Pregame Your Brain: Drink n’ Draw Brains
21 Clinton St.
212-228-2100 Price: Free in advance, $5 at the door
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Science fairs for adults – how Caveat does happy hour.
We stole some brains (and various other squishy bits in jars) from some scientists we know. Don’t worry, we’ll give them back. But first – lets draw some brains!
We’ll provide a neuroscientist to tell you what each pretty/gross part of the brain does. Feel free to BYO drawing supplies if you’re fancy – we’ll provide blank paper and pens.
Brains are a gray and white matter. Can you spot areas of gray and white matter in these sheep brains? Learn about what these two kinds of matter do. Sketch patterns of white vs. gray that you find interesting. There’s a pattern called the “tree of life” and another one called the “seahorse” (hippocampus), can you find them?
Mercedes Vega Villar is a PhD candidate in the ‘Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience’ program at CUNY. She is trying to understand the brain mechanisms that enable our incredible ability to find and seek the things we want by relying on environmental cues. To do so, she records activity of individual neurons in rats’ brains as they learn the relationship between a tone and the availability of sucrose. Mercedes is from Spain and enjoys making fun illustrations in her free time.
Kristen D’Elia is a third year graduate student in the labs of David Schoppik and Jeremy Dasen at NYU School of Medicine. She studies the development of the motor neurons that control muscles in zebrafish. While she thinks the brain is beautiful, she begs you to remember the spinal cord is special too!
My name is Alex Whitebirch, and I am a graduate student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program at Columbia University. I have been interested in science since I was young, and I’ve always been particularly fascinated by animals and the natural world. As an undergraduate student I dabbled in cellular biology, microbiology, animal behavior, and conservation biology before ultimately pursuing research in neuroscience. In my current position, I work with mice and study the hippocampus, a highly conserved brain structure critical for learning and memory.
Andrea Cumpelik graduated from NYU with a B.S. in science and has been working in her current lab for four years, studying how drug-related memories are encoded during the process of addiction. She is passionate about science communication with the public and has been volunteering at science fairs and in classrooms for the past few years, and will be starting her PhD in Vienna in September 2018.
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About Pregame Your Brain:
Get some post-work drinks in your face, and some brand new knowledge in your brain! At Caveat’s weekly happy hour science fair, several stations of experts on the week’s theme will be set up around the bar – grab a drink and choose your own adventure. Each expert has a 10 minute speed-lesson, so you can get the basics or go deep. Each week features experts on a different topic, so come back next week for all-new stuff!Buy tickets/get more info now