Interdisciplinary Science Meet Ups
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Enjoy food and conversation with students, alumni, and faculty in the Interdisciplinary Science Program. Students can learn about course offerings, public programming, city events, study abroad, and students' research and internship experiences. At each Meet Up alumni or current students minoring or majoring in the Interdisciplinary Science Program will present their career trajectories, summer research or internship experience and/or summer academic program. Sponsored by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Lang Cafe, 65 West 11th Street

For more information contact Katayoun Chamany, Chair of the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics and Director of the University Science Labs: chamanyk@newschool.edu.

Feb 13 Wednesday 5:30pm- 7pm Health and Basic Scientific Research 
Come and join students, alumni, faculty, and staff interested in health, environment and equity in conversation, food and presentations by alumni. Alisha Racho-Jansen and Kellie Lee  (both former Peer Science Fellows) are focusing on  basic scientific research in the area of infectious disease and clinical psychobiological stress  in an effort to contribute to knowledge that supports healthy communities. Emma Letcher current IS minor will be discussing her work on a dementia friendly city in Malta using anthropological methods via an e poster. Both Kellie and Alisha pursued research experiences that have enriched their lives and shifted their career trajectories. Kellie has a BA in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Science at Lang, and Alisha is a professional actor, who completed the BA in Interdisciplinary Science and served as  Peer Health Advocate.  After graduation both alumni pursued masters program in basic scientific research: Kellie in general psychology with a focus on bodily manifestations of stress and Alisha in biological research on proteins important in trypanosome infectivity.  In addition, to these degrees, both have taken on leadership roles including Full Spectrum Doula , Clinical Project Coordinator, Lab Manager, and more. Come and learn how their research and their leadership experiences are moving them in new directions with an eye toward promotion of  healthy environments (mind, body, and environment).  Their full biographies are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jOa5Dk_-Jb4WHbUKpztP1E-zC2564kjolacDmks_rek/edit
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Wed Mar 13 , 6-7:30pm STEM Education Justice

Come and join students, faculty, and staff interested in health, environment and equity in conversation, food and presentations by alumni. Alumn and Math for America Fellow, Andrew Zimmerman, and Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellow Bart Piech (League of Young Inventors) and Rachel Gottlieb discuss how K-12 STEM education is being informed to specifically address climate, history, and making. Andy completed a BA in Lang in Interdisciplinary Science and a strong focus on Math. He has since been recognized for his leadership in the New York Times and as a Math for America Fellow and is a New York City DOE Model Teacher and author of a two-year curriculum for the Resilient Schools Consortium, which is being implemented across six NYC schools hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Bart is also a math inclined current senior at Lang College, who is also musicians and interested in seeing how math, science and music can be shaped together into a career path with connections to community. He recently conducted research on the history of inventions for an innovative youth based curriculum at League of Young Inventors. Rachel is a recent graduate working at Nature's Classroom a residential environmental education program, who has interests in feminism, genetic counseling and environmental justice.
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Wednesday April 10 6-7:30pm Science Narratives and Justice
We welcome students interested in the natural sciences, math, planetary health, sustainability, and social justice to join us for food, conversation, and student and alumni presentations. This meet up is proud to host the following alumni and students who will showcase how their Lang experience led them to funded research/internship experiences and careers in Communicating Environmental Sustainability. Alumn and Mohn Science and Social Justice Fellow, BA/BFA Sean Hughes will discuss how he is combining design, narrative, and STEM to address health, environment, and equity with chemist Bhawani Venkataraman. Their work integrates narrative, data, design, to create a interactive tool for individuals to inform their decision making on energy sources.
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