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The Past and Future of Sustainable Development

On January 21, 2020 we hosted an interactive panel discussion led by David Rockefeller Jr. and Peter Goldmark Jr. to discuss sustainable develop with the audience and the following panelists:

Robbie Parks, PhD
Earth Institute post-doctoral research fellow

Columbia University

Ben Wald

Co-Founder and Head of Client Strategy at Very, a technology partner that provides expert IoT development, software engineering, and design services.

Adwoa Asare, MBA
Program Manager for MIINT

Ryan Baxter,

Founder of PASSNYC

Ainhoa Perez Garijo, PhD

Research Associate, Rockefeller University



December Clean-Up

Saturday December 7th, 66th St. Entrance, 10 am-12 pm. SCM will be organizing monthly clean-ups on the first Saturday of each month. Join us for several clean-ups to earn rewards!

November Clean-Up

Saturday November 2nd, 66th St. Entrance, 10 am-12 pm. SCM will be organizing monthly clean-ups on the first Saturday of each month. Join us for several clean-ups to earn rewards! Please, email if you want to participate so that we can bring appropriate number of supplies.

Screening of Earth's Ekko

Kids Movie & Crafts Night: Screening of “Earth’s Ekko” (20 minutes), followed by drawing/arts & crafts activity and kid-friendly dinner. Thursday November 7th, 6 pm, Carson Auditorium

Lunch with Brian Geldziler

On Nov. 14, 2019 we will host a lunch with Medical Communications professional Brian Geldziler of Merck.

Plastic Free Halloween

Visit our stand at the Rockefeller Halloween Kids Party (Friday 10/25, Faculty Club, 6-7 pm) and at the Faculty/Scholars Trick or Treat (Thursday 10/31, Faculty/Scholars lobby, 6-8 pm) to learn about the spookiest plastic facts, as well as easy solutions for a Green Halloween. And of course, we’ll be giving away the best plastic-free candy!!!

The Serengeti Rules Screening

On Oct. 3, 2019 we screened The Serengeti Rules and discussed the film with Sean Carroll.

World Clean-up Day

Sep. 21, 2019

New York City Climate Strike with Greta Thunberg

Sep. 20, 2019

Science and Nature Documentary and Discussion Series

Symbiotic Earth

On Thursday, September 19th we held a screening of Symbiotic Earth at 6pm. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the film's director John Feldman.

Plastic Free July

We challenged the campus to go plastic-free in July 2019 and participants sent in the ways they were reducing plastic in their everyday lives.

Science and Nature Documentary and Discussion Series


On Thursday, January 24th at 12:30 p.m., in Weiss 305, we held a screening of Tapped, a film that talks about the problems that come with bottled water. The screening will be followed by a discussion on practical tips to avoid the use of bottled water and a zero-waste lunch.

Story of Plastic

From the Story of Stuff Project. This screening corresponded with a photographic exhibition on bottled water.

Earth Day Lecture on Zero-Waste Living and Zero-Waste Lab Practices

"Zero-waste life and lab: tips to reduce plastic use and waste at home and at work" by Ainhoa Perez-Garijo, Ph.D., Research Associate, The Rockefeller University - April 22, 2019



Food for Thought, Food for Life - Science and Nature Documentary Series

On November 30th, we hosted a screening of Food for Thought, Food for Life, by Susan Rockefeller. This documentary explores the downsides of current agricultural practices, and also introduces us to farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates who are providing solutions. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Susan Rockefeller,  David Rockefeller, and Dr. Cynthia Rozenzweig. For more information on our prestigious guests, please visit:

Before the screening there was a zero-waste reception (at 5:30 pm outside Carson).  The appetizers were crafted by Rockefeller University’s food partner, Great Performances.  The chefs planned a menu that reflected the full utilization of ingredients from the daily production in their kitchen, diverting scraps from the waste stream. 


Eating Animals - Science and Nature Documentary Series

On Tuesday, November 6th in Carson Auditorium, we hosted a screening of Eating Animals. This documentary, based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, explores the effects of contemporary animal factory farming.

The film was followed by a plant-based zero-waste dinner.  The menu was crafted by Rockefeller University’s food partner, Great Performances.  The chefs planned a menu that reflected the full utilization of ingredients from the daily production in their kitchen, diverting scraps from the waste stream.  It was a plant-based menu, which minimized the environmental impact of the food industry.   The grains on the menu reflected the movement to increase cultivation of grains for human consumption instead of animal feed. 

 A representative from Great Performances was also present during dinner to talk about their philosophy and practices.


Brand Audit: Plastic Clean-Up 

On Sunday, September 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. we hosted a plastic clean-up along the East River. From September 10th through 16th, volunteers around the world picked up litter at beaches, parks, and other public spaces. In addition to collecting space, they tallied what brands and products showed up most often. This data helps The Story of Stuff Project and their #breakfreefromplastic partners identify the most problematic products and companies to target in future campaigns.


Climate Change and Global Development Series

On Wednesday, May 9 from 6-8pm, we hosted a conversation with Boni Biagina, Director of the UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA), UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, Climate Change & Global Development.


Zero-Waste Earth Day Challenge

On Earth Day, April 22, we challenged the Rockefeller campus to go zero-waste for a day, with a focus on reducing plastic waste by following our zero-waste tips here.


Tea with Kip Thorne, Winner of the Lewis Thomas Prize

On Tuesday, April 18, 2018, theoretical physicist Kip Thorne received the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science and prior to the ceremony and lecture for this prize, the Science Communication and Media team had a chance to sit down with Dr. Thorne for tea and a discussion about his career. A full description of Thorne's career in physics and outreach is described in our blog post here.


New York Apple Mosaic Tile Making Workshop

On Friday, April 6th, we decorated tiles for Our Climate’s New York Apple Mosaic. Children and adults from the Rockefeller campus designed tiles on cardboard that were be assembled in Albany for the Climate Day of Action that took place at the State Capitol on April 23, 2018.


Talking Science at Buzzfeed

We hosted a talk and discussion with Virginia Hughes, a Science Editor for BuzzFeed News and a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Carter Journalism Institute on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Weiss Room 305 from 12-1pm.


The Poor Will Pay the Price: What Went Wrong in the Politics of Climate Change

On Monday, March 12 at 6 PM, Carson Auditorium, CRC, Rockefeller University, we hosted a talk and discussion with Prof. Federico Rampini, Journalist and International Correspondent for Repubblica. Federico Rampini was White House correspondent during both Obama and Trump administrations and gave us an insider's look into the true impact of climate change on the world's most vulnerable and the role of US and global politics. The event was followed by a reception and more intimate discussion with the speaker.


A Plastic Ocean - Science and Nature Documentary and Discussion Series

The second documentary of the series was “A Plastic Ocean”, a documentary that explores the effects of our increasing addiction to single-use plastics in marine life and the risks it might pose to our health, on Tuesday, January 30th at 6 pm in Carson Auditorium. 

Plastic pollution is one of the most urgent crisis we are facing today.‚Äč It is also a topic specially relevant for all of us: we use large amounts of plastic in our labs, with our foods and drinks, with our kids... while there are numerous easy ways in which we could reverse this. Research is very clear about the damaging effects of plastic pollution and we should demand policies to be based on scientific facts. Plastic use is something we could and should definitely improve on.



An Inconvenient Sequel - Science and Nature Documentary and Discussion Series

The Science Communication and Media Group is hosting “Science and Nature”, a series of documentaries about the environment, exploring topics such as climate change, plastic pollution, species extinction or food choices. The screenings will be followed by a short discussion aiming to promote more sustainable practices on our daily lives and on campus, and by a “zero-waste” pizza diner. The first documentary of the series will be “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (2017), on Tuesday, December 12th at 5:30 pm in Carson Auditorium. 


Public Engagement Workshop

Monday, April 24, 2017

Workshop geared toward scientists who are interested in learning key skills to communicate science to the public


Crowdsourcing for Science March
Monday, March 20, 2017

We are looking for inputs from the RU community to organize for the March for Science on April 22. Join us as we brainstorm ideas on how to best contribute and impact this growing movement.


Regulating Your Brain: The Science of Mindfulness
Thursday, March 16, 2017

By Meriah DeJoseph. This talk is geared toward a lay audience to explain the impact of mindfulness on the brain.


Long-Term Policy Considerations for Gene Editing
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Science policy panel discussion about the ethical and policy considerations related to gene editing.



