June 25, 2022

LIVE ONLINE: Wednesday, June 29 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Molecular Biologist Salvador Almagro-Moreno, FREE!

Can we predict & stop the next pandemic?

Secret Science Club presents Molecular Biologist Salvador Almagro-Moreno

Join us live via Zoom on Wednesday, June 29 @ 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 emergence of new, disease-causing microbes is one of the most serious challenges facing humanity. What can be done? Scientists are now working on ways to predict where dangerous pathogens will arise before they cause future outbreaks.

At the next Secret Science Club Online, molecular biologist Salvador Almagro-Moreno asks:

- How do harmless microbes transform into dangerous bacteria?

- What can we learn from past outbreaks and pandemics?

- Are there ways to predict outbreaks before they occur?

- Can better disease surveillance lead to improved therapeutic treatments and new cures?

Salvador Almagro-Moreno is an assistant professor of medicine at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on the emergence and evolution of bacterial pathogens. His lab is multidisciplinary, combining insights from molecular biology, genomics, phylogenetics, pathogenesis, and ecology. Dr. Almagro-Moreno has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Micronaut"… (recipe to come!)
--Groove to itty-bitty, ever-evolving 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

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(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)

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

June 15, 2022

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Wednesday, June 22 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Experimental Psychologist Michael Slepian, FREE!

Yesss! It’s finally happening. We’re having a Secret Science Club about…. SECRETS. Join us at the Bell House in Brooklyn with experimental psychologist Michael Slepian, author of
The Secret Life of Secrets.

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Wednesday, June 22, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

Secret Science Club presents Social Psychologist & Author Michael Slepian

According to Michael Slepian, the average person has as many as 13 secrets at any given time. Secrets we keep can be big or small, including lies we've told, a secret lover, money trouble, shrouded aspects of our personalities or backgrounds—or even hidden identities.

Our secrets can weigh heavily on our minds. At the next SSC, Dr. Slepian explores the psychological costs of hiding our inner worlds. He asks: At what age do children develop the cognitive capacity for secrecy? How can we reconcile our secrets with the human desire to relate, connect, and be known? When should we confess our secrets? Who makes for the ideal confidant? Can certain types of secrets actually enhance our well-being?

Michael Slepian is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia University. A recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, he studies the psychology of secrecy and trust, including how keeping secrets changes our behavior, judgments, and actions. His research has been covered by the New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Economist, Wall Street Journal, BBC, NPR, and more. He is the author of The Secret Life of Secrets: How Our Inner Worlds Shape Well-being, Relationships and Who We Are.

Before & After
--Imbibe our cocktail of the night, the “Stealth Operation”
--Groove to mysterious tunes
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A
-- Snag a copy of Michael Slepian’s new book, The Secret Life of Secrets at Bookshop or wherever you buy books!

This clandestine edition of the Secret Science Club meets Wednesday, June 22, 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 Online?
We will be back on Zoom on June 29 with microbiologist Salvador Almagro-Moreno. 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.

May 25, 2022

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, May 31 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist & Author Emily Levesque and “The Last Stargazers,” FREE!

Starry nights! Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist, Author & Supernova Researcher Emily Levesque

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, May 31 @ 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)

As an astronomer who studies the “weirdest stars in the Universe,” Emily Levesque observes the cosmos through some of the most sophisticated telescopes ever built. She’s ascended into the domes of observatories on Andean mountaintops and donned a flight suit to sail through the heavens in a high-altitude “flying telescope.”

At the next Secret Science Club, Dr. Levesque jumps off from her new book The Last Stargazers to explore the evolving science of astronomical observation and the adventures & discoveries of astronomers, both past and present.

Emily Levesque is a professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, where she studies how the most massive stars in the Universe evolve and die (explosively!). She is the author of the popular science book The Last Stargazers, as well as two textbooks on the physics of stars. Dr. Levesque is the recipient of the 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce prize from the American Astronomical Society for outstanding achievement in observational astronomy. She's also a 2019 Cottrell Scholar and a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. In 2021, she was a finalist for the PEN America/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. This year, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Before & After
--Mix up our interstellar cocktail of the night, the "Supernova"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to out-of-this-world tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Emily Levesque’s critically acclaimed new book, The Last Stargazers here or wherever you buy books!

