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Have you ever wondered what your pet is saying? Or how many millions of microbes are inhabiting your body at this moment? Maybe you’re more curious about the search for extraterrestrial life? Or the possibility of building a human brain?

If you’ve asked any of these burning questions, join NOVA on our quest to answer some of the biggest questions in science in our newest series, NOVA Wonders airing on April 25, 2018.

NOVA Wonders takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science, where researchers are tackling some of the biggest questions about life and the cosmos. From the mysteries of astrophysics to the secrets of the body to the challenges of inventing technologies that could rival–and even surpass– the abilities of the human mind, these six hours reveal how far we’ve come in our search for answers, how we managed to get here, and how scientists hope to push our understanding of the universe further. Along the way, we meet the remarkable people that are transforming our world and our future.

For the next six weeks, NOVA will be hosting a series of in-person and virtual events to give our community a chance to engage with the scientists working to answer these big questions. Find our detailed schedule of events below. Keep checking back throughout the month, as new events may be added!

 

NOVA Wonders: Can We Make Life? Screening
Date: June 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Bluffs Public Library, 56R School Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Join NOVA for a special screening of NOVA Wonders: Can We Make Life? on Martha’s Vineyard followed by a discussion about the increasing cases of Lyme disease on the island, and how releasing gene-edited mice could be the cure.

 

NOVA Wonders: What’s Living In You? at NYSCI “Bug Day”
Date:
June 30, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: NYSCI (New York Hall of Science), 47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368

On your face, in your gut, and everywhere in between—trillions of bugs, bacteria, viruses, and fungi play an important role in keeping us healthy. In this series of presentations and activities, NOVA Wonders, the new PBS science documentary miniseries, will explore the fascinating, bizarre, and downright surprising secrets of the human microbiome. 

 

 

 

Past Events:

Honks, Barks, and Squawks: How to Communicate with Fur Seals
Date: 
April 23, 2018
Time: 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Facebook Live

Join NOVA for a virtual field trip to the New England Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Center to learn the secret behind the squawks and honks of fur seals. We’ll talk to Marine Mammal Curator Kathy Streeter, to learn how these creatures communicate with one another, and how humans communicate with them. Watch NOVA Wonders: What Are Animals Saying? on Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS to learn more about scientists that are beginning to unravel the codes of animal communication. UPDATE: Watch the Facebook Live HERE! 

NOVA Wonders: Do You Know Your Science Trivia?
Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Boston Public Library Newsfeed Cafe, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

NOVA wonders…do you know your science trivia? Join us for a special themed trivia night for the premiere of NOVA Wondersairing April 25, 2018 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Bring your friends and form a team of up to six participants. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Newsfeed Café. Register for this event at the link above!

A Gut Feeling: How Microbes Impact Human Health
Date: May 1, 2018
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Boston Public Library Newsfeed Cafe, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

The one-pathogen-one-disease paradigm – the focus of infectious disease research for more than a century – has been complicated by the discovery of the human microbiome (i.e. the bacterial communities that reside in and on our bodies). The gut microbiome is intimately tied to the development of our immune system, our physiology, and even our psychology. A breakdown in the ecological structure of our gut has been associated with inflammatory disorders, metabolic syndromes, and cancer. In this talk, Dr. Sean Gibbons will discuss how disturbances of the gut ecosystem can make us sick and how restoration of the microbiome back to a healthy state can potentially alleviate many complex diseases. Register for this event at the link above. Watch NOVA Wonders: What’s Living In You? on May 2 at 9 p.m. to learn more about the multitudes of organisms living in and on our body at all times. UPDATE: Watch the full talk here

NOVA Wonders: Changing the Faces of Science Communication
Date:
May 2, 2018
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning Auditorium at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Our nation is wrestling with big challenges that have important scientic dimensions: climate change, the opioid crisis, the future of work and many more. How do we communicate to the public the curiosity, inquiry and innovation that drive science and ensure that people from all communities are reached and engaged?

Join Talithia Williams, NOVA Wonders host and Harvey Mudd associate dean and associate professor of mathematics; Julia Cort, NOVA Wonders executive producer; Flip Tanedo, assistant professor in theoretical physics at University of California, Riverside; and Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe for an advance screening of NOVA Wonders, a six-part series that tackles some of the biggest questions about life and the cosmos. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on how we can make science communication more inclusive and ensure that science is open to everyone. A reception with refreshments follows the Q&A. This event is free and open to the public!

Analyzing Ancient DNA
Date: May 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST
Location: Virtual Field Trip on YouTube Live

Join NOVA on a virtual field trip to Dr. Beth Shapiro’s lab at University of California Santa Cruz to analyze the ancient DNA of wooly mammoths. Learn how Dr. Shapiro extracts mammoth DNA, and if it’s possible to bring mammoths back from extinction.

Tune into NOVA Wonders: Can We Make Life? On Wednesday, May 23 at 9 p.m. to learn more about the new tools that allow researchers to use cells to create their own DNA and edit it into existing genomes with more ease and less cost than ever before. UPDATE: Watch the virtual field trip HERE!

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National corporate funding for NOVA Wonders is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA Wonders is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and public television viewers, with additional funding for “Are We Alone?” and “What’s the Universe Made Of?” provided by the John Templeton Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1420749. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Gina Varamo

Gina is passionate about cultivating STEM literacy to impact social change, and loves working in her community as the Outreach Coordinator for NOVA Education. Before coming to NOVA, Gina was the Assistant Director of Youth Programs at Science Club for Girls, a nonprofit based in Cambridge that aimed to close the gender and racial gap in STEM fields. She received her M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University, and her B.S. in Print & Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College.