Science on the Edge Lectures

Science on the Edge Lectures

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years.

Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Enjoy a lecture, Museum exploration, and meeting with the speakers in a unique after-hours experience. Seating is limited, pre-registration is highly encouraged. Call 585.697.1942 to register.

Museum opens at 5:30pm before the start of each lecture.

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $8-$10

Students: $5-$6

RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $2

*Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID.

Upcoming Lectures:

Music Making Way for Women- Navigating the Male Dominated Industry 

Wednesday, March 13 | 7:30pm

Three women discuss their journey through the male dominated music industry. Alayna Alderman, co-owner of Record Archive, will discuss navigating music retail and business; Julia Figueras will talk about being a woman in media and radio; and Kearstin will speak to her experiences juggling her career as a world–renowned touring opera singer as well as a mother.  

AlaynaAleyna is the Vice President and co-owner of Record Archive, Rochester’s 13,000 sq. foot music retail warehouse, filled with all types of pre-recorded music, new and used, as well as audio accessories, movies, and more.  Record Archive is also home to two performance stages and The Backroom Lounge, a multipurpose space that serves beer and wine daily. For over 33 years she has worked to develop and innovate her record store into a world class operation. With the support from her children and husband she enjoys the challenge of small business ownership and continues her passion about the music.

Julia FiguerasRochester native Julia Figueras is the musical director and midday host for radio station WXX1-FM 91.5. She also produces and hosts the radio station’s award-winning live performance and interview show, Backstage Pass.  She attended Brandeis University where she received her bachelor's degree in Theater Arts, cum laude.  Her radio start kicked-off in Massachusetts where she worked on the station WICN.  She is a proud mom of two daughters and an alumna of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and the William Warfield Scholarship Fund.

KearstinMs. Brown is soprano concert soloist, opera singer, and mom who has performed worldwide in a plethora of countries including, but not limited to: Russia, Italy, Austria, Germany and The Netherlands.  She has also performed nationwide in venues scattered across the country, including our very own Flower City; Rochester! She has shared her musical talent with many notable groups, some of which include the Lebanon Symphony and Chorus, Cincinnati Opera, the Finger Lakes Opera Company, Cape Town Opera, Komische Oper Berlin,  Opera Colorado, and more! Though she has performed worldwide, she now resides in Rochester with her husband and two children, and acts as a casual host for radio station WXXI Classical 91.5.



Hoffman.Matt 4567 minUnderstanding the Fate and impacts of Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes with Dr. Matt Hoffman

Wednesday, April 10 | 7:30pm

Microplastic pollution has been a concern in the oceans for years and was first found in concentrations similar to the ocean in the Great Lakes in 2013. In recent years there has been increased concern about impacts of microplastics in the Great Lakes and freshwater systems around the world, though there is much still unknown about the fate, transport and impacts of microplastic. Open water sampling campaigns and beach cleanups have established the presence of plastic particles in the water and in organisms while modeling studies have tried to map the distribution and estimate the magnitude of the problem. We know that plastic pollution is everywhere, but but our current estimates only account for about 1% of the plastic that is predicted to be entering the system. Meanwhile, laboratory studies are still trying to quantify the impacts of plastic on freshwater ecosystems. I will talk about my work modeling plastic pollution in the Great Lakes as well as the current state of knowledge of the abundance and impacts of plastic pollution.  



Son House 2Son House Blue Night - A Talk with Cast Members from GEVA Theater 

Wednesday, April 24 | 7:30pm | Program support thanks to GEVA

Cast members of The Resurrection of Son House talk about the show and their expirences.  The Story of Eddie James "Son" House jr.,  from his beginnings in rural Mississippi, through personal crisese and his relatively obscure life in Rochester, to the stunning rebirth of his career in 1964. A celebration of the musical legacy of a man who inspired generations of blues artists from B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt, to Susan Tedeschi, Joe Bonamassa, and Jack White. 


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