Clock Researcher Orie Shafer

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, May 15, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

We all have biological clocks embedded in our minds & bodies. So how do they work?

At the next Secret Science Club, we’re exploring circadian rhythms with chronobiologist and neuroscientist Orie Shafer. He asks:

-- How do circadian rhythms guide everything from sleep to digestion to daily changes in body temperature?

-- How accurate is our biological clock and what can knock it off-kilter?

-- Where in the body is the biological clock located?

-- Do early birds and night owls have different circadian rhythms? What is social jet lag?

Before & After
--Try our fastidiously measured cocktail of the night, the “Right on Time”
--Groove to syncopated tunes (as we rock around the clock)
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A

ORIE SHAFER is a professor of biology at the Advanced Science Research Center at the City University of New York. He studies the neurobiological basis of circadian clocks, the molecular time-keeping mechanisms that orchestrate rhythmic behaviors, such as sleeping and waking. His research employs genetic, physiological, imaging, and behavioral methods to understand how neural networks create a robust yet resettable circadian rhythm, and he is particularly interested in how biological clocks operate when challenged by the unreliability of the modern-day light environment.

This up-to-the-minute edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, May 15, 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 the performance space open at 7:30PM.

Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

April 23, 2023

LIVE ONLINE: TUESDAY, April 25 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Sleep Researcher Gina Poe, FREE!

Sweet dreams! Secret Science Club presents Sleep Researcher Gina Poe

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, April 25 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Here's how to sign up: Everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before. To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

At the next Secret Science Club, neuroscientist Gina Poe uncovers the mysteries of a good night’s sleep. She asks:

- What is the architecture of a good night’s sleep? And what are the purposes of the different phases of sleep?

- What is the brain working on when you’re sleeping? How is sleep involved in learning, memory, and the processing of emotions?

- Why is it so important to go to bed at the same time every night? We’ve all heard about R.E.M. sleep, but what’s so special about the first 20 minutes of sleep?

- What are the connections between sleep disturbances and mental health? How does sleeping and dreaming rejuvenate our minds, bodies, and memories?

Gina Poe is a neuroscientist, professor in the department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, and the Eleanor Leslie Chair in Innovative Brain Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In her lab, she focuses on the role of sleep in learning and memory consolidation, as well as sleep’s role in mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction recovery, and depression.

Before & After
--Mix up our soothing, sleepy-time cocktail of the night, the "Dream Weaver"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to rock lullabies and other dreamy tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A

This is a FREE event.

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

Cash App: $SecretScienceClub

Zelle: scienceliveproductions@gmail.com

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for the “Dream Weaver” (suggested by our speaker and created by the Secret Science Club experimental mixology lab)
Ingredients: 6 oz Milk (any kind you like); 1 oz Amaretto, Baileys Irish Cream, or Kahlúa; 1 tsp Honey; 2 to 3 dashes Vanilla Extract; a pinch of Ground Cinnamon
- On the stove, gently warm the milk in a saucepan over low-to-medium heat (but do not let milk simmer or boil)
- Pour the warm milk into your favorite mug
- Add honey, vanilla, and alcohol—and stir until combined
- Top off with a sprinkling of cinnamon
For a mocktail version: Skip the alcohol, and add a little extra warm milk and honey to taste.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

March 28, 2023

LIVE ONLINE: SUNDAY, April 2 @ 2PM, Secret Science Club presents “Science & the Information Epidemic” with Psychologist Sander van der Linden and Disease Detective Seema Yasmin, FREE!

This Sunday afternoon! Join us for a brunch-time Zoom event…

LIVE ONLINE! Secret Science Club presents "Science & the Information Epidemic" with social psychologist Sander van der Linden and disease detective Seema Yasmin

Join us live via ZOOM on SUNDAY, April 2 @ 2PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 1:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the day before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

Misinformation campaigns—designed to recruit, sell, influence, manipulate, engage (or enrage)—are not a new phenomenon. But in recent years, content that is false or misleading seems to have metastasized. In an era of information overload, is it possible we are losing the ability to separate fact from fiction?

At the next Secret Science Club, psychologist Sander van der Linden and disease detective Seema Yasmin explain why our brains are so vulnerable to misinformation, how it spreads like a virus across social networks, and what we can do to inoculate ourselves and others.

THE SPEAKERS

Sander van der Linden is professor of social psychology in society at the University of Cambridge and director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab. His research examines how people process (mis)information, how it spreads in online networks, and what behavioral interventions we can design to counter it at-scale. He co-developed the award-winning fake news game, Bad News, which has been played by millions of people around the world, and he regularly advises governments, social media companies, and the World Health Organization on fighting misinformation. He and his research have been featured in the New York Times, Wired, and Rolling Stone and on NPR and the BBC. His new book - Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity - was published in March.

Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, professor and author. She is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, clinical assistant professor in Stanford University’s Department of Medicine, and visiting professor at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA where she teaches crisis management and communications. Previously, she served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her scholarly work focuses on the spread of health misinformation and disinformation, the growth of medical and news deserts, and the impact on public health. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, and Rolling Stone, and she regularly appears on CNN. Her most recent book is What the Fact?! Finding the Truth in All the Noise.

Before & After
--Mix up our sneaky cocktail & mocktail, the "Sweet Persuasion"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to strangely alluring tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag copies of our speakers’ awesome new books! You can order Sander van der Linden's Foolproof here and Seema Yasmin's What the Fact?! here.

This is a FREE event.

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

Cash App: $SecretScienceClub

Zelle: scienceliveproductions@gmail.com

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for the “Sweet Persuasion” (created by the Secret Science Club Experimental Mixology Lab)
Ingredients: 2 oz Grapefruit Juice, 2 oz Orange Juice, 4 oz Prosecco or Sparkling Rosé, 1 dash Rose Water, Raspberries (for garnish)
- Combine chilled juices and rose water in a wine glass, and stir
- Slowly top off with well-chilled sparkling wine
- Garnish with raspberries and your favorite spring flower
** (For a mocktail version, substitute lemon-lime seltzer or Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa for the sparkling wine.)

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

March 15, 2023

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE, Secret Science Club presents Squid-ologist Diana Li on Tuesday, March 21 @ 8PM, FREE!

Secret Science Club presents Everyone’s Favorite Squid-ologist, Diana Li!

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Tuesday, March 21, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

At the next Secret Science Club, squid-ologist Diana Li explores undersea life and shares her amazing discoveries about these transfixing, tentacled creatures.

Get ready to dive deep! More than just calamari—squids are some of the most extreme creatures on the planet. Dr. Li asks:

-- How are swimming squid literally like rockets?

-- Of all the over 300 species of squids—from the alien-like Big Fin Squid to the see-through Glass Squid—which species deserves to be crowned Most Wondrous?

-- What’s it like getting up close and personal with squid in the lab and in the ocean? And what’s it like to get inked?

Before & After
--Try our propulsive cocktail of the evening, the “Night Swimmer”
--Groove to wet & wild tunes
--Stick around for the scintillating and salty Q&A

DIANA LI is a scientist & educator at Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station where she studied the neurophysiology and biomechanics of swimming squid. She is currently Associate Director of Education & Training Initiatives at Columbia's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute and is dedicated to programs that inform the public about science: Dr. Li has appeared on “Science Friday,” the “Facts Machine” podcast, and “Story Collider.

This undersea edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, March 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 to the performance space open at 7:30PM.

Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

*This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.*

What’s next at Secret Science Club Online?
On Sunday, April 2, join us on Zoom for a brunch-time program on misinformation with psychologist Sander van der Linden (author of Foolproof) and medical doctor Seema Yasmin (author of What the Fact?!). Stay tuned for details!

