NECSS 2014 Schedule

Below is the current NECSS 2014 schedule of events. All times are approximate and the schedule is subject to change. Please note that the below schedule does not denote stretch breaks.

Friday April 11, 2014 – Workshops
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Workshop 1 (Track 1) – Music & Skepticism

Leaders: Hai-Ting Chinn, Matthew Schickele, & George Hrab

Workshop 1 (Track 2) – Do it Yourself Biology

Leader: Oliver Medvedik
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Workshop 2 (Track 1) – The Edge of Skepticism

Leaders: Marc David Barnhill, Matthew Schickele, Amy Frushour Kelly, Ed Cara, Kevin Keith

Workshop 2 (Track 2) – Science Using the Hand-Held Microscope

Leader: Latasha Wright
12:45 PM – 02:15 PM
LUNCH (not included)
02:15 PM – 03:30 PM

Workshop 3 (Track 1) – Science, Education, and the Power of Cartoons

Leader: Nathan Schreiber

Workshop 3 (Track 2) – Critical Thinking: Science or Skepticism? (Session 1)

Leader: Steve Novella
03:45 PM – 05:00 PM

Workshop 4 (Track 1) – Critical Thinking: Science or Skepticism? (Session 2)

Leaders: Steve Novella

Workshop 4 (Track 2) – Ask a Physicist!

Leaders: Brian Wecht & Deborah Berebichez
Friday April 11, 2014 – Evening events
05:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Fundraising Reception w Speakers

Katie Murphy Amphitheater, 227 W 27th St., NYC (located inside the Pomerantz Art & Design Center)

The reception is open to both NECSS attendees and non-conference attendees alike; NECSS registration is NOT required to attend (but tickets will sell out fast, so sign up today). All proceeds will directly support NECSS and help fund future conferences. You’ll be able to mingle with your favorite NECSS speakers (including the SGU “Rogues”) while enjoying two hours of wine, cheeses, and passed hors d’oeuvres….and it’s all for a good cause!

07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Stimulus Response

Katie Murphy Amphitheater, 227 W 27th St., NYC (located inside the Pomerantz Art & Design Center)

Last year we tried something new at NECSS, a Friday evening show called “STIMULUS/RESPONSE” which combined education and entertainment — the show was a smashing success, so we had to bring it back for NECSS 2014. Best of all, tickets are open to the general public; conference registration is not required to attend!

Saturday April 12, 2014 – Main Conference Day 1
10:00 AM


10:15 AM

Speaker 1: Angie McAllister

A Framework for Raising Skeptics
10:55 AM

Speaker 2: Paul Offit

The Philadelphia Measles Epidemic: A Most Unreligious Act
11:35 AM

Speaker 3: Heather Berlin

Who’s really in Control? The Illusion of Free Will
12:15 PM
LUNCH (not included)
01:45 PM

Panel 1: The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe Live

Steve Novella, Rebecca Watson, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein & a special Guest Rogue Paul Offit
03:35 PM

Panel 2: The SiO2 Ceiling: A Frank Discussion on Women in Science

Jeanne Garbarino (moderator), Elise Andrew, Deborah Berebichez, Latasha Wright, Cady Coleman, & Heather Berlin

The last century has been an uphill battle for women in science. Less than 25% of jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are occupied by women, and the women who do secure positions earn 15% less than their equally qualified male counterparts. Whether it stems from age-old traditions perpetuating male privilege or a system that is the antithesis of work-life balance, gender bias runs incredibly deep. This panel will discuss these issues and explore strategies for propelling the STEM culture out of the dark ages and into the modern era – no bra burning required!

05:00 PM

Speaker 4: Lawrence Krauss

KEYNOTE: The Secret Lives of Physicists
05:45 PM


Saturday April 12, 2014 – Evening events
07:30PM – 9:00PM

SGU Live Private Show

07:30PM – Close

Drinking Skeptically

Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant – Second floor, 121 West 45th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues – map).

This informal socializer is FREE to attend open to both conference attendees as well as the general public, so even those who can’t make NECSS are welcome to attend! We will have a reserved space on the second floor and there will be plenty of room for all.

Sunday April 13, 2014 – Main Conference Day 2
10:00 AM

Speaker 5: Alison Gopnik

Child Science – When Children are Better Learners Than We Are
10:40 AM

Speaker 6: Cady Coleman

Six Months on the International Space Station: Was it All a Dream?
11:30 AM

Panel 3: Rationally Speaking Live

Massimo Pigliucci, Julia Galef, & Lawrence Krauss

Does the modern scientific enterprise provide us with our only reliable source of knowledge? Or does science itself require philosophical foundations? What do philosophers have to tell us about the limits and utility of science? Physicist Lawrence Krauss and biologist-philosopher Massimo Pigliucci will discuss the relationship between science and philosophy, moderated by Rationally Speaking co-host Julia Galef.

12:45 PM
LUNCH (not included)
02:15 PM

Panel 4: Debate: GMOs – Boon or Bane?

Steve Novella (moderator), Marty Mesh, Kevin Folta
03:45 PM

Panel 5: The Uses and Abuses of Neuroscience

Jamy Ian Swiss (moderator), Steve Novella & Sally Satel
05:05 PM

Speaker 7: Baba Brinkman

Dropping Science – From Rap to Rationalism
05:45 PM


Sunday April 13, 2014 – Evening events
08:30PM – 10:00PM

COSMOS Viewing Party