We’re All Going to Die? Or not?: Ecopsychoanalysis and Climate Change

In preparation for Earth Day next week, Dr. Joseph Dodds from the University of New York in Prague will deliver the next Science Colloquium seminar. He will present his talk on, ‘Feeling the Heat… What is Ecopsychoanalysis?: Psychoanalysis and Climate Change in the Three Ecologies‘.

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When: Tuesday, April 14th
Where: 325 Hudson St., NY, NY; Hudson Gallery (Room 544)
Time: 5-6PM

Following the seminar, we will also have a reception with appetizers and light refreshments. Please join us for both the talk, and an informal chat during the reception with Dr. Dodds.

To Flatter or Not To Flatter?

Dr. Claudia Brumbaugh (CUNY Queens College) will present her seminar entitled, ‘Attraction Preferences: Where does Attachment Security Rank’ for the next Science Colloquium. Aside from seeing her volunteer for the Sunday NYC Audubon Ecocruises, it’ll be great to learn about her research on the evolution of human attraction.

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When: Tuesday, March 31st
Where: 325 Hudson St., NY, NY, Room 544
Time: 5-6PM

Bats!

It’s just been a long, long time since I last posted. So much to tell…

But, first – Dr. Paul Velazco from the American Museum of Natural History will present his seminar ‘Historical Diversification in the Neotropics: Evolution and Variation of Noctilionoid bats’.

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When: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Where: 325 Hudson St., Fifth Floor
Time: 5-6PM

Be there or be square.

Five Boro Bike Tour

Yesterday, I did the TD Five Boro Bike Tour again. As I said to my wife the night before, I often feel lucky to participate in this bike tour, and there’s simply something magical about the opportunity to ride your bike through the streets of NYC, the FDR, uncontested over the Queenborough Bridge, and my favorite, the gauntlet of the BQE. However, I only wish that I actually cycled anytime during the preceding year. Aside from a brutally cold winter, I scaled back my riding time to being a daddy. This is a trade-off I’d never give up, except that I feel like I was hit by a truck, as my entire body hurts. But, I did it, and I’ll do it again next year.

Couple of side notes: 1) Thanks for the mechanic team on Church and Reade streets at the beginning of the tour. My chain (albeit rusted to the core) unhinged itself on the subway, and they were able to realign it about 5 minutes before our group started. 2) I also pulled a cramp on both legs going up the Pulaski Bridge, and a second momentary panic – thinking the tour was over for me right there.

My chariot (and the little car that took her to the tour). I especially like the add-ons to the frame. I lost my water bottle and holder, as both snapped off on last year's during as I approached the Pulaski Bridge. Speaking of Pulaski, I suspect there's a superstition about to become enshrined about that spot.
My chariot (and the little car that took her to the tour). I especially like the add-ons to the frame. I lost my water bottle and holder, as both snapped off on last year’s during as I approached the Pulaski Bridge. Speaking of Pulaski, I also pulled a cramp on both legs going up the bridge, and a second momentary panic – thinking the tour was over for me right there.
Atop the Queensborough Bridge
Atop the Queensborough Bridge
Generic view of crowd and green helmet bibs on 6th Avenue.
Generic view of crowd and green helmet bibs on 6th Avenue.

Superfans!

Something less academic… on April 12th, my little group of superfriends were unashamedly superfans, as we attended a solo performance by Glen Phillips in Bay Shore. Aside from my typical music preference, albeit becoming more eclectic as I age, there were two styles that resonated since my young: one which is clearly evident, and the other less so. For the latter, it managed to evolve from a little group from Santa Barbara to a maturity in lyric and song. Enjoy!

As Gandalf said to Pippin upon their first meeting with Denethor, my wife often reminds me of the same when is comes to those I admire, 'Listen carefully: Lord Denethor is Boromir's father. To give him news of his beloved son's death would be most unwise. And do not mention about Frodo or the Ring. And say nothing of Aragorn either. In fact, it's better if you don't speak at all.'
As Gandalf said to Pippin upon their first meeting with Denethor, my wife often reminds me of the same when is comes to those I admire, ‘Listen carefully: Lord Denethor is Boromir’s father. To give him news of his beloved son’s death would be most unwise. And do not mention about Frodo or the Ring. And say nothing of Aragorn either. In fact, it’s better if you don’t speak at all.’

More Microaggressions!

Back by popular demand, good friend and stellar lady, Dr. Gina Torino, will deliver the last Science Colloquium seminar on ‘Asian-American Migroaggressions’. Be there or be square.

When: Tuesday, April 22nd
Where: Metro Gallery (Room 544); 325 Hudson St., Fifth Floor, NY, NY 10013-1005
Time: 5-6PM

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An Awesome 2014 Field Season

We’re not totally done yet, but we’re certainly winding down to the remaining field season days. Our crew is out-and-about on the Audubon Eco-cruise, and combing the field sights in NYC. It’s been a busy time for all of us, and I meant to post this earlier. On March 9th, we’ve seen the most seals ever on one trip (39!). Incidentally, the numbers were increasing leading up to this trip, and overall, we’ve seen more seals this season than our previous four. Enjoy.

Always a favorite shot of mine - seals on Swinburne Island, looking north towards Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline. In a surreal way, it just let's you know about the amazing fauna in our backyards.
Always a favorite shot of mine – seals on Swinburne Island, looking north towards Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline. In a surreal way, it just let’s you know about the amazing fauna in our backyards.

P.S. – It’s been tight-lipped, but I can’t help but let this slip. Keep an eye out for C-SPEC. That’s all I have to say.

The New Frontier of Diversity

All around awesome guy, Dr. John Rowden from the National Audubon Society, will present the next Science Colloquium talk entitled, ‘Changing the Face(s) of Conservation in America’.

When: Tuesday, 03/18
Time: 5-6PM
Where: Metro Gallery (Room 544), 325 Hudson St.

See you all there!

The Sound of the Harmonic Generator