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Sunday
Jun262016

Lecture: Ben Goldacre on "Bad Trials"

When: Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM 
Where: Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Ave., Room 306 (The "Skylight Room")

Randomised controlled trials are supposed to be the gold standard, the most "fair tests" of which intervention works best. But sometimes, through cunning or incompetence, trials can be biased by design: so that they overstate the benefits, and hide the side effects. This talk is a greatest hits of bad trial design; in the hands of the enemy, it is a manual for deceit; in the hands of the good, it is vital self-defence.

Ben Goldacre is a doctor, best-selling author, academic and campaigner. His work focuses on uses and misuses of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies and quacks. His book Bad Science reached #1 in the UK non-fiction charts and has sold over half a million copies worldwide. He has published extensively in all major newspapers and various academic journals, and appears regularly on radio and TV from Newsnight to QI. He has written government papers and reports on evidence based policy, founded a successful global campaign for research transparency, and currently works as an academic in the University of Oxford, where he runs the EBMdataLab building live data tools to make science and medicine better, like OpenPrescribing and OpenTrials. His blog is at www.badscience.net and he is @bengoldacre on twitter.

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Saturday
Jun112016

Lecture: Enrico Fonda on "Creative Turbulence: from Leonardo Da Vinci to Quantum Vortices"

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 2:00 PM 
Where: Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Ave., Room 306 (The "Skylight Room")

Turbulence is referred to as the last great unsolved problem of classical physics. Fundamental questions posed by Leonardo Da Vinci about the origin, evolution and decay of the turbulent motion are still unanswered. We provide an overview of this fascinating topic considering its relationships with art, going through the work of Van Gogh and Pollock, and arriving to the latest developments in the field, such as quantum turbulence.


Enrico FondaBio: Enrico Fonda is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at NYU. He is interested in cryogenic fluid mechanics in classical and quantum fluids, turbulence, flow visualization, fluid dynamics demonstrations, and the interactions between art and science. Enrico performed his doctoral work at the Institute for Research in Electronic and Applied Physics at the University of Maryland, and received his PhD in fluid dynamics and his master in theoretical physics from the University of Trieste, Italy.

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Friday
Jun102016

Reasonable New York Summer Solstice Party

New York City Skeptics is a member of Reasonable New York.

About Reasonable New York

"Reasonable New York is a consortium of local reason-based organizations and people working together to increase awareness of secular-minded movements throughout the New York metropolitan area. We aim to inform New Yorkers that there is a community of people who share a rational basis for their worldviews, who attend intellectual public lectures, enjoy philosophy discussions, engage in public advocacy, and socialize."

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