The Science Scene

Tuesday, October 12

"The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines." Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave will deliver the Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Alston Lecture. She will describe her groundbreaking research into identifying and studying plants to treat threatening illnesses. The quest has taken her from the flooded forests of the remote Amazon to isolated mountaintops in Albania in search of natural compounds long known to traditional healers. At 7 pm in the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Tuesday, October 26

The Plant Hunter
"Cassandra Quave: The Plant Hunter." Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave joins acclaimed journalist author Maryn McKenna in a conversation about Quave's new memoir, "The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines." Plants are the basis for an array of medicines we all now take for granted. Quave believes plants may also provide valuable tools in the fight against one of the greatest medical challenges of this century: The rise of a post-antibiotic era. At 5:30 pm in the Emory Student Center, Multipurpose Room.

Friday, October 29

"COVID Vaccine Boosters: Why, What and When?" Woodruff Health Sciences' annual Healthcare Innovation Symposium will feature keynote speakers Kathleen Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland, and Sara Oliver, an epidemic intelligence service officer from the CDC's Division of Viral Diseases. Rafi Ahmed, director of the Emory Vaccine Center, and Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center, are also among the speakers . From noon to 2 pm via Zoom.

Wednesday, November 3

"The Empathic Brain: The Neural Underpinning of Human Empathy." Empathy allows us to understand and share one another's emotional experiences. It allows one to quickly and automatically relate to the emotional states of others, which is essential for the regulation of social interactions and cooperation toward shared goals. Anthropologist Simone Shamay-Tsoory, from the University of Haifa, Israel, will discuss her research into brain-to-brain coupling during empathic interactions. At noon, via Zoom.

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