The Science Scene

Tuesday, October 28
Physics of Frankenstein

"The Physics of Frankenstein." Georgia Tech physicist Flavio Fenton will give a Halloween-themed talk as part of the Inquiring Mind Lecture Series. At 6 pm in the Georgia Tech Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 144.

Thursday, October 30

"Key to Universal Flu Vaccine: Embrace the Unfamiliar." Vaccination is the most effective means of protection against influenza viruses. Ali Ellebedy, a microbiology from Emory's School of Medicine, will discuss how the constantly evolving nature of influenza viruses enable them to escape pre-existing immune surveillance and how immunologists are developing strategies for promoting broadly protective immunity against influenza. At noon in Emory's PAIS, room 464.

"What Does It Mean to Be Intelligent?" Georgia Tech psychologist Randy Engle will discuss how aspects of human intelligence differ and even change over a lifetime. He will also describe how fluid intelligence, involved in the ability to pay attention and resist distractions, depends to a great extent on socio-economic status. A Frontiers in Science lecture, at 7 pm at Georgia Tech's Bill Moore Student Success Center.

Friday, October 31

"Zombethics: A Lively, Scholarly Discussion about the (Un)dead." This conference, themed "Our Fearful Fascination with the Other," will explore how our internal and societal values conflict with conceptualizing and engaging with something foreign or alien, through an exploration of representations of monsters and the zombie genre. From 9:30 am to 1 pm at the Emory Center for Ethics, room 102.

"Dopamine in the Brain: Trick or Treat?" Gary Miller from the Rollins School of Public Health is the featured speaker for the Frontiers in Neuroscience series. At noon in Whitehead Auditorium.

Monday, November 3

"Does Absence Matter? A Comparison of Three Types of Father Absence in Rural Bangladesh." Most studies on the implications of father absence have been done in industrial societies where divorce is the most common form of father absence. Anthropologist Mary Shenk, from the University of Missouri, gives a cross-cultural perspective through her research in Bangladesh. At 4 pm in Emory Anthropology, room 206.

"Psychology Colloquium." Ami Klin, director of the Marcus Autism Center and chief of the Division of Autism and Related Disorders at Emory School of Medicine, is the featured speaker. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Wednesday, November 5

"Kickstarting Life Using Iron in an Oxygen-free RNA World." A presentation by Georgia Tech biochemist Denise Okafor will highlight work exploring the possibility that RNA function was at least at one time mediated by iron. She is investigating this system as a model for the biochemistry of the early Earth. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern. 

November 5-7

"Practices, Peoples, Partnerships and Politics: Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health." A conference bringing together scholars in public health, religious studies, theology, medicine, nursing, law, ethics, anthropology and sociology to discuss the new book, "Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health." In Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building and Cox Hall Ballroom.

Saturday, November 8

"Science at Hand Day." Kids are invited to learn what it's like to be a scientist and explore different scientific fields through hands-on activities and conversations with astronomers, chemists biologists and more. At Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Thursday, November 13

"Neuroanthropology and the Biocultural Approach: Understanding Human Brain Variation in the Wild." Anthropologist David Lende, from the University of South Florida, will outline the field of neuroanthropology using prominent examples such as addiction and balance, and reflect on how this synergy of neuroscience and anthropology emerged out of the biocultural approach pioneered at Emory. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.  

Ongoing events
The Science of Fear

"Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear." Are you curious about coulrophobia? Paranoid about pyrophobia? Avidly avoiding avidophobia? A special exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History examines the physiological, neurological and sociological aspects of fear. Through January 4, 2015.

"When the Emory Unit Went to War." An exhibition featuring the stories of Emory doctors, nurses and enlisted men who comprised Base Hospital 43 during War War I and World War II. At the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library through March 30, 2015.

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