The Science Scene

Emory is honoring Earth Day April 22 with not just a day or week of sustainability events, but an entire month-long celebration. Click here for a full listing of events.

Monday, April 14

"Food, Inc." A screening of a documentary about the food industry and how it may be connected to the obesity epidemic and widespread cases of diabetes. At 6 pm in the Emory School of Medicine auditorium.

"Healthcare Reform: A Physicians Perspective." Physician Christy Blanchford will give a lecture. At 7:30 pm in Oxford College's Williams Hall.

April 14 to April 19

"Blackberry Winter." A one-week workshop production of a new play, Blackberry Winter, developed for families and friends of Alzheimer's patients. The play recounts one woman's memories of caring for her aging mother and the challenging decisions regarding her care. A collaboration between Out of Hand Theater, Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Center for Chemical Evolution. At Horizon Theater Company.

Wednesday, April 16
Science and Art

"Statistics and Genetics Open a Window into Autism." A talk by Carnegie Mellon statistician Karthryn Roeder, who played a pivotal role developing the foundations of DNA forensic inference. At 4 pm in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, room 8030.

"Science and Art: Closer than You Think." Emory physicist Sidney Perkowitz will talk about how Leonardo da Vinci combined science and art, but in our specialized world we tend to separate these areas. Through examples of classic works such as Hokusai's "Great Wave," van Gogh's "Starry Night" and Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks" Perkowitz will show that science and art are not in opposition, but can illuminate each other. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. 

Thursday, April 17

Dynamic Symmetry
"The Art of the Practical: Translating Scientific Discovery into the Real World." Stanford's Geoffrey Gurtner will speak as part of the Annual Department of Surgery Research Symposium. At 7 am in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium.

"Dinosaurs Without Bones." Emory paleontologist Anthony Martin will read from his new book about prehistoric trace fossils, followed by a book signing. At 4 pm at Emory University Bookstore.

"Dynamic Symmetry." An art exhibit opening of photographs by Kathryn Kolb, who produces flora and landscapes images that look more like paintings. Kolb will give a presentation on how the geometry of aesthetic design intersects with the design of trees, plants and landscapes: The point where art, math and science become one. The exhibit opens at 5 pm and the artist's presentation is at 7 pm, at Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center.

"Chasing Ice." A screening of the documentary "Chasing Ice," which captures views of Earth's changing climate through time-lapsed videos of ancient mountains of ice disappearing. The screening will be followed by short research presentations on climate change by Emory professors Justin Burton and Eri Saikawa. At 6 pm in Emory's White Hall, room 208.

"Alive and Well." A special showing of a film about living with genetic disease. At 6 pm at the Tara Cinema. 

"Nerd Nite ATL."  Emory neuroscience graduate student Melodie Tian will give a talk entitled "Is Grandpa a Cyborg? Brain Machine Interfaces as Health Solutions." Other speakers for the evening include Emory grad Alex Liber, now a data analyst for the American Cancer Society, and comedian Rob Haze. At 8 pm at Smoke Ring BBQ.

Friday, April 18

"Stress and HIV: A Bidirectional Relationship." Gretchen Neigh of Emory School of Medicine will speak. At noon in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building auditorium.

"The Contributions of Early Language Development to the Development of Emotion Regulation." Psychologist Pamela Cole, from Pennsylvania State University, will offer a framework for how language might aid a young child's ability to tolerate frustration and what adults might do to harness children's language to that end. At 1 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Saturday, April 19

"Molecular Clouds and Magnetic Fields in the Milky Way." The monthly meeting of the Atlanta Astronomy Club includes a beginners class and a talk by UGA graduate student Allison Smith, who will describe her research using radio telescopes. At 2 pm at the Fernbank Science Center.

Sunday, April 20

"More than Honey." An Earth Week screening of a documentary about the global threat to bee populations by Swiss director Markus Imhoof. Through the use of point-of-view cinematography, viewers actually soar through the air with the bees. Reservations are required for this special Atlanta Science Tavern event, which also includes a dinner and a discussion led by Dennis Krusac of the USDA Forest Service. At 6:30 pm in the offices of Tier3MD.

Monday, April 21

"Natural History of the Scream." Emory psychologist Harold Gouzoules will discuss his research into human screams and the hidden meanings behind these distinctive vocalizations. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Tuesday, April 22

"Earth Day Festival." Emory celebrates with food and fun, including local vendors and activity booths set up on campus in Asbury Circle. From 11 am to 2 pm.

"What of Evidence: How Psychoanalysts are Expanding Empirical Validity." Emory graduate student Rachel Weitzenkorn will discuss attempts to bridge the gap between the American Psychiatric Association's research standards and the goals and knowledge of psychoanalysis. At 11:45 am in Emory's Callaway, room C202.

Wednesday, April 23
Earthquake Reconnaissance

"Earthquake Reconnaissance: Turning Disaster into Knowledge." J. David Frost, a civil and environmental engineer from Georgia Tech, will provide examples of the type of damage that can occur during an earthquake, an overview of some of the technologies now used in post-quake reconnaissance, and discuss how insights gained from reconnaissance activities have influenced design and construction. An Atlanta European Science Cafe event, at 6 pm at the Alliance Francaise.

Saturday, April 26

"The Cambrian Explosion and the Evolution of Animal Body Plans." Why do bugs and vertebrates rule the Earth? What causes humans to look different from a fish, snail or sea star? Geoscientist Brad Deline, from the University of West Georgia, will answer these questions and more for Atlanta Science Tavern. At 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Ongoing events

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
"Optic Chiasm: The Crossing Over of Art and Science." An exhibition exploring the art of vision and the science of sight, including works in a variety of media, optical equipment used by scientists, a Camera Obscura and pinhole cameras that visitors can try out. At the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art through May 4.

"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.

"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.

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
Emory All-events Calendar
Emory Mobile Calendar