The Science Scene

Monday, October 20

"McCandless Lecture." Cognitive psychologist Barbara Landau, from Johns Hopkins University, is the featured speaker. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Tuesday, October 21

"The Transformation of Teaching and Learning in the Life Sciences at Harvard." Robert Lue, a molecular and cellular biologist from Harvard, will deliver the first of two talks. At 9 am at the Rollins School of Public Health, in the Rita Anne Rollins Room, 8th floor.

"The Digital Evolution of the University." Robert Lue, a molecular and cellular biologist from Harvard, will give the second of two talks (see above). At 4 pm at the Rollins School of Public Health, in the Rita Anne Rollins Room, 8th floor.

"What is the Sociology of Food?" Deric Shannon, a sociologist at Emory's Oxford College, will speak at 4 pm in the Community Room of the Oxford City Hall.

"This Changes Everything: Trauma and the Health of Global Populations." Sandro Galea, an epidemiologist from Columbia University, will deliver the keynote for this event, which also includes talks by other researchers on the topic of trauma and health. At 4:30 pm at Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, in the eighth-floor Klamon Room.

Thursday, October 23
Blood and Guano

"Blood and Guano: Bats and Creation in the Art of the Americas." Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Laura Wingfield, an assistant curator at the Carlos Museum, discusses how indigenous peoples from the Americas have revered the bat as a sacred animal for millennia. Bats live in caves at the entrance to Mother Earth and come forth at dusk, prime time for communication with the original spirits in that “other world” of the First Mother. They are not only messengers between this world and that of the spirits, but they also have the power to take away life, particularly vampire bats, and to give it—through their precious guano, a natural fertilizer. At 4 pm in the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall.

"Nerd Nite ATL." Three speakers will cover three topics, including a presentation by Emory lead research specialist Erin Siebert entitled "Working for Peanuts: Animal Training in a Nutshell." At 8 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Saturday, October 25

"Confronting Climate Change: The Implications for the Future of Electric Power." Marilyn Brown, a public policy professor at Georgia Tech, will discuss how global climate change means that energy resources and technologies need to be transformed. She will focus particularly on the South. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Sunday, October 26

"The Science of Fear: From Mice to Men." Yerkes researcher Kerry Ressler will speak on how the burgeoning science of fear is leading to a newfound understanding of how the mind works, as well as potentially powerful new ways of treating and preventing fear-related disorders. At 4 pm at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Physics of Frankenstein
Tuesday, October 28

"The Physics of Frankenstein." Georgia Tech physicist Flavio Fenton will give a Halloween-themed talk as part of the Inquiring Mind Lecture Series. At 6 pm in the Georgia Tech Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 144.

Thursday, October 30

"What Does It Mean to Be Intelligent?" Georgia Tech psychologist Randy Engle will discuss how aspects of human intelligence differ and even change over a lifetime. He will also describe how fluid intelligence, involved in the ability to pay attention and resist distractions, depends to a great extent on socio-economic status. A Frontiers in Science lecture, at 7 pm at Georgia Tech's Bill Moore Student Success Center.

Friday, October 31

"Zombethics: A Lively, Scholarly Discussion about the (Un)dead." This conference, themed "Our Fearful Fascination with the Other," will explore how our internal and societal values conflict with conceptualizing and engaging with something foreign or alien, through an exploration of representations of monsters and the zombie genre. From 9:30 am to 1 pm at the Emory Center for Ethics, room 102.

"Dopamine in the Brain: Trick or Treat?" Gary Miller from the Rollins School of Public Health is the featured speaker for the Frontiers in Neuroscience series. At noon in Whitehead Auditorium.

Monday, November 3

"Psychology Colloquium." Ami Klin, director of the Marcus Autism Center and chief of the Division of Autism and Related Disorders at Emory School of Medicine, is the featured speaker. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Wednesday, November 5

"Kickstarting Life Using Iron in an Oxygen-free RNA World." A presentation by Georgia Tech biochemist Denise Okafor will highlight work exploring the possibility that RNA function was at least at one time mediated by iron. She is investigating this system as a model for the biochemistry of the early Earth. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern. 

Ongoing events

"Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear." Are you curious about coulrophobia? Paranoid about pyrophobia? Avidly avoid avidophobia? A special exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History examines the physiological, neurological and sociological aspects of fear. Through January 4, 2015.

"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, 2015.

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