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 “Supernova” (created by the Secret Science Club Experimental Mixology Lab)
Ingredients: 2 oz Vodka, 4 oz Grapefruit Juice, 1 dash Orange Bitters, 1 oz Grenadine, Slice of Lime and Sprig of Rosemary (for garnish)
- Combine vodka, grapefruit juice, and bitters in a highball glass half-filled with ice
- Stir well
- Add grenadine, let it float up, then slowly stir
- Garnish with lime and sprig of rosemary
** (For a mocktail version, skip the bitters and substitute lemon-lime soda for the vodka.)

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 1, 2022

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, May 9 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Biologist Simon Garnier, FREE!

Feeling antsy? Come join us as we explore brilliant & bizarre beasties at the next Secret Science Club

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Monday, May 9, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

Secret Science Club presents Behavioral Biologist & Swarm Intelligence Expert Simon Garnier

Schools of fish, migrating birds, and other animals that move as collectives exhibit uncanny behavior—swarming, murmurating, ebbing & flowing almost like liquids.

Flowing armies of ants can even build bridges and scaffolding with their own bodies. They do it spontaneously, forming themselves into shapes and structures with astonishing efficiency.

At the next Secret Science Club, biologist Simon Garnier explores this “living architecture” and the small minds behind it. How do these brilliant creatures use collective intelligence to perform feats of engineering that put our human efforts to shame?

Simon Garnier is director of the Swarm Lab and professor of biology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He researches robot swarms, army ants, and socially networked slime molds to learn how intelligent collective behaviors (and not so intelligent ones) emerge in groups. He also considers the question of self-organization in nature—in everything from cells to human crowds. Dr. Garnier has been a featured scientist on Science Friday and the Guardian technology video series, and in National Geographic, Scientific American, Mashable, The Verge, and the New York Times.

Before & After
--Imbibe our streaming cocktail of the night, the “Myrmeration”
--Groove to wild, sinuous, pulsating tunes
--Munch on pepperoni, mushroom truffle oil, and Margherita artisan pizza
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A

This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Monday, May 9, 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 online with a Zoom event on May 31. Stay tuned for details about our upcoming online 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.

March 30, 2022

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Tuesday, April 12 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Primatologist and Best-selling Author Frans de Waal with “Different”

Tuesday, April 12, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM) @ the Bell House, Free!

Secret Science Club presents Primatologist and Best-selling Author Frans de Waal with Different

World-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal draws on decades of observation and studies of animal behavior to explore gender roles in chimpanzees, bonobos, and those strangest of all primates—human beings.

Jumping off from his new book – Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist – Dr. de Waal dissects myths about masculinity and femininity, and common assumptions about authority, leadership, cooperation, competition, and sexual behavior.

In Different, Dr. de Waal discusses alpha (fe)males, same-sex sex, the difference between dominance and power, as well as bonobos that play with dolls, sexy penguins, and, gender non-conforming chimps. He delves into sexual orientation, gender identity, and the limitations of the gender binary, exceptions to which are found throughout the animal kingdom.

With humor, clarity, and compassion, Different seeks to broaden the conversation about human gender dynamics by promoting an inclusive model that embraces differences, rather than dismissing them.

Frans de Waal is C. H. Candler Professor Emeritus of Primate Behavior at Emory University and the former director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, Our Inner Ape, and The Age of Empathy, as well as over 150 scientific papers, and essays in the New York Times, Science, Nature, and Scientific American. In 2020, he received the PEN America/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves.

Before & After
--Imbibe our specially made cocktail of the night, the Naked Ape
--Groove to wild tunes
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A
--Hot off the presses! Snag a signed copy of Frans de Waal's new book, Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist from our onsite bookseller, Astoria Bookshop.

This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, April 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. First come, first serve.

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

*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.

March 24, 2022

LIVE ONLINE! Tuesday, March 29 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents environmentalist Bill McKibben in conversation with author Oliver Milman on "The Insect Crisis," FREE!

Bzzzzzz! Secret Science Club presents Bill McKibben in conversation with Oliver Milman, author of The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, March 29 @ 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)

Three out of four species on Earth are insects—yet insects don’t get much love. Sure, people dote on butterflies and ladybugs. But flies? Yech. Wasps? No thank you. Talk about underappreciated

At the next Secret Science Club, environmentalist Bill McKibben and author Oliver Milman pose the question: What would happen if insects vanished from the Earth? (And just to give you a hint: If there were no flies, there’d be no chocolate, and that’s just the beginning of the end.)

Alarmingly, the prospect of an insect apocalypse is not exclusively a thought exercise. A torrent of new evidence shows that insect populations are plummeting across the world. Milman—author of The Insect Crisis—and McKibben delve into some of the amazing & essential things insects do for our planet, the consequences of losing our insect infrastructure, and what we can do to save our six-legged friends (and perhaps ourselves).

Oliver Milman is the environment correspondent at the Guardian. He covers the climate crisis, as well as issues involving biodiversity and the impacts of air and water pollution. Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, activist, and a contributing writer to the New Yorker.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Sweet Nectar"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to sounds of spring
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Oliver Milman’s new book, The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World here or wherever you buy books.

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

What’s next at Secret Science Club?
On April 12, we will be live & in-person at the Bell House in Brooklyn with primatologist & best-selling author Frans de Waal with his new book, Different. Stay tuned for details!

(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)

Photo credits: Oliver Milman by Lyndal Stewart; Bill McKibben by Nancie Battaglia

Cocktail Recipe for the “Sweet Nectar” (created by the Secret Science Club mixology lab)
Ingredients: 2 oz Spiced Rum, 1 oz Honey Syrup**, ½ Lime (cut in pieces), and 4 kumquats (quartered) or 2 mandarins (cut in pieces)
- Muddle fruit in a cocktail shaker
- Add ice, rum, and honey syrup—and shake
- Pour the mixture unstrained into a highball glass
- Garnish with your favorite flower
**Honey Syrup Recipe
- Mix 1 part honey with 1 part hot water. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.

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 2, 2022

LIVE ONLINE: Thursday, March 17 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents the "Dana Foundation Brain Lecture" with Psychiatrist & Biomedical Engineer Alik Widge, FREE!

Secret Science Club presents the “Dana Foundation Brain Lecture” with Psychiatrist, Neural Engineer & Neuroscientist Alik Widge on “Brain Stimulation & Mental Health” (in honor of Brain Awareness Week)

Join us live via Zoom on THURSDAY, March 17 @ 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)

With over 85 billion neurons and 150 trillion neural connections, our brains are complex systems (and the world is a complex place), so it’s no wonder that many of us experience mental health issues at some point in our lives. Some mental health issues may be relatively subdued and short-lived. Others may be persistent and devastating.

While talk therapy and medications are commonly used as treatments, a growing body of research is showing that new technological interventions can help, too—sometimes in cases where nothing else has worked. At the next Secret Science Club, psychiatrist and bioengineer Alik Widge explores how research and cutting-edge therapies involving brain stimulation could change our futures. He asks:

•    What is happening in the brains/brain networks of people with mental health issues, and how is that studied?
•    What types of mental health disorders might benefit from brain stimulation treatments?
•    What is cognitive flexibility and how does it relate to mental health? How is it measured?
•    What types of brain stimulation treatments might be available in the future, and how would they target the unique symptoms of different disorders and differences in individuals?
•    How can we control our thoughts—instead of our thoughts controlling us? What ethical questions are raised by this research?

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Curious Mind"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to synapse-soothing tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Take a peek at the Dana Foundation's fact sheets, scientist interviews, and Cerebrum magazine articles, for information about brain science and how it impacts our everyday lives
-- Learn how you can participate in Brain Awareness Week, the global campaign to foster enthusiasm and support for brain science

Alik Widge is a psychiatrist, biomedical engineer, and neuroscientist at the University of Minnesota. In the clinic, he treats patients for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance addictions, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In his lab, he focuses on the development of closed loop neuro-devices that sense the brain and respond in real time to regulate the brain circuits involved in mental illness. Current technologies being developed include methods for restoring healthy function in brain circuits controlling decision-making, self-regulation, and mental flexibility. The author of over 100 scientific articles, Dr. Widge and his research have been featured on NPR and in Futurism, Science News, Quartz, Gizmodo, and Nature..

This mind-blowing edition of Secret Science Club - featuring Alik Widge - is supported by the Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation is dedicated to advancing neuroscience within 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 online?
Stay tuned for Bill McKibben in conversation with Oliver Milman, author of The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World on Tuesday, March 29.

(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 “Curious Mind” (created by the Secret Science Club mixology lab)
Ingredients: ¾ oz Rye Whiskey, ¾ oz Spiced Rum, ¾ oz Cognac, ¾ oz Brown Sugar Syrup**, 3 dashes of Bitters (Angostura, orange, chocolate, or a mix), 1 Luxardo Cherry, Orange Peel (for garnish)
- Pour the rye, cognac, and spiced rum into a mixing glass
- Add the bitters, followed by the brown sugar syrup
- Add a generous amount of ice and stir well
- Strain into a lowball glass over ice cubes
- Garnish with a Luxardo cherry and orange peel
**Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe
- Mix 2 parts brown sugar and 1 part water. Heat in a saucepan and simmer, while stirring, until a syrup forms. Let cool.

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 6, 2022

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, January 11 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Oceanographer, Climate Scientist, and Antarctic Researcher Joellen Russell,” FREE!

Secret Science Club presents Oceanographer & Antarctic Researcher Joellen Russell

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (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)

Growing up in a far-flung Alaskan fishing village, Joellen Russell was fascinated by the dynamics of sea ice. Every summer, the sea ice broke up into floes and drifted away on mysterious currents. Where, she wondered, did they go?

Today, Joellen Russell follows her curiosity to the very ends of the Earth. She heads research on the treacherous and turbulent waters around Antarctica—one of the least known environments on the planet—using floating robots, satellites, and supercomputers.

In recent years, she and her colleagues have begun to uncover the powerful role the Southern Ocean plays in Earth’s climate system. “From no perspective is there any place more important,” she recently told the New York Times. “There’s nothing like it on Planet Earth.”

Join us on Tuesday night as we kick off the New Year at Secret Science Club!

Before & After
--Mix up our wintry cocktail of the night, the Deep Blue Sea… (recipe below!)
--Groove to circumpolar tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A

Joellen Russell is an oceanographer, climate scientist, and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona, where she researches the ocean’s role in climate and the carbon cycle. She currently serves as co-chair of the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s Climate Working Group and is the lead for the modeling theme of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM). She is a founding member of Science Moms, and her work has been featured in the New Yorker, New York Times, Scientific American and on CNN.

This is a FREE event.

(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 “Deep Blue Sea” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 1¼ oz Vodka, ¼ oz Blue Curaçao, 2 oz Heavy Cream, 1 oz Simple Syrup**
- Pour all ingredients into a bar shaker with ice.
- Shake well and pour mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
**Simple Syrup Recipe
- Mix equal parts sugar and water. Bring to a boil in a saucepan and reduce heat, then let simmer for 3 minutes and let cool to room temperature. (This mixture will last 2 weeks in the refrigerator.)

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 3, 2022

Rocket into 2022 with Secret Science Club!

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December 1, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, December 14 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Neuroscientist, Psychologist, and Author Antonio Damasio on “Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious,” FREE!

Consciousness! Secret Science Club presents world-renowned researcher & best-selling author Antonio Damasio

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, December 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 just request the Zoom link), send us an email (secretscienceclub@gmail.com)

At the next Secret Science Club, neuroscientist & author Antonio Damasio unlocks the story of human consciousness.

