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The Story Collider

Discovery Tank

Join us at the Discovery Tank for a special evening of science storytelling.

This month, we’re teaming up with The Story Collider for an evening of true, personal stories about science. Story Collider helps showcase the vibrant role that science plays in our lives through the art of storytelling. These live events happen all across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and feature personal stories connected to science.

Space is limited, sign up today to secure your spot. Registration recommended for ages 18+ and includes a selection of complementary beverages including beer and soft drinks.

Stories told by:

Rima Parikh is a standup comic and writer in New York by way of Chicago. She has performed at festivals around the country. She is a former contributor to Cards Against Humanity and current headline contributor at The Onion. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Reductress, ClickHole and more.

Urvi Talaty is an environmental consultant and creates life cycle assessments and carbon footprints for clients. She is also a dancer, a poet and a self-proclaimed funny woman who likes to read and travel the world. Urvi holds a Master’s degree from Yale and a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA in technology management from NMIMS University in Mumbai, where she is from.

Andre D. Thompson was born and raised in New York City where he began stand up at 18. He’s performed at comedy clubs all over the city such The Comic Strip Live, New York Comedy Club and Carolines on Broadway. In 2020 Andre made his television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In 2021 Andre became a JFL New Face and started working as a staff writer on Comedy Central’s The God’s Honest Truth.

When she was sixteen, brooding alone in the graveyard of a Zen Buddhist monastery (as normal sixteen-year-olds are wont to do), Lillian Childress decided her greatest contribution to the earth would be to preserve its ecosystems for generations to come. Since then, Lillian has been testing different ways to fulfill that commitment—through engineering, through entrepreneurship, through investing, and most recently (!) through storytelling.

Called “a natural raconteur” by the Washington Post, Jamie Brickhouse is the New York Times published author of Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother, and he’s appeared on PBS-TV’s Stories from the Stage, The Moth Podcast, Risk! Podcast, Story Collider Podcast, and recorded voice-overs for the legendary cartoon Beavis and Butthead. He is a four-time Moth StorySLAM champion, National Storytelling Network Grand Slam winner, and Literary Death Match champ. Jamie tours two award-winning solo shows, Dangerous When Wet, based on his critically-acclaimed memoir, and I Favor My Daddy, based on his forthcoming memoir. A fixture on the New York storytelling circuit, he has appeared on stages across the country and in Mexico and Canada. Jamie’s personal essays have been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, Out, Huffington Post, and POZ. Friend him on Facebook, follow him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @jamiebrickhouse, and visit

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Zack Stovall is a writer, producer, cartoonist, and comedian. He currently produces STL Sketchpad and has performed stand up comedy across the South, Midwest, and New York. Zack has written for St. Louis Magazine and Splitsider, and is the author of Fancy Things.

Neeti Jain is a National Science Foundation fellow and graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment. Her research focuses on justice-centered storytelling and science communication at cultural institutions, like natural history museums. A Los Angeles native, Neeti has made her way across the three coasts and now resides in NYC with lots of winter coats and a little black cat. She spends her time kayaking, getting lost in Central Park, and lurking around the underwater dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History.

A scientist giving a presentation to an audience using a digital screen, as part of Hudson River Park's Ask a Scientist event series

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