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When Science Bites Back!

When Science Bites Back!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by Science & the City


From the pets we love to the rats we hate—the human condition is closely intertwined with animals. But while we relax at home with our pets, dedicated scientists are entering the not-always furry fray in order to learn more about how animals help shape our world.

In this event, a panel of researchers with expertise in the structure of animal societies and their survival strategies in extreme conditions will bring you tales from the field. And unlike the internet, it's not all baby pandas and elephants making friends with puppies. These animal experts will discuss the real story of studying dogs, dolphins, elephants and many others. And in the process we'll go from your backyard to the aquarium to some of the most extreme environments in the world.

*Reception to follow.

Registration Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$15
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$20

This event is part of the Mis/Adventures in Science Series.

In this three-part series you'll meet scientists whose research takes them outside the lab and into dangerous, accident-prone territory. Learn what to eat and not to eat in space, how to survive the deep freeze while still conducting research, and what happens when the animals you're studying aren't furry balls of love.

Come exploring with us!

 • How to Make Eggs in Space, March 13, 2014
 • Snownado: Surviving Frozen Science, April 8, 2014
 • When Science Bites Back!, May 20, 2014

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Joshua Ginsberg, PhD

Wildlife Conservation Society

Joshua Ginsberg was born and raised in New York and is currently Senior Vice President, Global Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society where he oversees an $90 million portfolio of conservation initiatives in 60 countries around the world.  He spent 15 years working as a field biologist in Thailand and across East and Southern Africa leading a variety of mammal ecology and conservation projects.


Alexandra Horowitz, PhD

Barnard College

Alexandra Horowitz has been teaching at Barnard since 2004. Before coming to Barnard, she taught at Hunter College and at the University of California — San Diego.Professor Horowitz's research is in animal cognition. She is currently testing the olfactory acuity of the domestic dog, through experiments in natural settings, and examining dog-human dyadic play behavior.

Oscar Pineda-Catalan, PhD

American Museum of Natural History

Dr.Oscar Pineda-Catalan was born in Mexico City where he did his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After finishing his studies, he enrolled in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History where he studied turtles in the Amazon.

Diana Reiss, PhD

Hunter College

Diana Reiss is a professor of psychology at Hunter College and in the graduate program of Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience of the City University of New York. Reiss's research has focused on understanding cognition and communication in dolphins and other cetaceans. She has done work in mirror self-recognition of such animals, as well as in elephants. She was the scientific advisor for The Cove  and wrote The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives.

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