In recent decades, many philosophers and cognitive scientists have declared the problem of consciousness unsolvable, but Antonio Damasio argues that recent findings in biology, neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence give us a path toward understanding consciousness and its significance for human life.

Join us as we explore the relationship between our minds, bodies, feelings, and emotions—and how our complex human consciousness has evolved throughout the eons.

Before & After

--Mix up our soothing, seasonal cocktail of the night, the "Peace of Mind"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to ever-evolving tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Antonio Damasio’s new book, Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious here

Antonio Damasio is the director of the Brain and Creativity Institute and a professor of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy at the University of Southern California. Throughout his decades-long career, he has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, decision-making, and consciousness. The recipient of numerous scientific awards and prizes, Dr. Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza, Self Comes to Mind, The Strange Order of Things, and most recently Feeling & Knowing.

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 “Peace of Mind” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 1½ oz Bourbon, ½ oz Peach Schnapps, ½ oz Simple Syrup**, Juice of ½ Lemon, 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters, Club Soda, Slice of Lemon (for garnish)
- Fill a rocks glass with ice.
- Add all the ingredients except the club soda and stir well.
- Top off with club soda and garnish with a lemon slice.
**Simple Syrup Recipe
- Mix equal parts sugar and water. Bring to a slow boil in a saucepan and reduce heat, then let simmer for a few minutes and let cool to room temperature. (This mixture will last 2 weeks in the refrigerator.)

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 5, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Tuesday, November 16 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents the "Dana Foundation Brain Lecture" with Neuroscientist Sridevi Sarma, FREE!

Secret Science Club presents the “Dana Foundation Brain Lecture” with Neuroscientist Sridevi Sarma on “Our Gambling Brains”

Join us live via Zoom on TUESDAY, November 16 @ 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)

Could a subtle jolt to your brain change how risky your behavior will be? At the next Secret Science Club, we explore the “wired” brain and how research involving deep brain electrodes tells us what's happening in our brains when we gamble. Prepare to explore the inner workings of the “body electric” with neuroscientist Sridevi Sarma. She asks:

•    Why do some people take more risks than others when faced with uncertainty?
•    Does brain activity differ between risk-seeking and risk-averse gamblers?
•    What can we learn about human decision-making from research involving intracranial electrode recordings, and can we control decisions with deep brain stimulation? What are the implications?

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Brainwave"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to mind-expanding tunes
--Bring your questions for the live audience Q&A
--Take a peek at the Dana Foundation's fact sheets, scientist interviews, and Cerebrum magazine articles, for information about brain science and how it impacts our everyday lives
-- Learn how you can participate in Brain Awareness Week, the global campaign to foster enthusiasm and support for brain science

Sridevi Sarma is a neuroscientist, biomedical engineer, professor, and the associate director of the Institute for Computational Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. There, she develops computational, data-driven, and biological approaches to advance the treatment of diseases of the nervous system, including epilepsy, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and insomnia. She also conducts research that seeks to understand how our brains manage complex behaviors, such as motor control and decision making. The author of over 150 scientific papers, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Last year, Dr. Sarma was the winner of the inaugural “Pitch It On!” competition for her invention EZTrack, which creates a heat map of the brain to help doctors determine the source of seizures in drug-resistant epilepsy patients. She has appeared regularly as a featured scientist on the Emmy-award-winning NatGeo series Brain Games.

This mind-blowing edition of Secret Science Club - featuring Sridevi Sarma - is supported by the Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation is dedicated to advancing neuroscience within 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 online?
Stay tuned for neuroscientist Antonio Damasio on Tuesday, December 14.

(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 “Brainwave” (created by the Secret Science Club mixology lab)
Ingredients: 2 oz Green Tea (brewed strong & cooled), ½ cup Apple Cider, 1½ oz Vodka, 1 tbsp Maple Syrup, Apple Slices
- Pour liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake
- Strain into a martini glass
- Garnish with thinly cut apple slices

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 14, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Wednesday, October 20 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club & the Lasker Foundation present the “2021 Lasker Public Lecture” with Psychiatrist, Bioengineer & Author Karl Deisseroth, FREE!

Secret Science Club & the Lasker Foundation present the 2021 Lasker Public Lecture with Psychiatrist, Bioengineer & Author Karl Deisseroth

Join us live via Zoom on WEDNESDAY, October 20 @ 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)

Karl Deisseroth has spent his life pursuing truths about the human mind, both as a clinical psychiatrist and as a researcher creating and developing the revolutionary field of optogenetics, which uses light to help decipher the brain's workings. At the next Secret Science Club, Dr. Deisseroth probes the connections between optogenetics, human emotions, and mental health.

He asks:
•    Why do we have emotions? How have they evolved? Why do our emotional responses sometimes seem so unhelpful, or so poorly adapted to our circumstances?
•    What is the technology of optogenetics? What light can optogenetics shine on the origin of emotions, the pathways in the brain that create our inner worlds, and the processes that go wrong in psychiatric disease?
•    How has the pandemic affected mental health? Why are “connections” (both neuronal and social) so important to emotional well-being?

Karl Deisseroth is a professor of bioengineering and psychiatry. In his lab at Stanford University, he explores how individual cells, working together, give rise to the mysterious and wonderful properties of the brain—from basic drives such as thirst to complex cognitive processes such as social interactions. This year, he received the 2021 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his groundbreaking contributions in optogenetics—using light-triggered systems to study neurons and their role in healthy brains and mental illness. In addition to his lab work, Dr. Deisseroth treats patients with mood disorders and autism in both out-patient and emergency room settings. In 2021, he published his first book, Projections: A Story of Human Emotions, which The Guardian describes as “revelatory… breaking apart any crude arts-science dichotomies.” He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Engineering.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Bright Idea"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to our sparkling playlist
--Bring your questions for the live audience Q&A
--Snag a copy of Karl Deisseroth’s illuminating & empathic new book, Projections: A Story of Human Emotions here

This edition of the Secret Science Club, the 2021 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

What’s next at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for brain scientist & biomedical engineer Sridevi Sarma on Tuesday, November 16.

(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 “Bright Idea” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 4 oz White Wine (preferably a dry), 2 oz Pineapple Juice, 1 tsp Limoncello, Sparkling Water, 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters, Lemon Wedge for garnish
- Mix the first 3 ingredients in a bar shaker with ice
- Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice
- Top off with sparkling water
- Add bitters and garnish with lemon

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 29, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Wednesday, October 6 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Ecologist, Author & Explorer Meg Lowman on “The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us,” FREE!

Into the woods! Secret Science Club presents ecologist & explorer Meg Lowman

Join us live via Zoom on Wednesday, October 6 @ 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)

At the next Secret Science Club, we ascend into the treetops of the world’s jungles and mountains with pioneering ecologist & author Meg Lowman. In forests from Australia to Ethiopia to California’s redwoods, she explores the stunning riot of creatures that thrive in the leaves above, as well as the stars of the forest show—the trees themselves.

Meg Lowman has spent her life climbing in forest canopies—conducting innovative & adventurous research in the treetops. A biologist, ecologist, and author, Dr. Lowman is the executive director of the TREE Foundation and a professor at the National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, and Universiti Sains Malaysia. Nicknamed the “Real-Life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the Treetops” by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Lowman is the author of over 150 scientific papers, and her most recent book is The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us.

Before & After

--Mix up our woodsy cocktail of the night, the "Green Giant"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to sylvan tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Meg Lowman’s new book, The Arbornaut 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

What’s next at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for bioengineer & psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth on Wednesday, October 20. (He just received the 2021 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research!)

(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 “Green Giant” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 1 oz Vodka, 1 oz Midori, ¾ oz Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice, a pinch of salt, a splash of Club Soda, Lemon Wedge for garnish
- Shake the first 4 ingredients in a bar shaker
- Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice
- Add the splash of club soda
- Garnish with a lemon

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 7, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Monday, September 13 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Geophysicist, Author & World Water Expert Giulio Boccaletti on “Water: A Biography,” FREE!

