The Science Scene

Saturday, August 26

"Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure." As part of the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, "Black Suns" will be screened. The feature-length documentary chronicles the lives of two globe-trotting astrophysicists, Alphonse Sterling and Hakeem Oluseyi, as they chase the two solar eclipses that occurred in 2012. At 1:40 pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library's auditorium.

"Presence: How Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind and Life." Georgia Tech psychologist Paul Verhaeghen, author of the book "Presence," will give an overview of what goes on inside the brain during meditation, how it leaves tell-tale traces in brain structure, and how it impacts important areas of a practitioner's well-being. An Atlanta Science Tavern event, at 7 pm at Manuel's Tavern.

Thursday, August 31

"Public Health Career Fair." Public health and medical organizations come together to network with promising Rollins students and alumni. The event includes talks, workshops and opportunities to mingle. From 10 am to 2 pm at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.

"International Plant Exploration." A talk by Scott MacMahan, manager of international plant exploration for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. He oversees plant collection and evaluation at the garden, as well as the creation of a visiting scholar program to promote the exchange of knowledge and plants with other botanical institutions around the world. Since 2001, MacMahan has taken nearly 20 overseas plant scouting and collecting trips to China, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, Bhutan and Mexico. A Science Cafe event at 7 pm at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Friday to Sunday, September 1 to 3
Bookzilla Is Back!

"Decatur Book Festival." The Science Track of the Decatur Book Festival features a dozen new non-fiction titles ranging in subject matter from genetics to ecology.  Emory authors who will give talks include Benjamin Reiss ("Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World") and Anthony Martin ("The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath Our Feet").  Another hot title is by local journalist Maryn McKenna, who will discuss her latest book "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats." Author talks will be held at various times and various venues in and around Decatur Square.

Tuesday, September 5

"The Opioid Epidemic: A National Emergency." Is it possible to stop the opioid epidemic? Leading public health, law enforcement and clinical experts will discuss this national crisis from a multi-disciplinary perspective — from its causes to what it means for our country's future. At noon in Emory University Hospital's second-floor auditorium (2E).

Wednesday, September 6
Igniting Lady Bird's Legacy

"Igniting Lady Bird's Legacy." Patrick Newman, executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas, will discuss ecology at the wildland-urban interface. For two decades, the Wildflower Center has used fire to achieve desirable conservation and horticultural outcomes. Newman will explain how fire has played a key role in the formation of most grassland ecosystems across the globe. At 7 pm at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Monday, September 18

"Scientific Computing for Movies and Beyond." Mathematician Joseph Teran, from UCLA, will deliver a Frontiers in Science lecture. He will discuss simulations of virtual materials for water, smoke, fire and soft tissues, which require computing for solid and fluid mechanics problems. Both movie special effects and virtual surgery demand physically realistic simulations. At 6 pm at Georgia Tech's Engineered Biosystems Building, room 1005.

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