Nominate science faculty to appear on the radio!

You're The Expert logoPlease follow this link to nominate a member of the Vassar College Science Faculty to appear on a live recording of You’re the Expert at in Skinner Hall on March 9, 2017. Nominations will be open for one week only from November 28th to December 5th!

You’re the Expert is a live show, podcast, and public radio program on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR station.The radio show uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. 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.

Chris Duffy is a standup comedian and improviser who has performed at colleges and festivals from sea to shining sea. He is the creator and host of You’re the Expert, a live show and public radio program on 90.9 WBUR. Chris is also a former fifth grade teacher and a writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wag’s Revue, Makeshift Magazine, and on National Geographic TV.

You’re the Expert at Vassar College is sponsored by The Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD) and the Asprey Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science (ACCAS).

Reminder to faculty about Keeping Current awards

A reminder that Asprey CCAS provides funds to help Vassar science faculty stay on the cutting edge of new techniques. ACCAS offers several awards each year, usually ranging from $300 to $2400 per award. Past grant recipients have used the awards to attend a workshop, travel to a collaborator’s lab, take a course, and other Continue Reading

Winners of the Imagining Science Image Contest

Cortical Night. Photo by Leah Weingast.

For additional winning images by Joseph Weiman (“La Paz”) and Lita Avnisinger and Mer Jane Ward (“Anaphase Distilled”) see our Spotlight page.

Alice Dreger to give Pauline Newman ‘47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society, April 7, 2016

ALICE DREGER, Ph.D., author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, will give the Pauline Newman ’47 Distinguished Lecture on April 7, 2016 (5 p.m., Taylor Hall 102).
Alice Dreger is an historian of science and social justice advocate. She argues passionately the need to use historic and scientific evidence to create a more
just Continue Reading

Engaging Science Book Club discussion of Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human by Michael Chorost.

In anticipation of author Michael Chorost’s visit to Vassar February 23 – 25, 2016 as part of the College’s Creative Arts Across the Discipoines (CAAD) initiative – Sonic Cyborg program, the Asprey CCAS Engaging Science Book Club will read and discuss Chorost’s book Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human by Michael Chorost. The inform Continue Reading

Science and Art Meet at the Met October 3, 2015

The Asprey Center collaborated with the Department of Earth Science and Geography on a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 3, 2015. The purpose of the trip was to investigate properties of earth materials through the lens of art and archeology. After meeting up at  the Temple of Dendur to look at Continue Reading

Vassar Students attend 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing

Funded partially by grants from the Asprey Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science, more than a dozen Vassar computer science majors participated in the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing October 14th – October 16th, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Co-founded by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney in 1994 and inspired by the legacy Continue Reading