Category: science

Featured Destination: The Corning Museum of Glass

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The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, Steuben County, has on display some of the world’s most exquisite glass collections, spanning over thousands of years of history. Glass objects and glassmaking techniques from various parts of the world are showcased in several different galleries. A gallery dedicated to Glass in America includes early and rare artistic and decorative pieces. Glassmaking is considered to be the country’s first industry: it started with a glass workshop in Virginia in 1608.

A new wing, dedicated to Contemporary Art and Design, opened at the Corning Museum in 2015 in a newly designed 26,000 square foot modern building shaped like a large white box. A GlassApp, including videos, photographs, and artists’ bios, also launched in 2015 to enhance visitor experience. Demonstrations and workshops as well as lectures and other events are offered from time to time.

Two new exhibitions are on view at the museum this summer: Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, which will remain on view through January 8, 2017, and Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope, on view through March 19, 2017.

Earlier this summer I spoke with Dr. Marvin Bolt, Curator of Science and Technology at the Corning Museum of Glass. Dr. Bolt’s job is to enhance the museum’s science and technology-based collections and exhibits, and to interpret the information for diverse audiences, from schoolchildren to working scientists. Dr. Bolt holds a PhD in the history and philosophy of science, and is a specialist in telescopes.

Click to hear my interview with Dr. Bolt.
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© 2016 Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/15/2016

This weekend:

  • New York State Museum in Albany is hosting a Family Fun Day;
  • Catskill Mountain Foundation is hosting a folk concert at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville;
  • And, Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz is hosting a book talk and signing.

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There Is Science In The Catskills Too!

Physicist Brian Greene, known for his research on string theory, will be speaking at the Andes Roundtable this Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm. The event is hosted at the Hunting Tavern, a historic landmark building in Andes, New York.

The Hunting Tavern, Andes, NY ©

Dr. Greene has been a professor at Columbia University since 1996, and chairman of the World Science Festival since co-founding it in 2008. He’s known to the general public through his books The Elegant Universe, Icarus at the Edge of Time, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Hidden Reality, and related PBS television specials.

The central problem in modern physics is the incompatibility of the general theory of relativity (the law of the large) with quantum mechanics (the law of the small). Quantum gravity seeks to describe the force of gravity according to the principles of quantum mechanics. The string theory is one possible model. Dr. Greene has made contributions to the understanding of the different shapes the curled-up dimensions in string theory could take.

Another famous physicist, Dr. Richard Feynman used to spend his summers in the Catskills: as a teen, Dr. Feynman worked as a busboy at various Catskills resorts.

Weekend in the Catskills – 6/12/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • Livingston Manor celebrates its 12th annual Trout Parade;
  • Olana State Historic Site is hosting a lecture exploring Frederic Edwin Church’s reading interests;
  • Blakeley White-McGuire, principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, performs in Roxbury;
  • And, Melissa Etheridge performs at the Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie.
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Also, Saratoga Springs is celebrating its 100th anniversary. For more information, go to

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Trout Parade. Photo Credit: Kate Hyden

Featured Destination: New York State Museum


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The New York State Museum in Albany was founded in 1836 as the State Geological and Natural History Survey. The museum offers a variety of programs year round – lectures, workshops and exhibits, focusing on art, science, and community. This year, for instance, a retrospective of American Realist painter Eugene Speicher will be on view through March. Speicher was born on April 5, 1883 in Buffalo, New York, and died on May 11, 1962. He is best known for landscape paintings such as Morning Light (1912), housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Binghamton University Paleobotany Collection will be on view through August. The collection includes thousands of fossils dated back to the Devonian period.

Also, an exhibition dedicated to the Shakers called The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries will be on view through March 2016. The exhibition, divided into six areas, speaks about the Shakers’ way of life, and their influence in shaping American identity. The Shakers exhibit is organized in partnership with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Columbia County. The Shaker Museum in Columbia County contains the most important collection of Shaker artifacts in the world.

Among its permanent collections, the New York State Museum holds The Cohoes Mastodon discovered in 1866 (the mastodon is 11,000 year old); the Iroquois Indians Diorama created in 1918; an impressive mineral and fossil collection; and many more. In 1910 and 1914 the museum published the Birds of New York book. In 1926 it expanded its activities to include other areas of interest such as history and art. In 1927 the museum launched its educational program for teachers and students in New York State.

This weekend February 14 – 16 the museum hosts its annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, organized in partnership with the New York Academy of Mineralogy and the Capital District Mineral Club. Thirty exhibitors will participate in this program. The hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The following weekend February 20 – 22 the museum will host its annual fundraiser New York in Bloom, a floral show with over one hundred arrangements from New York’s most exquisite florists and floral designers. Themed activities will be offered throughout the weekend, including demonstrations and children’s activities. The hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum’s regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230

(518) 474-5877

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© 2015 Simona David