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Biodiversity and Its Histories Exhibition

April 22, 2017 - May 19, 2017
New York Public Library Washington Heights Branch, 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032 United States

An historical exhibition celebrating biodiversity will open Earth Day, April 22, 2017, and last through May 19, 2017. The exhibition is designed and produced by students of Barnard College and Columbia University.

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2:00 pm

Sandra Soo-Jin Lee – Beyond Consent: Diverse Patient Perspectives on Building Trust in Precision Medicine Research

April 26, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Florence Irving Auditorium, Columbia University, 1130 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032 United States

The collection of biospecimens and electronic health record data is central to precision medicine research. A challenge is the ongoing under-representation of racial and ethnic populations in genomic research. Dr. Lee will discuss the VALUES Study of the perspectives of diverse patients and the role of trust and trustworthiness in next generation biobanking.

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6:00 pm

Ann-Sophie Barwich – Scent Track: What can the History of Olfaction tell us about Theorizing in the Life Sciences?

April 26, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY

Perfumery may possibly be the second oldest business in the history of mankind. Olfaction, the sense of smell, has attracted systematic interest in scientific studies only recently, however. The discovery of the olfactory receptor genes by Linda Buck and Richard Axel in 1991 catapulted olfaction into core neurobiological research. Seldom does a discovery represent the birth of an experimental system as markedly as in the case of the olfactory receptors. Olfaction has been a fairly neglected field before, conducted only by a few but dedicated researchers throughout the past centuries.

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