Science Expo

Following the March for Science, the RMS organizing committee is hosting the first Rochester Science Expo in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. There will be a number of displays and speakers celebrating science and innovation in Rochester, encouraging the discovery of the scientist in each individual, and urging responsible use of scientific data in policy making. 


Guest Speakers

12:30 - Dr. Stephen Dewhurst

Dr. Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research at the University of Rochester (UR).  He serves as the Director of the UR’s NIH-funded Center for AIDS Research as well as the Co-Director of its BEST program, which seeks to broaden experiences in scientific training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows engaged in biomedical research; he also leads a unique training program for deaf and hard-of-hearing postdoctoral scholars - in partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).  Finally, he is an inventor on several patents, the recent past President of a UR biotech spinoff company (Codevax), and the founding director of the UR’s Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility, which supports the production of stem cell products intended for first-in-human clinical trials of new therapies.

12:45 - Dr. Gail M. Seigel

Dr. Seigel is a Research Associate Professor, who runs a cancer research lab at the University at Buffalo.   Dr. Seigel’s lab has benefited from funding from the National Institutes of Health and other federal, state and private funding sources.  She is developing new drug treatments for retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer of the eye. She is a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, as well as a 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Fight for Sight.  In 2015, Dr. Seigel wrote a memoir about her life as a scientist called, “Academania: My Life in the Trenches of Biomedical Research”.


1:15 - Luticha Doucette

Luticha graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in bioinformatics. While attending RIT, she focused on developing an algorithm that determined the surface of proteins.  She is a former Ms. Wheelchair New York (2011) and was 2nd Runner Up at Ms. Wheelchair America 2012 with a platform of science education for those with disabilities. Her passion for science translated to her previous job as a researcher/bio-informaticist in genomics at the University of Rochester. In the summer of 2015, she embarked on a different career path as a research analyst for the newly formed Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, a data driven research and development team whose current efforts are focused towards reducing poverty in a targeted area in partnership with the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

1:30 - Dr. Peter Hauser

Dr. Hauser is the Director of the Deaf Studies Laboratory at RIT, where he studies the cognitive, language, and psychosocial aspects of visual learning. He is also the Science Mentorship Leader and a member of the Executive Team at the National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning. He is a former recipient of RIT's Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Isaac L. Jordan, Sr. Pluralism Award for promoting Diversity and Inclusion. Recently, Dr. Hauser has been working on developing different measures of sign language proficiency.


2:00 - Martha Zettel, Genesee Land Trust

Martha Zettel is a Senior Technical Associate at the University of Rochester.  She has a master’s degree in biology from SUNY Geneseo.  In her spare time, she is a wildlife educator specializing in bats and amphibians.  Martha is an active member of the Genesee Land Trust.  She will talk with us today about bats, why they are important and what we can do to protect them.

2:15 - Dr. Susan Orr

Dr. Orr is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at RIT.  Her primary research interest is in the politics of organized labor in the US. She is chair of the faculty and staff organization the American Democracy Project that aims to promote civic engagement on campus. She is also co-coordinator of the LAUNCH mentoring program for minority students, and serve on the steering committee for the Institute for Engaged Learning. Beyond campus she has served as co-chair of the American Political Science Associations Labor Project, a group that seeks to promote scholarship and the exchange of research and ideas related to labor and politics. 



Table Presenters


RIT’s Women in Science (WISe) Student Ambassadors

The WISe Student Ambassador program plans and executes events, activities, and initiatives to support women students, to create an inclusive climate at RIT, and to generate excitement for science and math at RIT and in the local community. WISe Student Ambassadors will show you the science and math behind magic tricks and modern-day mysteries and illusions.


Global Youth Service Team (GYST)

The Global Youth Service Team provides students with an opportunity to perform international aid work by bringing solar energy systems, access to clean, safe water, training and education to people in developing countries who are most in need due to resource and energy poverty. The presentation will focus on solar energy education for young people. Find us on Facebook.

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Nazareth College Mary Soons McCarty Greenhouse

The Nazareth College Greenhouse supports the Biology Department's teaching and research, serves as the Horticultural Therapy Clinic, and provides thousands of free plants to the Nazareth community and greater Rochester community. Free plants will be available for adoption. All you need to do is learn to pot your plant, take it home, and give it love.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County will provide educational material on  areas such as composting, soil health, and pest management.  One of our Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer participant’s gardening questions.

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Circuit Breaker Labs

Circuit Breaker Labs produces jewelry and accessories from recycled circuit boards. Electronic waste burdens our environment and cripples communities across the globe. See the fusion of science and art created at Circuit Breaker Labs and be inspired to recycle responsibly.


Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL)

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization laser-focused on a specific piece of legislation and a proven strategy to gain its passage. We are working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming climate.


The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society

The ACS Rochester section will be celebrating science and chemistry on April 22nd as we celebrate Earth Day and the March for Science. We will provide hands on chemistry experiments/demonstrations for children of all ages.


Mothers Out Front

We are mothers with hope for achieving a livable climate and bright future for our children. We act so that the future of all children will be healthy and safe. We use our collective power as moms to work to ensure we invest in only clean and  renewable energy sources going forward. We believe this is possible.


Greater Rochester Robotics

Greater Rochester Robotics works to promote science, technology, and engineering throughout the Churchville-Chili School District and the Rochester area.

We are a collection of students from Rochester (NY) Although our team works 52 weeks a year on many different projects, each January through April we take part in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®). Team 340 was founded in 1999 and has achieved many things with the assistance of numerous mentors and people throughout the community.


