The Science Scene

Thursday, August 27

"Conducting HIV and TB Research in India." India has the world's highest absolute burden of TB, third highest burden of HIV, and a growing burden of non-communicable diseases. A talk by Amita Gupta will cover the challenges and opportunities for HIV and TB research in India's complex health care landscape. At noon in Emory's Rollins Auditorium.

Wednesday, September 2

"When Mickey Got Measles: Vaccine Issues in the Post-Disney Outbreak Era." It really is a small world, after all, when it comes to communicable diseases. In late 2014, a Disneyland visitor sparked a four-month measles outbreak that eventually spread to 147 people in the U.S. and at least 459 people in Quebec. Emory pediatrician Saad Omer will discuss the Disney outbreak for the monthly meeting of the Vaccine Dinner Club. The event begins at 6 pm with networking at WSHCAB Plaza and Auditorium. Advance reservations required.

"The Science of Making." Georgia Tech mathematician Lew Lefton, who is the director of Decatur Makers, will discuss how science and making go hand-in-hand in the lead-up to the Maker Faire Atlanta, set for October 3-4. Lefton will introduce several makers, ranging from adults who take things apart to learn how they work to kids who use making to supplement classroom learning. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm in Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, September 3

"Cultural Sociology and Moral Psychology." A talk by Duke University sociologist Stephen Vaisey, who researches where people get their ideas about what a "good life" looks like and what it means to be a "good person." At 4 pm in Emory's Tarbutton Hall, room 218.

Friday, September 4

"Artful Stories: Mummy Cat." Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown, author and illustrator of the charming new book "Mummy Cat" will share their affection for the world of ancient Egypt, and a secret "story within a story" with children ages 3 to 5, followed by a hands-on activity. At 10 am in the Carlos Museum Reception Hall. This event is free, but reservations are required by contacting Alyson Vuley:

Saturday, September 5

"Dark Matter: MACHOs vs WIMPs." After 70 years of study, the nature of dark matter, which makes up 27 percent of the universe, remains unknown. One leading theory proposes that dark matter is made up of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), while another leading theory proposes that it is composed of massive compact halo objects (MACHOs). Two physicists from Georgia State University will publicly debate which of these two theories is more likely. At 7 pm at the GSU Student Center.

Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6
Decatur Book Festival

"Decatur Book Festival: Science Track." Seven top authors will talk about their new books related to science, including Emory anthropologist Mel Konner, who will discuss "Women After All: Sex, Evolution and the End of Male Supremacy." At various venues around downtown Decatur.

Tuesday, September 8

"Before Play: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." As part of Alliance Theatre's new production of the American drama "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," audiences can engage in conversation about the evolution of psychiatric treatment with professionals from the Emory School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Tickets required. At 6:30 pm at the Alliance Theatre. (Similar post-show discussions will also be held after performances of the play during its run, through September 20.)

Sunday, September 13

"Using Polymers in Solar Cells." Materials scientist Christine Luscombe, of the University of Washington, Seattle, is the featured speaker for the Science Cafe. At 2 pm in Mershon Hall of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

"Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Persistence." Joe Kable, a psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his research into how people make decisions and the neural mechanisms underlying individual differences in decision-making, impulsiveness and persistence.  At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290. 

Tuesday, September 15
Hitchcock Cliffhangers

"Why DARPA is Paying People to Watch Alfred Hitchcock Cliffhangers." The first meeting this semester of Emory's Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News group features a study that spawned headlines about Alfred Hitchcock. Georgia Tech psychologist Eric Schumacher will lead a discussion of the research article. Reservations are required for this event. To save a spot, and obtain a copy of the research article, contact Alison Kear: At noon in Emory's Center for Ethics, room 162.

Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4

"Maker Faire Atlanta." Known as the greatest show-and-tell on Earth, Maker Faire brings out a range of people and their hands-on passion projects, from building robots to developing machine vision. In downtown Decatur.

Wednesday, October 7

"Lecture on Health Policy." Mark McClellan, director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution, will deliver the Michael M.E. Johns, MD, Lecture on Health Policy. At 4:30 pm in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, the Klamon Room.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Ethics
Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Center for Science Education
Department of Pharmacology
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds