Conversations in Science: Virus and Vaccine

Speaker: Melany Garcia, PhD Candidate, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Description: As the public looks to virology to produce a vaccine for COVID-19, there are vaccines available today that can help prevent critical health complications. Join us for a conversation on the concerns and long-term health impacts of the Human Papillomavirus...

Conversations in Science: Pandemics and Perception

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Nicholls, SUNY Buffalo State Description: Learn about past theories regarding the visitation of scourges and human suffering through a case study of the Great Plague of the 1660s. What was the relationship between accepted science and the development of public policies in Restoration London? How does our...

Conversations in Science: Bird-Masks to Beakers

Speaker: Dr. Cathy Ullman, independent researcher Description: COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to spread globally and, unfortunately, it won’t be the last. Beginning in the year 1346, the Black Death was one of the deadliest pandemics ever recorded in human history, killing more than fifty million people.  But what...

Conversations in Science: How Diversity Boosts Innovation

Speaker: Ms. Bharani Muppavarapu, Doctoral trainee, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Description: How often do you consider what is missing when working on a problem? In 2014 a Harvard economics professor published a study concluding that having a diverse team working collaboratively leads to impactful research. Bharani Muppavarapu will lead...

Conversations in Science: Conserving Material Culture

Speaker: Ileana Olmos, Archaeological Conservator Description: What is cultural heritage conservation and where does it take place? How do scientists blend art, chemistry, and physical sciences to preserve objects for future generations? Join us for a conversation with Ileana Olmos, MSc Conservation Studies, on the unique challenges of blending science,...

Conversations In Science: Buffalo-Based Research

Speakers: Dr. Tim Murphy & Terry-Ann Smith. Clinical and Translational Research Center, University at Buffalo Description: Just how does a vaccine get approved? What is the process for testing and rolling out new medical treatments and what role does the average person play in medical research? Join us for a...

Conversations in Science: COVID Vaccines

Speaker: University at Buffalo's Genome, Environment, and Microbiome Community of Excellence Description: As COVID-19 vaccination efforts ramp up across our region, many of us have questions about the COVID vaccines.  How do they work?  How did scientists develop them so quickly?  How can we explain the vaccines to family and...

Conversations in Science: Environment, Justice, and Population

Speaker: Sarah Baillie, Population & Sustainability Organizer, Center for Biological Diversity. Description: How can rights-based solutions help support positive environmental impact?  Historic and present-day atrocities have been carried out in the name of environmentalism and population control. In fact, many environmentalists choose to skirt issues of population pressure for just...

Conversations in Science: Naval STEM

Speakers: A panel of midshipmen from the US Naval Academy Description: Bring the family together on June 16 for a special experiment-based Conversations in Science. We're going to be talking lift and testing rockets with midshipmen from the US Naval Academy. If you want to join in and test alongside...

Conversations in Science: Cicada Mania and Brood X

Speakers: Larry Wozniak and Marisha "Mo" Burgess, Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences Entomology Volunteers Description: Join us for a talk about all things cicada for hot cicada summer and the Brood X emergence. Our volunteers in entomology collections are eager to share their insight and passion about the bugs around...