The Science Scene

Wednesday, September 3

"Project Light-Bright: Lighting Up Cancer Detection Using Open-Source Biology." Georgia Tech biologist Ryan Randall will discuss an effort to provide the biomedical community with freely available fluorescent proteins for the detection of cancer, a toolkit analogous to open-source computer code. Part of Atlanta Science Tavern's Young Researcher series. At 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, September 4

"Understanding Healthcare in Cameroon: Challenges and Opportunities." The Surgical Ground Rounds series features a talk by Emory surgeon Denis Foretia. At 7 am in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium.

Friday, September 5

"Center for Global Safe Water Open House." Presentations will give an overview of the center, current research projects and upcoming opportunities. From 2:30 to 4:30 pm in Emory's Grace Crum Rollins Building, Rita Ann Rollins Conference Room.

Tuesday, September 9

"Trashed: An Award-winning Documentary with Jeremy Irons." A free screening of an investigation into one of the fastest growing industries in North America: The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture and the implications of a waste stream approaching a half-billion tons annually. As part of the observance of German-British Climate Day. At 6 pm at the Historic Academy of Medicine.

Wednesday, September 10

"Health Reform: What's Next?" Ronald Williams is the featured speaker for The Future Makers Lecture Series. The former chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., Williams currently serves on the President's Management Advisory Board and is an expert on increasing health-care accessibility, affordability and value to patients. At 5 pm in Emory's WHSCAB Auditorium. Free and open to the public. RSVP to

Friday- Sunday, September 12-14

"Neuro-Interventions and the Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity." Senior Judge Andre Davis will keynote this Atlanta Neuroethics Consortium conference, which also includes scientific speakers from Emory, Duke, Oxford and other leading institutions. At Georgia State University. Registration required.

Wednesday, September 17

"I'm Glad My Brain Made Me Do It: Free Will as a Neuropsychological Success Story." A talk by Eddy Nahmias from Georgia State's Department of Philosophy and Neuroscience. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Thursday, September 18

"Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony." Join a watch party for the third annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, launched by the Annals of Improbable Research to honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 5:30 pm at Famous Pub in Toco Hills.

Friday, September 19
The Social Mind

"The Social Mind: A Festschrift Symposium Honoring the Career of Frans de Waal." A range of speakers, including former Emory graduate students, will talk about various aspects of the prolific career of Emory primatologist Frans de Waal in this day-long event. De Waal himself will give a talk entitled "From Chimpanzee Politics to Primate Empathy: A Career." From 9 am to 5:30 pm at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Reservations are required via email:

Monday, September 22

"Circulating Toxics: Knowledge, Place and Justice." Ellen Spears from Emory's Department of Environmental Sciences will discuss her upcoming book "Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution and Justice in an American Town."  At 3 pm in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

Wednesday, September 24

"Using Developmental Neurogenetics to Understand Psychopathology: Examples from Youth Antisocial Behavior." Psychologist Luke Hyde, from the University of Michigan, will give a talk. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Monday, September 29

"The Seven Sins of Memory: An Update." Harvard psychologist Daniel Schacter will discuss his research. At 4 pm in Emory's Oxford Presentation Auditorium.

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, 2015.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds