The Science Scene

Friday, January 13

"Transforming Public Health Surveillance to Achieve the Global Health Security Agenda." Epidemiologist Scott McNabb is featured in the Grand Rounds of Rollins School of Public Health. At noon, in the Claudia Nance Rollins building, room 1000.

Tuesday, January 17

"Polio: A Journey." Sheila Wilkins Harkleroad was born at Emory Hospital in 1946 and returned there in 1954 as a polio patient. The life-long Decatur resident will share her experiences, including her recruitment as the face for Sheila Clubs, created as a local March of Dimes effort to engage children in collecting funds for the fight against polio. Harkleroad will be joined in her talk by physician Olen Kew, retired science advisor of the CDC's Polio Laboratory Branch, who will discuss the history of polio eradication efforts. At noon in the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, second floor.

Wednesday, January 18

"Energiewende: Switch to the Future." Annegret Groebel, head of regulatory authority for Telecommunications and Post in Germany, will discuss the country's Energiewende, an energy transition on an unprecedented national scale. The goals are to move Germany to a low carbon, environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the free public event at Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta in Colony Square.

Friday, January 20

"Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee." Enjoy a creative blend of stand-up comedy and science featuring Tim Lee, who has sold out shows from Boston to Melbourne. Lee will be joined by Atlanta's own scientist-comedian Pete Ludovice. Tickets required. At 7 pm at Synchronicity Theater.

Monday, January 23
Big Telescope, Big Science

"Big Telescope, Big Science, Big Data." Russ Taylor, an astronomer from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, will discuss the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), a next-generation global radio telescope undergoing final design by institutions in 11 countries. One of the largest scientific projects ever undertaken, the SKA is designed to answer some of the big questions of our time: What is dark energy? When and how did the first stars and galaxies form? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? The lecture inaugurates an exhibit, "Bold Ideas in Physics," celebrating the work of Georgia Tech emeritus professor David Ritz Finkelstein, the first to show that anything falling inside a black hole cannot escape. At 6 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152. 

Tuesday, January 24
Medical Ethnobotany

"Medical Ethnobotany and the Discovery of New Drugs for Antibiotic Resistant Infections." Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave is the featured speaker for an evening of scientific discussion, drinks and a buffet dinner hosted by the Georgia Chapter of the American Chemical Society. At 6 pm at Mary Mac's Tea Room. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Saturday, January 28

"Can DNA Testing Deliver on Promises for Personalized Medicine?" The idea behind personalized medicine is that prevention and treatment could be more effective when they are targeted to individuals' genetic profiles. Yet, this can only work when DNA profiles can predict who is most likely to develop a certain disease and who will benefit most from treatment. In this talk, Emory epidemiologist Cecile Janssens, an expert on the genetic prediction of common diseases, will discuss what can and what cannot be predicted from our DNA. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Tuesday, February 7

"It's All About a Mouse Virus." Emory's 22nd Distinguished Faculty Lecture will be delivered by Rafi Ahmed, director of the Emory Vaccine Center at the School of Medicine. At 4 pm in the Winship Ballroom of Dobbs University Center.

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