The 6-Minute Challenge, Vol 16 – Student Special

Thu, MARCH 28, 2024, at 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan

Since 2015, SVU NY’s signature program The 6-Minute Challenge invites scholars, scientists, artists, and professionals of Czech or Slovak descent and challenges them to introduce their talent, the subject of their work, project, research, or studies in a short presentation limited to six minutes.

This special edition will feature students of Czech and Slovak descent at Columbia University, New York University, and The New School for Social Research: Jáchym Harwood (CU – Biology and Environmental Science), Jennifer Helinek (CU – Eastern European Studies), Maxwell Lurken-Tvrdik (CU – Sociology), Natalie Plavec (NYU – Applied Psychology), Nicole Plavec (NYU – Applied Psychology and Anthropology), Karolina Poliakova (CU -Science Communication), Eben Rose (New School – Crisis and Environmental Economics), Karel Andres Ruiz (CU – Comparative Literature) and René Strezenicky Franko (CU – Biology and Russian)


Moderated by Christopher Harwood, PhD

Free. Suggested donation $10
Limited seating.


A Brief Foray into the Alchemy of Stem Cell Research

HYNEKThursday, APRIL 18, 2024 at 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall in NYC

A talk by Dr. Hynek Wichterle, Columbia University Medical Center

Join us for a fascinating journey into Professor Hynek Wichterle’s stem cell research at Columbia University Medical Center. He developed groundbreaking methods for producing spinal cord neurons from pluripotent embryonic stem cells in a culture dish. The goal of his work is to unlock the mysteries of brain development and discover new treatments that promote motor neuron survival in patients affected by ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Fun fact: Hynek Wichterle is a proud grandson of Otto Wichterle, the Czech scientist who invented hydrogels and soft contact lenses.

Limited seating. RSVP via Eventbrite link
Free. Suggested donation $10.

HYNEK WICHTERLE is a professor holding a joint appointment in the Departments of Pathology & Cell Biology and Neuroscience (in Neurology) at Columbia University Medical Center. He received his M.S. degree from Charles University in Prague and his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University. He trained at Columbia University, where he was appointed assistant professor in 2004 and a Jerry and Emily Spiegel professor in 2021. He serves as a co-director of the Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease and as a Vice-Chief of the Division of Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine.

Photo Paul Ort, Painting of Otto Wichterle Hana Shannon