All events start at 6 pm and take place at:
National Mechanics
22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106


Monday December 10, 2018
6:00-7:00 pm

“Audubon’s Famous Bird Banding Experiment: Fact or Fiction?”

– Matthew Halley

John James Audubon has been hailed as the first bird bander in America, but the high rate of natal philopatry in banded Eastern Phoebes (Sayornis phoebe) that he reported is an outlier when compared to modern data. More troubling, a reconstruction of the timeline of events with multiple independent primary sources, shows that Audubon was not in Pennsylvania when he claimed to have re-sighted two banded phoebes there in 1805. These facts cast doubt on the veracity of his story.


About the Speaker: Matthew Halley is a scientist and historian from southeastern Pennsylvania, who has authored numerous articles about the evolution and history of American birds and birding. He is best known for his research on the Nightingale-Halley_withSWTHthrushes (genus Catharus) and for locating and exposing lost artifacts and manuscripts that have reshaped the public understanding of ornithological history. Halley lives in Philadelphia, where he is a PhD candidate at Drexel University, Research Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and Editor of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) and its journal Cassinia.

December’s event is sponsored by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.



Monday January 14, 2019
6:00-7:00 pm

“The 2014 Emergency Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone: Ambulances as Death Traps and How We Got to Zero”

– Dr. Hannah Lawman


Join us at Science on Tap as Dr. Hannah Lawman shares her experiences working in Sierra Leone in the emergency Ebola epidemic. She will share how ambulances and the response teams that they carried were rejected by many communities and what The Ambulance Project did to change it and improve access to Ebola treatment.


About the Speaker: Dr. Hannah Lawman received her PhD in Clinical Community Lawman Headshot 2Psychology at the University of South Carolina and specialized in health behavior change and methodology. While working as an Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Lawman was part of the 2014-2015 Emergency Ebola Response in West Africa. She worked in Sierra Leone on the Health Promotion Team and lead a project to demystify ambulances and reduce fear around accessing treatment for Ebola. Upon returning she founded Welbodi Sierra Leone, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls in Sierra Leone in the district she worked in to finish their high school education by providing comprehensive scholarships.