The Science Scene

Monday, January 14

"Launch of Emory Biotech Consulting Club." A kickoff event for a new club to support Emory graduates or students interested in applying their scientific expertise to entrepreneurial ventures. The Emory Biotech Consulting Club will be geared toward those considering non-traditional careers outside of academia or industry. Keynote speakers for the launch are Lee Herron, vice president of venture development for the Georgia Research Alliance, and Cliff Michaels, interim executive director of the Emory Office of Technology Transfer. From 3 to 4:40 pm, at Emory's Atwood Hall, room 360.

Tuesday, January 15

"Malaria Eradication." Pediatrician Quique Bassat, from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, will give a talk on the status of the ambitious global malaria eradication plan. Some of the questions he will consider: Is malaria eradication a feasible endeavor? What tools and research will be needed to achieve it? Is the global fight against malaria at a crossroads? At noon in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, room 1000.

Wednesday, January 16

"Probabilistic Models of Sensorimotor Control and Decision Making." The effortless ease with which humans move our arms, our eyes, even our lips when we speak, masks the true complexity of the control processes involved. This is evident when we try to build machines to perform human control tasks. The Kavli Brain Forum hosts a talk by neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert of Columbia University, who will review his work on how humans learn to make skilled movements. At 3:30 pm in Emory's Math And Science Center Planetarium, room E300.

Thursday, January 17

"The Role of Chemistry on Volcanic Climate Forcing." Konstantinos Tsigaridis, from Columbia University, will give a seminar. At noon in Emory's White Hall, room 207.

"The Story Collider." Transformation is the theme of the upcoming Story Collider, true personal stories about science told on stage by residents of Atlanta. The lineup includes an education scientist, a physicist, an actor, a co-founder of a non-profit, and an award-winning science journalist. At 8 pm at the Highland Inn and Ballroom Lounge.

Wednesday, January 30

"Claiming Your Expertise: An Onstage Conversation about Imposter Syndrome." Valerie Sheares Ashby garnered awards from the National Science Foundation and from several corporations for her research as a chemist, as well as teaching prizes as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today she is dean of Duke University's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. But for most of her professional life, Ashby says, she experienced imposter syndrome until she learned to overcome it. Today she gives talks around the country about strategies she used to identify and resist the strong tendency for scholars to discount their own abilities and doubt their successes. She will appear at Emory in an onstage conversation with Emory chemistry professor Susanna Widicus Weaver. At noon, in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

Thursday, February 7
Addressing Bias

"Addressing Bias in Technology." Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League and graduate researcher in the MIT Media Lab, is featured in the Emory Provost Lecture Series. Buolamwini will examine harmful bias in code and artificial intelligence in her talk, entitled "Dangers of the Coded Gaze." At 4 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 208.

"Climate and Health." A talk by Michell Bell, from Yale University. At 4 pm in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, room 1051.

Monday, February 11

"Zombies, Sports and Cola: Implications for Communicating Extreme Weather and Climate Change." J. Marshall Shepherd, professor of geography and atmospheric sciences at UGA and host of the Weather Channel's show "Weather Geeks," will give a talk as part of Georgia Tech's Global Change Program. At 3 pm in Georgia Tech's Engineered Biosystems Building, in the seminar room.

Thursday, February 14

"Atlanta Canopy Conference." The theme of Trees Atlanta's 2019 Canopy Conference is "Food Forest Revolution." An opening keynote will be given by Dave Jacke, co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. The closing speaker is Janisse Ray, an activist and author of "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood," her memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the longleaf pine ecosystem of Georgia. From 9 am to 4:30 pm at Trees Atlanta's Kendeda Center.

February 28 to March 1

"Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Conference." A gathering of researchers from across the state to present the best new clinical and translational research and build collaborative relationships. At Callaway Resort and Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

March 9 to March 23
Atlanta Science Festival

"Atlanta Science Festival." Celebrate curiosity and discover the unknown at 100 engaging events that showcase science in Atlanta for all ages, all across the metro Atlanta area. Then gather with thousands of science lovers for a day of hands-on experiences and scientific fun when the Atlanta Science Festival culminates Saturday, March 23, with the Exploration Expo in Piedmont Park.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Ethics
Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds