Secret Science Club

Secret Science Club

Biologist, snake-ologist, and explorer Frank T. Burbrink

Tuesday · January 9, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Before & After
--Try our exploratory cocktail of the night, the Sidewinder
--Twist & slink to serpentine tunes
--Stick around for the sssssscintillating Q&A

Meeting every month @ the Bell House, 149 7th Street in Brooklyn. p: 718.643.6510

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

Secret Science Club
Secret Science Club
Underground . . .
Shrouded in mystery . . .
Chock-full of brainiacs . . .

The Secret Science Club features:
• mind-bending lectures
• volatile experiments
• chemical libations
• star-gazing sounds

What happens to the human body when an astronaut blasts into orbit? Chris Mason wanted to know down to the molecular level. So he studied a pair of twins—one earthbound and one bound for space. In 2015, astronaut Scott Kelly spent 11 months on the International Space Station, while his identical brother Mark Kelly hung out on Earth. As part of the NASA Twins Study, Dr. Mason led the research comparing the twins’ “omics” (gene expression, transcriptome, metagenome, and more)—before and after the long spaceflight.

At the next Secret Science Club, Chris Mason discusses the results of the NASA Twins Study, as well as how future research and technologies will be used to monitor, protect, and potentially repair astronauts’ cells and bodies during, and after, long space missions—to the ISS, Mars, and beyond.

Meeting every month @ the Bell House, 149 7th Street in Brooklyn. p: 718.643.6510
Biologist, snake-ologist, and explorer Frank T. Burbrink
Biologist, snake-ologist, and explorer Frank T. Burbrink
Frank T. Burbrink has traveled the world, studying snakes and discovering new species. On the island of Madagascar, he and his colleagues have studied an astonishing array of snakes occupying every ecological niche, from freshwater to treetops. And these snakes have a variety of beautiful forms: A few have noses shaped like leaves. Others have skin the color of bumblebees. Still others are dusty red and cat-eyed.

Around the globe, snakes exhibit mind-boggling variation, from garter snakes to reticulated pythons. Some live off little termites. Others can kill and devour an antelope. Dr. Burbrink asks: How does an animal with a seemingly simple head-and-tube body have so many different forms? What exactly are “species” and how do they diversify? And what threats—even existential ones—are facing snakes in the wild?

Frank T. Burbrink is associate curator in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, principal investigator at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, and associate professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School. The author of over 100 research papers, he has conducted fieldwork in Madagascar, Brazil, Panama, Japan, and the United States. He studies the evolutionary history of reptiles and amphibians, their ecology, and genetics. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Gizmodo, BBC News, and on The Limit Does Not Exist podcast.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215