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

March 5, 2023

LIVE ONLINE: YOUR BRAIN, YOUR TEEN'S BRAIN & THE LAW, Tuesday, March 14 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” with Francis X. Shen & Adriana Galván, FREE!

We’re back with another brainy Zoom talk!


Secret Science Club presents the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” with Brain Experts Francis Shen & Adriana Galván (in honor of Brain Awareness Week)

Join us live via Zoom on TUESDAY, March 14 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

At the next Secret Science Club Online, pioneering researchers Francis Shen and Adriana Galván discuss groundbreaking discoveries about the adolescent brain—and how these scientific insights are affecting our legal system, public policy, and society. They ask:

•    What’s going on in the brains of teens and young adults?
•    What impact does stress have on the adolescent brain?
•    How does the young adult brain evaluate risk-taking and rewards?
•    In what ways is neuroscientific research on the developing brain influencing laws, court decisions, and sentencing guidelines?
•    How are insights about the adolescent brain affecting young people themselves—in terms of legal culpability and incarceration, age restrictions for controlled substances, and their rights to make decisions about their own medical care?

THE SPEAKERS

Francis X. Shen is a professor at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics and an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Law School. He is a pioneer in establishing the interdisciplinary field of law and neuroscience, and conducts research on how insights from neuroscience and artificial intelligence can make the legal system more just and effective. In 2021, he was awarded the Early Career Scholars Medal from the American Law Institute. He is the director of Harvard’s Shen Lab: Law, Ethics, Neuroscience & Artificial Intelligence, where the motto is “every story is a brain story.”

Adriana Galván is a professor of psychology and dean of undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). An expert on the adolescent brain and the author of over 100 scientific papers, she has made seminal discoveries about brain development in children, teens, and adults. In 2019, she received the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Her research on the adolescent brain has played a central role in landmark Supreme Court decisions regarding the culpability and punishment of juvenile offenders.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail (and mocktail!) of the night, the "Legal Limit"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to synapse-soothing tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
-- Learn how you can participate in Brain Awareness Week, the global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science

This mind-blowing edition of Secret Science Club - the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” in honor of Brain Awareness Week - is supported by the Dana Foundation as part of its Dana Education program, which includes the coordination of Brain Awareness Week. The Dana Foundation is dedicated to advancing neuroscience and society by supporting cross-disciplinary intersections such as neuroscience and ethics, law, policy, humanities, and arts.

This is a FREE event.

What’s next at Secret Science Club?
--On Tuesday, March 21, we will be back at the Bell House with an in-person event, featuring squid-ologist Diana Li!
-On Sunday, April 2, join us for a brunch-time event on misinformation. Psychologist Sander van der Linden (author of Foolproof) will be in conversation with medical doctor Seema Yasmin (author of What the Fact?!)

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for the “Legal Limit” (created by the Secret Science Club experimental mixology lab)
Ingredients: 2 oz Bourbon or Spiced Rum, 4 oz Cereal Milk**, a few dashes of vanilla extract, a cinnamon stick
- Pour the alcohol and cereal milk into a cocktail shaker
- Add 2 or 3 dashes of vanilla, along with ice—and shake
- Pour the strained mixture over ice into an old-fashioned glass
- Garnish with cinnamon stick
** Cereal Milk Recipe
To make this, you will need your favorite sugary breakfast cereal (e.g., Cap’n Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops… you get the idea). You will also need milk and brown sugar.
-Pour 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of cereal in a bowl. Let it “infuse” for about 20 minutes, then strain out the cereal. Mix in 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
For a mocktail version: Substitute chilled Earl Gray tea for the alcohol.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

January 26, 2023

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Tuesday, February 7 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Social Psychologist Daniel Yudkin, FREE!

