Nov 19: Immortality? Secret Science Club presents Developmental Biologist Ruth Lehmann at the Bell House

Secret Science Club & the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation present the “2018 Lasker Public Lecture” with Developmental Biologist Ruth Lehmann.
Monday, November 19, 8PM @ the Bell House, FREE! 

Our bodies – and the bodies of all animals – are fascinating and complex. The human body is made of over 35 trillion cells, and there are hundreds of different types: Brain cells, Blood cells. Muscle cells. The list goes on. All are essential to our living, breathing, functioning selves. But among those cells, there is only one kind that is considered “immortal:” the germ cells. Formed in the embryo, these all-powerful cells produce the eggs and sperm that carry our DNA, and allow us to keep on grooving, generation after generation.
At the next Secret Science Club, developmental biologist Ruth Lehmann explores the mysterious lives of cells and their role in reproduction. She asks:
–What’s up in the embryo? How and when do germ cells form?
–In what ways are these “immortal” cells radically different from other cells in the body?
–How do germ cells get romanced into making eggs and sperm? Is there a matchmaking molecule?   
Ruth Lehmann is a developmental biologist at the NYU School of Medicine, where she is Director of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, Chair of the Department of Cell Biology, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology, an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Director of the Lehmann Lab. The author of over 150 scientific papers, Dr. Lehmann is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Before & After: Sample our cocktail of the night, the Germ of an Idea; shimmy to everlasting tunes; and stick around for the scintillating Q&A.
This edition of the Secret Science Club, the 2018 Lasker Public Lecture in honor of Al Sommer, is sponsored by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The Foundation works to foster the prevention and treatment of disease and disabilities by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science, educating the public, and advocating for support of medical research. Yay!

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This edition of the Secret Science Club featuring developmental biologist Ruth Lehmann meets Mon, Nov 19, 8pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F/G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.

Doors open at 7:30 pm.  Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self! 


Nov 14 5:30pm Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up: Health Justice

Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up: Health Justice

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 AT 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 

Lang Cafe, Eugene Lang College65 West 11th Street New York, NY 10011


Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up: Health Justice

We welcome students interested in the natural sciences, math, planetary health, sustainability, and social justice to join us for food, conversation, and student and alumni presentations. This meet up is proud to host the following alumni and students who will showcase how their Lang experience led them to funded research/internship experiences and careers in Health Justice.

Faculty will advise students for Science and Math Fellows, spring registration, and research and summer internships before and after the Alumni and Student Presentations for the Interdisciplinary Science Program, an academic program focused on the knowledge, values, and methods of science to address pressing planetary health challenges facing our democracy. Food will be served. RSVP appreciated.

Sponsored by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Eugene Lang College. For more information, please contact Katayoun Chamany.

Nov 16: Rocío Screening at The New School



The New School Student Health Services is having a film screening of the documentary “Rocío” by Dario Guerrero along with a discussion afterward. We will be discussing topics such s immigration, accessibility to health, dynamics of family and universities, and POC presence in universities.

Here is a brief description of the film from

Woven from footage collected over a quarter of a century, ROCIO is the story of a mother’s love and the American Dream.

When doting mother of three Rocio is suddenly diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer, her son Dario takes a leave of absence from Harvard College to come home and take care of her. Their battle against the disease leads them into the world of alternative medicine, where they find hope shimmering at a clinic across the border.

The catch: Pursuing this last chance at survival might mean giving up everything they’ve ever worked for.

This event is co-sponsored by USS, La XENTE and The Interdisciplinary Science Program at Lang



Fri, November 16, 2018
4:45 PM – 7:00 PM EST


66 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011

Nov 8: 6:30- 8:30pm Crossroads of Opportunity:Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today

A Crossroads of Opportunity: Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today
Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
The Skylight Room (9100) CUNY Graduate Center
New York

This panel will bring together healthcare professionals with artists and researchers using technology meant for healing and pain management in their creative practice. Healthcare is becoming increasingly technological in both its implementation and delivery as we are becoming more connected daily. New advancements in technology are aiding in the healing process and allowing us to understand how healthcare works both as a science and as social experience. This panel attempts to answer the question of how art and design can and are helping in the healing process. What types of interventions are possible through technology to achieve wellness on a personal, shared, and international level? Using the Internet, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Games, and other connected interfaces, this panel will explore the future of this fascinating field and how it will evolve in the next 20, 30, 40 or more years to come. This panel will transport audiences into new potentials for collaborative experiences using technology and art into the world of medicine and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public, but please click here to RSVP.

Speakers include Sean Montgomery, an artist using Brain Wave Interaction with performers and audiences in his work; Holly Cohen, a previous TED speaker, and Program Manager of Assistive Technology/Driving Rehabilitation at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation; Heather Dewey-Hagborg, an artist using technology in her work to recreate the faces of people from their discarded DNA samples; and Matthew N. Bartels, the Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a regional medical provider in the Bronx and Lower Hudson Valley in New York State.

Co-sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; The Montefiore Einstein Fine Art Program and Collection; the Collective Voice: Digital Conversations in Public Space research team from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and the Digital Humanities Initiative.


When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 7pm
Venue: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, NY, NY 10014
Tickets: $20 (FREE to New School friends with the code NewSchool)
With every flush, the drugs we use go down the drain. Many are not filtered out by wastewater treatment, leaving streams and rivers awash in everything from painkillers and antidepressants to amphetamines and illicit drugs.
On November 8, join Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a conversation on how drug pollution impacts freshwater quality, the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the health of river and stream life.
Discover what it means to be a fish or a platypus living in a cocktail of drugs, which chemical compounds are passed through the food web, and how other forms of pollution, like micro-plastics, amplify the problem.
Featuring freshwater ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi and Cary president and conservation biologist Dr. Joshua Ginsberg. Rosi was recently featured in a PBS segment on the hidden health hazards of pharmaceutical pollution.
Doors open at 6:30pm. RSVP required.