Join us for an exciting day of activities celebrating the amazing women scientists working at the New York State Museum! We bring you this program honoring the women working in a variety of scientific discliplines right here in downtown Albany. Lectures, “Ask the Scientist” sessions, and scientific activities will be happening throughout the day.
The day includes hands-on activities that allow YOU to be the scientist. Examine specimens from our collections and ask questions of the women working in science at the edge of human discovery and preserving the wealth of knowledge in museum collections. Cultural Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Archeology, Malacology, Botany, Geology and Paleontology are some of the fields represented in this amazing all-day extravaganza!
This program is suitable for Adults, Families, Teens and Children!
Schedule of Talks & Discussions | Huxley Theater:
11:00 a.m. – “Ask the Scientist”
Are you a young explorer who would like to know more about the path to becoming a scientist? Do you wonder what a typical day in the life of a museum scientist might look like? Or would you like to learn some of the ways that diversity in STEM fields is important? Please bring your questions and join Dr. Daria Merwin to learn about the opportunities and challenges of becoming a scientist.
Recommended for children 12 and under.
11:45 a.m. – The Science of Fossils: What To Do When You Find Them
Fossils are fun to find, but how do scientists study them? Animal and plant fossils are used in four main ways. They can be used to determine how creatures lived, how they changed over time, and what they were like when they were alive. We can also use fossils to tell the ages of rocks. Join our state paleontologist, Dr. Lisa Amati, and learn how to study animal and plant fossils.
12:30 p.m. – Diversity Gradients, Birds and Parasites
The closer you get to the equator from the North and South Poles, the more types of creatures there are, large and small—a phenomenon we call the “diversity gradient.” This pattern is seen whether you look at birds, mammals, or butterflies, and whether you come from the north or south. But what about the microscopic organisms that live within these animals and cause diseases? Are they also more diverse at the tropics than the poles? New York State Museum Ornithology Fellow Naima Starkloff talks about the diversity patterns of malaria-causing parasites in a group of birds in North America.
1:15 p.m. – A Day in the Life of an Entomologist/Evolutionary Biologist
Julie will discuss the field and lab components of the research she conducts with planthopper insects. She will also discuss what it is like to conduct basic DNA-based research in evolutionary biology, applied research in invasive-species pest management, and mentoring and teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
2:00 p.m. – Not All Anthropologists Are Archaeologists!: The Adventures of a Cultural Anthropologist at the State Museum
Anthropology is the study of human beings, our past and our present. So what does it look like to study human beings today doing everyday human being things? And how does this study become part of working with museums and museum collections? Join Dr. Gwen Saul for an introduction to cultural anthropology and the contemporary Native art collection at the State Museum.
2:30 p.m. – “Ask the Scientist” Panel Discussion featuring all participating scientists
Visitors of all ages are invited to meet the State Museum scientists and ask them questions about what it’s like to be a scientist.
Be sure to pick up an Activity Booklet at the Information Table. Then, find a scientist that studies each of the subjects to answer the questions and learn more about what they do!