Secret Science Club presents geophysicist & author Giulio Boccaletti

Join us live via Zoom on Monday, September 13 @ 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)

At the next Secret Science Club, physicist and world water expert Giulio Boccaletti gives us the lowdown on that shape-shifting, life-giving, and sometimes treacherous substance (H2O) and the story behind unending hurricanes, floods, and droughts.

Dr. Boccaletti asks: How has our stormy relationship with H2O shaped our destiny? What’s in our future as we face an increasingly thirsty world?

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Dry Spell"… (recipe below!)
--Ebb & flow to wet-and-wild grooves
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Giulio Boccaletti’s epic new book, Water: A Biography here

Giulio Boccaletti is a geophysicist, author, and expert on natural resource security and environmental sustainability. Previously, he has worked as a NASA Earth Systems Science fellow at Princeton, a research scientist at MIT, and the chief strategy officer at The Nature Conservancy. Currently, Dr. Boccaletti is an Honorary Research Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. His work has been featured in the award-winning PBS documentary series H2O: The Molecule That Made Us, and he was series consultant on PBS’s The Age of Nature.

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

What’s next at Secret Science Club online?
Stay tuned for tree canopy ecologist & explorer Meg Lowman on Wednesday, October 6!

(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)

Photo of Giulio Boccaletti: Courtesy of GBH

Cocktail Recipe for the “Dry Spell” (created by the Secret Science Club mixology lab)
Ingredients: 2½ oz Gin, ½ oz Dry Vermouth,1 small strip of Nori/Seaweed
- Pour gin and vermouth over ice into a mixing glass and stir well
- Strain into a chilled martini glass
- Quickly dip a small strip of nori into the mixture
- Then roll the nori into the shape of a small cone, and use as garnish

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

August 18, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Wednesday, August 25 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Neuroscientist David Sulzer with "Music, Math, and Mind," FREE!

Secret Science Club presents brain researcher, musician, and author David Sulzer on Music, Math, and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music

Join us live via Zoom on Wednesday, August 25 (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)

At the next Secret Science Club, neuroscientist and co-founder of the Thai Elephant Orchestra David Sulzer artfully investigates the science behind music, hearing, and sound. He asks:

--How are emotions carried by music?
--Why are there musical scales?
--What does it mean when something is out-of-tune?
--Do other animals hear differently than we do?
--Why are sounds different from each other, and how do we know it?

Before & After

--Mix up our finely tuned cocktail of the night, the Vibrato… (recipe below!)
--Groove to wild instrumentals
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of David Sulzer’s new book, Music, Math, and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music here. Use code CUP20 for 20% off when you order on the Columbia University Press website.

David Sulzer is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pharmacology at Columbia University Medical Center. His laboratory has made important contributions to the study of brain mechanisms involved in autism, Parkinson’s disease, drug addiction, and learning and memory. He is also a composer and performer under the name Dave Soldier and has worked with many major figures in the classical, jazz, and pop worlds, appearing on over 100 records. Some of his projects bridge music and neuroscience, including the Thai Elephant Orchestra, an orchestra of fourteen elephants in northern Thailand, and the Brainwave Music Project, which uses EEGs of brain activity to create compositions.

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

Cocktail Recipe for the “Vibrato 2021” (created by Dale DeGroff, James Beard award winning Mixologist and author of The New Craft of the Cocktail)
Ingredients
¾ oz iichiko saiten shochu**
¾ oz Hendrick’s Gin
1 teaspoon yuzu juice
½ oz fresh lemon juice
¾ oz agave syrup (mix together equal parts of agave nectar and water)
3 oz Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV
1 longan (buy online Aroy-d longans in syrup, 20 oz can)
1 thin wheel of lime
1 strawberry cored and cut in quarters
Preparation: Assemble the first five ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled white wine goblet over ice. Garnish with the three fruits.
(**Purchase online at www.iichiko.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.