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April 2017

Data Science Institute – Data Science Day 2017

April 5, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall Join us for demos and lightning talks by Columbia researchers presenting their latest work in data science. The event provides a forum for innovators in academia, industry and government to connect. The keynote speaker is Alfred Spector, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering at Two Sigma, who will speak about "Opportunities and Perils in Data Science." Columbia students are welcome to volunteer for this event. For additional information about the event and volunteer opportunities…

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The Fourth Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the Mellon Biennial

April 6 - April 7
The Jerome Greene Annex, 410 West 117th Street, Room 107
New York, NY United States
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INCITE's Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program is pleased to announce its Fourth Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the 2017 Mellon Biennial. This conference will take place on April 6 and 7 at the Columbia Law School. Reflecting the intellectual diversity and interdisciplinarity of our Mellon Program, the conference is not about one theme but about several important intellectual, disciplinary, and concrete issues that engage disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, as demonstrated in the panels. Kaiama Glover, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, will deliver the keynote address.

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Gascia Ouzounian – Powers of Hearing: Acoustic Defense and Technologies of Listening during the First World War

April 6, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

Gascia Ouzounian, Associate Professor and Lecturer at Brasenose College University of Oxford, will speak on "Powers of Hearing: Acoustic Defense and Technologies of Listening during the First World War." Open exclusively to Columbia affiliates.

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Reembodied Sound: A Symposium & Festival of Transducer-based Music and Sonic Art

April 7 - April 9
Computer Music Center, Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Reembodied Sound is an interdisciplinary symposium focusing on the increasing use of transducers in music and sonic art, a subject which has received scant attention as a unified practice.

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Carol D. Ryff – “Unequal Lives and Aging: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?”

April 12, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Allan Rosenfield Building, Hess Commons, 722 West 168th St., 10th Fl
New York, NY United States
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Dr. Ryff will review growing evidence on the health and longevity consequences of inequalities in educational attainment and income. She will highlight the work of MIDUS investigators in explicating the mechanisms (behavioral and biological) that link inequality to adverse health outcomes. MIDUS researchers have also advanced understanding of protective psychological and social factors that offer buffers against these pernicious processes. She will illustrate with a focus on “purposeful life engagement,” which is emerging as a key asset to healthy aging. Future directions will focus on two neglected topics (one negative, one positive) in the science of inequality: greed among privileged elites as an insufficiently studied fundamental cause, and the role of the arts and humanities in promoting better lives and more beneficent societies.

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Sandra Soo-Jin Lee – Precision Medicine & Popular Media

April 20, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event is part of the Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative’s series, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture. Speaker: Sandra Soo-Jin Lee,  Stanford University Precision Medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person—raises a myriad of cultural, political, and historical questions that the humanities are uniquely positioned to address. As part of its overall Precision Medicine Initiative, Columbia is undertaking a broad based exploration of questions that…

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Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Knowing and Certainty

April 21 - April 22
Columbia University, 301 Uris Hall
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The conference will bring together academic scholars, public policy makers, non-governmental advocates, and media experts to discuss the state of “evidence” today. Our goal is to examine the use of evidence – from massive data sets to individual case studies – within and across the disciplines.

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Matthew Jones – Big Data and Society

April 21, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Columbia Global Center, Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse
Paris, 75006 France
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Roundtable to be announced. This event is sponsored by The Center for Science and Society and École polytechnique. It is part of The Center for Science and Society/École polytechnique Science, Technology, and Society Series.

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Biodiversity and Its Histories Workshop

April 24, 9:00 am - April 25, 6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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This workshop will further explore several of the principal themes discussed in The New York Botanical Garden’s March 9th Symposium Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads, through a further historical examination of the concept of biodiversity. Experts from around the world will travel to the Garden in order to participate in a collective endeavor to reconstruct the complex past as well as the competing measures and conflicting prescriptions for the preservation of biodiversity, from the eighteenth century to the present. In doing so, Biodiversity and its Histories aims to provide a forum for the discussion of one of the most contentious and pressing issues in the academy today.

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

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