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Thrilling water experiments, comedic interviews with science experts, and entertaining wildlife performances will inspire and amaze.  Take a seat and soak up all of the Science Stage’s fun and informative acts.

Science Stage Schedule

11:15 AM Festival Welcome
11:30 AM Mad Science: What Do We Know About H2O?
12:00 PM Laugh & LearnChris Duffy Interview with Dr. Richard Spinrad
12:30 PM Michael Hearst: Songs for Unusual Creatures
1:00 PM Laugh & LearnChris Duffy Interview with Dr. Joy Reidenberg
1:30 PM Mad Science: What Do We Know About H2O?
2:00 PM Laugh & LearnChris Duffy Interview with Dr. Julie Pullen
2:30 PM Michael Hearst: Songs for Unusual Creatures

Laugh & Learn with Chris Duffy

  • Chris Duffy interviews notable scientists, Dr. Richard Spinrad, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Dr. Joy Reidenberg, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Dr. Julie Pullen, Stevens Institute of Technology.

Chris Duffy: Interviewer and Festival Emcee

  • Chris Duffy is the creator and host of You're the Expert, a live show, podcast, and NPR public radio program on Boston's WBUR where three comedians try to guess what a scientist studies. Chris is a NYC-based standup comedian and improviser who has performed at colleges and festivals throughout the country.

Featured Scientists

Dr. Richard Spinrad
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Rick Spinrad is Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Born and raised in Manhattan, Dr. Spinrad's passion for oceanography began at JHS 104 Middle School on East 20th Street, and he is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School. As an internationally recognized scientist, Dr. Spinrad was a co-lead of the White House Committee that developed the nation’s first set of ocean research priorities and oversaw the revamping of NOAA’s research enterprise.

Dr. Joy Reidenberg
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Joy Reidenberg is a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Reidenberg is a biomedical research scientist who studies comparative anatomy, particularly focusing on aquatic animals. Her current research focuses on the anatomy of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and their ability to withstand environmental extremes. She was awarded the highest national prize in her field (The Basmajian Award) by the American Association of Anatomists for her excellence in both teaching and research.

Dr. Julie Pullen
Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Julie Pullen is an associate professor in Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. Her expertise is in coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling for understanding and forecasting the dynamics of coastal urban regions throughout the world. As a resident of Manhattan, she is a Board member of the Waterfront Alliance.

Mad Science
What Do We Know About H2O?

  • Mad Science will educate and entertain through interactive experiments about water.  Learn about the wild and wacky properties of water as you observe water interacting with oils and fats.  Watch air push water up tubes as you learn about the ability of water to be both cohesive and adhesive. Witness important conservation experiments as you learn how it can take up to 2,072 gallons of water to make 4 new tires!

Michael Hearst
Songs for Unusual Creatures

  • Unusual Creatures performs songs that celebrate some of the most bizarre animals on earth. Michael Hearst, the creator of Unusual Creators, is also a composer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. In addition to the Unusual Creatures project, which includes an album, a book, and a PBS digital series, his previous album, Songs For Ice Cream Trucks, has been used by at least 50 ice cream trucks around the world.