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Brooklyn - Fight or Flight

  • Union Hall 702 Union Street Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States (map)

Fight or Flight

From our regular event series in Brooklyn, join us for five true, personal science stories of the times adrenaline kicked in. From bear attacks to cheating on tests to that one lab accident that maybe could kill you, there are plenty of ways science isn't clinical, or safe. 

Feb 16th, 8pm at Union Hall come hear how science and fear came together. Hosted by Erin Barker and Ben Lillie. Please note this is a mixed seated and standing event, arrive early for the best seats. 21+.

Stories by:

Rebecca Brachman is a neuroscientist, playwright, and screenwriter. She obtained her PhD at Columbia University, where she recently discovered the first drug that might prevent psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Prior to that, she was a fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she did pioneering work on how the immune system influences cognition by showing that white blood cells can act as antidepressants. She has also served as the director of NeuWrite, a national network of science-writing groups that fosters ongoing collaboration between scientists, writers, and artists.


Jeanne Garbarino earned her Ph.D. in metabolic biology from Columbia University, followed by a postdoc in the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism at The Rockefeller University, where she now serves as Director of Science Outreach. In this role, She works with the local K-12 community to provide access to authentic biomedical research opportunities and resources. Additionally, Jeanne has experience as a science communicator, having contributed to multiple blogs and podcasts. Most recently, Jeanne has co-founded the “ Science Outreach Working to Inspire the Next Generation” (SOWING) discussion series, which allows outreach professionals in NYC the opportunity to network, troubleshoot, and share resources. You can You can find Jeanne on social media under the handle @JeanneGarb.


Tim Manley is the writer and illustrator of Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation, and the co-writer of The 10 Letters Project. His one-person show, Feelings, debuted this year at the New York International Fringe Festival. He is online at




Shannon Palus is a reporter at Retraction Watch, where she covers mistakes and misconduct in science. She also writes for publications like Popular Science, Slate, and Quartz. Her original plan was to be an astronaut, but then she discovered that she's claustrophobic. 


Maryam Zaringhalam is a molecular biologist and graduate student at The Rockefeller University. In the lab, Maryam tinkers with parasites and computers to understand how small changes to our genetic building blocks can affect how we look and function. When she's not doing science, Maryam runs ArtLab, a series that pairs scientists with artists, and podcasts with Science Soapbox, exploring science and policy.

Earlier Event: February 10
Washington DC