The Science Scene

August 29-August 31

"Decatur Book Festival Science Track." Leading authors will discuss their new books on a range of topics, from animal insanity to ichnology, cosmic cocktails to the science of laughter. Emory paleontologist Tony Martin is among those featured. He'll be discussing his latest book "Dinosaurs Without Bones." At various venues in downtown Decatur.

August 29-September 1

"Dragon Con Science Track." The largest convention focused on science fiction and fantasy also has a Science Track, featuring real scientists talking about real science. Learn about viruses that humans share with bats, and how to build your own particle accelerator. Emory biologist Kris Hite's talk is entitled "Zombies, Vampires and Mummies." In downtown Atlanta. Click here to join Dragon Con's Parade of Elements.

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.

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