The Science Scene

Monday, October 23

"Exploring New Technologies in Biomedical Research." A symposium by the Human Toxicology Project Consortium and Emory School of Law, to showcase biomedical research innovations using human mechanistic biological models. These methods and models offer the most efficient approach to pre-clinical drug and device development and toxicity testing of commercial chemicals. From 9 am to 1:30 pm at Emory School of Law, Tull Auditorium.

Thursday, October 26

"HIV Status Disclosure and HIV Stigma Resistance Among Women in Rural Kenya." A talk by Sydney Spangler, assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. At noon in Claudia Nance Rollings Building, room 6001.

"The Biological Underpinnings of Neurodegeneration." A talk by Benjamin Wolozin, a pharmacologist and neurologist at Boston University. At noon in Emory's Whitehead Auditorium.
Violence, Compassion & the Brain

"Making the Invisible Visible: Violence, Compassion and the Brain." Jeremy Richman is co-founder and CEO of the Avielle Foundation, which is seeking a paradigm shift in the way society views the health of the brain. He will discuss what is known about risk factors for engaging in violent behavior and protective factors for building connection and compassion. The ultimate goal is to use scientific insights to educate citizens how to identify signs and symptoms of someone troubled or in crisis; how to responsibly advocate for those at risk of violence to themselves or others; and how to foster kind, healthy and compassionate individuals and communities. At 6 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

Friday, October 27
Sexual and Reproductive Health

"Happy Miao New Year: Festivals and the Mediation of Ethnic Identity in Guizhou, China." A talk by Emory anthropologist Jenny Chio, at noon in Modern Languages, room 201.

"Humanitarian Forum: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Developing and Disaster Torn Countries." Sexual and reproductive health in a crisis remains ever-relevant due to natural disasters, famine, disease and other ongoing problems across the globe. The French Consulate General in Atlanta and Rollins School of Public Health are hosting a forum uniting French and U.S. NGOs and health experts to discuss the issue. From 12:30 pm to 6 pm in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building Auditorium.

"Culture, Learning and Education." A symposium by Emory's Center for Mind, Brain and Culture bringing together perspectives from ethnography, developmental psychology, neuroscience and the sociology of education for a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary investigation of what we have learned about the many ways in which we learn. From 1 to 5:30 pm at PAIS, room 290.

Monday, October 30

"Administrations of Lunacy: Race, Psychiatry and Georgia's State Hospital." Mab Segrest, professor emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies at Connecticut College, is featured in the James Weldon Johnson Institute's colloquium series. At noon in Emory's Woodruff Library, the Jones Room.

"Beyond Recycling — Sustainable Materials Management." Michelle Wiseman, from the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability, is featured in an Emory Environmental Sciences seminar. At 4 pm in the Math and Science Center, room N304.

"The Evolutionary Neuroscience of Technology." Emory anthropologist Dietrich Stout will discuss his studies of the behavioral, cognitive and neural bases of Stone Age toolmaking in order to understand the evolution of the human mind and brain. His research techniques include traditional lithic analysis, digital image analysis, 3D scanning, structural and functional MRI and experimental flint knapping. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Monday, November 6

"Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something." GSU psychologist Jessica Turner will discuss stigma and the medicalization of hearing voices. RSVP required by November 3 to to reserve a seat. At noon in the Emory Center for Ethics, room 162.

Wednesday, November 8
Georgia's Waterways

"Georgia's Waterways." William D. Bryan, from Emory's Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, is leading a series of seminars on how the history of Georgia can be read in its waters, from the transatlantic slave trade to the the movie "Deliverance" to ongoing water wars over the Chattahoochee. Emerging issues related to water are also covered in the series, such as climate change, Savannah River dredging and water scarcity. From 7 to 9 pm at the Fox Center.  

Tuesday, November 14

"Einstein's Cosmos and the Quantum." Physicist Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss the origin of space, time and large-scale structure of the universe. At 6 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

Friday, November 17
The Lying Conference

"The Lying Conference." What is lying? When does lying begin in life and what factors contribute to its development? Why do adults lie? What's happening to the news in an era of technology, fractured politics and vanishing truth? What is the conflict between truth and deceit, reality and appearance, being and seeming? A day-long conference will draw together scientists, a journalist, a dramatist and a professional magician to explore these questions and more. At the Emory Conference Center, Starvine Ballroom.

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