The Science Scene

Friday to Sunday, October 13 to 15

"American Mock World Health Organization Conference." More than 200 students from around the world will gather at Emory for the fourth annual American Mock World Health Conference. The theme this year is "Climate Change: The Global Health Response." The goal of the conference is to encourage participants "to expand their knowledge of global health issues, think critically about the political, economic and cultural barriers that challenge global health leaders, and work together in drafting resolutions." the opening keynote will be given by Daniel Rochberg, chief strategy officer for the Climate@Emory initiative, instructor in the Rollins School of Public Health, and co-founder of the Georgia Climate Project.

Monday, October 16
Zombies, Sports and Cola

"Zombies, Sports and Cola: Implications for Communicating Weather and Climate Change." Marshall Shepherd, a professor of geographic and atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia, is featured in an Emory Environmental Sciences seminar. At 4 pm in the Math and Science Center, room N304.

Tuesday, October 17

"Big Chicken." Award-winning journalist Maryn McKenna will speak about her new book, "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats." At 6 pm in Emory Anthropology, room 303.

Friday, October 20
Supermassive Black Holes

"Supermassive Black Holes." Astronomer Aden Draper will discuss how supermassive black holes have managed to grow to such incredible masses and how their growth ties into the evolution of their host galaxies. A free, public event where seating is on a first-come basis. At 8 pm at Agnes Scott College's Bradley Observatory.

Saturday, October 21

"Sunrise Georgia Leadership Training." Sunrise is an organization devoted to building an army of young people to help stop climate change while creating millions of new jobs in the process. Atlanta is among the city's where Sunrise is holding one-day, state-wide training sessions on the organization's strategy and structure. From 9 am to 7 pm, location to be determined.

Monday, October 23

"Exploring New Technologies in Biomedical Research." A symposium by the Human Toxicology Project Consortium and Emory School of Law, to showcase biomedical research innovations using human mechanistic biological models. These methods and models offer the most efficient approach to pre-clinical drug and device development and toxicity testing of commercial chemicals. From 9 am to 1:30 pm at Emory School of Law, Tull Auditorium.

Friday, October 27

"Culture, Learning and Education." A symposium by Emory's Center for Mind, Brain and Culture bringing together perspectives from ethnography, developmental psychology, neuroscience and the sociology of education for a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary investigation of what we have learned about the many ways in which we learn. From 1 to 5:30 pm at PAIS, room 290.

Monday, October 30

"Beyond Recycling — Sustainable Materials Management." Michelle Wiseman, from the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability, is featured in an Emory Environmental Sciences seminar. At 4 pm in the Math and Science Center, room N304.

"The Evolutionary Neuroscience of Technology." Emory anthropologist Dietrich Stout will discuss his studies of the behavioral, cognitive and neural bases of Stone Age toolmaking in order to understand the evolution of the human mind and brain. His research techniques include traditional lithic analysis, digital image analysis, 3D scanning, structural and functional MRI and experimental flint knapping. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 290.

Monday, November 6

"Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something." GSU psychologist Jessica Turner will discuss stigma and the medicalization of hearing voices. RSVP required by November 3 to to reserve a seat. At noon in the Emory Center for Ethics, room 162.

Wednesday, November 8
Georgia's Waterways

"Georgia's Waterways." William D. Bryan, from Emory's Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, is leading a series of seminars on how the history of Georgia can be read in its waters, from the transatlantic slave trade to the the movie "Deliverance" to ongoing water wars over the Chattahoochee. Emerging issues related to water are also covered in the series, such as climate change, Savannah River dredging and water scarcity. From 7 to 9 pm at the Fox Center.  

Tuesday, November 14

"Einstein's Cosmos and the Quantum." Physicist Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss the origin of space, time and large-scale structure of the universe. At 6 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

Friday, November 17
The Lying Conference

"The Lying Conference." What is lying? When does lying begin in life and what factors contribute to its development? Why do adults lie? What's happening to the news in an era of technology, fractured politics and vanishing truth? What is the conflict between truth and deceit, reality and appearance, being and seeming? A day-long conference will draw together scientists, a journalist, a dramatist and a professional magician to explore these questions and more. At the Emory Conference Center, Starvine Ballroom.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Ethics
Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds