Past Events

On this page you can find an list of past events we have hosted, participated in, are sponsoring, or co-sponsoring.


Science Policy Forum: Long Island Drinking Water | November 3, 2017

Science Policy Forum: Long Island Drinking Water

The importance of the quality and safety of the water we drink cannot be understated. Here on Long Island, the water that flows from each and every faucet in our homes comes solely from underground aquifers stored right beneath our feet. This non-partisan forum was hosted at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University and included NY Assemblyman Steve Englebright and Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine.

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U.S. Solar Eclipse | August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse by Justin Starr

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to a solar eclipse. Those within the path of totality observed one of nature's most awe inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse. Viewers from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina saw the fantastic shoe. Observers outside this path saw a partial solar eclipse.

Justin Starr, a photographer and amateur astronomer journeyed to Sweetwater, TN, withing the path of totality and has shared some of his pictures as well as his personal experience of this historic and beautiful event.

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Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire | June 10, 2017

Vaccine teddybear

On June 10th, SALI participated in the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire at the Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson, NY. The Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Our very own Jaclyn Novatt participated in the science café with a talk entitled "From CSHL to CVS: the story of Spinraza, a new drug to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy."

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The HPV Vaccine: How It Works & Why Should Kids Get It | May 21, 2017

Vaccine teddybear

On Sunday, May 21, SALI hosted a public event at the Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson. We discussed how the HPV vaccine works, what is known about it currently, and people's questions and concerns.


  • Dr. Bettie Steninberg, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • Dr. David Posnett, Emeritus Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

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Why Should Scientists Run for Office? | April 30, 2017


Dr. Elaine DiMasi, a Long Island-based Physicist is considering a run for the NY 1st Congressional District. At this event, she discussed how her scientific expertise and unique skill set would be an asset in government, and why this is especially important here on Long Island.

SALI is a non-partisan group and does not endorse a political party or candidate.

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March for Science, NYC | April 22, 2017

March for Science

SALI joined with tens of thousands of other scientists and science supporters to march in NYC (and in over 500 cities across the world!) to support scientific research and protest anti-science policies.

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Wine and Sign | April 20, 2017

Wine and Sign

Fun with a purpose! At this event, we made signs for the upcoming March for Science. We provided supplies and attendees were invited to bring wine.

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Ask the Scientists | March 26, 2017

Ask the Scientists

Our first public event, at the Suffolk Y JCC. Our goal was to begin to build communication between scientists and the community. We wanted to hear questions and concerns from our friends and neighbors about science-related issues so that we, the scientists, can help address them.

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