You Are Who You Were



Written by: Meeri Kim

Nadine Burke-Harris As a result of a “zero-tolerance” policy enacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border in the past several weeks. The controversial policy affects those families who attempt…

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Private Lives in Public Places: TMI Online



Written by: Ingrid Ockert

On June 13, 2018, a group of filmmakers, scientists, and enthusiasts met up at Caveat, a newly established bar for scientific hobnobbing in the East Village in New York City. Patrons wandered down a flight of stairs into a large, elegantly appointed space. With an old-fashioned library in one corner…

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6.7.18 Science Speed Dating



Written by: Meeri Kim

More than 200 scientists and entertainment professionals gathered on the second floor of the Creative Artists Agency in Century City sipping on wine and getting to know one another as they waited for the main event of the night to begin. Everyone had been given a vintage motel key with…

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Brokered Boundaries: A Conversation About Immigrants in Anti-Immigrant Times



Written by: Alisa Neymark

The Science & Entertainment Exchange salon “Brokered Boundaries: A Conversation About Immigrants in Anti-Immigrant Times” was an intimate event in the library of the home of Dan and Colette Bennett. The evening unfolded with lively conversation among dinner guests. It was followed by an informal lecture on international migration across…

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Unfolding Cities



Written by: Jessie Hendricks

The historic Bradbury building, a significant architectural gem that may best represent the past, present, and future of downtown Los Angeles, is now home to the Berggruen Institute, a foundation that provides ideas for a changing world. The Institute was the location for a recent panel discussion on Unfolding Cities.…

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The Science of Sex



Written by: Cam Mesinger

Mice do not fall in love. Ducks have corkscrew-shaped penises. Gender is different than sex. The conversation at the Science of Sex event on February 12, 2018, was thought-provoking and thoroughly interesting. With Valentine’s Day approaching, the topic of discussion was entirely appropriate. Hosted at The William Vale, the event…

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12.5.17 Science Speed Dating



Written by: Sarah Taber

On a cold, rainy night in December 2017, a dedicated band of scientists and storytellers met at The William Vale in Brooklyn. The event: Science Speed Dating. The objective: scientists have seven minutes to talk about their life’s work, followed by a Q&A panel. While all too brief, our speakers…

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Bioethics: Killer Conundrums, Deadly Dilemmas



Written by: Mark Haynes

Do no harm. This basic tenant of the Hippocratic Oath is incredibly simple. But now, as we move into a future of radical transplant techniques, gene therapies, and evermore expensive pharmaceutical wonders, the advances in technology are coming face to face with the ethics around what can be done versus…

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One Night to Save the World



Written by: Jacob Duell

The year is 2117. You arrive home from work and your door knows your name. It opens for you. The lights dim to the precise brightness where you feel most relaxed. Your speakers are the perfect DJ—they play the exact song you want to hear without requesting it. You pull…

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The Science of Fear



Written by: Meeri Kim

Horror movies have always given us plenty of nightmare fodder. Moments like the disturbing elevator full of blood in The Shining, Psycho’s famously chilling shower scene, and a possessed girl’s head spin in The Exorcist have burned themselves into our brains from the very first viewing. But ultimately, we can…

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