Inaugural SCONC Happy Hour! May 25, 2017

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SCONC Happy Hour, at the Frontier! May 25, 5-6:30 p.m.

SCONC Happy Hour, at the Frontier! May 25, 5-6:30 p.m.

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Science Night at the Movies – April 13

movie boxes

Some of the titles our experts have chosen to discuss with you.

SCONC is proud to present our third


7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, 308 Research Drive

(FREE PARKING! under the Bryan Research Building. MAP)

The theme this time is
Mental Health and Mental Illness in the Movies

Panelists include:

Marsha Gordon – Professor of Film Studies at NC State University, and co-host of NPR’s “Movies on the Radio.”

Ahmad Hariri – Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, Director of Duke’s Laboratory of NeuroGenetics.

Timothy Strauman – Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke.

Matthew Connor – Psychiatrist/psychotherapist in private practice in Durham.

This is a signature event of the NC Science Festival –

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Give Us a Piece of Your Mind, Maybe Win Some Swag

socncballJust how many SCONCs are out there? What do you want from us?

Now’s your chance to contribute to SCONC’s future by answering a few questions, sharing your thoughts, and entering your contact info for a chance to win some adorable swag. Please follow the link — it only takes a few minutes.


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Baby SCONCs Testing Their Legs

We’re proud to announce nine new student members of SCONC, all students of the North Carolina School of Math and Science in Durham, who have produced a series of blog posts on Duke researchers for the Duke Research Blog.  NCSSM Dean of Science Amy Sheck, at right, leads this after-school elective on science communication. The posts will run every day or so starting Dec. 28.


SCONC godfather and co-founder Russ Campbell of  the Burroughs Wellcome Fund provided the official SCONC pins, which the students proudly donned.


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Fear and Resistance – Motorco in Durham, Dec. 13

Please join Duke’s Science and Society program for a double-header event! 

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 – 8p.m. @Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham

Periodic Tables: Car crashes! Death! Cancer! Crime! Things We Fear and How Science Can Help

Fear continues to consume our daily lives: Fear of cancer, fear of crime, and other different pathways that ultimately lead us to death. How do we minimize its looming presence? And how do we do it with science?

Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang, MD, of Duke Health, Amber Beckley, PhD, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke, Nrupen Bhavsar, PhD, MPH, of Duke University School of Medicine, and Michael Clamann, PhD, of Duke Robotics and Science & Society’s Science Policy Tracking Program will discuss different ways science can alleviate the things we fear.

Presentation Topics & More Detail

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:15 – 9:30 p.m. @Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham

Film Series: “Resistance”

fireshot-screen-capture-30-resistanceAntibiotic resistance is a growing concern around the world; in September, a United Nations high-level meeting was called to address the topic; experts worry that gonorrhea will be completely resistant to current treatments within the decade; and we have seen the arrival of resistant strains of disease never before identified in the United States in the past few years.

 Join us for a screening of the documentary film Resistance and a discussion with experts in infectious disease and the environmental causes of the increasing antimicrobial resistance rates.

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Science in the Movies: BUGS! !

Weasley bugPlease join us for “BUGS: FEAR, FASCINATION AND FANTASY”, a free and open-to-the-public event at NC State University.

7 -8:30 p.m Tuesday, September 13th
in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium
at NC State University’s Centennial Campus

This is the second event in the “Science in the Movies” series which is organized and sponsored by the Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC) and NCSU Libraries.

In advance of the NC Museum of Natural Science’s annual “Bugfest”, join a panel of experts as they show and discuss clips from their favorite film insects, bugs and creepy crawlers, and explore why they have long been the objects of fearfascination and fantasy.

Note: Some of the clips presented may not be suitable for young children. We’re talking creepy.

Panelists include:

  • Holly Menninger (Entomologist and Director of Public Science, NC State University College of Sciences)
  • Marsha Gordon (Prof. of Film Studies at NC State University, and a regular contributor to WUNC’s “Movies on the Radio” segment)
  • Matt Bertone (Entomologist and NCSU Extension Associate)
  • Alper Bozkurt (NCSU Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and designer of “cyborg cockroaches”)

The discussion will be hosted/moderated by Brian Malow (the “Science Comedian”).

More info:, or contact Jory Weintraub (


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The Story Behind the Story

Duke Science & Society’s Distinguished Speakers Series welcomes award-winning New York Times journalist Gina Kolata

5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education

Great Hall

(Reception to Follow)


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Science In the Movies

SCONC invites you to attend SCIENCE IN THE MOVIES

SciMovie flierMonday, March 14
7 p.m.
Hunt Library Auditorium on NC State’s Centennial Campus

A panel of scientists and a film scholar will share and discuss clips from some of Hollywood’s best space and space exploration movies — both serious and not: A Trip to the Moon (1902); Destination Moon (1950); 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); Star Wars (1977); Galaxy Quest (1999); and Interstellar (2014).

Our panel includes:
Dr. Marsha Gordon, film scholar and professor of English at NC State
Dr. Patrick Treuthardt , assistant head of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Nature Research Center
Dr. Larry Silverberg, professor of Aerospace Engineering at NC State
Moderated by the “Science Comedian” Brian Malow, curator of the “Daily Planet” theater at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Nature Research Center.

This program is a collaboration of NCSU Libraries and the Science Communicators of North Carolina. Light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public.

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Journalism Conference to Explore ‘Climate City’

SCONC has secured an Idea Grant from the National Association of Science Writers to host MEASURE LOCALLY, RESPOND GLOBALLY,  a two-day conference for journalists in Asheville, August 15 and 16, 2016. Print

We’ll see a NOAA data repository in downtown Asheville that is one of the world’s largest collections of weather and climate data, including hand-written weather records from the 1840s, and downloads from satellites on orbit this very minute. We’ll show reporters how to tap into the ultimate in “Big Data.”

We’ll also tour a hydrology lab that has been collecting measurements of streams and forests continuously for 80 years and a seed bank that is preserving native species against the coming challenges of human settlement and climate change.

A two-block stroll from the NOAA facility, we’ll visit with local entrepreneurs who have established The Collider, an entrepreneurial incubator that is betting on climate intelligence — mining and analyzing this priceless collection of data — to build “a trillion-dollar climate resilience industry.”

The discussion in Asheville isn’t about whether the climate is changing, but rather what societies and governments can do about it. Please consider joining the conference to learn more about “Climate City” and the next chapter in the climate story. Please visit the conference site or send us a question.

Jared Kay


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Science on the Campaign Trail – April 13, 7 p.m. The Frontier


SciFactsARTA signature North Carolina Science Festival event 

7 pm April 13 @ The Frontier in RTP

Hosts: The North Carolina Newsroom Cooperative and

Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC) 

If facts are the first casualty in a campaign, science may be the subject with the highest body count. False assumptions, misleading data, inaccurate claims abound in the effort to sway voters and influence public policy. What’s a journalist to do? How about a voter? Come hear pros devoted to sorting fact from fiction in political discourse consider the challenges this feisty election year.



• Bill Adair, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Politifact; Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
• Eugene Kiely, director,
• Laura Leslie, Capital Bureau chief, WRAL-TV
• Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director,; director, The Energy Poll, University of Texas at Austin


• Susan King, Dean, UNC School of Media and Journalism

7 pm @ The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC. 

Arrive early to snag good seats. Food trucks and beer will be available.

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