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RMSC’s autumn Science On the Edge lecture series to kick off Thursday, Oct. 11 with musician Pee Wee Ellis and D&C columnist Jack Garner

    ROCHESTER, NY— Attendees at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lecture series experience science of all kinds. Science on the Edge lectures have provided insight and understanding about current research in a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community and appeals to a broad audience. The relaxed atmosphere allows adult learners to comfortably expand their knowledge, and provides a unique after-hours opportunity to explore the Museum’s three floors filled with 200 hands-on exhibits.

    Upcoming lectures in the Autumn 2018 series include:


    A Talk with Saxophonist Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis

    Thursday, Oct. 11 , 7:30pm

    Join us for a conversation with American saxophonist, composer, and arranger Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, moderated by Democrat and Chronicle entertainment columnist Jack Garner. Don’t forget to arrive early to check out our featured exhibit—SoundSense—for a mind-bending journey through sound and music! 

    Program support thanks to Rochester Music Hall of Fame


    The Migration of Monarch Butterflies: Past and Future

    Ernest H. Williams, The William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus, Hamilton College

    Thursday, Oct. 25 , 7:30pm

    The remarkable migration of monarch butterflies depends on milkweeds and nectar sources on their breeding grounds and undisturbed forest on their overwintering grounds, but changes in the landscape are leading to a long-term decline in their abundance. Discover the number of efforts underway to try to counter the downward trend of this iconic species.


    New Frontiers in Surgery: 3D Printing Organs

    Ahmed E. Ghazi, M.D., M.Sc, University of Rochester Medical Center

    Wednesday, Nov. 28 , 7:30pm

    Join us as University of Rochester Medical Center’s Ahmed E. Ghazi discusses creating 3D replicas of human organs for surgeons to practice on. Dr. Ghazi and his team have been 3D printing molds for model organs that mimic the real organs so closely that they even bleed when cut.

    “Surgery is often like a Pandora’s Box,” said Ghazi. “You don’t know what is inside until you open it up. The fact that we could someday have surgeons practice procedures on these models before going to the operating room helps eliminate the unknown, increases safety, and improves the quality of care. Patients can, in turn, reassure themselves by asking their surgeons ‘how did the rehearsal go yesterday?’ That is going to be the future of surgery.” 


    Tickets to the Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lecture series are: $10 for the general public; $8 for RMSC members; $6 for students through grade 12 and college students with ID; $5 for students who are RMSC members; and $2 for RMSC employees, docents, volunteers, and members of the Rochester Engineering Society. The Museum opens at 5:30 p.m., allowing attendees to enjoy Museum exploration, a lecture, and meeting with the speaker(s) in a unique after-hours experience. Seating is limited; pre-registration is encouraged at or by calling 585.697.1942.

    For additional information or to arrange an interview with the speakers, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

    Photos left to right: Ernest H. Williams; Ahmed E. Ghazi, M.D., M.Sc; Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis