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Public Lecture - Silvia Spivakovsky

Why We Need Evidence-Based Practice

When: Saturday March 21, 2015 @ 2PM

Where: 55 Lexington Ave on 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Room B3-130 (The Rehearsal Room)

General Admission: $10; Free for NYC Skeptics members

Join renowned lecturer Silvia Spivakovsky for a discussion of why health and health science needs "Evidence Based Practice?" What is EBP and what are some examples of proper and improper implementation. How do medical professionals and the general public deal with the "information overload" that is a hallmark of modern medicine? What does the future hold for ensuring best practices among both medical professionals and the general public?

An audience Q&A and social will follow.

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Bill Nye to Headline NECSS 2015

Bill Nye Head ShotWe are thrilled to announce that world-renowned science educator Bill Nye will headline NECSS 2015, taking place April 9-12 in New York City!

In addition to giving the conference keynote address on Saturday afternoon, he will join us as the special guest star of Friday night's SGU Skeptical Extravaganza (a special show open to both conference attendees and the general public) and sign copies of his latest book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" is a science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, and scientist, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98) and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator.

He will join our already-fantastic speaker lineup at NECSS 2015, including:

  • All of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe "Rogues"
  • The Society for Science-Based Medicine's David Gorski, Harriet Hall, Mark Crislip, and Jann Bellamy
  • Co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, Deborah Berebichez
  • Returning conference emcee Jamy Ian Swiss
  • Rationally Speaking co-hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef
  • Cognitive Neuroscientist Heather Berlin
  • Host of The Weather Channel's Hacking The Planet, John Rennie 
  • And many more!
NECSS is a four-day celebration of science and critical thinking held each year in New York City. Hundreds of attendees are informed and inspired by leading scientists, educators, activists, and performers from a variety of disciplines – each bringing their own perspective and passion to the goal of fostering a more rational world. Register today!
NECSS 2015 will take place April 9-12, 2015 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.


Darwin Day - Timothy Bromage on Teeth and Their Evolutionary Significance

Teeth Are Now Giving The Orders: Darwinian Selection For Biological Rhythms And Your Life History Is All About To Change


Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 2:00 PM

Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Ave, Room 306 (The “Skylight Room”), NY

General admission: $5, free for NYCS members. Bitcoin accepted. You can register here or on site.

Timothy BromageNYU School of Dentistry Professor Timothy Bromage, Ph.D., demonstrates how the evolution of teeth plays an important role in shaping human life.

The adaptation shared by all light-sensitive organisms is the to and fro of their biology in phase with daily astronomical rhythms (e..g., oscillations of metabolism, physiology, behavior), manifesting as circadian rhythms. Dental hard tissues reflect these cycles, but unbeknownst to most people is that they also provide longer periodic signals. The genomics of daily biological rhythms has in recent decades received much attention, but surprisingly little is known of long period rhythms for which the teeth, it turns out, are the story tellers. But more than the story, more than just instructions, teeth reflect strict commands handed down from the genome that define how life is and works; everything from the size of a kidney to lifespan, and everything in between. 

Professor Bromage directs the Hard Tissue Research Unit (HTRU), a mineralized tissue preparation and imaging technology development laboratory of the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics, NYUCD. Recently, he has reported on a hitherto unrecognized chronobiological rhythm in bone microstructure that corresponds to a previously observed but enigmatic enamel formation rhythm in mammals, establishing the basis for understanding how chronobiology and organismal life history evolution are integrated.

Professor Bromage supplements laboratory research with African Late Pliocene paleontological fieldwork of significance to human evolutionary research, the surveys of which have recovered the oldest known representative of the human genus, Homo rudolfensis, 2.4 Ma, as well as its contemporary, Paranthropus boisei, from the shores of Lake Malawi. Fieldwork on Late Pleistocene pygmy elephant and pygmy hippopotamus localities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are also ongoing, which provides a natural experiment of relevance to interpretations of modern human dental reduction.

Professor Bromage is recipient of the 2010 Max Planck Prize in the Life Sciences (paleobiomics; emphasis in Human Evolution), is Honorary Professor of La Salle University, Madrid, Spain, and is Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Paleoanthropology, Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany.