January Program at Vassar Brothers Institute


January Program at Vassar Brothers Institute

SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE 2017 Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 8

The 2017 series will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 18, January 25, and February 8. As in the past, each program will consist of an understandable talk by a scientist involved in research on the topic, and an opportunity for questions from the audience. Brochures giving speakers, and subjects and the location will be distributed in January. The purpose of these lectures is to bring together the general public and scientists to explore topics of interest and importance to everyone. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Our Lady of Lourdes High School
131 Boardman Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Programs whose purpose is to bring together scientists and the lay public in the exploration of topics of general interest and concern.  Admission is free.

Program Committee
Mary Louise Van Winkle, Chairperson
Maung S. Htoo
Edmund Lynch III




January 18, 2017

7:30 PM “MUSIC BY ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PHILHARMONIA(a 45 student string orchestra conducted by Jonathan Handman).

Speaker: Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) New York, NY

The AMNH is presenting a new bilingual exhibition about Cuba’s rich biodiversity and culture from 11/21/2016 through 08/13/2017. Dr. Porzecanski co-curated this exhibition with Dr. Chris Raxworthy of AMNH and in collaboration with colleagues at the Cuban National Museum of Natural History.The exhibition explores the extraordinary biodiversity across the island’s remote forests, deep caves, expansive wetlands and dazzling reefs. It also highlights Cuba’s culture and life- including art, music, spiritual traditions, food and farming. The talk will present highlights of co-curating this exhibition.

Dr. Porzecanski is the Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at AMNH. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay and her Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. She has over a decade of experience coordinating and leading conservation capacity development projects, designing teaching materials for university professors and conservation professionals and leading professional development for diverse educator audiences in Latin America, Africa and United States.




January 25, 2017

(Conducted by Rich Guillen)

Speaker: Dr. Lee Dugatkin
University of Louisville,
Louisville, KY

We humans display acts of kindness and generosity. As it turns out, nonhumans are also good to one another, sacrificing to help those around them. But why? Why do both humans and animals show such altruistic, self-sacrificial behavior? Scientists and philosophers have long pondered these questions. In a fast moving, action packed talk, I will bring us up to date on what we know and what we don’t know about the roots of goodness by focusing on both the fascinating history of the subject, which includes true stories that are the stuff of movies, and the latest, cutting edge research in the field of evolution and behavior, including my own work on altruism.

Dr. Lee Dugatkin is a Professor of Biology and holds the rank of University Scholar at the University of Louisville. His two main areas of research are evolutionary biology and   history of science. He is the author of ten books and over 150 papers. He has spoken about his research and his books at over 125 universities around the world including in England, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Taiwan, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Romania, Mongolia, Norway and Turkey.

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