The Science Scene

Monday, February 27

"Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work." Sociologist Kimberly Hoang, from the University of Chicago, is featured in the Race and Difference Colloquium Series. Hoang's ethnography takes an in-depth and often personal look at both sex workers and their clients to show how high finance and benevolent giving are intertwined with intimacy in Vietnam's informal economy. At noon in Emory's Woodruff Library, room 311.

Tuesday, February 28

"Earth in Human Hands." Astrobiologist and award-winning author David Grinspoon will discuss the challenges humanity faces as we acknowledge our role as a planetary force. He will also read from his new book, "Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future." At 7 pm at Agnes Scott College, Presser Hall.

Wednesday, March 1

"Understanding Neurodeveopment Disorders and Neurodegeneration." A talk by Jianfu (Jeff) Chen, a geneticist from the University of Georgia. At 4 pm in Emory's Whitehead Building, room 400.

"Immersive Virtual Reality as a Research Tool for the Behavioral Sciences." Kerry Marsh, a psychologist at the University of Connecticut, will speak. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Thursday, March 2

"Disparities in Surgical Outcomes: The Fierce Urgency of Now." Blayne Amir Sayed, administrative chief resident in Emory School of Medicine's Department of Surgery, is featured in the Grand Rounds series. At 7 am in the Emory University Hospital auditorium.

Thursday, March 9

"HPV Oropharyngeal Carcinoma: Managing a Silent Epidemic." Emory head and neck surgeon Mihir Patel is featured in the Grand Rounds series. At 7 am in the Emory University Hospital auditorium.

Tuesday, March 14
Endeavour to Succeed

"Endeavour to Succeed."  Astronaut Mark Kelly, commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission, launches the Atlanta Science Festival with a talk entitled "Endeavour to Succeed." Kelly, who began his astronaut career in 1996, left the astronaut corps in 2011 to help his wife, former U.S. Congressman Gabrielle Giffords, recover from gunshot wounds she received in an assassination attempt on her life. Kelly is still active with NASA, however, participating with his identical twin brother Scott Kelly (also an astronaut) in the Twins Study, which may offer insights into how to prepare astronauts for a long-term mission to Mars. At 7 pm in Emory's Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Tickets required. The public is invited to arrive early for toy rocket launching activities on the Glenn Memorial lawn, starting at 5:30 pm.

March 14 to March 25
Atlanta Science Festival

"Atlanta Science Festival." The 12-day Atlanta Science Festival features talks, lab tours, film screenings, participatory activities and science demonstrations — more than 100 events at dozens of different venues, including the Emory campus. The festival culminates on March 25 with the Exploration Expo, when around 100 interactive exhibits will delight curious minds of all ages, from Emory chemist's Doug Mulford's "Ping Pong Big Bang" to the immersive Google Village experience.

Thursday, March 16

"Advanced Imaging in the Operating Room: Next Surgical Revolution." Surgeon Alan Lumsden is featured in the Emory School of Medicine's surgical Grand Rounds series. At 7 am in Emory University Hospital's auditorium.

Wednesday, March 22

"What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain." Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone will discuss how some artists and major works of art have provided fundamental insights into how we see. Picasso, for example, said, "Colors are only symbols. Reality is to be found in luminance alone." This observation has a parallel in the functional subdivision of our visual systems. That subdivision may explain why some Impressionist paintings seem to shimmer, why some op art paintings seem to move and how the Impressionists painted "air." Livingstone found and described a previously unknown subdivision of visual cortex that processes color and is the author of "Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing." At 4 pm in Emory's Math and Sciences Center, room E208.

Thursday, March 23

"Health Volunteering in the Developing World." Dental surgeon David Frost, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will discuss opportunities for volunteering overseas, with a focus on oral and maxillofacial surgery. At 7 am in Emory University Hospital's auditorium.

Thursday, March 30

"Sex Bias in Biomedical Research." Melina Kibbe, chair of surgery at the University of Carolina School of Medicine, is featured in Emory's surgical Grand Rounds series. At 7 am in the Emory University Hospital auditorium.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Ethics
Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Department of Pharmacology
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds