Science on Tap

A scientist walks into a bar, sits down with a former producer of 60 Minutes, orders a beer and talks to a live audience. No punch line here! This is Science on Tap, a live, award-winning show and web series produced by Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

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Our next Science on Tap event, “Shark Night!,” will take place on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in the open bar of the Stony Brook Yacht Club located on 21 Shore Rd., Stony Brook. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve, please click here. To download the flyer, please click here.

Details on the event:
Husband-and-wife team Demian Chapman and Debra Abercrombie will arrive at the Stony Brook Yacht Club bar with a bag full of shark fins. Your job, before the end of their conversation with host Steven Reiner, will be to identify the species the fins came from. You will be sharing the experience of customs officials around the world – but especially in Southeast Asia – trained by Demian and Debra to spot the fins of endangered shark species being illegally imported for shark fin soup, which can fetch $100 bowl in China.

The shark fin trade, estimated to kill millions of sharks every year, is only one of the reasons for the drastic decline in shark populations worldwide. Debra and Demian will explain how this affects the health of the oceans, why sharks don’t deserve their fearsome reputation and they’ll describe their own experiences in capturing and tagging sharks to track their long-distance travels.

Latest Science on Tap episode:

Science on Tap visits “Autism: What Works — and Why?”
What intervention best helps a person on the autism spectrum? Recent reports of children moving clear off the spectrum encourage hopes that the right therapy can make a huge difference in outcome.
Dr. Matt Lerner’s Social Competence and Treatment lab is developing innovative tests of a person’s social abilities — for instance how efficiently they process a facial expression or tone of voice. The lab then uses insights from those tests to design better, more targeted treatments, building a direct bridge between science and practice.

You can see all the previous episodes here.

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