Written by Trisha Haszel Kreibich, Studio Manager, and Brandon Pletsch, President
Warning: If you didn’t already gather this from the title, this article contains some offensive language…but it’s all in the name of science!
First off, if you aren’t familiar with the I Fucking Love Science Facebook page, we encourage you to check it out. In fact, go check it out right now, we’ll wait. https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience
Whaddya, think? Pretty awesome, right? We love that this page celebrates everything science, from history and advancements to humor and the absurd. When we learned that the curator of the page, Elise Andrew, was organizing an event at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, our project manager, Dolina, scooped up as many tickets as she could for the studio. And thank goodness she did – it sold out in 5 minutes!
In order to pay tribute to this great event and show the attendees our love of science, our president, Brandon Pletsch, and Dolina collaborated on the idea to create amino acid hats, in which each hat would display a model of an amino acid and its letter abbreviation (e.g. the amino acid Isoleucine would be abbrivated to “I”) allowing us to spell out…
The Brain Scoop – Emily Graslie is like a kid in a candy shop giving you a tour, if that candy shop was The Field Museum in Chicago. Follow her entertaining adventures taking you behind the scenes to explore the over 24 million artifacts in the museum’s collection. http://www.youtube.com/thebrainscoop
Brain Pickings – a bit more highbrow, this site is a treasure chest of ‘interestingness’ that spans a collection of science disciplines, art, history and politics. http://www.brainpickings.org
After the panel discussion, astrophysicist rockstar and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson made a special appearance to show a preview of the new reboot of Cosmos: A Space Odessey and answer some of the burning questions of the awestruck audience. During the after party, Neil walked over and said, “You know you all CRAZY, right?” and insisted on posing for a photo. What were we going to say? It’s Neil f*cking deGrasse Tyson.
Make sure to listen close at 35:15 to hear our group raise the roof at the mention of studio art!
To see how we developed our amino acid hats, check out the gallery below (photos compliments of Alexey Kashpersky):