American Museum of Natural History has announced their February 2012 public programs.
Upcoming Programs include
Virus Hunters, Aphrodisiacs, Lunchtime Winter Bird Walks, and
Global Weekends: The African-American Musical Mosaic
Mystery at the Museum: An Accomplice Adventure
Select Saturdays and Sundays
Families with children ages 10 and up
Embark on an exciting adventure through the Museum! Meet characters, follow clues, and solve puzzles as you unravel a tale that takes you to iconic locations and behind-the-scenes areas. Part game, part theater, and part walking tour, Mystery at the Museum is an experience you won’t soon forget.
SciCafe: The Virus Hunters
February 1 at 7 pm
Wallach Orientation Center, fourth floor
21+ with ID
Enjoy cocktails, cutting-edge science, and conversation at this popular after-hours series, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month.
Highly publicized diseases like Ebola and swine flu are only some of the many viruses that spread from animals to humans. Join virologist Nathan Wolfe and computational biologist Daniel Janies as they discuss their efforts to track infectious agents in animals before they reach people. Traveling from the jungles of the Congo to the marketplaces of China and using supercomputers and Google Earth, these two virus hunters are on a mission to stop the next global pandemic.
Nathan Wolfe is the founder and CEO of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative, an organization that studies emerging diseases in animals to curb infectious threats before they become pandemics. He spends much of his time chasing viruses in Africa. In 2011, Wolfe was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Daniel Janies is an associate professor at Ohio State University. Along with colleagues, including researchers at the Museum, he created a web-based application called Supramap that tracks and maps pathogens as they evolve, providing crucial information for public health officials and national security experts.
Proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.
This program is made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Adventures in Science: Beyond Planet Earth
Three Thursdays, February 2, 9, and 16, from 4:30–6 pm
For grades 3, 4, and 5
$90 for three classes
Will humans land on a moving asteroid or discover ancient life on Mars? What lies beyond our planet, and where will we go next? Explore these questions and more in a series of workshops based on the Museum’s special exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration. Workshops include hands-on activities, visits to the exhibition, and journeys in the Hayden Planetarium.
The Museum’s Youth Initiatives are generously supported by the leadership contribution of the New York Life Foundation.
Beyond Planet Earth is made possible through the sponsorship of Lockheed Martin Corporation.
And is proudly supported by Con Edison.
Major funding has been provided by The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.
Additional support is generously provided by Marshall P. and Rachael C. Levine, Drs. Harlan B. and Natasha Levine, and Mary and David Solomon.
Presented with special thanks to NASA.
Story Pirates: My Museum Story
February 4 at 11 am and 2 pm
Enjoy this sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids that take place at the Museum. The show features actors, puppets, and live music, celebrating the words and ideas of all the young authors while reinforcing positive messages about science and self-expression.
Frontiers in Astrophysics: Dimitar Sasselov
February 6 at 7:30 pm
Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
$15 adults ($13.50 Members, students, seniors)
Dimitar Sasselov, a professor of astronomy at Harvard University, created the term ”Super-Earths“ to describe planets orbiting distant stars that are slightly larger than Earth and could harbor life. Join Sasselov for a discussion of new types of planets, new life-forms, and the Copernican revolution.
Adventures in the Global Kitchen
Aphrodisiacs: Myth or Reality
February 8, at 6:30 pm
Linder Theater, first floor
Find out from food historian Francine Segan which foods unleashed passion in Cleopatra and the Marquis de Sade, which vegetable was responsible for King Henry VIII’s renowned stamina, and what Casanova served to his romantic partners. Discover the erotic origins of the champagne glass and hear the stories behind such aphrodisiacs as oysters, truffles, caviar, frog saliva, and rhinoceros horns. Tastings are included.