Tuesday, October 6, 2020

SciCafe Returns Online, asking: Does Social Media Unite or Divide Us?



Aerial view of a crowd crossing a street.



SciCafe: Hive Minds and Political Divide in the Digital Age

Where better to discuss our ultra-social natures than the online season opener of your favorite science happy hour? On Wednesday, October 7, at 7 pm EDT, join psychologist Sarah Rose Cavanagh, and Museum Curator Rob DeSalle, to explore how our moods, ideas, even our perceptions of reality synchronize without our conscious awareness and the effects and risks of “digital magnification,” from echo chambers to political polarization and conspiracy theories. This program is free with registration.





Overhead drone photo of rainforest with exposed red soil from deforestation.


The 2020 Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Panel Discussion: Emerging Diseases, Biodiversity, and Human Well-Being

How did the COVID-19 pandemic arise? Join us Friday, October 9, at 10:30 am EDT for a discussion with biodiversity experts—Kevin Olival of EcoHealth Alliance, Liliana Dávalos, Stony Brook University, and the Museum’s Eleanor Sterling, Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist—on the ecological drivers of disease emergence and how human actions fit in, moderated by Ana Porzecanski, director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A. This program is free with registration.





Your Support Is Critical

As we welcome back visitors, the Museum continues to operate under unprecedented financial strain—and we urgently need your help to keep fulfilling our mission of science and education. At this crucial moment, every gift, of any size, matters. We are gratefully accepting donations here.