Caveat || Friday, October 20, 8:00PM
Hybrid Identity: Closing Night at Caveat
Live performance and discussion, the culmination of our Symbiosis competition, and our awards ceremony.
Image: Gist Croft, Alessia Deglincerti, Lauren Pietilla, Ali Brivanlou
Human embryo at 12 days of development
What is hybrid life?
A multi-part night on the topic of HYBRID IDENTITY
A Conversation with Carl Zimmer & Todd Disotell
We will be discussing hybrid life of all kinds, including the concept of hybridizing humans with other forms of life (and the ways in which this is already being done!)
  • Carl Zimmer
    Popular Science Writer and Journalist
    Carl Zimmer writes books, articles, essays, and blog posts in which he reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life.

    Since 2013 he has been a columnist at the New York Times, where his column "Matter" appears each week. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a frequent on radio programs such as Radiolab and This American Life. In 2016, Zimmer won the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science.
  • Todd Disotell
    Professor of Molecular Anthropology at NYU
    Disotell received his BA from Cornell University from an interdisciplinary major combining mathematics, computer science, and biological anthropology and went on to receive his MA and PhD from Harvard University in Biological Anthropology. While originally there to study ape evolution through an anatomical and paleontological research perspective he shifted to molecular systematics. He took a position at New York University in 1992 where he remains to this day. His research centers around the evolution of Old World monkeys and apes, though he is also involved in studies involving New World monkeys, lemurids and lorisids, human population history, ape and monkey conservation and behavioral genetics, forensic applications, cryptozoology, and molecular evolutionary studies of diseases such as AIDS and malaria. He and his research group have recently embarked on several new projects using Second Generation Sequencing technologies in a variety of applications from sequencing whole genomes, exomes, and environmental DNA.
  • Paul Bieniasz
    , Professor of Virology at The Rockefeller University
    Paul Bieniasz is a molecular biologist who studies HIV and other retroviruses. His research interests include the discovery of genes and proteins that protect hosts from virus infection, as well as the mechanisms by which virus components are synthesized and assembled into infectious particles. He is a pioneer of the field of 'paleovirology' – that is the study of viruses that infected our ancestors millions of years ago. Bieniasz is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and an elected member of the American Academy of Microbiology.The biology and evolution of retroviruses and eukaryotes are closely linked. Bieniasz seeks to define how host genes influence the replication of retroviruses, with an emphasis on human and primate immunodeficiency viruses. His lab seeks to characterize the host functions that retroviruses mimic, manipulate, and otherwise exploit, as well as the defenses cells have evolved against retrovirus infection.
A conversation exploring the meaning of hybrids, with EXCLUSIVE CLIPS from some of the most influential scientists of our time.
A conversation exploring the meaning of hybrids, with EXCLUSIVE CLIPS from some of the most influential scientists of our time.
A live performance by filmmaker and performer, Nieto.
A screening of the six films of The Symbiosis Competition
These films have been created over the course of the festival week, Oct 13-20, by a selection of international filmmakers and scientists.

All Symbiosis scientists and filmmakers will be in attendance on this night!
The Symbiosis Competition is supported by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.

And finally, the 10th Annual Imagine Science
Films Awards Ceremony.
(See the awards to be presented here!)
Time and location:

Friday, October 20, 8:00pm
21A Clinton Street, New York, New York 10002

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