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Tue Sep 05 // 8:00 pm

The Story Collider – New Beginnings

Presented by The Story Collider

Join us for our first show at our new home in New York, Caveat! To celebrate, we're bringing you five true, personal stories about new beginnings in science.

Hosted by Erin Barker and Paula Croxson. Full lineup to be announced soon.

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Myq Kaplan is a comedian named Mike Kaplan. He has been seen on the Tonight Show, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers,the Late Late Show with James Corden, in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, and in his own one-hour special on Amazon, "Small, Dork, and Handsome." He has been a finalist on Last Comic Standing and recently appeared on America's Got Talent. His album "Vegan Mind Meld" was one of iTunes' top 10 comedy albums of the year, and his latest available now is called "No Kidding." And that's only the past! Even more to come in the future! Check out myqkaplan.com for more information, and/or live your life however you choose. Thanks!

Michael D. Lemonick is chief opinion editor at Scientific American; previously, he was a senior science writer at Time magazine. He is also the author of seven books, including, most recently, “The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love.” He also teaches at Princeton University, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where he grew up.

Whitney McFadden is a second year PhD student and psychiatry resident at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is currently working in the Sklar Lab studying psychiatric genetics and genomics of schizophrenia. Her current projects aims to create a human brain map of single cells to discover unknown cell types in order to find signatures of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Her interest in neuroscience began as a child when her father taught her about the brain and her mother taught her about the science. She became passionate about studying the brain and psychiatric genomics in order to discover tje genetic blueprint for behavior, a code that, in her mind, has to be broken. She started her studies at UC Berkeley majoring in molecular cell biology and neurobiology and continued at UC San Diego studying medicine. She has found a home here in the neuroscience department and psychiatry department where she hopes strengthen the bridge between the two fields.

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Justin Williams is black and comfortably middle-class. Justin developed his sense of humor as a defense mechanism because moving between divorced parents caused him to always be the “new kid” in school. So it was either be the nerd or the funny nerd. Justin chose the second option, mainly because Steve Urkel was huge back then. Since moving to New York City, Justin parlayed that awkward energy into a unique stand-up act, complete with deadpan delivery and a knack for sarcastically pointing out the absurd. As one of New York City’s funniest up-and-coming comics, Justin has performed at comedy festivals across the United States and Canada. He has also been featured on Comedy Central’s Jokes.com, Mashable, SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Comedy/Foxxhole Radio/Dean Obeidallah Show, The Elite Daily, Men’s Health Magazine, The Kansas City Star, ‘Morning Buzz Live‘ on VH1, ‘Trial by Laughter’ on Comcast, ‘Laughs’ on Fox and ‘The Comedy Show Show’ on Seeso.