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Public Lecture -┬áMICHAEL MISCIONE


When: Saturday May 2, 2015 @ 2PM

Where: Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Ave., Room 306 (The "Skylight Room")

Did the Dutch really buy Manhattan Island for $24? Were the winged moonmen that made headlines in the New York Sun in 1835 for real? Are there really Alligators in New York City’s sewers? Since colonial days Gotham has been an incubator for great myths, hoaxes, and urban legends. This presentation will separate facts from fiction.

MICHAEL MISCIONE is a native New Yorker, a professional tour guide, and a historical activist. In 2006 Mr. Miscione was appointed Manhattan Borough Historian by Borough President Scott M. Stringer. As the borough's official history booster he hosts history talks, ceremonies and tours. He fields questions from the media and public, and has written articles about New York City history for various publications. Mr. Miscione is well known for his ongoing efforts to secure recognition for Andrew H. Green, a forgotten 19th century master planner, reformer, and preservationist. Thanks largely to Mr. Miscione’s efforts the Parks Department named a new Manhattan park for Mr. Green. Every February 9th Mr. Miscione celebrates Alligators in the Sewers Day, an unofficial annual holiday he created to mark the birth of New York City's greatest true urban legend.

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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.