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Scientists answer your questions LIVE!

Catch our first series on Racism in Society on October 1st and 8th at 4pm EST!

BioBus hosts a Student Town Hall live on YouTube every Thursday at 4pm ET — anyone can watch and ask questions. Each week, scientists will answer your questions live! Submit your questions here, then join us live on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/TheBioBus! You can even ask more questions during the live Town Hall.

Join us for our first town hall series on a topic that you – our community and our students – asked for space and time to discuss. The series begins with “How Systemic Racism Impacts Us All” on October 1 at 4pm EST.

As scientists, how do we study racism and measure the impacts of racism on us all? BioBus is proud to present our first Student Town Hall Series on Racism and Society. Join BioBus and our special guests, Dr. Ovita Williams, Associate Director of Field Education at Columbia University and Robyn Walker Murphy, Artivist, Arts and Cultural Leader, Executive Director at Groundswell, as we answer your questions about the effects of racism on society. Submit your questions now!

Explore and Watch the Student Town Hall Series

MICROSCOPES TO TELESCOPES with Aurélien Bègue of Harvard Medical School, Emily Rice of CUNY and AMNH, and Rose Gibson of Columbia University (9/24/20)

DRAGONFLIES with Dr. Ami Thompson of North Carolina Wesleyan College & U.S. Forest Service and Dr. Melissa Sanchez Herrera of Universidad del Rosario (8/20/20)

How many kinds of dragonflies are there? Where do they fit into the ecosystem? What’s their life cycle? Why do they hover around water?

EVOLUTION with Dr. Andrew Berry of Harvard University and Dr. Fabrizio Spagnolo of Columbia University (8/13/20)

How old is life on this planet? Has DNA changed the way we understand evolutionary relationships? What does it actually mean that a species evolves? Are we evolving right now?

FOOD SCIENCE with Dr. Laura Boykin, Computational Biologist and Global Food Security Expert, and Dr. Steven Shikhel, Nutritional and Metabolic Biologist (8/6/20)

When you cook food what changes on the inside? Why does food comfort us when we are undergoing emotional experiences? How can you make food safer using modern methods?

POLLUTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT with Dr. Bhawani Venkataraman of The New School and Dr. Judy Zelikoff of NYU Langone (7/30/20)

How do contaminants in the water affect things that drink or live there? Are pollutants in our air bad for our breathing? What is a superfund site and how do you clean toxic chemicals from the environment?

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR with Leslie Sibener of Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute and Connor Gibbons of New York Aquarium (7/23/20)

How do animals sense danger? Is it true that an octopus can fit in a jar? Why do crabs fight each other?

BIRDS with Jo Santiago of the U.S. Forest Service and Rachel Roth of the Great Plains Nature Center (7/16/20)

Why do birds sing? Do all birds migrate? Can different kinds of birds communicate with each other?

NYC WATERWAYS with Helen Cheng of Science and Resilience Institute of Jamaica Bay and New York Sea Grant and Rob Buchanan of Billion Oyster Project (7/9/20)

What makes a river a river? How do trees and oysters protect the waterways? Is it safe to swim in the Hudson River?

BIOBUS JUNIOR SCIENTIST EDITION featuring Science Research Projects by BioBus High School and College Interns (6/25/20)

How have humans come through pandemics in the past? What nutrients are found in different fruits? How does social isolation affect mental health?

MO NOS ENFERMAMOS con Dr. Ana Maria Porras de Cornell University y Dr. Elizabeth Diago de Departamento de Salud de Nueva York (6/18/20)

De qué maneras nos podemos contagiar de enfermedades? Cómo sabe tu cuerpo si un patógeno es bueno o malo cuando entra al cuerpo? Cómo funcionan los antibióticos?

DNA, INHERITANCE AND GENETIC TOOLS with Dr. Teaster Baird of San Francisco State University and BioBus Scientist Dr. Christine Marizzi (6/11/20)

What is inheritance? Can DNA be a helpful tool? How do our genes react in our life?

CLIMATE CHANGE with Dr. Logan Brenner of Barnard College and Alyssa Stansfield of Stony Brook University (6/4/20)

How do we know the climate is changing? What is a greenhouse gas? What’s a reasonable way to solve climate change?

SKIN AND BONES with Dr. Piul Rabbani from NYU Langone and BioBus Scientist Dr. Rob Frawley (5/28/20)

How are skin and bones made? How do bones break and then come back together again? What can we do to protect our skin?

TOOLS SCIENTISTS USE with BioBus Scientist Dr. Francesca Anselmi and Memorial Sloan Kettering researcher Marisa Dunigan (5/21/20)

What do you use to look into people’s bodies? How does a microscope work? Do scientists create their own tools to study things like DNA, viruses, and more?

LOS INSECTOS con Dr. Maria Mazin de BioBus y Dr. Loren Rivera-Vega de Texas A&M University (5/14/20)

MARINE BIOLOGY with BioBus Scientists Sarah Weisberg and Mollie Thurman (5/14/20)

COVID-19 AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM with Dr. Charlie Garnett-Benson of Georgia State University, Dr. Davida Smyth of The New School, and Marisa Dunigan of Memorial Sloan Kettering (5/7/20)

Can the immune system fight coronavirus? Why are antibodies so important to beat COVID-19? How do some people not realize it’s in their system when they don’t have symptoms?

PLANTS! with BioBus Scientist Ashley Pirovano and Miranda Gray of Queens Botanical Garden (4/30/20)

Why do flowers have pollen? How do some flowers grow back in the spring after dying in the winter? What’s in the soil that keeps plants alive?

HOW WE GET SICK with Dr. Charlie Garnett-Benson of Georgia State University and Dr. Davida Smyth of The New School and NYU Graduate Student / BioBus intern alumna Zarina Akbary (4/23/20)

How do germs spread? How does the body determine if a bacteria is good or bad when it enters? Which part of the body deals with the most germs when we get sick?

THE BRAIN AND SENSES with BioBus Scientist and American Museum of Natural History Brain Educator Rosemary Puckett and Ethan McCurdy of New York University Neuroscience Institute (4/16/20)

How do the senses work? Why do we have brain cells? How do memories from long ago make their way back into our present thoughts?

BRAINS! with Dr. Sandra Franco of Columbia University and Dr. Heather McKellar of New York University Neuroscience Institute and BraiNY (NYC’s Society for Neuroscience Outreach Chapter) (4/9/20)

What is the definition of a thought? Are we born with our neurological pathways? How can our brains change?

COVID-19 PART II with Dr. Joel Oppenheim of New York University School of Medicine and Dr. Nina Gnädig of Columbia University Medical Center (4/2/20)

Will coronavirus always be a part of our environment, or will it run its course and completely disappear? How are scientists making medical cures and vaccines? What is one GOOD thing about coronavirus?

COVID-19 PART I with BioBus Scientists Dr. Christine Marizzi and Dr. Robert Frawley (3/26/20)

What does the coronavirus do to people? Why is COVID-19 so strong and why does it spread so quickly? How does the virus change as it gets transmitted from person to person? Does it get stronger or weaker?