Past Cabarets

SEPTEMBER 2008
Life at the Fringes of Grape and Wine Science

Grape Geneticist Peter Cousins and Enologist Gavin Sacks of Cornell University bring you wine and grapes with their stories of co-evolution, Indiana Jones style plant collecting, raccoon biology, and organic chemistry that make wine so fascinating a topic (not just to drink).

SEPTEMBER 2008

SMALL IS ALL: Nano, Bio, and the

Future of Technology

Cornell Physicist Paul McEuen explores the world of nanotechnology and how it will revolutionize our future, much as information technology has changed our lives in the past 50 years

» Paul McEuen

» DJ Laika

JUNE 2008

The Triple Bond: Taking Nitrogen to Task

Cornell Scientists Paul Chirik and Frank “Turf Guy” Rossi engaged the audience with a “chemical cocktail” exploring nitrogen, its many uses, advantages, and disadvantages. Special appearance by DJ Laika.

» Paul Chirik

» Frank Rossi

» DJ Laika

APRIL 2008

Science Cabaret Celebrates National Poetry Month!

Scientific Stanzas

Poets Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Karen Anderson and Ecologist David Wolfe bring the keen observation skills known to scientists and poets alike in an evening of poetry and music. With special guest musicians Johnny Dowd and Elizabeth Estabrook enhancing the sensory language.

» David Wolfe

» Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

» Karen Anderson

» Johnny Dowd

MARCH 2008

Sonic Synesthesia

Elephant Biologist Mya Thompson and Sound recordist Lang Elliott mingling sight and sound in an evening of sensory surprises, red-hot birdsong, elephant vibrations and more! With music by Nate and Kate and Richie Stearns.

» Elephant Listening Project

» Nature Sound Studio

» Richie Stearns

» Nate and Kate

FEBRUARY 2008

The Carnaval of Carnivals:

For the Sake of Science

Dr. Roald Hoffman, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, poet, and writer tells his tale of the year he unexpectedly participated in the annual Brazilian festival of Carnaval (Mardi Gras) with samba Music by Deixa Sambar.

» Roald Hoffman

» Ithaca Samba

DECEMBER 2007

SYNC: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order

Steven Strogatz, professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University and author of “Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order” shared with us the Mysteries of synchronicity found in many aspects of daily existence on Earth.

» Sync: The Emerging Science

of Spontaneous Order

» Steven Strogatz

NOVEMBER – 2007

MEDIA BITES:

Is This Climate Change Story True?

PLUS – AN INCONVENIENT QUIZ GAME!

Hosted by:

Caren Cooper (Cornell University Lab of Ornithology)

Dan Flerlage (Project Look Sharp: Promoting Media Literacy)

Jason Hamilton (Ithaca College Department of Biology)

This Cabaret focused on creating awareness about the power of the media to shape our beliefs, attitudes, and values. The hosts discussed climate change research in the context of media literacy and skills to judge the credibility of information from different sources.

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OCTOBER – 2007

MOTH VS. MYTH:

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE B-MOVIE MONSTER “MOTHRA”

Dr. Paul S. Robbins takes us through the world of both myth and moth as we blend science with the spectacular. We learned about the biology of this B-movie monster from a real-life

Entomologist.

JUNE – 2007

THE HOOK:

Life’s Leasons as Learned by Fish

Jimmy Liao shared with us some philosophical musings on life when compared to his research on the neurology of fish.

» Jimmy Liao

MAY – 2007

BIRDING IN BABYLON

Jonathan Trouern-Trend Shared with us his experiences as both a soldier and avid bird-watcher in war-torn Iraq.

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Birding in ‘Babylon’ By: Larry Klaes, published in the Ithaca times

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APRIL – 2007

HOW TO GROW A JUNGLE

Dr. A. Carl Leopold shared slides of his work in Costa Rica “re-growing” native plants on deforested parcels of land in an effort to study growth patterns and rates of canopy development, etc. in addition to putting right some of mankind’s wrongs.

MARCH – 2007

MINDLESS EATING

Dr. Brian Wansink shared with us his quirky stories exploring American eating habits and the sociological phenomenon that influence our food intake.

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DECEMBER – 2006

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RACE RELATIONS

Dr. Collette Eccleston shared with us her research into the human mind and race relations.

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NOVEMBER – 2006

TWIST AND SPROUT

Dr. Roger Hangarter shared with us some multi-media used to explain his research to the layperson. We also used this as a promotional event for the Exhibit at PRI.

» Plants In Motion

OCTOBER – 2006

LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD

Dr. Susan Ashdown shared with us her lab’s

“body-scan” research:

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Dr. Steve Marschner shared with us his techniques for rendering organic materials using computer animation:

» Dr. Steve Marschner

SEPTEMBER – 2006

ANTS: NATURE’S SECRET POWER

Dr. Bert Hoelldobler shared with us snippets from his award winning film of the same title:

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MAY – 2006

THE CREATION OF GOD:

RELIGION AS A PRODUCT OF EVOLUTION

Dr. David Sloan Wilson shared with us his theories of evolution when applied to the evolution of political and/or religious ideology. Namely, the idea of altruism.

» Listen

APRIL – 2006

A CURIOSITY CABINET OF

FANTASTICAL FUNGAL FREAKS

Dr. Kathie Hodge, Photographer Kent Loeffler, and Artist Tim Merrick teamed up to discuss fungi from an aesthetic perspective.

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MARCH – 2006

CABARET BIRDIE STYLE

Dr. Kim Bostwick shared with us the mystery surrounding the sounds made by Manakins Birds.

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FEBRUARY – 2006

SEX FLIES AND DNA

Drs. Terry Acree and Wendall Roelofs shared with us the science of taste and smell.

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DECEMBER – 2005

CROCHETING THE HYPERBOLIC PLANE

Dr. Dana Taimina shared with us her crochet creations in an effort to explain complicated mathematic models.

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NOVEMBER – 2005

GOD IN THE WOODS:

THE IVORY BILLED WOODPECKER

Dr. John Fitzpatrick and Dave Foreman shared with us evidence for the existence of a once thought extinct woodpecker and told us the tragic tale of the demise of the passenger pigeon. Themes of Man’s effect on Nature…

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OCTOBER – 2005

ELECTRIC AIR: THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE

Dr. Trevor Pinch shared with us the story of a quirky electronic instrument (The Theremin) and Theremin music was played by Local Artists “The Beamus Point”

» The Bemus Point/

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SEPTEMBER, 2005

POSTCARDS FROM MARS

Jim Bell of the Mars Rover Team shared with us some stunning photographs taken by the Rovers from an artistic perspective. Photographer first/ Scientist second.

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