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Friday, July 19th, 2019

Have you ever wondered what your advisor struggled with as a graduate student? What they struggle with now? Growing up in scienceis a conversation series featuring personal narratives of becoming and being a scientist. Common topics include dealing with expectations, impostor syndrome, procrastination, luck, rejection, conflicts with advisors, and work- life balance, but these topics are always embedded in the speaker's broader narrative.


May 6th, 2019

This May, join us to celebrate the 9th anniversary of The Story Collider with an evening of stories from five very special guests! After the show, stick around and celebrate with The Story Collider crew.

Hosted by Erin Barker and Tracy Rowland. Doors at 7:30pm.


SciCafe: Science of Love

What is love? Turns out, it’s all in your head. Join neuroscientist Bianca J. Marlin as she discusses her research on the strong emotional bonds that can exist between humans, like those between parents and children. Marlin’s work investigates the use of neurochemicals like oxytocin (the “love drug”) as a potential treatment to strengthen fragile and broken relationships.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Doors open at 6:30pm

American Museum of Natural History, Cullman Hall of the Universe

Free with registration, for adults 21+

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Talks Progress Administration

What happens if you pair an academic expert with a theater director? Caveat is here to find out. The Talks Progress Administration is a mad science experiment on stage, combining intellectual entertainment, creative discourse, and interactive storytelling like you’ve never seen before. Join us for a festival of original 10-minute pieces created by fascinating individuals of varying disciplines, working together to make something entirely new.

Are our responses to trauma beneficial? What if we could erase our trauma? Would we live healthier lives? Blood Shame investigates memories of trauma, challenges James Watson’s theory of genetics, and explores the legacy of slavery in modern America.

Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm
Tickets: $10 adv / $15 door

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Survival: the Imagine Science Film Festival Closing Night

2018 SYmbiosis film competition

Crisis. Entropy. Extinction. Last year we celebrated the past ten years of the Imagine Science Film Festival's existence, but this year we take a hard look ahead at the high stakes for all life on an Earth facing climate change, species loss, nuclear proliferation, the imminent exhaustion of our energy resources. Existence itself is not assured. 

But wherever we consider such direly high stakes, we can also aspire to a better world. New technologies constantly open new possibilities and sociopolitical change opens the way for new ideas to take hold. For every dystopia, a corresponding utopia may be within reach. It may be a struggle, but the record of all life is that of an eon-spanning fight to stay alive. 

This year, we look for your speculative hopes and fears, your studies of tumultuous natural history and startling feats of adaptation, all your endings and new beginnings. Apoptosis versus immortal cell lines. Half-lives and radical life extension. Obsolete inventions inspiring crucial breakthroughs. Illness and regeneration. The deaths of stars and the necessary paths to SURVIVAL.

Friday, October 19, 2018


Caveat, 21 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door.

Story Collider Presents: ATTRACTION

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Caveat, 21 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

This August, join us for 5 true, personal stories about attraction. From science sleepaway camp to the science of attraction, and - of course - stories about sex, this show has it all!

Hosted by Tracy Rowland and Paula Croxson. Doors at 7:30pm.

Live Taping of You're The Expert Podcast, Featuring Bianca Jones Marlin

Sunday, July 15, 2018

6:30-8:30 PM

Caveat, 21 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002


You’re the Expert is a live show and podcast. Through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies all day. You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping. You’re the Expert is hosted by Chris Duffy and produced by Pretty Good Friends.

Wednesday, June 6th

Caveat and Gizmodo present:

a wake for failed scientific theories

Scientific theories fail. Some are replaced by better ones, some were never right--either way they are a fundamental part of the progress of science. Come celebrate the failures with eulogies, tributes, toasts, and a joyous party.

Hosted by Ryan Mandelbaum

Featuring eulogies from:
Bianca Jones Marlin (Neuroscientist / Columbia)
Jackie Faherty (Astronomer / American Museum of Natural History_
Christina Agapakis (Creative director / Ginkgo Bioworks)
Rachel Feltman (Science Editor / Popular Science)
Sarah Laskow (Senior writer / Atlas Obscura)
and you!

Doors: 9:00pm
Show: 9:30pm
Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door


Tuesday, April 24th

Falling in love is a profound experience driven by chemical activity.

Babies change everything. Dr. Marlin examines how the brain adapts to care for a newborn, and how a baby’s cry can control adult behavior. Her research focuses on the vital bond between parent and child, and investigates the use of neurochemicals, such as the “love drug” oxytocin, as a treatment to strengthen fragile and broken parent-child relationships.



Thursday, April 12th



What’s on Bianca Jones Marlin's mind? In a groundbreaking study, Dr. Marlin showed how and where the hormone oxytocin—sometimes called the “love drug”—changes the brain. At the next Secret Science Club, she explores love, trauma, family bonds, epigenetics, and how brain research may lead to new treatments and cures. 

Bianca Jones Marlin is a neuroscientist and postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. In 2017, she received the STAT Wunderkinds award, recognizing the brightest young minds in life science, and was named a Simons Foundation Junior Fellow. In 2016, she received the Lindsley Prize from the Society for Neuroscience for her work on oxytocin and how the brain adapts to caring for newborns. Dr. Marlin and her research have been featured in the Guardian, National Geographic, Scientific American, Los Angeles Times, and Discover

Before & After

--Try our experimental cocktail of the night, the Love Potion 9.0

--Groove to synapse-swinging tunes

--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A!

This brainy edition of the Secret Science Club meets Thursday, April 12, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. in Gowanus, Brooklyn (between 2nd and 3rd avenues). Subway: F or G to 4th Ave; R to 9th Street.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!