The Science Scene

Monday, November 13

"Digital Development: Mapping Kenya's Silicon Savannah." Lisa Poggiali, from the University of Pennsylvania, will give a lecture on digital mapping. At 5:30 pm in Emory's Woodruff Library, the Jones Room.

Tuesday, November 14

Finding Richard III
"Finding Richard III." A talk by geneticist Turi King, from the University of Leicester, who led the discovery of the skeletal remains of King Richard III under a carpark in Leicester more than 500 years after his death. The research team included archeologists with expertise in historical ruins, bone experts to analyze the remains and compare signs of battle injury with the historic record, and geneticists to extract DNA from the remains and identify surviving modern-day descendants to whom Richard's DNA could be compared. King's confirmation of the remains of King Richard III closes what is probably the oldest forensic case to date. She will describe the process of discovery and the vast public interest that it engendered. At 4 pm in Emory's Atwood Chemistry Center, room 360.

"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.

Wednesday, November 15

"Coevolution of Learning and Data-Acquisition Mechanisms: A Model for Cognitive Evolution." Zoologist Arnon Lotem, from Tel Aviv University, will discuss how animals and humans can use simple mechanisms to learn complex patterns and represent them in the brain. At 4 pm in Emory's PAIS Building, room 290.

"Climate Change Theater Action." Emory hosts readings and performances of climate change plays written by playwrights from around the world. The performances will be following by conversations with environmental science organizations and faculty. At 6 pm in the Schwartz Theater Lab.

"Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science." Journalist Carey Gillam will discuss her new book. For the past 20 years Gillam has researched and reported on the spread of the world's most popular pesticide, glyphosate, an active chemical ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup. At 6:30 pm in Emory's Claudia Nance Rollins Building.

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.

Monday, November 20

"Bridging Ancient Tibetan Medicine and Modern Western Science." Tawni Tidwell, Emory doctoral candidate in anthropology, is the guest speaker for the Emory Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium Series. She will speak on her journey to becoming an Anchi Tibetan physician and translating knowledge systems. The event is open to the public, but those who wish to opt for lunch must register prior to the event. At 11:30 am at the Luce Center, room 130.

Friday, December 1

"The Transition to Foraging for Dense and Predictable Resources and Its Impact on the Evolution of Modern Humans." Scientists have identified a series of milestones in the evolution of the human food quest that they anticipate had far-reaching impacts on biological, behavioral and cultural evolution: The inclusion of substantial portions of meat, the broad-spectrum revolution and the transition to food production. The foraging shift to dense and predictable resources is another key milestone that had consequential impacts on the later part of human evolution. The theory of economic conflict defendability proposes that this shift elevated intergroup territoriality and conflict. Curtis Marean, from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, will argue that the first known occurrence of the shift to the exploitation of dense and predictable resources occurred 111,000 years ago in South Africa. This elevated conflict may have provided the condition for selection for the hyperprosocial behaviors unique to modern humans. At 3 pm in Emory's PAIS Building, room 290.

Amphibian Foundation 
Friday, December 8

"Amphibian Foundation Open House." Atlanta's Amphibian Foundation opens its doors to the public for the first time, featuring a "Ribbit Exhibit" of amphibian art and photographs, tours of research labs, food and drink and an art and gift sale. From 6 to 10 pm at 4055 Roswell Road NE,  30342.

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