The Science Scene

Sunday to Wednesday, August 21 to August 24

"Public Health Informatics Conference." Experts from throughout the world will discuss the science of public health informatics, evolving public health systems and public health's role in our nation's expanding health information technology structure. The four-day event is organized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Registration is required.

Thursday, August 25

"Family History and Genetic Counseling." A lecture by Christine Stanislaw, director of genetic counseling at the Winship Cancer Institute. At noon in the John H. Kauffman Auditorium (C5012, 5th floor Winship).

Friday, August 26

"The Winship Endowed Elkin Lecture." Paul Johnson, professor of medicine and director of the Yerkes Research Center, will speak. At 12:15 pm in the John H. Kauffman Auditorium (C5012, 5th floor of Winship Cancer Institute).

Saturday, August 27
Climate Change Revs Up

"Climate Change Revs Up in 2016: An Eyewitness Account from the South Pacific." Kim Cobb, a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, is trying to uncover the mechanisms of climate change by studying evidence of past tropical climate variability from corals and cave stalagmites. Cobb will give a public talk about her recent trip to Christmas Island in the South Pacific to document the effects of the ongoing El NiƱo event on the coral reef there. She and her group members witnessed a mass mortality event of staggering proportions on the island's pristine coral reefs. At 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Sunday, August 28
Atlanta's Amphibians

"Atlanta's Amphibians." Join a free workshop for identifying our urban frogs and salamanders. The workshop will be run by the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Amphibian Conservation Program, which has initiated a Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program, which enables citizens to participate in gathering data to assess the health of urban amphibian communities. At 4:30 pm at Kavarna Coffee House.

Tuesday, August 30

"Tribal Healers: Conservation and Medicine." In a world in which profound environmental and cultural change is transforming traditional societies, the healing knowledge of the shaman is rapidly disappearing. As part of a special lecture series, Christopher Herndon, president of Acate Amazon Conservation, will talk about his experiences learning from Amazonian healers and the importance of their ancestral knowledge to indigenous cultures and to our own. A free, public event at 7 pm at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Saturday to Sunday, September 3 to 4

Decatur Book Festival
"Decatur Book Festival: Science Track." Nine leading science authors will be featured during the book festival, including Emory mathematician Ken Ono (who will discuss his memoir "My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count") and Emory primatologist Frans de Waal (who will talk about his latest book, "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?"). At various times and venues in downtown Decatur.

Saturday, September 3

"Planet X: Fact or Fiction?" Planet X has been the stuff of legends and of scientific study since Percival Lowell began leading a search for it in the early 1900s. Does it exist? Two Georgia State astronomers, Sebastien Lepine and Dicy Saylor, will take opposite sides in a public debate over whether Planet X is really out there. At 7 pm at the Georgia State University Student Center.

Sunday, September 11

"Pollinator Recovery after Privet Control." Chinese privet is a well-known invader of Southeastern forests. What is less known is the impact this exotic plant has on native forests. Scott Horn, from the U.S. Forest Service, will discuss his work to determine the effect privet has on plant and insect communities, particularly pollinators which are vital to healthy ecosystem function. A Science Cafe event, at 2 pm at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Friday, September 23

"Georgia Campus Sustainability Network Annual Conference." Leaders from a variety of Georgia campuses will discuss their resource conservation efforts, sustainability in their curricula, their strategies for financing sustainability and student involvement in their green initiatives. Starting at 8:30 am at Emory University.

"Atlanta Canopy Conference." Hosted by Trees Atlanta, this conference will focus on how the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum is being used to demonstrate what can happen in large scale throughout the city. Starting at 8:30 am at Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center.

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