The Science Scene

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:

"Ebola at Emory: Patients to Populations." G. Marshall Lyon, one of the attending physicians who treated the Ebola-infected patients at Emory University Hospital, will give a talk. His presentation will be followed by a panel of public health experts who will discuss the global challenges posed by the disease. At 12:15 pm at Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building Auditorium. For details:

Sunday, September 21

"Bach Under the Stars." A concert and talk, featuring the Vega String Quartet and physicist Richard Williamson. The event is free, but with limited seating, and tickets are required. At 7 and 9 pm in the Emory Planetarium.

Monday, September 22

"Circulating Toxins: 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.

"Global Health Ethics and Ebola." A panel discussion. At 4 pm in Emory's Center for Ethics Commons, 102.

"An Update of Psychiatric Genetics: Research and Findings." Kenneth Kendler, director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, will discuss behavioral and molecular genetics studies of psychopathology. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Wednesday, September 24

"Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News." Lindsey Grubbs, an Emory graduate student of English, will lead this discussion of a recent article's claims that literary fiction makes you a better person. At noon in the Emory Center for Ethics Commons, 102.

"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.

Thursday, September 25

"Talking Trauma: Is It Always Good for You?" A lecture by Emory psychologist Robyn Fivush. At 4:30 pm. For further details, contact Gina Stamm in the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at:

Saturday, September 27
Psychosis self-portrait, Craig Finn

"Vulnerability, Adolescent Brain Development and the Emergence of Psychosis."  Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders typically have their onset during late adolescence or young adulthood. While the specific origins are still unknown, researchers are gaining new insights. Emory psychologist Elaine Walker will provide an overview of the congenital origins of vulnerability to psychosis, from molecular genetics to psychosocial stress, and describe the nature and trajectory of the brain mechanisms that appear to give rise to the first psychotic episode. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

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.

Tuesday, September 30

"Forge's MedTech Salon." Join clinicians, entrepreneurs and engineers interested in healthcare startups for a MedTech Salon. This month's event will feature teams from last month's Healthcare Hackathon. At 7:30 pm at Georgia Tech's School of Biomedical Engineering, UA Whitaker, room 1103. RSVP here.

Wednesday, October 1

"Southface's Annual Visionary Dinner." A fundraising event featuring a five-course, locally-sourced feast, to support Southface's work in sustainable community development, affordable housing, green jobs training, clean energy and green building. At 6 pm at the Fox Theatre.

Monday, October 6
The Earth is God's

"The Earth is God's." A talk about religion, ethics and the environment by Cory Labrecque, a scholar of bioethics and religious thought at Emory's Center for Ethics.  At 4 pm in Emory's Math and Science Center, room N306.

Saturday, October 11

"Atlanta Community Forum: Health, Environment and Action." Harold Mitchell, a South Carolina State Representative who helped lead a cleanup of two waste sites and several brownfield sites, will keynote this event. The forum is hosted by the Emory Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures (HERCULES). From 8 am to 3 pm at Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building.

Wednesday, October 15

"The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD." A screening of a 2012 documentary "The Substance," about a drug so potent that mere fractions of a milligram can alter a subject's perception of reality. A discussion following the film will be led by Karen Rommelfanger, director of Emory's Neuroethics Program, and Paul Boshears, a graduate student at the European University for Interdisciplinary Studies in Switzerland. An Atlanta European Science Cafe event. At 6 pm at the Consulate General of Switzerland.

Thursday, October 16

"Handedness and Asymmetry of Molecules, Animals and Orchids." A talk by Merck scientist Chris Welch, part of the Science Cafe's Plants and Human Health Series. At 7 pm at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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 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