FREE Event at Parting Glass June 14 to Preview SPAC’s New “Out of this World Festival” this August
SARATOGA SPRINGS – As an introduction to its new “Out of this World Festival,” slated for August 2-16, SPAC is partnering with Science on Tap Capital Region to present “Science on Tap: Interplanetary Travel – Do We Have the Heart for Mars?” with Dr. Heidi DeBlock at The Parting Glass (40-42 Lake Avenue) on June 14 at 7 p.m.
“This summer will be full of fascinating discoveries for lovers of science, music, art, and the cosmos as we contemplate the place of beauty between the inner universe and the outer. To kick-off the exploration, Science on Tap will be bringing its popular ‘pub talks’ to The Parting Glass, a local favorite, to discuss the physiological possibility of humans colonizing Mars,” said Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC’s president + CEO. “Our partnership with Science on Tap Capital Region is part of our vision to expand SPAC’s programming beyond our venue and engage new and varied audiences within the community and beyond.”
“Science on Tap: Interplanetary Travel – Do We Have the Heart for Mars?” is the preview event in advance of SPAC’s “Out of this World Festival” this August, which invites participants to explore the nexus between art and cosmos. The Festival takes off with the Orchestra’s performance of The Planets — An HD Odyssey — combining spectacular NASA space footage with Holst’s musical imagining of the cosmos – and continues on its path with Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert. Throughout this new “festival within a festival,” audiences will be invited to star gaze through telescopes around the reflecting pool, take part in a new speaker series led by thought-provoking writers and scientists, experience virtual reality space expeditions and enjoy a special chamber concert for children that explores the harmony and interplay between Einstein’s ideas and Mozart’s music.
On June 14, Dr. Heidi DeBlock of Albany Med will lead an engaging discussion about her work as a Visiting Research Scientist at NASA to determine the physiological possibility of humans colonizing Mars. Hosted by Science on Tap Capital Region, “Science on Tap” is a monthly opportunity for conversation, debate and interaction among scientists and the public while enjoying a fresh pint at a local pub or brewery.
Dr. Heidi DeBlock is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Albany Medical Hospital where she is an attending physician in both the Surgical and Neurosciences Intensive Care Units. She is on the faculty of the Albany Medical College and is the Director of the Critical Care Clerkship. She has been working with NASA, Johnson Space Center’s Cardiovascular Laboratory since 1990 as a Visiting Research Scientist and was awarded the Spaceflight Achievement Award from NASA in 2003 for her contributions to research in Cardiovascular Physiology. Although based in Houston, Dr. DeBlock’s research has taken her to the Kennedy Space Center and the Dreyden Spaceflight Research Center to attend shuttle landings over the past many years. She is currently researching arrhythmias as a result of long duration spaceflight on the international space station.
Science on Tap is free and open to the public. 21 and under are welcome, and seating is first come first serve. For more details, visit spac.org.