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Tue Dec 05 // 7:30 pm

The Story Collider – Power

Presented by The Story Collider

This December, join The Story Collider for five stories on the theme of power, ranging from power over our own bodies to the complicated power dynamics between students and faculty.

This event will include the following stories: 

After being sexually assaulted by a colleague as a PhD student, Alicia Perez-Poro is shocked when she returns to her program and finds he's still there.

Writer Joselin Linder discovers that she and her family are the first known people to experience a brand-new (and deadly) genetic mutation

Scientist Tristan Fehr dates an animal rights activist who challenges his thinking about working with animals in the lab.

Black neuroscience grad student Lyl Tomlinson is accused of stealing drugs from his lab, even though there's no evidence implicating him.

Storyteller Jamie Brickhouse's mother develops developed Lewy body dementia, which causes her to behave erratically and become less and less herself.

Doors 7:30, show 8 pm. 21+

Hosted by Erin Barker and Paula Croxson.

Stories by:

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Jamie Brickhouse is a New York Times-published author and a three-time Moth StorySLAM champion. He has recorded voice-overs for the legendary cartoon Beavis and Butthead and is currently touring his award-winning solo show, Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother, which is based on his critically-acclaimed memoir and directed by Obie-winning David Drake. He’s also a Literary Death Match champ, has performed live on Kevin Allison’s Risk!, and is a regular performer on the New York storytelling circuit. Jamie has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, Out, Huffington Post, and is a guest blogger for POZ. Friend him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jamiebrickhouse, and visit www.jamiebrickhouse.com. Jamie is a board member of the Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center. To find out more about LBD, visit www.lewybodyresourcecenter.org.

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Tristan Fehr is a doctoral student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he studies how early-life anesthesia exposures impact brain structures years later. Tristan is a graduate of Arizona State University and previously received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Spain. It was in Madrid that he first became drawn into science communication as he charted the emergence of research implicating gut bacteria in depression and anxiety. As Executive Editor for NYC Science Communication, Tristan currently manages a science communication training blog for up-and-coming science writers and editors to hone their crafts. Link: https://nycscicomm.org/blogs/

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Joselin Linder is a regular contributor to the NEW YORK POST, whose work has also been featured on THIS AMERICAN LIFE, MORNING EDITION and LIFE OF THE LAW. She spoke at the TEDX GOWANUS event in Brooklyn in 2014, presenting for the first time on the subject of her family gene and the deadly illness to which it leads. Exclusive to just fourteen people, the story of the gene is told in Linder’s new book, THE FAMILY GENE, coming out in 2017. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two dogs.


By day, Alicia Pérez-Porro is a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) observing the sex lives of sponges as a way to understand the future effects of climate change. By night, she is a board member of the Association of Spanish Scientists in the USA, where she founded and chairs the Commission for Women in Science. She was selected to be part of the biggest all-women expedition to Antarctica, Homeward Bound 2018, to advocate for women in science and train the world’s next leaders to fight climate change. She recently gave a 24/7 talk on sponges and climate change at the Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony and published an op-ed in Scientific American about why women drop out of academia. In a past (and hopefully future) life she was also a professional dancer. You can follow her on Twitter @aliciaprzporro or learn more at www.aliciaperezporro.com.

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Lyl Tomlinson is a Brooklyn native and a neuroscience graduate student at Stony Brook University. He is also a science communication fanatic who often asks: “Would my grandma understand this?” Using this question as a guiding principle, he won the 2014 NASA FameLab science communication competition and became the International final runner-up. In addition to making complex information understandable, he has a growing interest in science policy. Lyl meets with government representatives to advocate for science related issues and regularly develops programs to tackle problems ranging from scientific workforce issues to the Opioid Epidemic. Outside of his work and career passions, he seems to harbor an odd obsession with sprinkles and is a (not so) comic book and anime nerd.

About The Story Collider Whether we wear a lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of storytellers – researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, cops, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious, but they’re all true and all very personal. Welcome to The Story Collider! “The tones balanced stand-up funny and powerfully confessional … The crowd’s reactions veered from belly laughs to pin-drop silence.” — Andy Beta, The Wall Street Journal “The experience was incredibly cathartic, and having people come up to me afterwards and tell me how interesting and moving they found my story was as gratifying as any compliment I have ever received about my research.” — David Carmel, Nature