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Secret Science Club: What are You Eating? What's Eating You?
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/14/2014 at Symphony Space.

The Secret Science Club is a science lecture, arts, and performance series based in Brooklyn which is about to start its 9th year.

The SSC hosts live science events for the general public, featuring subjects ranging from Black Holes and Dinosaurs to Human Evolution and the Human Brain. Every month, leading scientists give talks on discoveries in their fields and unleash their research on an inquisitive audience.

Music and film are mixed in with the science during the evening, and there is at least one free event per month, along with other special programs.

The Secret Science Club is excited to be extending its borders NORTH to Symphony Space in Manhattan, bringing great science programming to a broader audience and continuing to give the public direct access to scientific information “straight from the horses’ mouths”.

The Secret Science Club was founded and is curated and hosted by Margaret Mittelbach and Dorian Devins.

+ About the Artists

Dr. Mark Siddall is curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, professor in the museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School and principal investigator at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. He is President Elect of the American Society of Parasitologists, and author of the recently published book, Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences.

He has led scientific expeditions throughout the world including to Zambia, Argentina, Peru, Madagascar, andRwanda. His research focuses on the evolutionary biology of a wide range of parasites, from single-celled microbes to leeches. In the lab, he studies the diversity and evolution of venom in leeches, among them the toothy new species described by him and his students, Tyrannobdella rex (T. rex), aka “the tyrant leech king.”

Mark Siddall has been a featured scientist in The New York Times, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, boingboing, and on PBS’s NOVA ScienceNOW and Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. An expeditionary gastronomist, he experiments with eating and cooking tasty invertebrates and other unusual fare around the globe.

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