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  • Science On Tap: The Lemurs of Madagascar

    Fresh from the Hollywood and Manhattan premiers of the IMAX movie “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” in which she co-stars with scores of adorable lemurs, Patricia Wright shared her experiences with host Steven Reiner. She told us how she first fell in love with lemurs – which have had the island of Madagascar pretty much to themselves since the age of the dinosaurs – and how their survival is now threatened.

  • Science On Tap: Driving On Mars

    Hosted by Journalism School professor and 60 Minutes alumnus Steven Reiner with guest scientist, Stony Brook University professor Scott McLennan. McLennan is a key member of the science team that directs the day-to-day work of the Mars rover Curiosity as it treks across the Martian landscape.

  • Science On Tap: What Do You Remember?

    Hosted by Journalism School professor and 60 Minutes alumnus Steven Reiner with guest scientist, Nancy Franklin, a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University who studies memory decisions, memory errors, and the influence of emotions like anger, suspense and threat on how we perceive things.

  • Science On Tap: ADHD and the Brain

    Science on Tap host Steven Reiner, a Broadcast Journalism professor at Stony Brook, will be joined by guest scientist, Mary Kritzer, a full professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Psychology and a research scientist and member of the board of directors at the Matt and Debra Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders.

  • Science On Tap: Food, Flavor and Feelings

    Science on Tap host Steven Reiner, formerly of 60 Minutes and now a Broadcast Journalism professor at Stony Brook, will be joined by guest scientist, Alfredo Fontanini in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, to discuss the science of taste. 

  • Science On Tap: The Physics of Sports

    Chang Kee Jung, PhD, a self-professed sports junkie, is an astro-particle physicist and eminent neutrino researcher with the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Jung, also an avid bungee jumper, skydiver and father of three, has found a way to talk about his two passions at once -– and that is the evening’s topic: The Physics of Sports.

  • Science On Tap: Autism: What Works and Why?

    What intervention best helps a person on the autism spectrum? Recent reports of children moving clear off the spectrum encourage hopes that the right therapy can make a huge difference in outcome. Dr. Matt Lerner’s Social Competence and Treatment Lab is developing innovative tests of a person’s social abilities — for instance how efficiently they process a facial expression or tone of voice.

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