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June 13: An Evening with Carl Zimmer

How did our ancestors help
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An Evening with Carl Zimmer

Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Science Writers in New York invites you to spend an evening with Carl Zimmer, who will discuss his latest book She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity (Dutton, May 2018). Carl will talk about his book with SWINY co-chair David Levine, and answer questions about content and craft, and sign books, which will be sold at a discount.

His 13th book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society—a force set to shape our future even more radically. David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon, praised the book, saying, “No one unravels the mysteries of science as brilliantly and compellingly as Carl Zimmer, and he has proven it again with She Has Her Mother’s Laugh—a sweeping, magisterial book that illuminates the very nature of who we are.”

Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2004 he has written about science for The New York Times, where his column “Matter” has appeared weekly since 2013. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a frequent guest on radio programs such as Radiolab and This American Life. Carl has won many awards for his work, including the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science.

Wednesday, June 13
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided.

The home of Charles and Susan Fisher
1060 5th Avenue on the northeast corner at 87th Street

Admission is complimentary. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Thursday, June 7.


May 7: SWINY’s Annual Party at Pete’s Tavern


A Spring Event This Year

Monday evening, May 7, 6–9 pm

SWINY’s annual party returns to the warm vibes at Pete’s Tavern, 129 E. 18th St at Irving Place, in the private Speakeasy Room.

Old friends, new friends, interesting colleagues, stimulating conversation, good laughter, tasty food, free bar, distinctive door prizes

And help us celebrate our May-born science mascot, Florence Nightingale, 19th century mother of modern nursing, professional training, and infection control. She transformed nursing into a profession and spurred the creation of the Red Cross.



  • We share the cost
  • 2018 Paid Members: $25 in advance/$30 at door
  • Nonmembers: $35 in advance/$40 at door*
  • Students: $15 in advance/$20 at door


*Join/renew for 2018 — $30, PayPal or check — and pay member’s rate:

Directions to Pete’s Tavern

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Subways: N,R,Q,W, 3,4,5,6, & L stop at the Union Square station. F & M stop at 14th St (use the 16th St exit, or transfer to the L to Union Square).

Bus: M14 along 14th St.

NOTE: Walk to the back of the restaurant and take the stairs up to the private room

Refund/cancellation Policy: SWINY will refund admission fees provided we are notified by noon on Friday, May 4.

January 18: Cells Are the New Cure with Dr. Max Gomez

Thursday, January 18: 6–8 pm

Yale Club

Science Writers in NY cordially invites you to a special evening with award-winning medical correspondent Dr. Max Gomez — discussing his new book “Cells Are the New Cure.”

Dr. Max Gomez and his co-author, Dr. Robin L. Smith, will talk about their exceptional book, answer questions about content and craft, and sign books (sold at discount for $18.)
Beer, wine, soda and substantial hors-d’oeuvres will be provided.

Dr. Gomez’s just-published book on the use of living cells and genetic modifications as revolutionary agents of healing has arrived with exquisite timing. The very first such treatments received FDA approval in the past several months, making 2017 the year that reality began to emerge alongside promise.
Two therapies genetically transform a patient’s immune cells to target a specific leukemia. And sight is restored in a type of inherited blindness by a gene-normalizing treatment that targets the retina.

Drs. Gomez and Smith have tackled this viscerally and intellectually thrilling area head on. They cover the full breadth and depth of cellular therapy research—assimilating and organizing the promising results from more than 35,000 clinical trials—and its potential applications, from genetic defects to organ repair, cancer, autoimmune diseases, cognitive health, longevity—and so much more. They create a clear roadmap for understanding past, present, and future, narrated in highly accessible language that is a rewarding read for novice and knowledgeable alike.

Dr. Max Gomez graduated cum laude from Princeton University, earned his Ph.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at The Rockefeller University. In his more than 35 years of pursuing and communicating innovative science and healthcare progress, Dr. Gomez has earned 9 Emmy Awards, 3 NYS Broadcaster’s Association awards, and UPI’s Best Documentary award.

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a global thought leader in regenerative medicine, one of the fastest growing modern medical disciplines. She received her M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.



Thursday, January 18, 6–8 pm
(arrive at 6 for networking; talk begins at 6:30)

Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 44th–45th Sts across the street from the Grand Central Station

Admission is complimentary.