Secret Science Club presents Social Psychologist Daniel Yudkin on Moral Dilemmas

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Tuesday, February 7, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

We’ve all been there. You say or do something, maybe it’s telling a “little” lie that ends up backfiring, or perhaps you blow your stack at someone else for their bad behavior. It leaves you wondering: Was I in the wrong? Or was it their fault?

Fortunately, there’s a website for vetting such moral dilemmas, the Reddit forum, titled: “Am I the A-hole?” With thousands of posts and millions of comments, “Am I the A-hole?” is a clearinghouse for ethical quandaries about honesty, privacy, fairness, kindness, loyalty, and decency.

For social psychologist Daniel Yudkin, “Am I the A-hole” has proved to be a goldmine (and vast database) for studying the ways people think about and experience morality in their everyday lives.

At the next Secret Science Club, Dr. Yudkin shares his insights from his research on the moral codes that we impose on ourselves and each other—and the ways we adapt, bend, and break those rules as we navigate relationships & social situations in our daily lives.

Before & After
--Try our well-mannered cocktail of the night, the “Mea Culpa”
--Groove to morally ambiguous and nonjudgmental tunes
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A

DANIEL YUDKIN is a social psychologist who studies how people decide between right and wrong, and how these decisions impact relationships, organizations, and society. He is a postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a senior advisor at More in Common. a nonprofit that uses insights from social science to understand and bridge political divides. His research has been featured in the New Yorker, Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post and on CNN, NPR, and the BBC World News, and his essays have appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, and Scientific American.

This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, February 7, 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 the performance space open at 7:30PM.

Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

*This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.*

To support Secret Science Club, make a donation to our 2023 pledge drive!

Visit our secure pledge page & get cool pledge rewards like T-shirts, tote bags, and other secret swag. Don't want pledge rewards? Click here for faster checkout.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

December 19, 2022

Rocket into 2023 with Secret Science Club!

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Thanks to all the amazing scientists who presented (both in-person and online) at Secret Science Club in 2022, and to our fabulous partners and supporters. And thanks to YOU – our wonderful, ever-curious audience members. We so appreciate your hanging in there with us as we continued to navigate the challenges and changes brought on by the pandemic.

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November 30, 2022

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, December 12 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club & the Dana Foundation present Neuroscientist Xiaosi Gu on “The Social Brain,” FREE!

Secret Science Club & the Dana Foundation present the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” with Neuroscientist Xiaosi Gu

IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, December 12, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

Should I ask him out? Is my boss mad at me? Can my frenemies be trusted? Managing social interactions is hard work for our brains—and it’s probably our social natures that make the human brain so complex. It’s also what makes a lack of positive social interactions potentially damaging to our mental health.

At the next Secret Science Club, neuroscientist Xiaosi Gu explores the mysteries of the social brain. She asks:

-- How do our social lives and social interactions impact our moods and well-being—in both good ways and bad?

-- How do our brains adapt to shifting social situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, or changes in social norms? How can that be studied?

-- How do social norms, pressures, and expectations affect decision-making?

-- How can computational methods be used in psychiatry to improve mental health treatment?

Dr. Xiaosi Gu is a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience and the director of the Center for Computational Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her research examines the neural and computational mechanisms underlying human beliefs, emotions, decision making, and social interactions—in both health and disease—through a synthesis of neuroscience, cognitive science, and behavioral economics. She uses a variety of technologies, including brain imaging and machine learning, to study the brain’s processes, with the goal of improving general knowledge about the brain as well as psychiatric treatments. She is the co-developer of the Social Brain app, which uses games and participatory narratives to measure the relationship between social behaviors and mental health.

Before & After
--Imbibe our specially made cocktail of the night, the Social Hour
--Shimmy to synapse-soothing grooves
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A

This mind-blowing edition of Secret Science Club - the “Dana Foundation Neuroscience & Society Lecture” featuring Xiaosi Gu - is supported by the Dana Foundation as part of its Dana Education program, which includes the coordination of Brain Awareness Week in mid-March. The Dana Foundation is dedicated to advancing neuroscience and society by supporting cross-disciplinary intersections such as neuroscience and ethics, law, policy, humanities, and arts.

