What is STEM CAFÉ at the Long Island Explorium?

The STEM Café is a monthly series of lectures where scientists and researchers speak about themes that affect our everyday lives in a language everyone can understand!  Come have some coffee or tea with us in an informal and friendly setting, just bring your curiosity. All ages welcome,

These events are free and open to the public.

The STEM Café is brought to you by the Long Island Explorium and is designed to increase public awareness of the role Science, Technology, Engineering and Math play in everyday lives and our communities.

A Special Upcoming STEM Café

Wednesday April 1, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Special Presentation on Covid-19

Speaker:  Dr. Sharon Nachman,
Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

On Wed, April 1, join Dr. Sharon Nachman, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, for a live webinar to learn and discuss the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it's affecting the community. This is an opportunity for the community to hear from a medical expert who is at the frontlines of the current health crisis and discuss efforts to combat the spread.
This FREE webinar is open to the general community and geared towards young adults and older. Please register online. Space will be limited to 30 participants to enable optimal discussion.

This webinar is organized by the Long Island Explorium, a non-profit Children's Museum in Science and Engineering. Helping the community understand the science behind the pandemic and supporting efforts to help stop the spread.

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Dr. Sharon Nachman is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. She is recognized as an international leader in the area of pediatric infectious diseases and the treatment of children with HIV, TB, and preventable infectious diseases such as flu and measles. She has been the principal investigator of more than 30 clinical trials of promising medicines for patients treated at Stony Brook University Hospital and at international settings. These include investigations in areas such as new vaccines, Lyme disease, TB and HIV.

Upcoming STEM Café

Time/ Date: To Be Determined

“The global methane mystery.”

Speaker:  Joseph Pitt, PhD
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University

What's behind the recent rise in atmospheric methane - the second most important gas contributing to human-induced climate change? Fracking? Cows? Tropical swamps? Or maybe something completely different...

Time/ Date: To Be Determined

“Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in NY”

Speaker:  Erich Dietterle, MS
Field Biologist and Education Coordinator
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

Mr. Dietterle will introduce participants to the whales, dolphins, and porpoises we see in New York waters. In New York alone, we commonly see up to 12 different cetacean species! He will discuss the behavior of these creatures as well as the natural and human threats these species face in our environment.

Time/ Date: To Be Determined

“The Shellfish Diaries: Stories and Studies of the Famous Inhabitants of our Bays”

Stephen Tomasetti
PhD Student, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University

Be it Blue Point oysters or Peconic Bay scallops, Long Island is renowned for what lies just beyond our shorelines. Many shellfish here and worldwide are coping with environmental change. Join Mr.Tomasetti as he discusses his work with these animals, focusing on the challenges they face and the creative approaches developed to facilitate their protection.

July 15, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Details Coming Soon....

Peter Sylvers
PhD Student, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University

September 16, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Details Coming Soon....

Dr. Stefan Judex
Professor and Interim Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Integrative Skeletal Adaptation and Genetics Laboratory
Stony Brook University

October 21, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Details Coming Soon....

Dr. Arianna Maffei
Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior
Stony Brook University


February 26, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm

"Is your sleep keeping you awake? A look at sleep biology, disorders, and fixes"

Speakers: Barbara Rosati, PhD.
Research Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Renaissance School of Medicine
Stony Brook University

Brendan Duffy, CCSH RPSGT
Certified Clinical Sleep Health Educator - Registered Polysomnography Technologist Sports and Sleep Performance and Recovery
Sleep Center, St Charles Hospital

Dr. Rosati will give an overview of sleep physiology and Mr. Duffy will cover what happens before, during, and after a sleep test.

January 15th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Long Island Explorium welcomes the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society biologists will introduce participants to the wonderful world of seals seen in New York.

Biologists introduce participants to the family of pinnipeds and provide insight on when and where seals come to area. Participants will learn about the environment seals inhabit and the natural or human threats they face.

By the end of the lecture, participants will be able to take the concepts learned and apply them in their environment to help protect the seals of New York. The lecture will conclude with an open-ended discussion.

Do not miss this this adult discussion, one in an upcoming series of events at the Explorium.