Gather ‘Round For A Brainy Watch Party

We’re partnering with Black In Neuro to host a watch party! Watch the film featuring Bianca Jones Marlin and ask questions during the Q&A.

“Breakthrough: The Trauma Tracer” Watch Party and Q&A

  • When: October 10, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Science Friday’s YouTube page
  • Tickets: Free! Watch a recording of the full live stream above!

Black In Neuro and Science Friday are hosting a watch party! Join us Saturday, October 10 at 1:00pm ET to watch Breakthrough: The Trauma Tracer, featuring neurobiologist Bianca Jones Marlin—including a post-viewing discussion featuring Bianca, the film’s producers, and Black In Neuro leaders in conversation. You can read more about Dr. Marlin on Black In Neuro’s website.

About “Breakthrough: The Trauma Tracer:”

Growing up, “family” meant something very different to Bianca Jones Marlin. Her biological parents provided foster care to multiple children, giving Marlin the joy of having many siblings from an array of different backgrounds. On occasions, she would stay up late listening to the stories from her siblings’ past homes—stories filled with trauma and sadness. These stories had a profound and lasting impact on Marlin.

“There were stories of abuse, of not getting the proper nutrition or proper care that a child would need,” Marlin says. “Taking my passion for science and what I’ve learned from them, and putting them together is really my angle.”

Today as a neurobiologist, Marlin researches how trauma can be passed down from generation to generation. At Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, she studies the molecular mechanisms of stresses in parents that can affect the brain structure and sensory experiences of their future offspring.

Breakthrough is a short film anthology from Science Friday and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) that follows women working at the forefront of their fields. Each episode blends deeply personal stories with innovative scientific research of women across STEM fields. For more information, visit BreakthroughFilms.org.


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