The Science Scene

Emory is honoring Earth Day April 22 with not just a day or week of sustainability events, but an entire month-long celebration. Click here for a full listing of events.

April 14 to April 19

"Blackberry Winter." A one-week workshop production of a new play, Blackberry Winter, developed for families and friends of Alzheimer's patients. The play recounts one woman's memories of caring for her aging mother and the challenging decisions regarding her care. A collaboration between Out of Hand Theater, Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Center for Chemical Evolution. At Horizon Theater Company.

Saturday, April 19

"Molecular Clouds and Magnetic Fields in the Milky Way." The monthly meeting of the Atlanta Astronomy Club includes a beginners class and a talk by UGA graduate student Allison Smith, who will describe her research using radio telescopes. At 2 pm at the Fernbank Science Center.

Sunday, April 20

"More than Honey." An Earth Week screening of a documentary about the global threat to bee populations by Swiss director Markus Imhoof. Through the use of point-of-view cinematography, viewers actually soar through the air with the bees. Reservations are required for this special Atlanta Science Tavern event, which also includes a dinner and a discussion led by Dennis Krusac of the USDA Forest Service. At 6:30 pm in the offices of Tier3MD.

Monday, April 21

"Natural History of the Scream." Emory psychologist Harold Gouzoules will discuss his research into human screams and the hidden meanings behind these distinctive vocalizations. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Tuesday, April 22

"Earth Day Festival." Emory celebrates with food and fun, including local vendors and activity booths set up on campus in Asbury Circle. From 11 am to 2 pm.

"What of Evidence: How Psychoanalysts are Expanding Empirical Validity." Emory graduate student Rachel Weitzenkorn will discuss attempts to bridge the gap between the American Psychiatric Association's research standards and the goals and knowledge of psychoanalysis. At 11:45 am in Emory's Callaway, room C202.

Wednesday, April 23
Earthquake Reconnaissance

"Earthquake Reconnaissance: Turning Disaster into Knowledge." J. David Frost, a civil and environmental engineer from Georgia Tech, will provide examples of the type of damage that can occur during an earthquake, an overview of some of the technologies now used in post-quake reconnaissance, and discuss how insights gained from reconnaissance activities have influenced design and construction. An Atlanta European Science Cafe event, at 6 pm at the Alliance Francaise.

Thursday, April 24

"The Importance of Being Earnest, Or at Least Appropriate: How to Publish and Communicate Your Science." Emory geneticist Chris Gunter, associate director of research for the Marcus Autism Center, will discuss the need to engage multiple audiences in the communications of sciences. At 4 pm in the Bourne Seminar Room of Yerkes.

"Where Mind Meets Machine: A Robotic Hand that Can 'Feel.'" Brendan O'Flaherty, an Emory graduate student of neuroscience, will discuss a new type of mechanical hand that allows the user to "feel" objects by connecting sensors to the brain. Part of Atlanta Science Tavern's Young Researchers series. At 7 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 103.

Saturday, April 26

"The Cambrian Explosion and the Evolution of Animal Body Plans." Why do bugs and vertebrates rule the Earth? What causes humans to look different from a fish, snail or sea star? Geoscientist Brad Deline, from the University of West Georgia, will answer these questions and more for Atlanta Science Tavern. At 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Ongoing events

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
"Optic Chiasm: The Crossing Over of Art and Science." An exhibition exploring the art of vision and the science of sight, including works in a variety of media, optical equipment used by scientists, a Camera Obscura and pinhole cameras that visitors can try out. At the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art through May 4.

"Island of Lemurs: Madagascar." An IMAX film takes viewers to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. The film tells the story of how lemurs arrived on the island as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species. Now, these charmingly strange creatures are highly endangered. At Fernbank Museum of Natural History through August 14.

"Whales: Giants of the Deep." Climb through a whale heart the size of a car, part of an exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The interactive exhibit also features whale songs, traditional Maori legends from the South Pacific, artifacts and enormous whale skeletons up to 58-feet long. Through August 24.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds
Emory All-events Calendar
Emory Mobile Calendar