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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Monday, April 21: Go Driving on Mars with Scott McLennan
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Driving on Mars…
… looking for life. Or rather, looking for places where life may once have flourished, perhaps billions of years ago. Stony Brook University professor Scott McLennan is a key member of the science team that directs the day-to-day work of the Mars rover Curiosity as it treks across the Martian landscape. He’s also on the team of the rover Opportunity, which after some 3620 Martian days is still gamely gathering data and taking pictures. Come hear Scott tell of the nail-biting moments as Curiosity made it’s spectacular landing last August, and of his work checking out rocks that may still harbor traces of ancient life – should it have ever existed.

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The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but strongly suggested, click here to RSVP.

Monday, May 5: Visit the lemurs of Madagascar with Patricia Wright

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Science on Tap asks “What do you Remember?” with Dr. Nancy Franklin
Dr. Franklin is fascinated by the slipperiness of our memories. Her primary areas of research concern memory decisions, memory errors, and the influence of emotions like anger, suspense and threat on how we perceive things. She and her graduate students are pursuing some of these topics in the context of eyewitness memory and identification. Dr. Franklin has been invited to consult as an expert in over 300 cases in criminal, family, supreme and superior courts in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland. In several of these cases she has testified regarding eyewitness identification, perception, memory and cognition.

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