The Science Scene

Sunday to Tuesday,  September 18 to 20
STEM Symposium

"STEM Research and Career Symposium." An annual event organized by Emory's Laney Graduate School, which this year will bring more than 115 students from underrepresented groups in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to present posters of their research. The two keynote speakers are Emory alumni: Chad Jackson, science policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, and Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund. At the Emory Conference Center.

Wednesday, September 21

"Health Connect South 2016." An annual event designed to create connections that foster innovation and advance health leadership. This year's theme is partnerships and innovations in the Southeast that combat the leading causes of death worldwide. All day, at the Georgia Aquarium.

"From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men." Tyrone Hayes, an integrative biologist from U.S. Berkeley, will speak on the impact of agricultural pesticides on amphibians and humans. Part of the AAAS Science for Seminaries series. At 11 am in Decatur's Columbia Theological Seminary, in the Ellis Room, Building 8.

"Zika: A Brazilian Perspective on a Global Challenge." Brazil has been at the forefront of the Zika epidemic and the efforts to address it. Uriel Kitron, chair of Emory's Department of Environmental Sciences, is working with Brazilian colleagues to control the mosquito vector of the disease, Aedes aegypti. He will be speaking on a panel, which will also include Brazilian scientists Mariana Kikuti and Igor Paloski (from the University of Bahia) and Lincoln Suesdek (from the Butantan Institute). At 4 pm in Emory's Atwood Hall, room 360.

Friday, September 23
Campus Sustainability

"Georgia Campus Sustainability Network Annual Conference." Leaders from a variety of Georgia campuses will discuss their resource conservation efforts, sustainability in their curricula, their strategies for financing sustainability and student involvement in their green initiatives. Starting at 8:30 am at Emory University.

"Atlanta Canopy Conference." Hosted by Trees Atlanta, this conference will focus on how the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum is being used to demonstrate what can happen in large scale throughout the city. Starting at 8:30 am at Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center.

"Candlelight Vigil and Rally to Close the Coverage Gap." This annual event honors Georgians who have died due to inadequate health insurance coverage. According to Georgians for a Healthy Future, nearly 300,000 Georgians remain unable to purchase affordable health insurance because they fall into a coverage gap as a result of the stat's failure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Expanding Medicaid would save an estimated 1,700 lives in Georgia per year. At 3 pm on the steps in front of Grady Memorial Hospital.

"Comparative Decision-Making in Non-Human Primates." Humans routinely confront situations that require coordination between individuals, from mundane activities to incredibly complicated ones. How did this ability arise, and what prevents success in those situations in which it breaks down? Learn about some of the latest research into these questions in a talk by Sarah Brosnan, a psychologist from Georgia State University. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Saturday, September 24

"Microbes Get Sick, Too: Unveiling the Viral Ecology of Earth." When we think about viruses we tend to consider ones that afflict humans, such as those that cause influenza, HIV and Ebola. Yet, vastly more viruses infect single-celled microbes, found in oceans, lakes, plants, soil and animal-associated microbiomes. Learn more in a talk by Joshua Weitz, a Georgia Tech quantitative biologist with a background in physics. An Atlanta Science Tavern event at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Wednesday, October 5
CDC Response to Zika

"CDC Emergency Response to Zika." Toby Merlin, director of the CDC's Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, will give an overview of what is now known about the transmission of the Zika virus, how it causes disease in humans, and the prospects for spread of Zika in the continental United States. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm in Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, October 6

"Personality, Partisanship and the Presidency." A public conversation between Emory psychologist Scott Lilienfeld and Emory political scientist Alan Abramowitz. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Saturday, October 8

"Sunspring." A special screening of the first film ever written by an artificial intelligence. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Oscar Sharp and A.I. researcher Ross Goodwin. The event is part of the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival. At 2 pm in the Georgia Tech Student Center Theater.

Sunday, October 9

"Balancing Risks: How Control of Mosquitos to Prevent Zika Virus will Affect Pollinators." Mosquitos are a nuisance and many people choose to spray their yards to control them. Unfortunately, the agents used in these sprays are also toxic to bees and other pollinators. Georgia Tech biologist Jennifer Leavey, director of the Urban Honey Bee Project, will discuss how to balance these risks. At 2 pm in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Mershon Hall.

"Voyage of Time." A special IMAX screening of Terrence Malick's "Voyage of Time" will be part of the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival. The 40-minute documentary, narrated by Brad Pitt, examines the origins of the universe, the birth of stars and galaxies, the beginning of life on Earth and the evolution of diverse species. Advanced registration required. At 5 pm at Regal Atlantic Station 18.

Thursday, October 13

"The Continuing Significance of Race in American Politics: Racial Resentment and the Pain of Progress." A talk by David Wilson, a professor of political science, psychological and brain sciences and black American studies, from the University of Delaware. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Thursday, October 20

"How Metacognitive States Like Tip-of-the-Tongue and Deja Vu Can be Biasing." A talk by Anne Cleary, a psychologist from Colorado State University. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

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