The Science Scene

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.

Monday, March 23

"Ebola: Perspectives from Institutional Partners." The fifth in a series of seven discussion forums on Ebola. At 4 pm at Emory's School of Medicine, room 110.

"Brain Limbic Modules for Reward." How is pleasure generated in the brain? What are the neural bases of "wanting" and "liking?" University of Michigan psychologist Kent Berridge will discuss his neural research into drug addiction and eating disorders as well as the conscious and unconscious decisions we all make every day. At 4 pm in Emory's Math and Science Center, room E208.

Tuesday, March 24

"Why Religion Cannot be Adaptive." Why is there some "religious stuff" in all human societies? Some have suggested that religion could have been evolutionarily selected for ensuring large-scale cooperation and pro-social behavior. Pascal Boyer of Washington University will discuss his research showing how some, but not all, religious concepts can serve as recruitment devices in building coalitions. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Wednesday, March 25

"Building Brains from Bottom to Top." Chris Eliasmith, from the University of Waterloo, will present recent work on large-scale brain modeling that is focused on both biological realism and reproducing human behavior. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

"Lessons My Parents Taught Me: An Emory Aging Expert Reflects." A Life of the Mind discussion featuring Theodore Johnson III, professor of medicine and director of the Emory Center for Health in Aging. At 4 pm in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

March 27 to March 28

"Global Health Case Competition." Teams of students from throughout the world gather at Emory to apply their knowledge and creativity to solving a real-world global health challenge.

Sunday, March 29

"Remedy, Drug or Deadly Poison?" Emory chemist Simon Blakey shares a history of extracts from the Strychnos family of plants and their use as everything from poisons to cocktail mixers and pharmaceuticals. At 4 pm at the Fernbank Museum.

Monday, March 30

"Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed By Their Trace Fossils." Emory paleontologist Anthony Martin is featured as part of the author lecture series of the Georgia Center for the Book. At 7:15 pm in Decatur Library Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 31

"Earth Day Festival." Emory kicks off April's Earth Month with sustainable food samples, music, a scavenger hunt and information from sustainability organizations. From 11 am to 2:30 pm at Asbury Circle.

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.

April 3 to April 4

"Body Imagery and the Body Imaginary." An interdisciplinary psychoanalytic conference, featuring Lisa Cartwright, a professor of visual studies, communication and science studies at U.C. San Diego. In Emory's White Hall.

Monday, April 13

"Feeling the Heat: What is Eco-psychoanalysis?"  What role can psychoanalysis play in understanding the ecological crisis and climate change? Joseph Dodds of the University of New York in Prague will discuss this topic. At 5:30 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 112.

Wednesday, April 15

"Portraits in Disneyland: Stories of Mugunga III." A talk by Aubrey Graham, a photographer and Emory graduate student of anthropology. Graham will discuss her photographs of residents of a camp for displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At noon, at the Emory Center for Ethics, room 102. An exhibition of Graham's photos is on display at the Center for Ethics through May.

Portraits in Disneyland
"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.

Sunday, April 19

"African Cosmos at the Planetarium." Emory astrophysicist Erin Bonning has developed a special planetarium program in conjunction with an exhibit at the Carlos Museum that focuses on the stars, the movement of the sun and the phases of the moon, and how they have inspired artists from ancient Egypt to contemporary South Africa. At 3:30 pm at the Math and Science Center Planetarium.

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

"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