The Science Scene

Monday, April 16

"What We Can Learn from Ancient Genomics." Increasingly, ancient genetic information is providing a unique means to directly test theories in archaeology, anthropology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Ekse Willerslev, professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Cambridge and Copenhagen University, Denmark, will discuss progress in ancient DNA research. Willerslev established the fields of Ice Core Genetics, modern environmental DNA, ancient human genomics and large-scale ancient disease population genomics. At 4 pm in Emory Anthropology, room 303.

"Learning from Errors." Columbia University psychologist Janet Metcalfe will speak. At 4 pm in Emory's Atwood, room 360.

"Palliative Care in India." M.R. Rajagopal, nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and the father of palliative care in India, and Tammie Quest, director of the Emory Palliative Care Center, will speak. At 5:30 pm in Emory School of Medicine, room 110.

Tuesday, April 17

"Preventing Hospital Falls: Balancing Vigilance, Autonomy, Cost and Gravity." A talk by epidemiologist Ronald I. Shorr, from the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute. At 5:30 pm in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, the Klamon Room.
Climate Change Impacts

"Climate Change Impacts on Local Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees." What evidence is there that climate change is influencing nature's "normal" cycles? Jeremy Hoffman, Climate and Earth Science Specialist at the Science Museum of Virginia, is the featured speaker at this free Trees Atlanta event. At 7 pm at the Trees Atlanta Tree House.

Wednesday, April 18

"Narrative Communication and HIV." A talk by Kate Winskell, associate professor of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Inquiry. At 12:15 pm in Emory's PAIS, room 230.

"Beyond Rainman: Autism on Stage and Screen." A public event on the representation of autism will feature a keynote by retired Emory Autism Center staff member Sheila Wagner, who will discuss her experience as a consultant on television shows portraying individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A panel of teenagers and adults with ASD who are involved in the performing arts will also share their insights and experiences. The Spectrum Drama Club will perform a scene and a song from their upcoming production of "Into the Woods, Jr." At 6:30 pm at the Emory Brain Health Center, 12 Executive Park, Atlanta 30329.

"Who Tells the Story? The Ethics of Archaeology, Curatorship and Indigenous Voices." A panel discussion, at 7:30 pm in the Carlos Museum's Ackerman Hall.

Thursday, April 19

"Computer Science in Six-tenths of a Second." How can you get an answer in a fraction of a section? Lance Fortnow, chair of Georgia Tech's School of Computer Science, will explain what happens after hitting ENTER in a Google search. At 7:30 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

Computations and Cognition
Friday to Saturday, April 20 to April 21

"Computations and Cognition in Learning and Memory." Emory hosts the fifth Annual Mechanisms of Learning Forum, featuring nationally known experts from a range of specialties. Beginning at 9 am both days, in Emory PAIS, room 290.

Saturday, April 21

"First Annual Greater Atlanta Chemical Biology Symposium." A showcase for the Southeast's talent in chemical biology — an interdisciplinary field that uses chemistry tools and methods to understand and manipulate biological systems. The event will feature top-tier researchers as speakers on the breadth of chemical biology research coming out of the symposium's host institutions, which include Emory, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.

"SMALLab Learning." Explore astrophysics, gravitational waves and more through movement. A demonstration of SMALLab's augmented reality lets visitors walk through concepts of space and time. From 9 am to 5 pm at Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 383.

Thursday, April 26
Breaking Ice

"Neurotechnologies and Emerging Ethical Dilemmas." Jim Schwoebel, CEO of Neruolex Labs, will discuss digital phenotyping — a trend toward using voice, key strokes and other behavioral interactions with electronic devices to gather a digital signature of brain health and disease. At 11:45 am in Emory's Center for Ethics, room 162. Seating is limited and reservations are required for this event by emailing:

"Breaking Ice: Climate Change, Glaciers and our Melting Planet." Emory physicist Justin Burton will discuss his research into the physics of glaciers and the boundary between the ice and the ocean. Burton is particularly passionate about climate change research and education. His lab studies the physics of complex systems, from the molecular to the geophysical scale. A Science Cafe event, at 7 pm at Atlanta Botanical Garden's Mershon Hall.

Saturday, April 28
Let's Make a Vaccine

"Let's Make a Vaccine: Managing Evolution Against a Formidable Foe." How do we design, build and test new vaccines? Come learn about such a journey currently under way at Georgia Tech and central Brazil to defeat Leishmania, an ancient organism spread by insect bites that has infected mammals throughout recorded history. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, featuring Georgia Tech's M.G. Finn, professor and chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. At 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Monday, May 7

"100 Years of Influenza Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018." To commemorate the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, Rollins School of Public Health and the CDC are presenting a symposium. Experts from academia and government will convene to discuss and debate current pandemic influenza threats, and the future of pandemic preparedness and influenza prevention and control. From 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Rollins Auditorium. The event is free but registration is required.


Through November 11
Divine Felines

"Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt." An exhibit showcasing cats and lions, plus dogs and jackals, as domesticated pets, creatures of the wild or mythic symbols of divinities, in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship and everyday life. Animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features are also on display. At the Michael C. Carlos Museum, through November 11.

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