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Here’s a cool event with local scientists telling personal stories

Local scientists with the University of Illinois will present personal stories showing the “human side of science” on October 19th from 7-9 p.m. at the Blackbird, and it’s free! The event is hosted in part by an organization called The Story Collider:

The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well as our weekly podcast, and we’ve used what we’ve learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in our university and corporate workshop program.

They’ve partnered with the campus group The 21st Century Scientist Working Group to bring the program to C-U. Here’s the rest of the info:

Get swept up in a hurricane and laugh at some monkey business – join us for five true, personal stories about the deeply human side of science.

Hosted by Liz Neeley and Ari Daniel. Doors open at 6:30pm, come for a chat and a drink and to get the best seats before the show starts at 7:00pm.


Alyssa Kealohi Loving
Deanna Hence
Felipe Menanteau
Laura Shackelford
Michelle Rodrigues

For bios and more, see our full page at

This special show is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the University of Illinois Office of the Chancellor, 21st Century Scientists Working Group, the Beckman Institute, the Institute for Genomic Biology, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, the Institute for Integrated Biology, and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

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