The Gene: An Intimate History

Join WSKG for a virtual screening on April 9th at 7 pm 


Scientific genetics, little more than a century old, holds at once the promise of eradicating disease and the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. “The Gene: An Intimate History” traces the dizzying evolution of this new science as researchers race to identify treatments for genetic diseases, such as cancer and sickle cell anemia, and to perfect tools for rewriting DNA. Guest Speakers:
Dr. Maria Garcia-Garcia
Cornell University Associate Professor Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dr. Cedric Feschotte
Cornell University Professor Molecular Biology & Genetics

“The Gene: An Intimate History” brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA with precision.  
The series uses science, social history and personal stories to weave together a historical biography of the human genome while also exploring the stunning breakthroughs in understanding the impact genes play on heredity, disease and behavior. From the story of the remarkable achievements of the earliest gene hunters and the bitterly fought race to read the entire human genome, to the unparalleled ethical challenges of gene editing, the documentary is a journey through key genetics discoveries that are some of the greatest achievements in the history of science.

Science Pub Returns to Downtown Binghamton

Science Pub BING kicks off the first in a series of science talks designed to engage learners of all ages and interests. This monthly forum offers a platform to share research and current science topics with our community. What does booming population growth mean for the frogs, newts, and salamanders living among us — and what can we do to help them thrive? Guest speaker Dr. Jessica Hua of Binghamton University will share her research on how human pressures are affecting amphibians. She will be joined by Grascen Shidemantle, Vanessa Wuerther, Nick Buss and Devin DiGiacopo. Dr. Hua is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences who oversees a lab of talented students studying the effects of humans on aquatic ecosystems.

No science background required.

What is hiding in the Chenango River and how can you assist scientists in finding out?

By Science Intern, Ethan Campbell

The Chenango River is home to a number of macroinvertebrates, in this case: juvenile insect species. These species hatch in the water column and live the early stages of their lives in said aquatic ecosystems. For some of these species, the majority of their existence is spent as juveniles in the water. The Missouri Department of Conservation states that Dobsonflies may live as juveniles in the water column for 2-3 years, while only living as adults for weeks. In our brief sample, we found nymphs of caddisflies, stoneflies, mayflies, and dobsonflies. According to Dr. Julian Shepherd Professor at Binghamton University, these species serve as the basis of many food chains.

Science Communication Storytelling Class at Cornell University

Communicating science to the public is a skillset many scientists require, but few are professionally trained in. There is a disconnect between learning science and being an effective communicator of it. Through a collaboration with Cornell University, TST BOCES, Engaged Cornell and WSKG, a new science communication class was born focused on storytelling and relating content to the general public. This unique partnership has led to Cornell University being the first collegiate student reporting lab for the PBS NewsHour. Through mentorship and skill building, students learn the art of how to storyboard, film, interview and edit, creating their own science stories. 

‘Two E-Birds with one Stone: an app helps Birders & Scientists’




What does it take to create, design and make a robot that competes with other bots?

WSKG Science Intern Highlight: Ethan Campbell

WSKG welcomes Ethan Campbell, a Binghamton University student, into the education/science department for the fall of 2019. He will be learning science communication and the role of public media in our community. Below is an excerpt from Mr. Campbell. I am currently a senior at Binghamton University, double majoring in economics and environmental studies. With my education, I hope to work on fighting climate change and environmental degradation.

How Are You Celebrating National Pollinator Week?

What do bees, butterflies, flies and hummingbirds all have in common? If you answered that they are all pollinators – you are correct and we are celebrating them during the week of June 23-27th , National Pollinator Week. Pollinators contribute substantially to the New York State’s environment and economy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pollinators provide approximately $344 million worth of pollination services to New York and add $29 billion in value to crop production nationally each year. New York’s ability to produce crops such as apples, grapes, cherries, onions, pumpkins, and cauliflower relies heavily on the presence of pollinators, according to the New York State Department of Conservation.

SciGirls Strategies Live Stream

Wednesday June 12pm 2pm ET

The SciGirls approach is rooted in research about how to engage girls in STEM. A quarter of a century of studies have converged on a set of common strategies that work, and they have become the framework for SciGirls. SciGirls conducted a literature review, funded by the National Science Foundation, to update the strategies with the latest gender equitable and culturally responsive research. Be among the first to learn the latest tips on how to engage girls in STEM. Register here: SciGirls Strategies Live Stream

Webinar from PBS Learning Media on Teaching Climate Impacts and Sustainability

Teaching about Climate Impacts and Sustainability
Drought Stories and Solutions

New Digital Resources on PBS LearningMedia – Grades 9-12

Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00:00 PM EDT

Webinar Objectives:

Learn about the new collection of free digital resources, Climate Change Impacts and Solutions: Drought on PBS LearningMedia™
Hear from an expert in climate education and a classroom science teacher
Leave with new ideas and NGSS-aligned resources to engage your students in the real-world impacts of climate change

Today’s students need to understand how their world is changing due to climate change, as well as the impacts that those changes could have on their local community. The resources and instructional experience that we will address in this webinar help shift the classroom conversation about climate change to focus on solutions that communities are developing right now to build resilience in the face of drought, one of many climate change impacts. We will take a tour of the resources; which include news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, climate data from NOAA and NASA, and everyday solutions. You will leave with ideas and strategies for incorporating materials into your classroom instruction and hear from a teacher about his experience with the resources. The collection, Climate Change Impacts and Solutions: Drought helps students learn about impacts of drought through news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, analyzing drought data and models, and doing research on and evaluating potential solutions.