The Science Scene

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.

Tuesday, March 21

"Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease." An exhibition created by The American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Carter Center opens with a free reception open to the public. The event includes a tour of the multimedia exhibit, which explores diseases on track for eradication or elimination — including Guinea worm disease, which could soon become the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. A discussion will be held between Makoy Samuel Yibi, from the South Sudan Ministry of Health, and Mark Siddall, curator of the American Museum of Natural History. At 6 pm at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Wednesday, March 22

"The Cerebellum, Sensitive Periods and Autism." Princeton scientist Samuel S.H. Wang will present evidence for the idea that the cerebellum acts during sensitive periods to shape the developing brain. This hypothesis can explain a wide range of observations in autism and may illuminate how the brain's wiring is shaped by early-life sensory experience. At 1:30 pm in Emory's Math and Science Center, room E300.

Art and the Brain
"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 pop 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.

"A New Frontier in Brain Injury and Neuroethics: When Rights Come to Mind." Medical ethicist Joseph Fins, from Weill Cornell Medical College, will speak. At 5 pm in the Rollins School of Public Health, Rita Anne Rollins Room.

"HIV/AIDS in Atlanta." A panel discussion on HIV research, treatment and prevention, and social justice issues that affect those living with HIV/AIDS. At 6 pm in Emory's Winship Ballroom.

"Eating Animals: Ethics and Innovation." An interactive panel discussion on the ethics of consuming animals, blending perspectives from academics, activists and corporate responsibility experts. At 7 pm at the Emory Center for Ethics.

Thursday, March 23

"Climate Change and the Church." A conversation led by Marshall Shepherd, a leading international expert in weather and climate. Bring your questions about weather, climate change, and why people of faith should care. At noon in Candler School of Theology, RARB 102.

"Health Volunteering in the Developing World." Dental surgeon David Frost, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will discuss opportunities for volunteering overseas, with a focus on oral and maxillofacial surgery. At 7 am in Emory University Hospital's auditorium.

Thursday, March 23 to Friday, March 24

"Healthcare Ethics Consortium." An annual conference that confronts difficult questions about the experiences of patients and their families when dealing with illness and injury. At the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

Saturday, March 25

"Adventures of an 18-year-old Georgia Time Traveler through Deep Geological Time."  Cameron Muskelly, a senior at Duluth High School, is an aspiring historical geologist and paleontologist. He will share his passion for these two subjects, including his adventures exploring rocks and fossils, and describe the struggles he faces as someone on the autism spectrum. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, March 30

"Sex Bias in Biomedical Research." Melina Kibbe, chair of surgery at the University of Carolina School of Medicine, is featured in Emory's surgical Grand Rounds series. At 7 am in the Emory University Hospital auditorium.

Thursday, April 6
Star Trek Changed Everything

"How Star Trek Changed Everything." The destination for the 1960s Apollo missions was the moon, but the premiere of Star Trek in 1966 got the nation thinking about possibilities beyond our solar system. What about other galaxies, alien life, faster-than-light travel? Glenn Burns, chief meteorologist at WSB-TV,  will discuss how a unique blend of science fact and science fiction inspires generations of astronomers. At 7:30 pm at Georgia Tech's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, room 152.

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