July 3, 2023

LIVE ONLINE: WEDNESDAY, July 12 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents “STARSTRUCK” with astrophysicist & author Sarafina El-Badry Nance in conversation with Moiya McTier, FREE!

Prepare to Embrace the Unknown!

Secret Science Club Online presents STARSTRUCK with astrophysicist & author Sarafina El-Badry Nance in conversation with Moiya McTier

Join us live via ZOOM on WEDNESDAY, July 12 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

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Sarafina El-Badry Nance is an astrophysicist and analog astronaut. She studies exploding stars at Berkeley and recently flew to "Mars,” to live in a Red Planet simulation on Mauna Loa.

Her passion is investigating outer space—but personal challenges have meant diving deep into what she calls the universe within herself.

In her early 20s, she discovered she had the BRCA genetic mutation, which carries an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer. After researching her options, she made the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy.

While navigating the unknowns of outer space and her own inner universe, she has publicly shared her journey, becoming a powerful science communicator and women’s health advocate.

At the next Secret Science Club, Sarafina El-Badry Nance discusses her science-packed, inspirational new book, Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark with fellow astrophysicist Moiya McTier.

Sarafina El-Badry Nance is an Egyptian-American astrophysicist and author. She has been awarded fellowships by the National Science Foundation, and she and her work have been featured in the Discovery Channel’s How the Universe Works, National Geographic, San Francisco Chronicle, Refinery29, NPR’s Short Wave, and the BBC. She was named one of Forbes’ “30 Inspirational Women” and was on Forbes’ list of “30 Under 30” and the Arab American Foundation’s “40 Under 40.” She lives in Berkeley, California, with her partner and her dog, Comet.

Moiya McTier is an astrophysicist, folklorist, author, and science communicator. She is the author of The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy, and the host and producer of “Exolore,” a podcast that explores fictional world-building through the lens of science. Dr. McTier has consulted with companies like Disney and PBS on their fictional worlds, helped design exhibits for the New York Hall of Science, and given hundreds of talks about science around the globe (including features on MSNBC and NPR). When she's not researching space or imagining new worlds, she can likely be found at home in New York City, watching trashy reality TV with her cat, Kosmo.

Before & After
--Mix up our starry-eyed cocktail & mocktail, the "Sublime Universe"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to out-of-this-world tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Sarafina El-Badry Nance’s amazing new book Starstruck: A Memoir of Astrophysics and Finding Light in the Dark

This is a FREE event.

What's next at Secret Science Club?
We will be in-person at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 25, with biologist Daniel Kronauer. Stay tuned for details!

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Cocktail Recipe for the “Sublime Universe” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 3 oz White Wine (Pinot Grigio), ½ oz Simple Syrup**, ¼-inch Slice of a Peeled Cucumber, Juice of ½ Lime, 1 Mint Leaf, and a Sprig of Mint (for garnish)
- In a bar glass, add the slice of cucumber, mint leaf, and lime juice; then with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle well (until completely combined)
- Add the wine and stir well
- Double strain (to catch all the cucumber seeds) into a wine glass filled with ice
- Garnish with a sprig of mint
** Quick Simple Syrup Recipe
- Put 1 part water and 1 part sugar in a bar shaker, shake for one minute, let settle, and then shake again to a slow count of ten.
*** (For a mocktail version, substitute white grape juice for the wine and the simple syrup is optional.)

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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