The Science Scene

"Volunteer for the Atlanta Science Festival." Join the Curious Corps, the army of volunteers that works to make the Atlanta Science Festival an event to remember. The 2016 festival is set for March 19 to 26 and people with a variety of skills and interests are needed to help prepare for and to run the event.
Atlanta Science Festival

Monday, February 8

"Argentine Tango for People with Parkinson's Disease: A Neuroscientific Perspective." A talk by Madeleine Hackney of the Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation. Hackney, who has a PhD from Emory School of Medicine, will discuss work focused on the design and optimization of creative movement/dance-based therapies to improve mobility, cognition and quality of life in older people with movement disorders. At 7:30 pm in Emory's Oxford Road Building, Presentation Room.

Tuesday, February 9

"Empathy through/with/for Music." Jenefer Robinson, a philosopher from the University of Cincinnati, will talk about how the various ways music affects the ability to understand and share, and to influence, the feelings of others. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Thursday, February 11

"Earth System Stability through Geologic Time." Daniel Rothman, from MIT's Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, is a featured speaker as part of a Climate@Emory lecture series. Rothman combines mathematical theory, physical reasoning and field observations to study problems including the carbon cycle and climate, the co-evolution of life and the environment, and the geometry of natural forms. At 4 pm in White Hall, room 206.

Thursday, February 11 through Friday, February 12

"The Foundations of Emotions in Mind, Brain and Culture." A two-day conference covering theories and models of emotion from a range of perspectives, including brain mechanisms, social neuroscience, gender, culture, reciprocal altruism, moral action and more. Featuring scientists from Emory, New York University, Waterloo University and Columbia University. In Emory's Cox Hall Ballroom. Registration required.

Friday, February 12

"Questions We Can Neither Ignore Nor Answer." Science grew out of philosophical wonder, and has been steadily advancing our knowledge of the physical world. But many of the original philosophical questions remain. In some sense, we are unable to ignore these questions and we are also unable to answer these questions. How should we understand this strange human predicament? Hal Thorsrud, a philosopher at Agnes Scott College, and chair of Environmental and Sustainability Studies, will speak on this topic. At 8 pm at Agnes Scott's Bradley Observatory. 

Monday, February 15

"Seeing Sound: Mapping Florentine Soundscapes." Niall Atkinson, an art historian at the University of Chicago, will describe his research into the aural dimensions of an early modern Italian city. At 5:30 pm in Emory's Woodruff Library, the Jones Room.
Cognitive Aesthetics

Thursday, February 18

"Cognitive Aesthetics: Beauty, the Brain and Virginia Woolf." At talk by Patrick Colm Hogan, a professor of English and cognitive science from the University of Connecticut. He will discuss themes from his recent book, an account of aesthetic response that synthesizes the insights of cognitive neuroscience with those implicity in Virginia Woolf's novel "Mrs. Dalloway." At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Thursday, February 25

"Homo Naledi and the Evolution of Human Behavior." Anthropologist John Hawks, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will review the 2013 discovery of hominin remains within the Rising Star cave system, inside the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, South Africa. The remains represent a minimum of 15 individuals of a previously undiscovered hominin species, named Homo naledi. 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