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Fun with Poison: Tour, Walk, & Talk

Friday, May 30, 2014
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

End your week with an exclusive after-hours tour of the American Museum of Natural History’s popular exhibition The Power of Poison, led by curator Mark Siddall and his merry band of poison experts from the fields of forensics, food, history, literature and medicine, to discover how poison has shaped the course of human history. Then walk, talk and taste your way through the gardens, streets, and shops of Manhattan’s Upper West Side with a scientist-led “poison promenade.” Our final stop is a celebrated neighborhood spot where you can continue the conversation with experts and researchers in an intimate, informal setting.

This event is a production of the World Science Festival presented in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History. Special thanks to the 79th Street Pharmacy for participating in this event.

Please arrive at the Museum of Natural History’s security entrance accessible via a driveway on either side of the main steps on Central Park West.



Deborah BlumAuthor

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and the author of five books, most recently the best-selling tale of murder and forensic detection in 1920s New York, The Poisoner’s Handbook. She writes Poison Pen, a monthly blog on environmental chemistry, for The New York Times, and is a staff science blogger for Wired.

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Ira BreitePhysician

Ira Breite is a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and an expert in food poisoning of all types. He works day in and day out to figure out what precisely is ailing his patients and how to fix it. As one of the hosts of the Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio channel, Dr. Breite also aims to answer any medical question people can think of.

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Howard GrellerToxicologist

Howard Greller is an emergency physician, medical toxicologist and the associate director of the Mount Sinai Upper West Side Urgent Care Center. He teaches emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as a consultant to NYC’s Poison Control Center.

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Lisa G. O’SullivanMedical Historian

Lisa O’Sullivan, Ph.D., is director of the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at The New York Academy of Medicine. The Center preserves and promotes the heritage of medicine and public health and explores its cultural significance.

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Mark SiddallEvolutionary Biologist

Mark Siddall is known as “the leech guy,” though he has focused on the evolutionary biology of a wide range of parasites. He has led expeditions around the world, most recently including South Sudan, Cambodia, and the Lower Amazon of Brazil.

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