Feb 24: 11:00am Workers Day of Action Rally Foley Square

Join me as I fight for Labor Rights including fair wages,and protections as we protest the Janus case coming up before the Supreme Court.  This case and its desire to abolish Union Dues, will  effect health and the environment because most of our municipal workers at parks, sanitation, nurses etc. are unionized. Katayoun will be located at the Southwest tip of Foley Square at 10:45am for the 11:00am rally. Bring Signs!

For more on this symbolic and important protest  and how this relates to social justice read this article in the Daily News. 


Feb 22: 9am- 12pm Children’s Environmental Health: Understanding the Exposome

NYAM Thursday Feb 22 Children’ Environmental Health:
Registration required

Children today live in an environment that is vastly different from that of previous generations. There are 100,000 chemicals registered with the EPA for industrial use and tens of thousands of chemicals in food. Metabolic products of all these chemicals increase this number by two-fold or more. Moreover, it is now recognized that air pollution is one of the largest environmental cause of disease globally.

In order to fully understand the role that environment plays in the development of disease, it is critical to consider the simultaneous exposure to multiple environmental exposures, and changing vulnerability over time. This has led to the development of the emerging field of exposomics, the study of the totality of exposures to chemicals, diet, and social stressors throughout the life course from pre-conception to death.

This symposium will interest parents, community members and medical providers. It will address novel methods to measure the exposome and its impact on human health during various life stages. Speakers will provide insight into the concepts of critical windows of development and how the environment of our early life influences long-term health.

Event Program

Check-in and Light Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction to The Exposome:The Final Piece of The Puzzle: 9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH 

Exploring the Exposome with Metabolomics: 9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Megan Niedwiecki, PhD

Measuring Environmental Exposures From 700 Kilometers Up: 10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Allan Just, PhD

Break: 10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Why Social Determinants are Critical in the Exposome Framework: 10:55 a.m. – 11:15 a.m
Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH

Early Life Environment and Health: 11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD, FICD

Q&A: 11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 Thursday, February 22 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

 New York Academy of Medicine 1216 5th Avenue New York, NY 10029

NEW: Feb 21 Mar 1, Mar 6 info Sessions for TNS Research Awards for Students

The university awards small grants for developing or implementing a research project (broadly defined to include the full scope of scholarly, creative, and professional practices covered across the colleges of The New School) that has project-related expenses—for example, for travel, equipment and supplies, access fees for data, memberships, or dissemination. Proposals are also welcome for other kinds of expenses relevant to student research (broadly defined), including but not limited to support for travel to research sites, travel and registration costs for presenting completed work at an academic or professional conference, or costs for showcasing artwork or performances. Applicants may apply for a maximum of $3000 for individual grants or a maximum of $5000 for collaborative grants that involve more than one student, but applications for smaller levels of funding are also encouraged. The application form provides more details about eligible and ineligible expense categories.

All students are welcome at pre-application workshops, which will include strategies for developing a successful proposal and budgeting tips. In Spring 2018, workshops are scheduled for:

  • February 21 at 12pm, Hirshon Suite, 55 W. 13th St., 2nd floor
  • March 1 at 4pm, University Center (63 Fifth Ave.), Room 201
  • March 6 at 6pm, University Center (63 Fifth Ave.), Lower level 104


Feb 8: 6:30pm IS Meet Out Pratt Exhibit See You E(x)ist

IS Meet Out: Thursday, January 25
Pratt Institute
144 West 14th Street
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Science Peer Fellows Rachel Gottlieb and Marina Delgado lead out this exhibit visit and pizza to discuss it after the outing. Please join us for the fantastic exhibit of 18 artists curated by Madeline Schwartzman, author of See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception and See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded.  The exhibit is open through February 17, 2018. Note, that there is a panel and design jam at 6:30pm (See below for tour and panel info- they will be joining the panel at 6:30pm after the candidate job talks for the department)

Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents See Yourself E(x)ist, an exhibition that looks at the future of humans and nature—at our poetic and futile attempts at agency, and our absurd productive efforts to control. The exhibition presents incidences of human interaction—with animals, insects, leaves, trees, earth, and time—that yield extraordinary artifacts, engineered forms of hope, and objects of power. They’ve taken the form of robots, videos, paintings, sculptures, and interactive objects. The art acknowledges the elegance of futility, the strangeness of attempts at permanence, and the absurdity of technological advances.

See Yourself E(x)ist features work from eighteen artists including painters, jewelry and clothing designers, mixed media, and installation artists that address our human future in nature and our inevitable transformation, evolution, and decay.

Artists and designers include: Nobumichi Asai, Alan Berliner, Michael Candy, Fantich & Young, Kathryn Fleming, Gijs Gieskes, Lee Griggs, Ann Hamilton, Dorry Hsu, John Jerard, Lanzavecchia + Wai, Lorenzo Oggiano, Jaime Pitarch, Andrew Quitmeyer, Madeline Schwartzman, and Allan Wexler.

Monday–Saturday 11–6, Thursday until 8
Closed on federal holidays and between exhibitions

Feb 8
Two special events in conjunction with the exhibition See Yourself E(x)ist

6:00 – 6:30 PM, Gallery tour and book launch.

See Yourself E(x)ist curator, Madeline Schwartzman, will lead visitors through the exhibition and sign copies of her newly released book See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded (Black Dog Publishing, London, 2017)

6:30 PM, See Yourself Design the Future, discussion, drawing and design jam (room 213 adjacent to the gallery)

How can we use technology to take us to a more ethical and sustainable future? Madeline Schwartzman will moderate a discussion with future thinkers who will jam and riff on ideas from the panel and audience. Guest illustrators will be on hand to illustrate the imaginings.


Alan Berliner is an independent filmmaker and artist.

Kathryn Fleming is a multidisciplinary designer exploring the intersections of science, art and technology. d speculate about the future potential of human and animal evolution.

Fiona Raby is Professor of Design and Emerging Technology at Parsons: The New School for Design, and a Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought (GIDEST) at The New School for Social Research (NSSR).

Madeline Schwartzman, curator, is a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect whose work explores human narratives and the human sensorium through social art, book writing, curating and experimental video making.