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Saturday, May 7, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Saturday, May 7, 2016
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m.
Activities 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at 66th Street
New York, NY

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The Rockefeller University gratefully acknowledges the following Science Saturday supporters:

Lead Underwriter 

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The Dracopoulos Family
Science and Society Initiative

The Steinman Family Foundation

Did you know?

Venom from
marine snails
can be used
to create painkillers

Schedule of Activities


Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Tent at the Entrance to the University (located at
York Avenue & 66th Street)

Morning Talks

Beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Grades K – 4
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Mande Holford, Ph.D. Mandë Holford, Ph.D.
Department of Chemical Biology
Hunter College
The Journey from Marine
Snails to Medicine

Caspary Auditorium

Grades 5 – 8
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Shai Shaham, Ph.D.Shai Shaham, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Developmental Genetics

The Rockefeller University
Why Dying Cells
Are Good For You

Carson Family Auditorium


11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch will be available in the Abby Dining Room.

Ongoing Activities

Continuous throughout the day, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Collaborative Research Center (CRC), Greenberg Building

Demonstrations with Rockefeller’s Rock Stars

Controlling the Mind
of the Fly
Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior
The Rockefeller University
Mollusks & Medicines
Mandë Holford, Ph.D.
Department of Chemical Biology
Hunter College
The Physics of Life
James Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D.
Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience
The Rockefeller University

Interactive Learning Stations

Rockefeller investigators will lead more than 30 learning stations with hands-on activities for students and their families including tasting an acid-base reaction by making fizzy candy, building a wind tunnel machine, extracting DNA from strawberries, and much, much more!

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Stars of Research

Explore an exhibit that focuses on the model organism menagerie and the incredible discoveries made with these organisms.

The Brainscape

Explore the difference and similarities of brains from different animal species and watch a sheep brain dissection!

Scientific Trailblazers Photo Booth

Using fun props, emulate your favorite scientists and strike a pose in our Science Saturday photo booth.


Community Partners

We are pleased to include the NYC Makery, New York Hall of Science, Murray's Cheese, Curious Jane, and Drexel University, who will showcase their science programs and add to the do-it-yourself activities.

Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University

Parents & Science
Faculty Advisor

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology

Parents & Science Leadership


Daniella Lipper Coules
Talbott Simonds

Steering Committee

Rebecca Anikstein
John Bernstein
Charles W. Caulkins
Karen de Saint Phalle
Blair Pillsbury Enders
Wendy Ettinger
Kathy Heinzelman
Tania Neild, Ph.D.
Ilona Nemeth
Marean Pompidou
Courtney Smith Rae
Loli Echavarria Roosevelt
Kimberly Kravis Schulhof
Roxy Zajac

Scientific Advisory Council

Evelyn Attia, M.D.
BJ Casey, Ph.D.
Myron Hofer, M.D.
Ilene Sackler Lefcourt
Margaret McCarthy, Ph.D.
Richard Nisbett, Ph.D.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

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