The Science Scene

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.

Saturday, August 25

"How Large is that Space Rock?" The New Horizons spacecraft executed a stunning flyby of the Pluto system in 2015, taking the first-ever images of icy bodies beyond the giant planet region of our solar system. In 2019, NASA's New Horizons mission will fly past its second target, 2014 MU69, well past 6.5 billion kilometers from the sun. Agnes Scott College astronomer Amy Lovell was part of an expedition to Argentina in an attempt to estimate the size of this tiny space rock, and to try to ensure it doesn't have moons or debris rings, in advance of the New Horizons flyby. Lovell will give a talk about this project for Atlanta Science Tavern. At 7:45 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, August 30
Reptile Conservation

"Reptile Conservation." A talk by David Steen, who manages the research program of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jeckyll Island. He has published dozens of papers on the ecology of conservation biology and is an award-winning science communicator known for his outreach efforts. Steen is also executive director of the Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit he founded to promote science-based solutions to living alongside wildlife in perpetuity. A Science Cafe event, at 7 pm at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Mershon Hall.

Saturday, September 8

"Rise: People's Climate Movement." A march and community forums are planned in Atlanta, as part of a demonstration of the climate movement across the country, to demand bold action on climate change. For details, contact Marquese Averett:

Wednesday, October 10

"State of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center." Jonathan Lewin, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Emory Healthcare, will deliver the 2018 State of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. At 4:30 pm in the WHSCAB auditorium.

Tuesday to Wednesday, November 13 to November 14

"Space Innovations." The second annual Symposium on Space Innovations will highlight recent developments in space science and technologies. Activities will include technical presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers and software demonstrations. At Georgia Tech.


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