The Science Scene

Wednesday, July 23

"Corn, Cross Dressers and Chromatin." Emory biologist Kris Hite is among the three featured speakers at this month's Nerd Nite ATL. Hite's talk is called "Hack Your Genome: Personal Genomics." At 8 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, July 24

"MedTech Salon." A panel of inventors, culture-builders and investors will discuss unmet needs in medicine and healthcare startups. At 6:30 pm at Emory Hospital Midtown, Glenn Auditorium.

Sunday, July 27

"Male and Female Brains: A Distinction that Makes a Difference." Bradley Cooke, a neuroscientist from Georgia State University, will discuss how the brains of humans and other animals are sexually dimorphic. That is, there are reliable differences in the average size, shape and connectivity of male and female brains. What do neural sex differences mean for social norms, mental health and the perennial argument about nature versus nurture? An Atlanta Science Tavern event that includes a dinner, and requires an RSVP. At 6:30 pm at the offices of Tier3MD in Chamblee.

Tuesday, August 19
Medicines from Nature

"Women in Bio Networking Night." Join biotech professionals for an evening of fun, sangria and spirited conversation. From 6 to 8:30 pm at Eclipse de Luna.

Thursday, August 21

"Medicines from Nature: Adventures of a Medical Ethnobotanist." Cassandra Quave, from Emory's Center for Study of Human Health, will talk about her research into the ways traditional healers use plants and how that knowledge may translate into powerful remedies for modern medicine. A Science Cafe event, at 7 pm at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Friday to Sunday, August 22-24

"Healthcare Hackathon." Hackers have 34 hours to build software and hardware solutions to real problems in healthcare. Teams get 3D printers, machine shops, software resources and mentors. At Georgia Tech.

Thursday, August 28

"Atlanta Star Party." An annual charity cocktail party featuring stargazing and conversations with scientists. Astronomers Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliucci and Derek Demeter are this year's featured speakers. At 7 pm at the Emory Math and Science Center.

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. This year's topics will everything from viruses humans share with bats to how to build your own particle accelerator. In downtown Atlanta.

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.

Ongoing events

"Island of Lemurs: Madagascar." An IMAX film takes viewers to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. The film tells the story of how lemurs arrived on the island as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species. Now, these charmingly strange creatures are highly endangered. At Fernbank Museum of Natural History through August 14.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

"Whales: Giants of the Deep." Climb through a whale heart the size of a car, part of an exhibit at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The interactive exhibit also features whale songs, traditional Maori legends from the South Pacific, artifacts and enormous whale skeletons up to 58-feet long. Through August 24.

"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