Assistant Fire Chief Richard J. Allen Jr.
Why are today’s house fires so dangerous? Construction is nearly airtight, homes are filled with plastics, and real wood furnishings are less common. The result is a fire that burns hotter and faster than decades ago, producing smoke that’s highly toxic to firefighters. Join us as we compare past fires and firefighting to the technology of today. We will view clips from the WSKG documentary “The Devil’s Fire” and a discussion with local expert, Assistant Fire Chief Rick Allen.
Just like dinosaurs, countless ocean creatures went extinct under somewhat perplexing conditions when a giant meteorite struck Earth about 66 million years ago. Yet excellent fossil records of their shells remain, helping us understand what happened ecologically, why some organisms survived, and why others didn’t.
Science Pub Guest Speaker: Mark F. Lenzenweger, PhD
Personality disorder is a term used to represent a well-defined collection of signs and symptoms that characterize a particular group of psychologically impaired conditions. These conditions affect 1 in 10 Americans and cause a great deal of disturbance in social and family life, functioning on the job, and psychological well-being for the affected person and those around them. Many people have heard terms such as “narcissistic personality disorder,” “borderline personality disorder,” and “psychopathy.” These terms, though tossed about in the media and common discourse, have technical definitions and are the objects of intensive scientific study and active clinical/treatment interventions. Professor Lenzenweger will discuss what is known about these conditions, what remains to be learned, and what distortions accompany the use of these terms in society today.
Life in the Trees
Discovering the Eighth Continent
Guest Speaker: Dr. Margaret “Canopy Meg” Lowman
Science Pub was recorded on September 14, 2021. https://youtu.be/jpaF7-vBQi0
Did you know that more than 50 percent of the world’s land-based creatures live in treetops? Yet scientists have classified less than 10 percent of this biodiversity. Come hear stories that will inspire us to think more urgently about forest conservation, help save big trees, and ultimately, keep our planet healthy. Dr. Margaret “Canopy Meg” Lowman shared tales from her adventurous childhood as a collector of wildflowers, nests, snake skins, and other natural collectibles, which led her to becoming one of the world’s first arbornauts.
Antarctica to the Adirondacks:
The Ice Lady’s Amazing Journey
June 15 7pm
Hear how Michele Cross turned her love of science into a lifelong adventure. After a seven-week research expedition to Antarctica, this special education teacher was selected to work with NASA scientists studying ice and snow in the Adirondacks. At Corning-Painted Post High School she developed a science course for struggling readers and writers and continues sharing her knowledge with fishermen and science enthusiasts around the Keuka Lake area of upstate New York.
Michele Cross teaches a collaborative, hands-on class called “Life, Literature, and Science at the Poles.” A passionate educator for 34 years, you can otherwise find her hiking, cycling, kayaking, snowshoeing, and simply enjoying the outdoors. Throughout winter, “The Ice Lady” collects frozen samples and teaches the local community what her findings reveal. With retirement approaching, she hopes to add actual ice fishing to her list of outdoor activities.
Frogs, Freezing Roads & Human Safety
Keeping animals and humans safe through the seasons
Guest Speaker: Nick Buss
Road salt is a lifesaver in winter –– for humans. But what about our amphibian friends? Come spring, these salts can run into wetlands and ponds causing harm to communities of wildlife that rely on these habitats to survive and thrive. We’ll explore the latest research on the impacts of commonly used de-icing salts on frogs, toads, and salamanders, as well as conservation efforts. https://youtu.be/ZaN3OEvuImA
Nick Buss is a doctoral candidate pursuing a PhD in biological sciences.
Architecture + the 21st-Century Paradigm Shift:
Designing for the Subliminal Brain
What do you feel when you look at a majestic cathedral? An imposing skyscraper? An ultra-modern museum? Scientists use your emotions to design the world we live in, whether you realize it or not. Join us for a fascinating look at how the built environment impacts all of us and even reframes the history of modern architecture.
Binghamton University Assistant Professor and Corning Museum of Glass Curator bring expertise that guides and inspires students as they learn to create visual expressions of diverse scientific and humanistic topics…
The Skin You’re In
Better Understanding the Body’s Largest Organ
Guy German, PhD
Learn about the complex chemical and biological structures that protect our skin from cosmetics, sunlight, bacteria, and a host of environmental hazards. See how biomimicry helps scientists design products that alleviate pesky skin issues. Explore amazing breakthroughs like “DNA sunscreens” that boost protection the longer we’re in the sun.
Dr. German is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton University. His research focuses on understanding “soft matter” for use in biomedical applications. His team studies how skin protects us while allowing essential compounds in.
This screening took place on October 13, 2020 at 7 pm ET. Watch the archived panel discussion.
WSKG and Science Pub celebrated the three-part series The Age of Nature with a virtual screening and panel discussion focused on nature and conservation. Our panel will take a look at nature and the outdoors while examining how we balance human growth and conservation. Each episode will focus on three stories that take us beyond the traditional natural history series to answer three questions:
What have our past mistakes taught us about nature? How is our understanding of nature changing the way we live?
Here is the recorded Science Pub from June 9th
Ticks in our Town: What every Northeasterner Needs to Know
Join Dr. Amanda Roome, Bassett Research Institute, for a conversation and Q &A on ticks and how to prepare for summer.
Everyone’s ready to get outside –– especially this year. If the spread of tick-borne disease has you worried, you’re not alone. But before you miss the beauty of the great Northeast in spring, let’s turn to science to explore:
Tick-borne diseases in our area
Seasonal hazards of exposure
Risk factors of Lyme disease
How to work safely outdoors
The role that deer and opossums play
Enjoy this science pub from the comfort of your home. RSVP HERE.
Dr. Amanda Roome is a Research Scientist at the Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, NY. She has performed extensive field and laboratory research on tick-borne diseases in New York State since 2012, and has recently begun expanding her research throughout the Northeast. Her research explores the risk of exposure to Lyme and other tick-borne pathogens, risk factors associated with Lyme infection, quality of life changes resulting from acute or chronic Lyme infection, and the occupational hazards of tick-borne disease exposure in forestry workers.
How do organisms respond to changing environments?
The emerging field of ancient genetics is a “time machine” for exploring genetic patterns through history. So far, we’ve found fascinating clues to human evolution. Now plant and animal studies are offering similar opportunities.
This online talk with Binghamton University’s Dr. Lua Lopez will explore how ancient genetics helps us understand wild plant and animal populations.
Why the woolly mammoth went extinct
What an ancient cat skeleton in Cyprus revealed
How one tiny plant is responding to climate change
Understanding whether plants and animals can adapt to rapid environmental change is essential to preserving our natural environment.
This online conversation with Science Pub BING was recorded on
May 12 at 7pm
Getting Lost in “The Great Pause” Online Discussion
This event took place on Thursday April 30 at 7pm. Watch a recording of the event below.
We’re experiencing the coronavirus outbreak as one, yet we all have different coping styles. Are you focused on logistics? Struggling to stay motivated in a strangely isolated world? Are you unable to concentrate? Or confused about your sudden jumble of new roles?