The Science Scene

Monday, September 17

"A Brazilian Anthropologist Looking at Money in America." Ruben Oliven, who studies financial institutions, health insurance, service clubs, compulsive spenders, restaurants, shops and books about personal finance will give a talk on the meanings of money in America. He will also compare the U.S. meanings with those existing in Brazil. At 4 pm in Emory Anthropology, room 206.

Wednesday, September 19

"Long-term Care Hospitals: A Case Study in Waste." A microeconomics seminar featuring Liran Einav of Stanford University. At 1 pm in Emory's Callaway, room S319.

Thursday, September 20

"Surgeons as Manual Laborers: All Bent Out of Shape." Vivian Wang, chief resident in Emory School of Medicine's Department of Surgery, is featured in the Surgical Grand Rounds. At 7 am in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium.

"The Origins of Human Collaboration." Michael Tomasello, a psychologist from Duke University, is featured in the Emory Center for Mind, Brain and Culture Anniversary Lecture. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Friday, September 21
Botanical Research Symposium

"Unjust But Not Illegal." Mindy Goldstein, clinical professor of law, will deliver a presentation on the lack of environmental justice protections in environmental law. At 10 am in Emory's White Hall, room 111.

"Botanical Research Symposium." The Emory Herbarium has successfully digitized more than 20,000 herbarium specimens, the oldest of which dates back to 1872. To celebrate the milestone, achieved through the support of donors and dedicated volunteers, the Herbarium plans a research symposium (from 2 to 5:30 pm in PAIS, room 290) and a celebration (from 6 to 9 pm in Cox Hall Ballroom).

Saturday, September 22

"100 Years Beyond the Influenza Pandemic of 1918: Are We Ready for the Next One?" Daniel Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the featured speaker for the Atlanta Science Tavern. At 6 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

"Science Rock and Roll." Join Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers — the world's first genetically modified rock band — at a party for the release of its new album, Atomic Anarchy. A free event at 8 pm at Kavarna Coffee House in Decatur. All ages welcome.

Science Rock and Roll
Monday, September 24

"Data by Design: A Cultural History of Data Visualization." Data visualization is not a recent innovation. Even in the 19th century, economists and educators, as well as artists and illustrators, were fully aware of the inherent subjectivity of visual perception, the culturally situation position of the viewer, and the power of images in general to convey arguments and ideas. Lauren Klein, director of Georgia Tech's Digital Humanities Lab, will examine the history of data visualization through three pioneers: William Playfair, Elizabeth Peabody and W. E. B. DuBois.   At 5:30 pm in Emory's Woodruff Library, the Jones Room.

"When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do?" Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade and we still haven't discovered any cosmic company. Astronomer Seth Shostak, from the SETI Institute (which stands for "Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence"), will describe new approaches for detecting sentient beings elsewhere that suggest there is good reason to expect that we could uncover evidence of sophisticated civilizations — the type of aliens we see in the movies — within a few decades. At 6 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

Wednesday, September 26

"Safe to Drink: How Drinking Water in the U.S. Can Be Hazardous to Your Health." Christopher Sistrunk, from the City of Hope, will give a presentation into how drinking water deemed safe to drink by the U.S. EPA may actually lead to chronic illnesses through changes in epigenetics. At noon in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, room 1000.

Thursday, September 27

"There and Back Again." Biologist Patrick Guerra, from the University of Cincinnati, will talk about his research into how monarch butterflies get to and return from Mexico during their annual long-distance migration. At noon in Emory's O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, room 1052.

"Scientific Advances with Darwin's 'Most Wonderful Plants in the World.'" Harvard ecologist Aaron Ellison will talk about his work with forests, wetlands, ants and carnivorous plant communities to study the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances. A Science Cafe event, at 7 pm at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Mershon Hall.

Tuesday, October 2
Tibetan Medical Research

"Tibetan Medical Research." A symposium presenting the current state of Tibetan medical research and methodological approaches to develop capacity for clinical, pharmacological, biochemical and epistemological research in Tibetan medicine. From 9 am to 5:30 pm in Emory's WHSCAB Auditorium.

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.

Thursday, October 11

"Does Drinking Water Really Make You Smarter?" Georgia Tech biologist Mindy Millard-Stafford will discuss her research into the cognitive effects of dehydration. At 7:30 pm in Georgia Tech's Bill Moore Student Success Center, the Clary Theatre.

Thursday, October 18

"Lung Cancer Workshop." An interactive workshop will focus on the latest developments in thoracic malignancy research, presented by the Embassy of France's Office of Science and Technology and Emory's Winship Cancer Institute. From 8 am to 2 pm in Winship, room C5012.

"The Evolution of Learned Behaviors: Insights from Birds and Humans." Biologist Nicole Creanza, from Vanderbilt University, will give a talk. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

"War and Trauma." Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health will screen a film, "The Messenger," about a U.S. soldier. After being injured in Iraq, he finds himself in an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer. Guest speakers to follow the screening include Matt Lewis, a consultant for Primary Care Progress, and Timothy Servold, a former Marine corporal. At 6 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 101.

Tuesday, October 30

"What Have We Learned from Music and Concussion?" Neurobiologist Nina Kraus, from Northwestern University, will give a talk. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

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.

Thursday, November 15
War and Trauma

"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.


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