American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a professional association that promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe through continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach. The Rocheser Section specifically serves engineers in the Rochester community.


PHD Comics

Ponder. Hypothesize. Discover. PHD illustrates and communicates the ideas, stories and personalities of researchers, scientists and scholars worldwide in creative, compelling, funny and truthful ways.


Rochester Engineering Society

The RES is the lead organization for improving the image and influence of the engineering community in the greater Rochester area. Our exhibit at the Expo will involve multiple hands on demonstrations of physics and chemistry. Anyone who visits our booth will  learn and see how whirlpools are created, get to create their own slime through polymerization, as well as many other examples of science.


Optimax Systems, Inc.

Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. For small volume, high precision optics, Optimax is set up to manufacture, test and deliver with speed and performance.

Optimax will be presenting several interactive demonstrations of light and optics. Visitors will get to see state of the art lenses, like the ones installed on the Mars Rover, as well as learn how lasers can be bounced off the surface of water.


Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC)

Rochester People's Climate Coalition is comprised of over 100 local businesses, faith and civic organizations committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.  We are advocating for municipalities to establish Community Choice Aggregation.  This tool can bring renewable electricity to citizens and small businesses at fixed rates that are lower than the default utility option.  In addition, it can be used to grow the local economy and local renewable generation.  Come talk to us to learn more about this powerful strategy!



The University of Rochester Baja SAE team is a student-run, non-profit organization which designs, fabricates, tests, and competes with a single-seater off-road vehicle. The team works part of the summer and throughout the school year designing, manufacturing and testing the vehicle in preparation for national competitions held across the United States. Design is a huge component of what the team does. UR Baja SAE offers students a hands-on approach to engineering as it provides a practical application of classroom-based learning. Using everything from angle grinders to lathes, the team manufactures most of the Baja car each year.



Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company's products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. The company is engaged in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of wearable display devices. These devices are worn like eyeglasses and feature built-in video screens that enable the user to view and interact with video and digital content, including movies, video games, computer data and the Internet.


WHK Consulting & Victoria Visiko LLC

Optics and Photonics are key technologies for the future. The Rochester region is a worldwide leader in this. Stop by our table to experience a multitude of colors! 


Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU)

The RCBU is a collaborative network of researchers in the Rochester area advancing ultrasound technology for therapeutic and imaging applications. Current student members will discuss their work, including a demonstration of standing wave fields and applications for tissue engineering.

Precision Instrumentation Group at the University of Rochester

The Precision Instrumentation Group is focused on research activities to design and implement novel technologies for the next generation of precision instrumentation. Research in the group is multidisciplinary with a heavy emphasis on mechanical, optical, and electrical engineering topics. We are currently working on projects to advance displacement interferometry and make fiber delivered interferometers the new standard for precision measurements, develop frequency stabilized HeNe lasers with high output power and potentially comparable frequency stability to that of iodine stabilized lasers, and high speed signal processing and control systems that easily interface to gigabit standards.

University of Rochester Brain Awareness Campaign

The University of Rochester Brain Awareness Campaign is an organization dedicated to teaching people about the brain! We primarily work with elementary aged children but you are never too old to learn about the cool ways your brain works, so stop on by and try some hands on activities with your local neuroscientists.

Thinkers and Drinkers

Thinkers and Drinkers is a student-run organization aimed at improving science communication between scientists and non-scientists. We meet periodically at a local bar and discuss our ongoing research with people at the bar. We aim to show the human side of science, and demonstrate the importance of science in everyday life.

Fruit DNA / Liz Albertorio

Have you ever touched DNA? With this short experiment attendees will be able to to extract DNA from fruits. This experiment can also be done at home!

Image RIT

Thinkers and Drinkers is a new organization at the University of Rochester where we go to bars and talk about science! At the Expo we are skipping the bar part, but we would love to talk with you about why science is super cool, and what cool stuff is happening in your backyard.


We are the "Physics Educators Network at Geneseo, Understand, Inspiring, and Nurturing Students" (PENGUINS). We are a group of people interested in teaching physics, primarily at the high school level. We perform demonstrations in area high schools, and we will bring a few of the demonstrations to share with people at the expo.

Wildlife Educators Coalition

We will have one of our talking animal characters – i.e., mascots – Howler Wolf demonstrating what different wolf vocalizations mean. Kids are welcome to join in as we dispel myths about wolves and other wildlife, thus starting a dialogue about where these misconceptions originate, how they are perpetuated, how they hurt a species, and what we all can do to re-educate the public.

How Fiber Optic Cable Works / Kenley Vogt & Max Haas

Kenley Vogt and Max Haas is a grandfather-grandson team, volunteering to help stimulate and promote STEM and recruit future Engineers for the telecom industry. Max and Kenley will demonstrate how fiber optic cable works as a wave guide. Max and Kenley will answer questions on how fiber optics were discovered and the principles of how fiber optic cable works.

Dr. Dina Kringstein

Dina Kringstein, M.D. is a board-certified internist who studies astronomy in her free time. She will share her love of the solar system, including photographs, star charts, and tips on how to get started as an amateur astronomer!

Double Dog Dare Ya’ Brewing: The Science of Fermentation

Double Dog Dare Ya’ specializes in brewing gluten-free beer at home. The brewer, Denise Hocking, Ph.D. is also a professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Rochester.  She will discuss her hobby, including a demonstration of fermentation, answer questions about the science of beer, and share tips on how to get started brewing at home!

Jodi’s Book Junction

Charlie Roberts

Minuteman/Empire Automation