The Science Scene

Saturday, February 28

"TEDxEmory." More than a dozen speakers will be featured, speaking on mathematics, Ebola, neuroscience and more. From 10 am to 7 pm.

"Creating Dogon Cloud Catchers." Blacksmith Jason Smith will work with people of all ages to create "cloud-catchers" on his portable forge. The activity, held in conjunction with the Carlos Museum exhibit "African Cosmos," is a tribute to a Dogon myth that the blacksmith stole fire from the sun to heat his florge and create iron cloud-catchers to bring the rain. At the Carlos Museum, beginning at 10 am. Docent-guided tours of "African Cosmos" will also be offered throughout the day on the hour, beginning at 10 am.

"Flickering Black Holes and Neutron Stars in the X-ray Sky." Clayton State University astrophysicist Bram Boroson will discuss his work to better understand the most extreme stars in the universe. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.
Deadly Cures

Sunday, March 1

"Deadly Cures: Medical Discoveries from Poisonous Plants." Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave will describe how over time people have discovered ingenious ways to transform and make use of plant poisons in hunting, agriculture, traditional medicine and more. And how this knowledge has led to the discovery of some of today's leading pharmaceutical drugs. At 4 pm in the Fernbank Museum Auditorium. This lecture, in conjunction with The Power of Poison exhibit, is free but reservations are recommended: 404-929-6400.

Wednesday, March 4

"The Search for Habitable Environments and Signs of Life in the Solar System." Georgia Tech graduate students Health Chilton and Mary Beth Wilhelm will discuss our ongoing exploration of Mars and what biosignatures we might look for as we further invetigate the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Part of Atlanta Science Tavern's Young Researchers Series. At 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

"Moonwatching in Africa and the Americas." Anthony Aveni, an astronomer and anthropologist from Colgate University, contrasts how diverse cultures from two continents conceive of and manage time based on watching cosmic events, especially the motion and phases of the moon. Due to space limitations, registration is required by calling 404-727-6118. At 7:30 pm in Emory's Planetarium.

Thursday, March 5

"War and Peace and Social Identity." Entomologist Mark Moffett, from the National Museum of Natural History, will discuss how some social insects and humans are able to form huge societies because their membership is anonymous, and how this complex trait could have arisen in our ancestors well before language. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Saturday, March 7

"SlingShot." A screening of a movie about inventor Dean Kamen and his quest to solve the world's water crisis through the SlingShot water purification system. At 4:30 pm at Fernbank Science Center Planetarium.

The Evolution Project
"The Evolution Project." Join in an art-science project designed to teach evolutionary concepts using a series of participatory drawings that will be shown during the upcoming Atlanta Science Festival. The event is a production of Nancy Lowe, director of symbASA, and Emory biologist Nicole Gerardo. At 7 pm in the Eagle's Nest at Manuel's Tavern.

Wednesday, March 18

"Climate Change: A Contemporary Perspective." A talk by Marshall Shepherd, President of the American Meteorological Society and a professor at the University of Georgia. At 4 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 207.

Saturday, March 21

"Monadnock Madness Triple Hike Challenge." Join the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance and partners as they lead hikes up three of Georgia's granite mountains, all in one day. It isn't a race. Instead, it's a guided series of hikes including information about geology, ecology and the human impact on the environment. Tickets are required.

March 21 to March 28
Atlanta Science Festival

"Atlanta Science Festival." A week-long celebration of local science and technology, featuring more than 100 events spread over more than 50 venues, including many on the Emory campus. The festival culminates in the free, family-friendly Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park, an interactive day of demos, hands-on activities and stage shows.

Wednesday, April 1

"Assessing Resilience and Governance in Regional Scale Water Basins Facing Climate Change." A talk by Lance Gunderson of Emory's Department of Environmental Sciences. At 4 pm in White Hall, room 207.

Wednesday, April 15

"Communicating Climate: How and Why." A talk by Dione Lee Rossiter, director of the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program. At 4 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 207.

Friday, April 24

"Climate@Emory Day of Scholarship." Researchers working on climate change from throughout the Atlanta area will assemble on the Emory campus with the aim of exchanging ideas and sparking collaborations. From 8:30 am to 5 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 208.

Thursday, April 30

"Academic and Industry Intersection Conference." An annual event focused on life sciences, geared toward fostering collaborations and learning about trends shaping translational science. Sponsored by the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, led by Emory with partners Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and Georgia Bio. From 9 am to 1:30 pm at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Ongoing events

"Brilliance: Light, Line and Color." An art exhibit to benefit Doctors Without Borders, featuring the photography of Donald Stein, distinguished professor at Emory School of Medicine. At the Artists Atelier gallery. The show will remain on view until the end of February.

"Silent Sky." The regional premiere of the play "Silent Sky," featuring Atlanta native Lauren Gunderson as the real-life astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921). Learn how Leavitt fearlessly asserted herself in the turn-of-the-century world of Harvard's male-driven observatory. A production of Theatrical Outfit, with performances continuing through March 1.

"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.
The Power of Poison

"The Power of Poison." An exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History that explores poison's role in nature, myth and human health: As a defense against predators, source of strength, or lethal-weapon-turned-lifesaving treatment. Through May 3.

"African Cosmos: Stellar Arts." An exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy. Some 100 objects reveal how the sun, moon and stars and celestial phenomena such as thunder and rainbows serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African arts from ancient times to the present, and illuminate Africa's contributions to the science and practice of astronomy.  At the Carlos Museum, through June 21.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Ethics
Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Center for Science Education
Department of Pharmacology
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds