The Science Scene

Friday, November 9

"Epidemiology Grand Rounds." Abdul El-Sayed, former Detroit Health Commissioner and a Michigan gubernatorial candidate, is featured in Rollins School of Public Health's Epidemiology Grand Rounds. At noon in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, room 1000.

"Physics in the Monastery." An open house at Agnes Scott College's Bradley Observatory will feature physicist Amy Lovell discussing her participation in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI). The initiative connects faculty in several scientific areas with monasteries in Tibetan protected areas in India, to assist with fulfilling His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's vision for monastic science education. At 8 pm at the Bradley Observatory.

The Most Unknown
Tuesday, November 13

"The Most Unknown." A free public screening of the documentary "The Most Unknown," that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know? By introducing researchers from diverse backgrounds for the first time, then dropping them into new, immersive field work they previously hadn't tackled, the film pushes the boundaries of how science storytelling is approached. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will include some of Atlanta's own "most unknown" researchers. An Atlanta Science Tavern event at 6:30 pm at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Space Innovations
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.

November 14 to November 17

"National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Conference." Atlanta hosts a gathering showcasing advancements across the breadth of the genetic counseling profession, to provide education and build community. At the Georgia World Congress Center.

Thursday, November 15

"War and Trauma." Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health will screen the movie "Apocalypse Now," about a captain sent on a dangerous mission to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a Cambodian tribe. Guest speakers to follow the screening include Chris Eagle, from the Center for the Study of Human Health, and Matt Lewis from Primary Care Progress. At 6 pm in White Hall, room 101.

War and Trauma
"My Love Affair with the Brain." Join the 500 Women Scientists Atlanta Pod for a screening of the documentary, "My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond." Following the screening, a panel of neuroscientists will discuss Diamond's impact on the science of learning, memory and neuroplasticity. At 7 pm at CenterForm in downtown Atlanta.

"Mushrooms and Trees." Fungi are amazing organisms that have big impacts on trees. Some mushrooms help trees stay healthy while other fungi attack and kill trees, eating them from the inside out. A presentation by a forest pathologist and a mushroom hunter will explore the lifestyles of mushrooms that trees need, the fungi that trees fear, and the fungi that clean up dead trees so that we aren't waist deep in old wood. At 7 pm at the Trees Atlanta Treehouse. 

Monday, November 19

"Biology and Buddhism: What I've Learned about Life during a Decade Teaching Science to the Dalai Lama's Monks and Nuns." Emory biologist Arri Eisen has been involved in the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative for more than a decade and is the co-author of "The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism and the Convergence that Explains the World." Eisen will give a talk as part of the Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium. At 11:30 am at the Luce Center, room 130. RSVP required.

Saturday, November 24
The Mars InSight Mission

"The Mars InSight Mission: Studying the 'Inner Space' of Mars." Alexander Sessa, a graduate student in Georgia Tech's School of Atmospheric Sciences, will give an overview of the Mars InSight mission and its scientific objectives. The InSight will be landing on Mars this month and is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the "inner space" of Mars: Its crust, mantle and core. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Monday, November 26

"Forecasting Turbulence." Fluid turbulence is one of the greatest unsolved problems of classical physics and the subject of a million dollar mathematical challenge. Centuries of research, including Leonardo da Vinci's observations of "la turbolenza" and the best efforts of numerous physicists have failed to yield a tractable predictive theory. In this Inquiring Minds public lecture, Georgia Tech physicist Michael Schatz will describe recent laboratory experiments that hint at the ability to construct a roadmap to forecast the behavior of weakly turbulent flows. At 6 pm at Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

Monday, December 3
Samothrace and Beyond

"Samothrace and Beyond: Excavating the Secrets of the Ancient World." Emory archeologist Bonna Wescoat will describe archaeology on Samothrace in Greece to uncover the history and legacy of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. Her talk is featured in the Emeritus College Colloquium Luncheon. At 11:30 am in the Luce Center, room 130. RSVP required.

Thursday, December 6

"The Opioid Crisis: Response, Reduction and Resources." This Emory University summit will explain how the opioid epidemic developed and provide information about current statewide responses, community impacts, the roles of first-responders and other stakeholders, and give guidance on available resources. Participants will also learn how to get involved in community strategic plans. Featured speakers include Emory President Claire E. Sterk; Brett Bramble, president of Freedom to Grow; Andy Gish, an emergency room nurse; Nelly Miles from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Rus Drew, Emory police chief; and other experts and stakeholders. From 9 am to 3 pm at the Carter Center Presidential Library.

Friday, December 7

"Ribbit Exhibit." The Amphibian Foundation will hold an open house and a Ribbit Exhibit Gallery Opening, featuring some of the world's rarest amphibians. From 6 to 10 pm at the Amphibian Foundation.

Friday, January 11

"Epidemiology Grand Rounds." Veronique Roger, from the Mayo Clinic, is featured in the Rollins School of Public Health's Epidemiology Grand Rounds. At noon in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, room 1000.

Thursday, February 7
Bias in Technology

"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." Time and location to be announced.

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