The Science Scene

Wednesday, February 22

"The Joy in Medicine." Sarah Donaldson, a radiation oncologists from Stanford School of Medicine, is the featured speakers for Winship Cancer Institute's Grand Rounds. At 7:30 am in Winship, room C5012.

"Religion and Ecology." Don Saliers, Emory emeritus professor of theology, will speak on Pope Francis's 2015 encyclical on the environment. At noon, in the Rita Anne Rollins Building, room 102. For deails, email:

"Memory Enhancement through Brain Recording and Stimulation." This Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News event will focus on the topic of brain prosthetics for memory, identity and autonomy. A discussion will be facilitated by Cory Inman, from Emory School of Medicine. Registration required. At 2:30 pm in Emory Center for Ethics, room 162.

"Delivering the Message: RNA Localization in Neurons." Matthew Taliaferro, a biologist from MIT, will give a seminar. At 4 pm in Emory's Whitehead Building, room 400.

Thursday, February 23

"Brokered Dialogue: Modeling Respectful Engagement in Turbulent Times." James Lavery, professor of global health at Rollins School of Public Health, is featured in this ethics seminar. At 4 pm in the Emory Center for Ethics, room 162.

Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25

"I Am Not an Animal: The Signature Cry of Our Species." A two-day symposium will explore what is at the core of our fraught relationship with our fellow animals and the basic challenges that they face. Speakers will include experts in psychology, ecology, philosophy, the humanities, law and advocacy. At the Emory Conference Center.

Saturday, February 25

"The Evolution Underground: Better Surviving through Burrows." Emory paleontologist Anthony Martin will discuss his latest book, "The Evolution Underground," subtitled "Burrows, Bunkers and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath Our Feet." His presentation will be filled with diverse fauna from the geologic past and today: Alligators, turtles, dinosaurs, penguins, trilobites, frogs, lizards, snakes earthworms, lobsters, naked mole rates, giant ground sloths and more. He will explain how these animals and their burrows changed through time, and how they continue to transform life on our planet. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Monday, February 27

"Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work." Sociologist Kimberly Hoang, from the University of Chicago, is featured in the Race and Difference Colloquium Series. Hoang's ethnography takes an in-depth and often personal look at both sex workers and their clients to show how high finance and benevolent giving are intertwined with intimacy in Vietnam's informal economy. At noon in Emory's Woodruff Library, room 311.

Tuesday, February 28

"Earth in Human Hands." Astrobiologist and award-winning author David Grinspoon will discuss the challenges humanity faces as we acknowledge our role as a planetary force. He will also read from his new book, "Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future." At 7 pm at Agnes Scott College, Presser Hall.

Wednesday, March 1

"Understanding Neurodeveopment Disorders and Neurodegeneration." A talk by Jianfu (Jeff) Chen, a geneticist from the University of Georgia. At 4 pm in Emory's Whitehead Building, room 400.

Tuesday, March 14
Endeavour to Succeed

"Endeavour to Succeed."  Astronaut Mark Kelly, commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission, launches the Atlanta Science Festival with a talk entitled "Endeavour to Succeed." Kelly, who began his astronaut career in 1996, left the astronaut corps in 2011 to help his wife, former U.S. Congressman Gabrielle Giffords, recover from gunshot wounds she received in an assassination attempt on her life. Kelly is still active with NASA, however, participating with his identical twin brother Scott Kelly (also an astronaut) in the Twins Study, which may offer insights into how to prepare astronauts for a long-term mission to Mars. At 7 pm in Emory's Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Tickets required. The public is invited to arrive early for toy rocket launching activities on the Glenn Memorial lawn, starting at 5:30 pm.

March 14 to March 25
Atlanta Science Festival

"Atlanta Science Festival." The 12-day Atlanta Science Festival features talks, lab tours, film screenings, participatory activities and science demonstrations — more than 100 events at dozens of different venues, including the Emory campus. The festival culminates on March 25 with the Exploration Expo, when around 100 interactive exhibits will delight curious minds of all ages, from Emory chemist's Doug Mulford's "Ping Pong Big Bang" to the immersive Google Village experience.

Wednesday, March 22

"What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain." Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone will discuss how some artists and major works of art have provided fundamental insights into how we see. Picasso, for example, said, "Colors are only symbols. Reality is to be found in luminance alone." This observation has a parallel in the functional subdivision of our visual systems. That subdivision may explain why some Impressionist paintings seem to shimmer, why some op art paintings seem to move and how the Impressionists painted "air." Livingstone found and described a previously unknown subdivision of visual cortex that processes color and is the author of "Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing." At 4 pm in Emory's Math and Sciences Center, room E208.

For more events, click on links to Emory calendars:

Center for Ethics
Center for Mind, Brain and Culture
Department of Pharmacology
Frontiers in Neuroscience Seminars 
Math and Computer Science
Rollins School of Public Health
School of Medicine: Medical Grand Rounds