The Science Scene

Thursday, July 12
Melipona Bee

"What's Hidden Inside Atlanta's Urban Forests." Mark Mandica, executive director of the Amphibian Foundation, will discuss the amphibian wildlife of our urban forests and how tree loss and habitat destruction affect that wildlife. At noon at Trees Atlanta.

"Sacred Maya Spaces and the Melipona Bee." Biologist Genoveva Ocampo, from the Autonomous National University of Mexico, investigates Mesoamerican traditional medicines and the importance of this knowledge and these practices for contemporary indigenous cultures. One of her focuses is the Melipona native stingless bee in Mesoamerica, including the use of its honey, wax and other products in the past and present by the Mexican peoples. She is the featured speaker in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Science Cafe series, at 7 pm in the garden's Mershon Hall.

Saturday, July 14
Science on Stage

"Science on Stage." Four Atlanta playwrights will debut original works at the forefront of art and science as part of Theater Emory's "4:48," an annual speedwriting challenge to quickly produce plays based on common source material. This year's project is focused on the human microbiome — the trillions of microorganisms that live in us and on us. For inspiration, the four playwrights explored research ongoing on the Emory campus and also read science journalist Ed Yong's book "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life." Readings of the new works begin at 4 pm in the Theater Lab of Schwartz Center. All readings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 18

"Beers and Brains." A monthly series of presenters who have seven minutes to discuss their work and then answer any questions from the audience. Among this session's speakers is Kelly Daire, the carnivore keeper at Zoo Atlanta, who has titled her talk, "Saving Fossa: One Quarter at a Time." At 7 pm at New Realm Brewing in Atlanta.

Thursday, July 26
Molecular Chemistry

"Molecular Chemistry." Emory chemist Huw Davies is a global leader in exploring new ways to do organic chemistry using carbon-hydrogen bonds to create new molecules. By selectively functionalizing carbon-hydrogen bonds, chemists are working on ways to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis by streamlining the process to turn simple, abundant molecules into value-added molecules. Davies is the featured speaker in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Science Cafe series, at 7 pm in the garden's Mershon Hall.

Friday, July 27

"Cues of Conspiracy Theories and the Relevance of Social Justice Research." Jan-Willem Van Prooijen, from VU University in Amsterdam, will discuss his research into the psychological roots of conspiracy theories, and how the study of social justice may help design interventions to reduce conspiracy theories among the public. At 3:45 pm in the auditorium of Emory's Claudia Nance Rollings Building.

Wednesday, August 22
Coyotes in the City

"Secret Lives of Coyotes in the City." The presence of wildlife, particularly predators like coyotes in urban settings, usually triggers a predictable set of responses from the community, ranging from fear and concern to curiosity and wonderment. Coyotes may even call your Atlanta neighborhood home, too. Chris Mowry, a biologist at Berry College and founder of the Atlanta Coyote Project, will give a talk and reveal the habits and habitats of a seemingly novel urban creature. At 7 pm at Trees Atlanta.


Through November 11
Divine Felines

"Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt." An exhibit showcasing cats and lions, plus dogs and jackals, as domesticated pets, creatures of the wild or mythic symbols of divinities, in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship and everyday life. Animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features are also on display. At the Michael C. Carlos Museum, through November 11.

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