Secret Science Club meets in-person on Monday, December 12, 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 the performance space open at 7:30PM. Please bring ID: 21+.

No cover. Just bring your smart self.

*This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.*

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

November 27, 2022

LIVE ONLINE: Thursday, December 1 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Karen Bakker & the Smart Earth Project, FREE!

Sounds of Life! Secret Science Club Online presents Karen Bakker & the Smart Earth Project

Join us live via Zoom on Thursday, December 1 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

The natural world teems with remarkable conversations, many beyond the range of human hearing. Prairie dogs and dolphins whistle to each other by “name.” Elephants share their whereabouts with far-off relatives, using low-frequency rumbles. Even coral reefs are filled with a symphony of ultrasonic sounds.

At the next Secret Science Club, Karen Bakker jumps off from her new book The Sounds of Life to explore the ways scientists are using groundbreaking digital technologies to eavesdrop on Earth’s animals and ecosystems, from the Arctic to the Amazon.

Karen Bakker is a professor of geography at the University of British Columbia, focusing on the environment, sustainability, freshwater issues, natural sounds, and bioacoustics. The recipient of numerous awards, she was recently named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2022-2023 Radcliffe Fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, where she is currently working on the Smart Earth Project. The author of over 100 academic publications, she has written seven books, including her most recent The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants.

Before & After
--Mix up our murmuring cocktail of the night, the "Sonic Tonic"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to wild tunes & natural soundscapes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Karen Bakker’s fascinating new book, The Sounds of Life here or wherever you buy books!

This is a FREE event.

What’s next at Secret Science Club?
We will be back in-person at the Bell House on December 12 with neuroscientist Xiaosi Gu on the "Social Brain." Stay tuned for details!

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

Cash App: $SecretScienceClub

Zelle: scienceliveproductions@gmail.com

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for the “Sonic Tonic” (created by the Secret Science Club Experimental Mixology Lab)
Ingredients: 2 oz Fresh-squeezed Blood Orange Juice, 1 oz Cranberry Juice, 2 oz Gin, 4 oz Tonic Water, Slices of Blood Orange and Fresh Cranberries (for garnish), Ice
- Pour juices and gin into a rocks glass filled with ice
- Slowly add tonic water, and stir
- Top off with a slice or two of blood orange and a few cranberries
** (For a mocktail version, skip the gin, double the amount of juice, and add a splash of lime.)

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

November 15, 2022

LIVE @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, November 21 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist Nora Eisner, FREE!

We're Blasting Off to Other Worlds…

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, November 21, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist and Planet Hunter Nora Eisner

Astrophysicist Nora Eisner is hunting for the most complex, the most unusual and the most exciting planetary systems in our Galaxy.

The drastic improvement in telescopes over the last 50 years has led to the discovery of thousands of exoplanets. While many exoplanets resemble planets in our own solar system, there are also strange systems including gigantic exoplanets (called “hot Jupiters”) and even exoplanets that orbit multiple stars.

At the next Secret Science Club, Dr. Eisner describes her work with citizen scientists to detect some of the most elusive exoplanets in the Milky Way.

NORA EISNER is an astrophysicist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute in New York City. She scans the galaxy with the help of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), and she is the project leader for Planet Hunters TESS, a citizen science project involving over 35,000 people around the globe. Her research focuses on studying unique planetary and stellar systems that are missed by automated searches. As an advocate for making science more accessible to the public, she collaborates with a team at NASA Ames to develop tools on how to conduct exoplanet science from the comfort of your own home. Dr. Eisner and her research have been featured in New Scientist, Astronomy, CNN and Forbes.

Before & After
--Imbibe our otherworldly cocktail of the night, the “Thrilling Atmosphere”
--Groove to interstellar tunes
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A

This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, November 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 to the performance space open at 7:30PM.

Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

*This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.*

What’s next at Secret Science Club Online?
On December 1, join us on Zoom with Karen Bakker of the Smart Earth Project with The Sounds of Life. Stay tuned for details!

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

Cash App: $SecretScienceClub

Zelle: scienceliveproductions@gmail.com

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

October 17, 2022

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, October 25 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club & the Lasker Foundation present the “2022 Lasker Public Lecture” with Molecular Geneticist & Medical Pioneer Yuk Ming Dennis Lo, FREE!

A headshot of Dr. Dennis Lo
Secret Science Club
& the Lasker Foundation present the 2022 Lasker Public Lecture with Molecular Geneticist & Medical Pioneer Yuk Ming Dennis Lo

Join us live via Zoom on TUESDAY, October 25 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

Shhh... everyone on our mailing list will be emailed the Zoom link the night before.  To join the Secret Science Club mailing list (or just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

A pioneering medical researcher, Dennis Lo has spent his life uncovering & deciphering microscopic clues hidden in our bloodstreams. At the next Secret Science Club, he shines a light on DNA fragments circulating in our blood that can indicate signs of disease and offer a new window into human health. He asks:

•    What is circulating DNA and how was it discovered?
•    What diseases and health conditions can be detected in circulating DNA with a simple blood test?
•    What is the impact of using this type of non-invasive genetic testing on treatment options and outcomes?

Dennis Lo is a molecular geneticist, professor of medicine, and director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This year, he received the 2022 Lasker-Debakey Clinical Medical Research Award for his groundbreaking discovery of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal blood and the development of non-invasive prenatal tests for Down syndrome. Using similar techniques, he and other researchers are developing non-invasive blood tests that can detect early signs of cancer and other diseases & conditions. For his research, Dr. Lo has received numerous other awards and honors, including the 2016 Future Science Prize & the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. He is a founding member of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, a fellow of the UK Royal Society, and an international member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Clinical Investigator"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to our ever-evolving playlist
--Bring your questions for the live audience Q&A

The Lasker Foundation logo
This edition of the Secret Science Club, the 2022 Lasker Public Lecture in honor of Al Sommer, is sponsored by the 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.

This is a FREE event.

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

Cash App: $SecretScienceClub

Zelle: scienceliveproductions@gmail.com

(Note: If you don't already have the Zoom meeting app on your computer or mobile device, you can download it for free at zoom.us)

Cocktail Recipe for the “Clinical Investigator” (created by the Secret Science Club Experimental Mixology Lab)
Ingredients: 1 Cup Crushed Ice, 1 Lime (cut in half), 4 oz Cranberry Juice Cocktail, 2 oz Vodka, 4 oz Ginger Beer, Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
- Place crushed ice in a large highball glass, and squeeze the juice of ½ lime over the ice
- Pour in cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and ginger beer
- Gently stir and garnish with cranberries and lime wedge
** (For a mocktail version, simply skip the vodka.)

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs logoThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

September 28, 2022

Are you ready for outer space? LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Tuesday, October 4 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Geneticist, NASA Researcher & Author Christopher Mason, FREE!

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Tuesday, October 4, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

Secret Science Club presents Geneticist, NASA Researcher & Author Christopher Mason

Christopher Mason is a geneticist and computational biologist, who works with NASA to study what happens to astronauts’ bodies when they go into space. It turns out life is tough in zero-G. Our bones start leaching calcium. Our bodies kinda stretch. Our genes mutate a bit. Even on short trips, it’s not exactly healthy. So what is a species hell-bent on colonizing Mars to do?

Christopher Mason has a plan that just might transport humanity into the next galaxy. Jumping off from his recent book—The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds—he takes Secret Science Club on a wild ride through the world of human genetics and space travel. Prepare to have your mind blown! (And to survive off-Earth when the Sun blinks out.)

Before & After
--Imbibe our intergalactic cocktail of the night, the Asteroid Belt
--Groove to out-of-this-world tunes
--Munch on pepperoni, mushroom truffle oil, and Margherita pizza
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A
-- Snag a copy of Christopher Mason’s amazing new book, The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds at our pop-up book shop!

Christopher Mason
has been a Principal Investigator and Co-investigator for eleven NASA missions and projects. He is Professor of Genomics, Physiology, and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Director of the WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction. He also holds affiliate appointments at the New York Genome Center, Yale Law School, and the Consortium for Space Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He and his research have been featured in the Washington Post, Wired, and Scientific American, and on NPR, the BBC and CNN.

This space-age edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, October 4, 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 the performance space open at 7:30PM.

Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!

**Proof of full vaccination required for entry to the Bell House** 

*This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.*

What’s next at Secret Science Club?
We will be back with a Zoom event on Tuesday, October 25. Stay tuned for details about all our upcoming programs!

You can support Secret Science Club's programming by making a DONATION via:

Credit Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or Google Pay on Donorbox

Cash App: $SecretScienceClub

Zelle: scienceliveproductions@gmail.com

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


September 14, 2022

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE WETLAB ON PIER 40, Secret Science Club joins forces with Hudson River Park, Tuesday, September 20 @ 7PM, $10

We’re flowing into Manhattan for another special event!

Secret Science Club joins forces with Hudson River Park to present a wet & wild evening in Lower Manhattan

Tuesday, September 20 @ 7PM, $10. (Click here to reserve your tickets.)

Secret Science Club flows into the park’s River Project Wetlab on beautiful Pier 40 to explore the city's wild side. What amazing animals live in NYC’s wildest & wettest ecosystems?

Biologists Jennifer Zhu and Myles Davis dive into the mysterious lives of NYC’s most cryptic creatures (oysters! coyotes!) at this special Ask a Scientist event.

Before & After the Talks

--Get up close and personal with wildlife from NYC’s liquid wilderness. Check out the exhibits & aquariums in the River Project Wetlab, filled with creatures that live right under our noses alongside Wall Street, Tribeca, the West Village, and Chelsea.

 --Groove to sea-salty tunes in our “Ebb Tide Lounge”

--Imbibe thirst-quenching complementary beer and soft drinks

--Watch a live demo

--Ask a scientist (or two!) about your favorite Hudson River species

Get $10 tickets here!

Jennifer Zhu
is a native New Yorker with a passion for bivalves, coastal restoration, and sustainability. Her love for bivalves started when she was conducting undergraduate research on eastern oysters at Cornell University. Her research expanded to ribbed mussels and salt marsh restoration when she moved back to the city to pursue her graduate degree. She earned her Biology PhD at the Graduate Center City University of New York and Baruch College and recently joined the Billion Oyster Project as their Marine Habitat Resource Specialist. In her new role, she is working on identifying solutions to the challenges of growing, restoring, and monitoring oysters in New York Harbor.

Myles Davis is a graduate student at Columbia University’s Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology program, where he researches NYC’s mammals (including possums, coyotes, raccoons, groundhogs, and skunks), using camera traps to assess local populations. He is a recipient of the 2022 Research Award in Environmental Science from Brooklyn’s Green-wood Cemetery, and his work has been featured on CNN and in New Scientist magazine. Before returning to graduate school in his hometown of NYC, he worked with researchers studying crocodiles in Florida, monkeys in Zanzibar, birds & frogs in Costa Rica, and king cobras & elephants in Thailand.

This program meets Tuesday, September 20, 7PM at the River Project Wetlab on Hudson River Park’s Pier 40. (The entrance to the pier is at the intersection of W. Houston St and West St in Manhattan.) Subway: 1 to Houston St; C or E to Spring St.

Tickets are $10. Click here to reserve your spot!

What's next at Secret Science Club? We will be back in-person at the Bell House on October 4. Stay tuned for more info!