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Free
New York Microscopical Society
Exploring Microscopic Worlds
at the
American Museum of Natural History

Saturday, January 27, 2018

1:00 PM Doors open
1:20 – 3:20 PM Presentation,  hands-on activities, and Meet NYMS!

American Museum of Natural History
Davis Classroom East, on Second floor
Central Park West between 77th and 79th Sts.
NYC

There has been serious fun with microscopy at the Museum over the past year!

AMNH Dept of Education staff, including meeting leader NYMS Board of Managers member Jay Holmes,  work with a wide variety of audiences, from City Librarians to secondary school science teachers, to family groups with young children. From a couple of students in a “Making” environment to 1200 people for a family event. These various programs involve  a variety of microscopes, tools, and objects to observe.

Join Jay, his colleagues, their students, and NYMS members, at the Museum for a sampling of some of these activities. It’s a great opportunity to think about opportunities for NYMS outreach and perhaps brainstorm some new ways to share our love of the smaller things in life with people of all ages.

The day will open with  a short presentation, then move on to hands-on stations around:

– students making microscopes from glass, brass, and wood

– Darwin’s microscopy on the Beagle and at Down House

– fun tools and objects used with family engagement activities.


Enter free through the Main Security Entrance below the main entry’s stairs on Central Park West–MUST mention “New York Microscopical Society / Education Department meeting in Davis Classroom East.” At other entries you will have to pay admission.

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Free
H2O System Trivia Contest
in the NYC Watershed Relief Map
Sunday, January 28 2018
2:00pm–3:30pm

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY


Join NYC H2O for the second H2O System Trivia Contest. Teams of up to 4 players are encouraged to participate. There will be a prize for the top team.

The competition is inspired by the Watershed Relief Map created for the 1939 World’s Fair. Measuring 32’ X 20’ x 2’ the model was put into storage and never made it to the Fair. As World War II was imminent, it is thought that the map was hidden to protect the city’s water system from spies. A Department of Environmental Protection employee discovered the map in 1997 stored at the Jerome Avenue Pumping Station. In rough shape after 40 years of neglect, the map was restored to its former glory in 2006.

Come see the map for yourself and hear about its story from NYC H2O Director Matt Malina. The trivia contest, which will have questions about the history and engineering of the water system, will follow this short presentation.

This is a family friendly event. The Queens Museum also has a scale model of the entire city that is not to be missed. This event is free with suggested entry fee to the museum.





Free
Stony Brook University
 
What Darwin Didn’t Know 

Dr. Hopi Hoekstra
 
Darwin Day Lecture
Living World Open Night
Friday, February 9, 2018
7:30PM
Earth and Space Sciences 001


 

When Darwin articulated his grand theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, he was still missing one crucial piece: while he recognized that offspring resembled their parents, he didn’t know how this information was transmitted from one generation to the next. In the last 150 years, not only has DNA been discovered as the carrier of genetic information, but we are increasingly able to link specific genes to the traits that they encode. Now, we can study how traits evolve – as Darwin did – but also find evidence for evolution at a once unimaginable level: in DNA, genes and genomes. In this presentation, I will tell you about our work studying evolution in action – by combining experiments in both the lab and the field – linking genes to traits and ultimately to survival. 

Dr. Hoekstra is an evolutionary geneticist who studies the molecular basis of adaptation in wild mice. Since 2006 she has been an Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University. She became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2013, and in 2016, she was elected into the National Academy of Sciences. In 1994, Hoekstra received her B.A. with Highest Honors at the University of California Berkeley and got her PhD in Zoology at the University of Washington in 2000. She was a NIH NRSA Fellow at the University of Arizona, and then an assistant professor at UC San Diego before joining the faculty at Harvard. She is an internationally renowned biologist who has made major strides in developing an approach that connects evolution in the wild to mechanisms at the molecular level. 

Darwin Day is supported by the Department of Ecology and Evolution, the Provost of Stony Brook University, and the Living World Lecture Series of Science Open Nights.  
 



Inviting US students and teachers in grades 7-12 to participate in Genes in Space 2018

Genes in Space 2018


 Design and Launch your DNA Experiment to Space!

Calling all students in grades 7 through 12: Pioneer research on the International Space Station by designing your DNA experiment for space. Genes in Space is a science contest that challenges students to design original DNA experiments that address real-life challenges and opportunities of space exploration. The contest is free, and does not require equipment. Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit. The winning experiment is conducted in space, and samples are returned to Earth for you to analyze!

Submission deadline is April 20th, 2018

Genes in Space is a collaboration between miniPCR and Boeing with generous support from CASIS, Math for America, and New England Biolabs, Inc.

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Water Ecology & Engineering Field Trips
 
All 5 NYC Boroughs For School Groups Grades 2-12

NYC H2O offers free Water Engineering and Ecology Field Trips in all 5 boroughs.
Our field trip sites are: Central Park Reservoir, Manhattan Silver Lake Reservoir, Staten
Island Baisley Pond, Queens Lemon Creek, Staten Island Ridgewood Reservoir, Brooklyn Jerome Park Reservoir, Bronx High Bridge, Bronx & Manhattan Plumb Beach, Brooklyn Reservoirs:  Each reservoir has its own dramatic story.

NYC H2O's talented team engages students in hands-on outdoor activities that show how reservoirs were constructed for NYC's water system. Students learn how parks and trees protect reservoirs as part of experiencing these seldom visited, public 'natural' treasures.

Wetlands: NYC H2O's field trips to Lemon Creek, Staten Island, and Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, give students the opportunity to explore fresh and salt water wetlands and discover the crucial role these environments play in supporting harbor ecology and mitigating storm surges. The field trips are free; reservations require a $50 deposit, refunded once a class goes on a field trip. Reserve your school's field trip.

This program is sponsored in part by NYC DEP, Catskill Watershed Corporation, Aggreko, Turtle & Hughes, United Electric Power and Skanska.









For information on many more local activities for science educators,

visit NYAS Science Educators - Events Calendar





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