A Call to Action: RU Chapter
Friday, March 24, 2017



Science and Media Lecture Series talk by:
Prof. Kevin Ochsner on "New perspectives on the social context of emotion"
Friday, April 17th, 11 am
Room 301 in Weiss Research Building (Refreshments served from 10.30 am)

Screening of the award-winning documentary on Nikola Tesla:
“TOWER TO THE PEOPLE- Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe”
Wednesday, April 29th, 6 pm
Carson Auditorium (Pizza and drinks will be served from 5.30 pm)
The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel including the documentary award-winning director Joseph Sikorski, Tesla's biographer Marc Seifer and CERN physicist Sebastian White.

Science and Media Lecture Series talk:
Dr. Steven Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University (Title TBA)
Thursday, May 7th, 5 pm
Carson Auditorium 
followed by a screening of the documentary "Citizenfour", about Edward Snowden, also in Carson Auditorium. (Pizza and drinks after the event).

Ebola and Future Outbreaks
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Join the Science Communication & Media Series for a panel discussion on Ebola, future outbreaks, and how to effectively respond in urban settings. We hope to discuss such topics as the merits of restriction of travel, surveillance in cities with high human traffic, and the response capacity of hospitals. 




Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Personal monologues dissecting all facets of health from birth to death and the time in between. Narratives range from the fantastical tale of a test subject girl turned into a chimera, to a true account of three New Yorkers and their experiences with lithium and Bipolar. Whether fictional or real, each short illuminates the intricacies and struggles of existence.

The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave, Carson Family Auditorium
New York, NY 10065
(Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Reception: 6-7 PM
Program: Intimate Portraits of Lifespan and Disease - Short Films Screening


The Science and Media Film Series: 
Science, Science Fiction, and Society
Alien - Wednesday, October 15th, 7pm @ Carson Audiutorium
There is no crystal ball to tell us what the future will hold. We can only imagine what kind of world we'll be living in two, three centuries from now. And imagine we have! From R.U.R. and Metropolis, to The Matrix and The Martian Chronicles, we have spent over a hundred years speculating how things will change, and what technologies we will use.

The goal of this series is to screen movies and bring speakers that prompt us to consider and discuss advances in science and technology that will inherently alter our social fabric and perception of the world. Topics will vary widely, and include themes such as bio-hacking, space-travel, and artificial intelligence.

The first screening in the series is Alien, the 1979 science fiction horror film on Wednesday, October 15th, 7pm. There will be beer and pizza after the screening.


Science and Media Lecture Series 2014
Professor James Fallon

In a too-strange-for-fiction twist, he will share a fascinating family history that makes his work chillingly personal and delve into the psychopathic killers mind frames both in reality and also how they are represented in film and TV. Join us for this exciting talk!

With more than a million views for his TED talk and an amazing bestseller "The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain",

James is Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and he will be talking about the ways nature and nurture intermingle to wire up the human brain. He will discuss brain scans and genetic analysis that may uncover the wiring in the nature (and nurture) of murderers.

July 16 
Carson Auditorium 
3pm, 2:30 Reception.


Science & The City
May 22nd



Talk by Christie L. Wilcox, online outreach specialist.
February 11th

Screening of "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare." In collaboration with Science and Media Lecture Series and Science Writers in New York. Discussion by director Matthew Heineman following the film.
January 15th


Scientific Storytelling with The Story Collider
Presented By: Ben Lillie and Erin Barker
May 21, 2013
Description: We’ll speak about what makes a great science story and why it’s important.
Bio:The Story Collider is a non-profit organization that collects stories of people's personal experiences with science, medicine, and technology for stage, podcast, and online magazine, with the goal of bringing the public closer to science.

Science in the Public Arena
Presented By: Carl Zimmer
April 8, 2013
Description: In this workshop, Carl will discuss the essential elements of good science writing.
Carl Zimmer is a popular science writer and blogger. He has written several books and contributes science essays to publications such as The New York Times and Discover.

Charming Science
Presented By: Charles Choi
March 27, 2013
Description: Science is focused on uncovering the truths of the world, and science writing's goal is presenting those findings to the world.
Charles Q. Choi is a science reporter who has written for Scientific American, The New York Times, Wired, Science, Nature, and more.


Talk by Shaifali Puri, Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders, NYAS
October 31st

SoNYC Panel with Ethan Perlstein, faculty at Princeton and promotes open access research. Sarah Weisberg, from BioBus. Matt Strassler, a blogging theoretical physicist.
June 7th

Talk by June Cohen, TED Executive Director
May 11th


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