The Science Scene

March 9 to March 23
Atlanta Science Festival

"Atlanta Science Festival." Celebrate curiosity and discover the unknown at 100 engaging events that showcase science in Atlanta for all ages, all across the metro Atlanta area. Then gather with thousands of science lovers for a day of hands-on experiences and scientific fun when the Atlanta Science Festival culminates Saturday, March 23, with the Exploration Expo in Piedmont Park.

Monday, March 18

"Black Food Geographies in Washington, D.C." Ashante Reese, an anthropologist at Spelman College, will give a talk based on his extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Reese not only documents racism and residential segregation in the nation's capital but also tracks the ways transnational food corporations have shaped food availability. By connecting community members' stories to the larger issues of racism and gentrification, Reese shows there are hundreds of Deanwoods across the country. At noon in Emory's Woodruff Library, the Jones Room.

"Food Justice and Insecurity." Every year, the Gates Millennium Scholars at Rollins School of Public Health host a lecture series called "Rollins Speaks." This year's event is titled "Food Justice and Food Insecurity" and will bring together a panel of leaders from academia, clinical medicine, research and the nonprofit sector. At 6:30 pm in the Grace Crum Rollins Building, in the Rita Anne Rollins Room.

Tuesday, March 19

"Safe Water in Healthcare Facilities: A Neglected Crisis." Global data from 120,000 healthcare facilities show that half of them in low-and-middle-income countries lack piped water and 66 Percent lack soap and running water for handwashing. Guest speakers from Rollins School of Public Health and the CDC will discuss this overlooked crisis. At 4 pm in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Klamon Room.

Thursday to Friday, March 21 to 22

"Healthcare Ethics Conference." The Healthcare Ethics Consortium, a network housed at the Emory Ethics Center comprising 40 healthcare organizations, will hold its annual conference. This year's theme is "Deeply Rooted: Healthcare Ethics in an Era of Change." The keynote will be delivered by Thaddeus Pope, a health law professor and bioethicist from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota. At the Emory Conference Center. Registration required.

Saturday, March 23

"March for Science Atlanta 2019." Grab your signs and bring your friends to join the global movement to let leaders and lawmakers know that you value science and evidence-based politics. This year's March for Science Atlanta features a costume theme of dinosaurs. The event begins at 10 am at the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy and continues in a march along the Beltline to Piedmont Park, where it will merge with the Exposition Expo, the finale event of the Atlanta Science Festival.

Tuesday, March 26

"Public Health Sciences Grand Rounds." Mi-Kyung Song, from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Emory Center for Ethics, will give a talk on SPIRIT, or Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional Trials. Song is a palliative and end-of-life care researcher who is specialized in theory-based behavioral intervention development and testing, end-of-life communication and treatment decision making. At noon in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, room 1000.

"Believers: Faith in Human Nature." Melvin Konner, Emory's Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and Behavioral Biology, gives the John F. Morgan Distinguished Faculty Lecture. At 5 pm in Emory's Oxford Road Building, Presentation Room.

Wednesday, March 27

"Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking." Cecilia Heyes, a psychologist from All Souls College of Oxford University, will give a talk. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS building, room 290.

Thursday, March 28
The Volume of Small Voices

"The Volume of Small Voices: How Parents and Chefs Challenged History and Changed U.S. Antibiotic Policy." Veteran journalist and best-selling author Maryn McKenna, a senior fellow in Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health, will deliver a public talk. The subject will focus on one of the last actions taken by the Obama Administration, banning growth-promoter antibiotics from U.S. farm use, which ended a 40-year stalemate between the federal health agencies and the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. The untold story of this change, which is likely to reshape food production in America, is that it was due to consumer activism. At 6 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

"Searching for Life in Oceans Beyond Earth." NASA planetary scientist Kevin Peter Hand will explain why we think that oceans exist on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn and what we know about the conditions of these moons. Hand, who has been described as "the Indiana Jones of oceans," was onboard James Cameron's 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench and he was part of a 2003 IMAX expedition to hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. At 6:30 pm in Georgia Tech's Smithgall Building, room 117.

Saturday, March 30

"MARTA Scavenger Hunt." Register in advance as a team to take part in Emory's MARTA scavenger hunt, complete with ATL-themed prizes. The event is sponsored by Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives and the Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team to encourage using mass transit and to reduce carbon emissions. The race takes place at 1 pm, starting at Woodruff Circle.

Tuesday, April 2

"Mathematical Mysteries of the Periodic Table." Mathematician John Baez, from the University of California, Riverside, will give a talk as part of the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series. At 6:30 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

Friday to Sunday, April 5 to April 7

"American Mock World Health Organization." An annual conference that lets students take on a mock role, portraying a World Health Organization ambassador or member of a UN agency, to learn of the critical debate and policy making tools necessary for a career in public health policy. This year's theme is "Breaking the Stigma: Sexual and Reproductive Health." Registration is required for this event, to be held at Rollins School of Public Health.

Monday, April 8

"Universities for a Greener Georgia." A conference bringing together students and faculty members from universities across Georgia to collaborate on strategies to address climate change through research, education and community/campus engagement with environmental issues. The theme of this year's conference is climate communication and public perception of climate change, with a keynote by Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. From 10 am to 8 pm at Emory's Candler School of Theology, room 252.

"Do I Sound Gay?" Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health will screen a film featuring journalist David Thorpe confronting his anxiety over sounding gay. Thorpe talks to LGBT icons and explores the cultural history of the gay voice in film and television. The screening will be followed by a talk by Michael Vaughn, an Emory PhD candidate in sociology. At 7:15 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 101.

Monday, April 15

"Ant Navigation." A talk by biologist Ken Cheng from Macquarie University. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS building, room 290.

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