The Science Scene

Friday, March 9 to Saturday, March 24
Atlanta Science Festival

"Atlanta Science Festival." An annual public celebration of local science and technology, the Atlanta Science Festival features a week full of more than 100 events throughout the metro area, including many on the Emory campus. The festival kicks off on Friday, March 9 with an event called "Rise Up, Robots," featuring a droid comedian, a robotic musician, a bionic arm and more, at Ferst Center. The festival culminates on Saturday, March 24 with the Exploration Expo, this year set at Piedmont Park.

Thursday, March 22

"Sustainable Food Production and Climate Change." Two University of Tokyo speakers, Kazuo Oki and Kei Yoshimura, will discuss climate change impacts on terrestrial water cycles, and innovative food production technology. At 2:30 pm in Emory's Atwood Hall, room 360.

Thursday to Friday, March 22 to 23

"Healthcare Ethics Conference." Among the topics this conference will address are care decisions for individuals who may be moving between places of care — long-term care facilities, home, hospitals, outpatient facilities, etc.  and the questions encountered around scope of practice, safety and adequacy of discharge plans. At the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

Tuesday, March 27

"The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World." Bestselling author Andrea Wulf will read from her historical biography of Alexander von Humboldt, whose scientific travels and interdisciplinary presentation of research findings revolutionized science and laid the foundation for the concept of ecology. At 7 pm at Agnes Scott College's Frannie Auditorium (Campbell 128).

Wednesday, March 28

"Andy Revkin Seminar." The Emory Climate Organization will host a talk by environmental journalist Andy Revkin. A reporter on climate change for ProPublica, Revkin is also the author of "Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast" and "The North Pole was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World." At noon in the Emory Center for Ethics, room 102.

"Water Challenges in Puerto Rico: Before and Beyond Hurricane Maria." An interactive session of presentations and discussions about the water situation in Puerto Rico featuring Carl Soderberg (an engineer working in Puerto Rico), Juan Villeta-Trigo (an economist at the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico) and Ashley Andujar (a CDC communications specialist). At 4 pm in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building, 8th floor.

"Renewable Products and Innovative Materials: How Nature is Transforming Industry." The age-old commodity of wood could turn out to be a cutting-edge resource for the future, thanks to technological advancements and more sustainable means of manufacturing. Georgia Tech's Christopher Luettgen, associate director of pulp and paper at the Renewable Bioproduct Institute, will discuss the opportunities presented by bioproducts and bioprocessing, and recent advancements in the field. A European Science Cafe event, at 6 pm at the Alliance Francaise of Atlanta.
Rubik Lecture

Wednesday, April 11

"Rubik Lecture." Architect and designer Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's Cube, will discuss a wide range of topics, including the role of curiosity in the human condition. Rubik lives in Budapest, Hungary, where he co-founded the Hungarian Engineering Academy and the Palace of Marvels — a science center. At 7 pm in Georgia Tech's Clough Auditorium.

Friday, April 13

"Science Salon for Puerto Rico." The Atlanta section of 500 Women Scientists will hold a science salon to benefit CienciaPR, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public understanding of science, transforming K-12 education and supporting the career development of young scientists in Puerto Rico. The event will feature TED-style talks by women scientists from across Atlanta. At 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern. The event is free and open to the public. A $5 to $10 contribution to CienciaPR would be much appreciated.


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