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Upcoming Science Events – Week of 10/06/2008

Robotic Music with Heart

If there was ever a type of musical expression that needed to be combined with robots, it’s beatboxing. At their October performance, you’ll see human beatbox Adam Matta laying down beats for the ‘bots of LEMUR, as well as Ethan Ham and his instrument that replicates vocal input with slide whistles. Completing the lineup is Shawn Trail, mannin’ up on the mallets with a Lobi-inspired style. Also on hand are Christopher McDonald and Gertrude, his machine that “uses a multicolor LED to draw dramatic color images captured by long exposure photography.”

Date: Thursday October 9
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Place: LEMUR, 461 3rd Ave. bet. 9th and 10th St., Brooklyn
Price: Price: $5

Nightlife at the AMNH

Start your weekend off right at the smartest party in town, hosted by the American Museum of Natural History. At the Rose Center for Earth and Space, you’ll be able to drink and dance under dynamic visuals accompanied by the explosive beats of live bands and DJs. This month’s party features Mattie Safer of The Rapture and DJ Mehdi, a French hip-hop and electronic producer known for bridging the gap between these two dance music genres. For the price of the ticket, you get entrance to the party, a complimentary screening of the Space Show Cosmic Collisions, and a free pass to the Museum for future use.

Date: Friday October 10
Time: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Place: American Museum of Natural History, 81st St. between Columbus Ave. and Central Park W.
Price: $20

Science Smashes Urban Legends

Alligators in the sewers? Mob victims buried under Yankee Stadium? New Yorkers love urban legends, and, as it turns out, so do scientists, albeit slightly less morbid ones. Find out the real truth about whether or not glass is a liquid by joining Columbia University’s monthly Cafe Science meeting. Physical chemist Laura J. Kaufman’s speech, “Is Glass a Liquid? The Science Behind the Urban Legend,” addresses the liquid and solid characteristics of glass and how materials of this type can be used in applications as diverse as oil delivery and cryopreservation.

Date: Monday October 13
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: Picnic Café, 2665 Broadway, between 101st St. and 102nd St.
Price: $10, includes one drink

Science Teacher Institute at Cornell University

Cornell University invites elementary and middle school teachers to participate in the Cornell Science Sample Series, a collaboration between Cornell’s research centers and departments to provide professional development in science, engineering, math, and technology. Available workshops include Electricity, FOSS Forces and Motion Kit, Probability and Measurement and Bird Sleuth.

To apply, visit www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/teachers/csss.html.

Date: Saturday, October 18
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Place: Sloan-Kettering Institute, Room M107 (1275 York Avenue, Manhattan)
Price: All applications must be accompanied by a check for $20 made out to Cornell University. Upon completion of the program, all checks will be returned and participants will receive an additional check for $20 to cover travel costs.
Notes: Space is limited to 80 teachers. The application deadline is October 15.

Using Video Interactively in the Classroom Workshop

An overview of teaching strategies using video clips from Channel Thirteen?s Web site in biology, chemistry, physics and Earth science.

For further information, call 212-598-7772.

Date: Friday, October 17
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Place: New York University, Silver Center Room 207, 32 Waverly Place, Manhattan.
Security at NYU requires that you show a picture ID to enter the building.
Price: Free
Guest Speaker: Christopher Ward, Hommocks School

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