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Atlanta Science Festival

Join the Atlanta Science Festival, a weeklong celebration of local science and technology held March 22-29, 2014. Scientists and educators from local colleges, museums and companies will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances for adults and children of all ages. Events will occur daily across the metro area culminating with the Exploration Expo on March 29 at Centennial Olympic Park.

Emory University is a founding partner of the Atlanta Science Festival, initiated here by Meisa Salaita, Sarah Peterson, and Jordan Rose with key support from David Lynn and President James Wagner. Emory is host to many exciting programs including sustainability tours, film screenings, and seminars. See below for events happening on campus or involving Emory faculty. To explore the complete Festival schedule of over 100 events at 50 venues, visit AtlantaScienceFestival.org.

Emory Programming at the Atlanta Science Festival

Friday, March 21st

Evening for Educators: The Science Behind Art Conservation. Michael C. Carlos Museum & Emory College Center for Science Education. Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Emory University, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, 3rd Level, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30322. This wine-and-cheese reception for K-12 teachers will introduce science lab activities derived from art conservation practices. Free admission. Registration required.

Saturday, March 22nd

Science at Emory: The Lab Changing the World. Emory College. Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Emory University, White Hall 208, 201 Dowman Dr, Atlanta, GA 30322. Science faculty from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and other Emory science departments will share their work in a series of short talks. Following the talks, you will have the chance to tour the speakers' labs and see where the science is happening.

Optic Chiasm: Crossing Over of Art and Science. Nicole Gerardo (Biology), Elzabeth Peterson (OUMA), Nancy Lowe (Symbiosis). Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. An exhibition exploring the art of vision and science of sight, presents art by contemporary artists working in a variety of media. Also on view are the results of research in vision/optics by scientists affiliated with area institutions. Gallery opening reception on Saturday, March 22 from 12-5pm (with co-curators present from 2-3pm). Special lecture by co-curators 7pm, March 26. Exhibit on view from March 22 - May 4, 2014 (closed Mondays).

Sunday, March 23rd

The Science of Music. Robert Liu, Biology. Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm Location: Georgia Perimeter College, Building F, Clarkston Campus, 555 N. Indiam Creek Road, Clarkston, GA. The Vibration of Strings. Lecture runs 2:00pm-2:40pm with a viola and piano recital from 3:00pm -4:00pm (Location: Performance Studio).

Decoding What Dogs Think. Gregory Berns (Emory), Melody Moore Jackson (Georgia Tech), Mark Spivak (Comprehensive Pet Therapy). Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Join us for an exciting presentation about cutting-edge science and technology that is leading to new insights about how dogs' brains work. You will learn about the world's only group of dogs trained to go in an MRI at Emory University and wearable technology being developed at Georgia Tech to support two-way communication between working dogs and their handlers.

Monday, March 24th

A Common Goal: Hans Asperger, Autism, and Child Euthanasia in the Third Reich. Center for Mind, Brain, & Culture. Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm Location: Emory University Oxford Presentation Auditorium Oxford Road Building 1390 Oxford Road Atlanta, GA 30322. To understand autism today, Dr. Edith Sheffer (Stanford University) starts in the past, in Nazi Vienna. The current paradigm of the autism spectrum rests largely upon Hans Asperger’s definition of it between 1938 and 1944. Why did Asperger begin to identify these children during the Third Reich? How did research on the mind change after the purge of prominent Jewish and socialist psychoanalysts in Vienna? To what extent did this history shape the diagnosis? This talk explores how one man’s vision at this extraordinary time continues to define, over 70 years later, the minds of millions.

Discovery Dialogues: Autism. Marcus Autism Center. Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Location: Emory University School of Medicine, 1648 Pierce Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, Room SOM 110. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism refer generally to a group of developmental cognitive/behavioral disorders that appear to originate before the age of three. CDC reports that prevalence of ASD has grown ten-fold in the past 40 years, and the mystery of that rise only presents more questions. Researchers from Emory University and the Marcus Autism Center will join an Atlanta leader in special needs education to provide a local perspective on how we are understanding autism, living with autism, and how autism may shape our culture and community. Speakers will give short presentations on the role they are playing in understanding and living with autism, and attendees will join the dialogue during a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Tuesday, March 25th

Campus Sustainability Tour. Office of Sustainability Initiatives. Time: 10:00am - 11:00am. Tours begin at Peavine Parking Deck Staff from Emory's Office of Sustainability will lead campus tours that highlight sustainability initiatives on campus, including water, waste, green building, food, transportation, energy, and incorporating sustainability into the curriculum. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Social Regulation of Human Gene Expression: An Emory University Special Lecture. Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture and Steve Cole (UCLA). Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Emory University, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies (PAIS) Room 290, 201 Dowman Dr, Atlanta GA 30322. Is your social behavior governed by your genes? Or might environmental conditions play a role in how human genes are expressed? Join UCLA Professor Steve Cole and the Emory University Center for Mind, Brain & Culture as they explore this topic of social genomics.

Science on the Screen: Fixed. Center for Disability Studies. Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm Location: Emory University, Center for Ethics Room 102, 1531 Dickey Dr. Atlanta, GA 30322. Join us for the film screening of a documentary called Fixed that deals with enhancement, technology, and disability. The "science/ fiction" of bodily enhancement. During the screening, panelist from around Emory's campus and the Atlanta area will bring their expertise on the film's subjects.

Wednesday, March 26th

Wonderful Wednesday. Emory University and Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Location: Emory University, Asbury Circle. Stop by this science-themed Wonderful Wednesday in Asbury Circle. Join Stephen Ramsden and the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project to see the sun as you never have before with a solar telescope. Enjoy science demonstrations and participate in a few hands-on activities of your own. 

Excerpt from Free/Fall: Explorations of Inner and Outer Spacee. Theater Emory. Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm Location: Emory Planetarium, 400 Dowman Dr. Atlanta, GA 30322. A performance project that begins with the notion of a man falling 24 miles from space and the impulse to “go ahead and jump.” Theater Emory collaborates with choreographers George Staib and Lori Teague and composer Kendall Simpson to explore human nature, risk, relationships, flight, and how like the forces of the cosmos we can be.

Science of Beer. Eric Weeks (Physics), Emily Weinert (Chemistry), Donald Doyle (Chemistry, Georgia Tech). Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm Location: Monday Night Brewing, 670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. Join fellow beer enthusiasts for an evening with local craft beer, brewers and scientific lectures, exploring the wonderful world of brewing science. Sponsored by Georgia Bio. Hand-crafted by Emory graduate student Brandon Greene.

Optic Chiasm: Crossing Over of Art and Science. Nicole Gerardo (Biology), Elzabeth Peterson (OUMA), Nancy Lowe (Symbiosis). Time: 7:00pm Location: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. An exhibition exploring the art of vision and science of sight, presents art by contemporary artists working in a variety of media. Also on view are the results of research in vision/optics by scientists affiliated with area institutions. Gallery opening reception on Saturday, March 22 from 12-5pm (with co-curators present from 2-3pm). Special lecture by co-curators 7pm, March 26. Exhibit on view from March 22 - May 4, 2014 (closed Mondays).

Thursday, March 27th

Campus Sustainability Tour. Office of Sustainability Initiatives. Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Tours begin at Peavine Parking Deck Staff from Emory's Office of Sustainability will lead campus tours that highlight sustainability initiatives on campus, including water, waste, green building, food, transportation, energy, and incorporating sustainability into the curriculum. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Brain Imaging: Sense and Nonsense, Science and Nonscience. Greg Berns (Economics), Scott Lilienfeld (Psychology), Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture. Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Emory University, White Hall Room 112, 201 Dowman Dr, Atlanta GA 30322. What can we learn from brain imaging, and what are its limits? Drs. Gregory Berns and Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University will discuss - and debate - the promise and perils of brain imaging with regard to mind-reading, neuromarketing, lie detection, criminal responsibility, and psychiatric diagnosis. More broadly, they will explore scientific and ethical controversies concerning neuroimaging, and strive to separate fact from fiction in both popular and academic coverage of this technology.

Science on the Screen: Contagion. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm Location: Emory University, White Hall 208, 301 Dowman Dr, Atlanta, GA 30322. With every new flu strain we are reminded that a life-threatening disease could spread across the globe in a matter of days. What role would Atlanta's Center for Disease Control & Prevention play in this kind of public health crisis? Steven Soderbergh's riveting Contagion imagines the unfolding of such a deadly pandemic and our response to it. CDC staff and scientists who assisted with the production will be on hand at the screening to give us the behind-the-scenes story.

The Chemistry Between Us: The Science of Love and Attraction. Larry Young (Psychiatry). Time: 7:15pm - 8:15pm Location: Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Garden Members Only event – join today! Till death do us part, we say. Dr. Larry Young, Professor of Psychiatry at Emory and Yerkes Primate Center, will give a talk where he tells us that life-long partnerships between mates has more to do with brain chemicals than marriage vows. Dr. Young will share his research with monogamous voles on this topic and discuss how similar events may explain love in humans.

Friday, March 28th

Lullwater Walk: Emory as Place. Office of Sustainability Initiatives. Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm Location: Lullwater Preserve. Experientially-focused walk through Lullwater Park of Emory University, attending to the intersections of human and more than human cultures, histories, and futures. Meet at gates to Lullwater on Clifton Rd.

Saturday, March 29th

Exploration EXPO. Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm Location: Georgia World Congress Center (Building B, Hall 3). Bring the whole family out for the biggest interactive science event Atlanta has ever seen. This FREE event is open to adults, families, children and students of all ages and interests. Meet local scientists and engineers, touch a brain, grow your own bacteria, control robotic roaches with your mobile device, crawl into the inflatable planetarium, tour the GSU Bio-Bus and the STE(A)M Truck, explore the Maker Village, drop in on the Science Café Tent and the Biotechnology Tent, and explore 80+ interactive activities and performances that celebrate the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Atlanta. Bring your kids, your grandma, your neighbor, and your neighbor’s grandma; this FREE event is open to all! See Emory exhibitors.


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