Scientist, Comedian Adam Ruben Slated for Hamilton PAC

Expect to laugh and learn when microbiologist, comedian, author, storyteller and television presenter Adam Ruben takes the stage at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. The PAC is located at 327 Fairgrounds Road.

2017 spring Adam RubenRuben’s presentation, titled “Public Perception of Science: Lessons from a Dead Sheep,” is part of the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) community outreach series. The Hamilton-based infectious disease research facility is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

His presentation will examine the way science is represented—and misrepresented—to the public, along with the factors that frustrate scientists when trying to communicate their work to a broader audience.

Since 2008, Ruben has worked for Sanaria, Inc., near Washington, D.C., to develop a malaria vaccine. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelor’s degree, also in molecular biology, from Princeton University.

While at Princeton, Ruben also studied creative writing and theater—elements he used to mesh his loves of science, teaching and humor. While a student, he began performing as a stand-up comic and has done so for more than 15 years, taking the stage at several major East Coast clubs. While at Johns Hopkins, his classroom talents blossomed and Ruben taught courses and workshops with titles like, “The Stand-Up Comic in Society,” “Life Science for K-8 Lead Teachers,” and he began the “Public Perception of Science” series. He was twice nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins.

Those experiences also led him to several television appearances, including “Outrageous Acts of Science” on the Science Channel (2012-present); “Weather Gone Viral” on the Weather Channel (2015); and “Superhuman Science” on Adam Rubenthe Discovery Channel (2014-15). He also was a recurring guest expert on “Food Detectives” for the Food Network (2008-09).

Ruben also writes a humor column, “Experimental Error,” in the journal Science, and—along with numerous research publications—is the author of two books, “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School,” and the upcoming “Pinball Wizards: Jackpots and Drains in the Cult of the Silver Ball.”

“We are extremely fortunate to bring Adam to Hamilton and look forward to learning from him as well as laughing with him,” said Marshall Bloom, M.D., RML associate director for scientific management. “He is highly recommended by those from RML who have heard him speak.”

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