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!

August 29, 2022

Unfortunately, tonight's scheduled event at the Bell House is cancelled. Apologies for any confusion!

July 18, 2022

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE WETLAB ON PIER 40, Secret Science Club joins forces with Hudson River Park, Tuesday, July 26 @ 7PM, $10

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

We’re taking the plunge & heading into Manhattan!

SPECIAL EVENT! Secret Science Club joins forces with Hudson River Park to present an all-aquatic evening in Lower Manhattan

Tuesday, July 26 @ 7PM, $10. (Reserve your tickets.)

This July Secret Science Club flows into the park’s River Project Wetlab on beautiful Pier 40 to explore mysterious marine minds. What amazing animals live in NYC’s wildest & wettest ecosystem? And what are they thinking?

Biologists Diana Li and Kelsey Hom dive into the brains & bodies of NYC’s aquatic creatures (squid! toadfish!) 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 drinks
--Watch a live dissection
--Ask a scientist (or two!) about your favorite Hudson River species

Get $10 tickets here!

Diana Li
is a scientist & educator based at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute where she leads public engagement programs about brain science. She earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University where she studied the neurophysiology and biomechanics of swimming squid. Dr. Li has appeared on “Science Friday” and the “Facts Machine” podcast at Caveat, and in local classrooms, aquariums, and museums.

Kelsey Hom
teaches biology at Brooklyn College and is working on her Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she researches the neural adaptations of vocal fish living in a noisy environment. She uses a local toadfish species, the oyster toadfish, to understand how these fish are able to find mates with acoustic calls, despite living beside NYC. She collaborates with Hudson River Park’s River Project to collect specimens and conduct experiments.

This program meets Tuesday, July 26, 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!

July 7, 2022

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Wednesday, July 13 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty & First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope, FREE!

We're heading to the ends of the Universe!

LIVE & IN-PERSON @ THE BELL HOUSE on Wednesday, July 13, 8PM (Doors open at 7:30PM), Free!

Secret Science Club presents Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty

After decades of planning, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope successfully launched and reached its final orbit—nearly 1 million miles from Earth. Now, the first images from the Space Telescope have been unveiled!

At the next Secret Science Club, astrophysicist Jackie Faherty dives into the glorious new pictures of the cosmos and shares what astronomers are on the verge of discovering.

Get ready to look deeper into the Universe than ever before…

JACKIE FAHERTY is an astrophysicist and senior educator at the American Museum of Natural History. She is one of a small group of astronomers selected to be among the first to use the James Webb Space Telescope for scientific observation. She co-runs a dynamic research group at AMNH entitled Brown Dwarfs in New York City (BDNYC) and is a regular presenter and host of the Astronomy Live programs at AMNH’s Hayden Planetarium. The author of over 100 scientific papers, Dr. Faherty and her research have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American, and on StarTalk, NPR, and the BBC.

Before & After
--Imbibe our intergalactic cocktail of the night, the “First Light”
--Groove to out-of-this-world tunes
--Munch on pepperoni, mushroom truffle oil, and Margherita pizza
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A

This edition of the Secret Science Club meets Wednesday, July 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 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.*

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.

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 is below!)
--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

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 “Micronaut” (created by the Secret Science Club Experimental Mixology Lab)
Ingredients: 3 oz Red Wine, 3 oz San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (blood orange soda), 1 Lemon Slice, 1 Strawberry (cut in half), 3 Ice Cubes
- Pour red wine and soda into a large wine glass
- Add ice cubes
- Top off with a slice of lemon and strawberry halves
** (For a mocktail version, substitute cranberry juice for the 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.

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 

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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.

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Cocktail Recipe for the “Deep Blue Sea” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 1¼ oz Vodka, ¼ oz Blue CuraƧao, 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 

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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.

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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.