The Science Scene

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
Sexual and Reproductive Health

"Humanitarian Forum: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Developing and Disaster Torn Countries." Sexual and reproductive health in a crisis remains ever-relevant due to natural disasters, famine, disease and other ongoing problems across the globe. The French Consulate General in Atlanta and Rollins School of Public Health are hosting a forum uniting French and U.S. NGOs and health experts to discuss the issue. From 12:30 pm to 6 pm in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building Auditorium.

"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