May 31, 2023

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

Folks, we are sorry to announce that our June 8 event at the Hudson River Park Wetlab has been cancelled due to the poor air-quality conditions and smoke from Canadian wildfires that is impacting NYC. We will reschedule at a future date.

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.

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