The Science Scene

Monday, January 26

"Ebola, the Disease: History and Current Situation in West Africa and the U.S." The first of seven discussions on Ebola including experts from Emory faculty and elsewhere. At 4 pm in the Candler School of Theology's Rita Ann Rollins Building, room 252.

"Probalistic Models of Human and Machine Learning." Psychologist Patrick Shafto from the University of Louisville will discuss how he uses probabilistic machine learning to model problems faced by human learners, and the implications of this research for data analysis, knowledge representation, choice modeling and education. At 4 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 208.

Tuesday, January 27
Neuro-seduction and Court

"Race for Cures: On the Racial Politics of Difference in the Life Sciences." A talk by Ruha Benjamin, from the African American Studies department at Princeton University. At 6:30 pm in Emory's Rita Anne Rollins Building, room 102.

Wednesday, January 28

"Building Evidence for Climate Effects on Health." Shubhayu Saba, from the Climate and Health Program at the CDC, will discuss his research involving health risks tied to environmental exposures such as heat, precipitation and pollen. At noon in Emory's Grace Crum Collins Building, in the 8th floor Rita Anne Rollins Room.

Thursday, January 29

"Neuro-seduction and the Courtroom." Emory psychologist Scott Lilienfeld and undergraduate neuroethics fellow Julia Marshall will facilitate a discussion on a recent journal article about brain imaging in the courtroom. RSVP required to: At 11:45 am in Emory's Center for Ethics, room 102.

"The Fidelity and Structure of Visual Memory." Harvard psychologist Timothy Brady will discuss his work to understand a striking paradox: We can remember a complex scene we've seen only once, even years later, yet we have difficulty remembering the colors of simple dots for even a few seconds, and experience dramatic failures like false memory. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

"The Evolution of Goodness." In a world supposedly governed by ruthless survival of the fittest, why do we see acts of goodness in both animals and humans? Biologist Lee Dugatkin, from the University of Louisville, will discuss this ongoing debate as part of Georgia Tech's Frontiers In Science lecture series. At 7 pm in Georgia Tech's Bill Moore Student Success Center.

Saturday, January 31
African Cosmos

"African Cosmos: Stellar Arts." Opening of an exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy. Some 100 objects reveal how the sun, moon and stars and celestial phenomena such as thunder and rainbows serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African arts from ancient times to the present, and illuminate Africa's contributions to the science and practice of astronomy.  At the Carlos Museum, through June 21.

Tuesday, February 3

"Evolution of the Social Mind: Primate Politics, Culture and Morality." Primatologist Frans de Waal is the speaker for Emory's 2014-2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture. He will talk about how our socio-economic mind is essentially a primate mind by reviewing the mechanisms that permit the complex social organization and extensive cooperation observed in monkeys, apes and humans.  At 4 pm in the Winship Ballroom of Emory's Dobbs University Center.

"Ebola, A Neoliberal Disease? Economic, Political and Social Impact in Liberia." Second in a series of talks on Ebola featuring experts from Emory and elsewhere. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

"Lecture on African Cosmos: Stellar Arts." Christine Mullen Kreamer, curator of a new exhibit at the Carlos Museum, will describe the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with both traditional and contemporary African arts. At 7:30 pm in the Carlos Reception Hall. 

Wednesday, February 4

"Adapting to Climate Change in Cities: The Party's Not Over But It's Getting Wet and Hot." A talk by Brian Stone, from Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning. At 3 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 207.

"Oxytocin and Vasopressin and the Evolutionary Origin of Human Social Behaviors." Emory neuroscience graduate student Byron Gardner will report on research findings about how the hormones that mediate social behavior act in the brain, and how genetic variation can give rise to behavioral differences. Part of Atlanta Science Tavern's Young Researcher series, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, February 5
Anamorphic Shakespeare

"Look Again: Anamorphic Projection and Social Theory in Shakespeare." Beyond being a great playwright, was Shakespeare also a great social theorist? Emory anthropologist Bradd Shore will give a talk outlining his ideas that Shakespeare was, indeed, both. Shore believes that Shakespeare accomplished this feat by adapting anamorphic projection, a visual technique perfected by Renaissance painters, to literary narrative. At 4 pm in Emory PAIS, room 290.

Friday, February 6

"How Did Life Originate?" The origin of the ubiquitous DNA and RNA-based system that unifies all life remains an unsolved challenge in biology. Antonio Lazcano of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico will discuss the uncertain link of RNA to the primordial soup. A Center for Chemical Evolution event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Sunday, February 7
The Power of Poison

"The Power of Poison." Opening of an exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History that explores poison's role in nature, myth and human health: As a defense against predators, source of strength, or lethal-weapon-turned-lifesaving treatment.

Sunday, February 15

"Darwin Day Dinner." Atlanta Science Tavern's third annual Darwin Day Dinner features a symposium by two evolutionary biologists. Georgia Tech's Will Ratcliff will speak on "Replaying the tape of life: Understanding how multicellular organisms arise from single-celled ancestors by evolving new ones in the lab." That presentation will be followed by Emory's Jaap de Roode, who has titled his talk "How Darwin laid the groundwork for understanding infectious disease." The event begins at 5:30 pm with socializing at Ashiana Indian Restaurant in Norcross. Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. (Note: This event is already sold out, but has a waiting list.)

Wednesday, February 18

"Climate and Clean Energy Policy in the Southeast." A seminar by Mandy Mahoney of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. At 2 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 207.

Saturday, February 21
Brilliance: Light, Line & Color

"Brilliance: Light, Line and Color." A reception for an art exhibit to benefit Doctors Without Borders, featuring the photography of Donald Stein, distinguished professor at Emory School of Medicine. From noon to 4 pm at the Artists Atelier gallery. The show will remain on view until the end of February.

Sunday, February 22

"From Moon to the Milky Way." Two scholars from UCLA will discuss aspects of the "African Cosmost" exhibit at the Carlos Museum. Alan Roberts will describe how the Tabwa people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo understand their social and physical lives as harmonies of heavens and geographies, realized in ritual and dance. Polly Roberts will explain how moonlight is integral to understanding art forms associated with the Luba culture. At 2 pm in the Carlos Reception Hall.

Monday, February 23

"Ebola and the Law in the U.S. and West Africa: Treatment, Vaccine Development and Ethics." Part of a series of talks on Ebola. At 4 pm in Goizueta School of Business, room W525.

Friday, February 27

"Next South Conference and Career Fair." Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy present the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility. From 8 am to 4 pm at the Biltmore in Atlanta.

Saturday, February 28

"Creating Dogon Cloud Catchers." Blacksmith Jason Smith will work with people of all ages to create "cloud-catchers" on his portable forge. The activity, held in conjunction with the Carlos Museum exhibit "African Cosmos," is a tribute to a Dogon myth that the blacksmith stole fire from the sun to heat his florge and create iron cloud-catchers to bring the rain. At the Carlos Museum, beginning at 10 am. Docent-guided tours of "African Cosmos" will also be offered throughout the day on the hour, beginning at 10 am.

Ongoing events

"African Cosmos: Stellar Arts." An exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy. Some 100 objects reveal how the sun, moon and stars and celestial phenomena such as thunder and rainbows serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African arts from ancient times to the present, and illuminate Africa's contributions to the science and practice of astronomy.  At the Carlos Museum, through June 21.

"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
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