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December 2017

Ruth Ottman – Genetics of the Epilepsies: Developments and Dilemmas

December 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rm. 405A and B, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, 10th Floor, Presbyterian Hospital (PH) Building, 622 W. 168th Street
New York, NY United States
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This presentation will describe findings from research on these issues in an important group of stakeholders: members of families containing multiple individuals with epilepsy.

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What is Life: What Did the First Life Look Like?

December 20, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caveat, 21 A Clinton St
New York, NY 10002 United States
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The question “What is life?” takes just three words. But it is one of the hardest questions in science, attracting researchers from a huge range of disciplines, from molecular biology to astronomy to philosophy. This fall, science writer Carl Zimmer delves into this question by talking to eight experts over four nights to understand what the newest research tells us about life.

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January 2018

James Delbourgo – The Origins of Public Museums: Hans Sloane’s Collections and the Creation of the British Museum

January 31, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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In 1759 London’s British Museum opened its doors for the first time – the first free national public museum in the world. But how did it come into being? This talk recounts the overlooked yet colorful life of the museum’s founder: Sir Hans Sloane. The little-known life of one of the Enlightenment’s most controversial luminaries provides a new story about the beginnings of public museums through their origins in imperialism and slavery.

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February 2018

Presidential Scholars Research Symposium

February 12, 2018, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Our 2016 Presidential Scholars will discuss their cross-disciplinary research and new findings on topics in Society and Neuroscience.

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Conference: Looking for the Psychosocial Impacts of Genomic Information

February 26, 2018, 8:30 am - February 27, 2018, 4:30 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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For the last quarter century, researchers have been asking whether genomic information might have negative psychosocial effects. Anxiety, depression, disrupted relationships, and heightened stigmatization have all been posited as possible outcomes—but not consistently found.  At this conference, we will ask what accounts for the discrepancy between these hypothesized outcomes and the effects that have been documented in empirical studies.

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Lynnette Regouby – Threshold: Generations of Change in Botanical Practice at the end of the Ancien Regime

February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series and will feature Dr Lynette Regouby.

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March 2018

María M. Portuondo – American Convergence: Science and Technology in Colonial Latin America

March 28, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016
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The essential backdrop of the history of the region we now call Latin America is the centuries-long process of negotiation between the different social, religious, cultural and political registers of the Indigenous, African and European peoples who came to inhabit the area. The resulting American scientific and technological convergence involved the combination and recombination of practices whose exact origins are difficult to trace. This talk proposes a framework for the study of the scientific and technological registers of the American convergence. It recognizes the hybrid, complex and local nature of the convergence and explores these through three kinds of human activities: learning, moving and making.

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May 2018

The Right Use of the Earth (Knowledge, Power and Duties within a Finite Planet) Conference

May 29, 2018 - June 1, 2018
 Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 Rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris, France
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This conference explores the advent of the Anthropocene concept and Earth system sciences – putting forward upscaled temporalities in the public sphere, the dramatization of warnings on planetary limits and boundaries and on the human impacts of climate change – provide a challenging context for the humanities and social sciences.

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