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RMSC’s upcoming Science on the Edge lectures to explore finding a competitive edge and preserving biodiversity in partnership with the local zoo

    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 Winter/Spring 2018 series include:

    We Don’t Expand the Plate: Baseball Statistics After Moneyball; Andrew Gibson, quantitative analyst, Pittsburgh Pirates; Thursday, Feb. 1 , 7:30 p.m.

    It’s been 15 years since the Oakland Athletics introduced Moneyball into Major League Baseball, and every professional baseball organization is pouring resources into applying statistical analysis to help win games. When the very rich organizations—such as the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers—are using the same predictive analytic techniques as the small-market teams, those small-market teams need to adapt their approach to survive. Andrew Gibson works as a quantitative analyst with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and will be talking about his experiences in trying to find that next-level analytical edge in professional baseball.

    The Zoo & You: Connecting Rochester with Wildlife Through Inspiration and Education; James Weinpress, zoologist, Seneca Park Zoo; Thursday, March 22, 7:30p.m.

    Today’s modern zoo serves both as recreational facilities for families as well as multifaceted organizations focusing on education and  conservation. Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo strives to combine these attributes in order to foster a sense of stewardship for the preservation of biodiversity both locally and on a global scale. Understanding the public’s desire to connect with the animals under the Zoo’s care, zoologist James Weinpress will discuss the inner workings of the Zoo and how it hopes to achieve the goal of connecting Rochester with wildlife!

    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.

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    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.