There are a lot of great science events in New York City coming up this week. I wish I could list them all, but here are a few that caught my eye:
First, the American Museum of Natural History has a new exhibit called “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence.” The exhibit introduces visitors to bioluminescent organisms and explores how and why they glow. The exhibit runs from 31 March to 6 January 2013, so you have plenty of time to check it out.
This Monday is CUNY’s monthly Science Café. This month, the presenter is Mitch Schaffler from CCNY who is an expert in bone biology. Dr Schaffler studies how bone cells detect and respond to weakness and damage in the bone. The presentation starts at Kouzan Japanese Restaurant located at 93rd St and Amsterdam. The cost is $10, which includes a drink.
I am very excited for Tuesday night’s event. The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is hosting James Beck, an evolutionary biologist, who will talk about how we can discover new species and track the history of invasive species using preserved specimens. I’ve known James for years now and have never heard him give a talk. I know, however, that James is a great storyteller, and I have no doubt that Tuesday night will be interesting and entertaining. The event is free and you don’t need to register.
The New York Academy of Sciences is hosting an event entitled, “Discovering Antibacterial and Anticancer Therapeutics in Unexpected Places.” Bonnie Bassler (see her great TED talk here) and Arthur Casadevell will discuss their work with bacteria and fungi to help understand pathogenecity and discover new cancer therapeutics. The event is free for Academy members and if you’re like me and need a night at home from all these great events, you can also attend via webinar.
On Thursday night Eric Kandel, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine in 2000 and author of The Age of Insight, and Alan Alda, actor and visiting professor at Stony Brook University will discuss the interaction between science and art. The event is at the 92Y at 92nd and Lexington, tickets are $36.
You can also find our calendar of science events in NYC here. Please let us know if there is anything missing.