The Story Collider celebrates eight years!

The crowd goes wild!

The crowd goes wild!

Last week, on May 1, The Story Collider celebrated eight years of stories about science with its first-ever fundraising event! Scientists, storytellers, journalists, and other friends and supporters of Story Collider gathered at Caveat in New York City to enjoy stories from journalist Arielle Duhaime-Ross (VICE News Tonight), comedian Josh Gondelman (HBO's Last Week Tonight), and microbiologist Jo Handelsman (associate director of science under President Obama). [Note: Look for these stories on our podcast in the coming weeks!]

Story Collider directors Liz Neeley and Erin Barker also shared their own journeys to discovering the importance of stories about science that night. Erin's presentation featured clips of stories by mathematician Piper Harron, environmental engineer Siddhartha Roy, sociologist Rashawn Ray, marine ecologist Madhavi Colton, and criminologist Heith Copes.

The Story Collider team wishes to thank everyone in attendance for their generous contributions, as well as the night's sponsors -- Avenue Capital, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Wheeler Farms, Bang & Olufsen, and Caveat. Here's to eight more years of stories about science!

For more photos from the event, check out our slideshow below! (Photos by Carly Hoogendyk.)

Photos by Carly Hoogendyk.