Tuesday, February 06, 2018
If you have time, make sure you attend any of the events below that feature science communication experts presenting their research. Don't hesitate to find opportunities to polish and practice your communication skills as BESTie Josue San Emeterio did when he brought his science to the community at the November 14, 2017 Science cabaret.
Extreme Double Feature: "Cosmos" and "Life in Hell"
Sunday, February 11th
Featuring "Some of the Things Molecules Do" and "Survivors of Heat"Join Neil deGrasse Tyson on a voyage to discover the relatedness of all living things on Earth, and the possible evolution of life in the cosmos.
Panel Discussion – "Evolution at Extremes: Exploring Life at the Limits"
Monday, February 12th
Panelists: Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, Director, Carl Sagan Institute; Dr. Lou Derry, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell, Dr. Tory Hendry, Dept. of Microbiology, Cornell; and Dr. Ilana Lauren Brito, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell.
Science Cabaret – "Mighty Microbes: Methanogens, the Tree of Life, and the Carbon Cycle"
Steve Zinder, Professor in Microbiology at Cornell University
In Earth's distant past, methanogens ruled the world! Explore the role of these mighty microbes in the carbon cycle, learn the secrets of their discovery, and find out how they helped us revise the tree of life.
Darwin’s Trivia Challenge
Thursday, February 15th
Come test your knowledge of evolution, science history, and extreme life at Darwin’s Trivia Challenge on Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 pm at The Rhine House in Ithaca. Prizes awarded to the winning teams. Maximum 6 players per team.
Keynote Presentation - "Evolution of Life Before Animals: Gasping for Breath and Dodging Snowballs"
Dr. Phoebe Cohen, Assistant Professor in Geosciences at Williams College
Complex life, including animals, evolved against a backdrop of extreme conditions including scarce oxygen, toxic hydrogen sulfide, and millions of years of global glaciation. Learn how life went through major transitions leading up to the rise of animals, and how extreme conditions may have actually spurred on evolutionary innovation.