First Fridays Science Discussion | Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles



One of the many great attributes of science is that it allows us to use the tools of today to understand where we have been and to predict where we are going. Will we be walking among woolly mammoths? Will we be able to harness the power of your brain to be more creative? Is climate change causing us to evolve? Will we live in a building designed by termites? Are we doomed to go the way of the dinosaur? Or, perhaps, will we live forever? This is not science fiction of the future but the real science that is affecting our life today. Join us as we look at the latest happenings in the fields of genetics, neuroscience, evolution, biomimicry, paleontology and human biology and learn how the science of today is paving the way for a fascinating journey into our future!


  • Women’s Ink: A Discussion by and about Women Tattooists

    13/03/2021 Duration: 01h11min

    Two celebrated artists and a historian discuss the challenges women have faced in breaking into a traditionally male profession, and the ways women’s ink has revolutionized tattoo art.

  • Returning to Grandmother’s Beauty: Indigenous Women’s Journey of Tattoo

    13/03/2021 Duration: 01h23min

    The Clime in California has been enriched by the emboldened indigenous women and their journey returning to facial tattoos of their grandmothers. These women face American society in stride with their faces and bodies enhanced with traditional tattoos rooted in the dreamtime traditions of their ancestors. They expose their struggles and challenges faced in achieving their walk in contemporary society as full native women.

  • Book Launch - This Is (Not) L.A.

    13/03/2021 Duration: 01h12min

    NHM celebrated the launch of This Is (Not) L.A.: An Insider’s Guide to the Real Los Angeles: Debunking the Clichés, Crushing the Haters, and Generally Making You Wish You Lived Here (or Happier That You Already Do) by Jen Bilik. This evening Jen Bilik hosted a rollicking discussion of why we love L.A. with a panel of Los Angeles luminaries, touching on the research and stories behind the book, followed by a Q&A.

  • Life on the Move: Science and Implications of Migration

    13/03/2021 Duration: 01h09min

    All plants and animals, including humans, move during their lifetimes, but some take truly harrowing or magnificent journeys to new lands and habitats. This fall the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will join UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to produce a three-night conversation between the people of Los Angeles and the leading experts on migration. For many species, migration is a question of when, not if. Sometimes it is the result of fresh opportunities in unfamiliar terrain. Other times it is driven by external forces, natural and unnatural. Tonight’s conversation will get to the root causes of migration – From floods and fires to developing societies.

  • Nuclear Contamination and Climate Change

    13/03/2021 Duration: 01h20min

    Co-produced by the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Times this recording is of a panel discussion surrounding nuclear contamination and climate change in the Marshall Islands, a Pacific nation spread across more than 800,000 square miles of ocean in the central Pacific.

  • Secrets from the Vault with Alie Ward and Allison Schultz

    07/03/2020 Duration: 33min

    If you could ask curators about their strangest or most valued artifacts, what would they divulge? Join science correspondent and host of Ologies podcast, Alie Ward as she asks Museum research specialists about their collections and discovers details hidden in plain sight. Each month features a different expert to uncover the big mysteries, strange oddities, and untold stories from NHM.

  • The Future of Medicine

    07/03/2020 Duration: 01h09s

    The MDs still have the remedies, but self-monitoring through medical apps is putting each of us in sync with our own bodies. And our own bodies can now guide doctors to curing what ails us, thanks to diagnostic genetic profiling, and to fixing us before we can get sick, with tools like CRISPR. Our panel discusses redefining health, medicine, and longevity, treatment vs. prevention, how we use our genetic profiles for future healthcare and treatments, and what the science of vaccine and disease prevention may look like in the future.

  • Book Launch – North America's Galapagos

    20/02/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) celebrates the launch of Corinne Heyning Laverty’s new book, North America's Galapagos: The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey. This recording is an introduction by author Corinne Heyning Laverty of her book, followed by a conversation with NHMLAC President, Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga.


    01/02/2020 Duration: 57min



    01/02/2020 Duration: 56min


  • Night in the City: L.A. After Dark

    22/11/2019 Duration: 01h16min

    This conversation brings to light the history of electricity in Los Angeles and the positive and negative impacts it has on all living things. It is an evening talk as part of the series Night in the City: L.A. After Dark. Coproduced by the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

  • Shake it Off

    08/06/2019 Duration: 59min

    About 15 million years ago, Los Angeles was at the bottom of the ocean. Climate change means land that’s been high and dry for millennia is getting inundated by water again. What do terms like “500-year flood” mean when we have one every ten years? And what can engineering do to make Southern California’s new floodplains survivable?

  • H2-Uh-Oh

    04/05/2019 Duration: 55min

    About 15 million years ago, Los Angeles was at the bottom of the ocean. Climate change means land that’s been high and dry for millennia is getting inundated by water again. What do terms like “500-year flood” mean when we have one every ten years? And what can engineering do to make Southern California’s new floodplains survivable?

  • Higher and Drier

    06/04/2019 Duration: 57min

    The amount of water on Earth hasn’t changed appreciably since Caesar and Cleopatra took a little cruise on the Nile. But the hydrologic cycle has changed where that water goes – and we are heading up a very dry creek. California has always teetered on the edge of drought, but hereafter, how we eat, drink, and even survive depends more than ever on the ingenuity of science and human willingness to suck it up by not sucking down so much water.

  • Women Paint L.A.: A Discussion With Women Muralists

    23/03/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    In Los Angeles, women muralists create work that reflects their lives, lived experiences, and the diversity of their audiences. This discussion explores how women artists shape the cultural production of the city while paving the way for more unique stories, perspectives, and discussions. Join muralists Barbara Carrasco, Noni Olabisi, and Kristy Sandoval for a conversation with historian Denise Sandoval as they talk candidly about their work in L.A.

  • The Flames in Our Future

    02/03/2019 Duration: 56min

    In the past, fires often renewed and even enriched California, like a mythical phoenix. But California feels only menaced and exhausted by them now. How have humans changed fire patterns? How will fire change our everyday lives, and what does standing up to fire’s “new abnormal” mean? Can science tell us where and how we fight, and when we just get out of fire’s way?

  • “That was then. This is now. History of PostNatural Selection”

    08/02/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    Join us for a discussion around the special exhibition “That was then. This is now. History of PostNatural Selection”. Reflect on the profound questions raised by the interplay between culture, nature, biotechnology, art, and science in a dynamic discussion with Richard Pell, Director of the Center for PostNatural History in Pittsburgh; Matt Dean, Associate Professor of Molecular and Computational Biology at USC; and Amy Gusick, Associate Curator for Archaeology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Karen Liebowitz (USC Roski School of Art and Design) with contributions from Matt Dean (Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife), in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Center for PostNatural History. Co-sponsored by the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and USC's The Bridge Art + Science Alliance (BASA).

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