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October 2017

Paul Krugman – Does Equality have a Future in America?

October 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Avenue
New York, NY 10032 United States
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This event is the 10th Annual Isidore I. Benrubi Lecture in the History and Ethics of Public Health, and features a Keynote lecture by Paul Krugman, Economist and Columnist for The New York Times.

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Stephanie Barral – Banking on Nature: The Market as a New Feature of Environmental Policies

October 5, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Conservation banks, like carbon offsets, are a new form of economic exchange promoted and facilitated by governments as a means to achieve environmental sustainability for endangered species. The expansion of these banks reflects a new relationship between environmental sciences, markets, financial instruments and public regulations, but questions remain about their benefits and efficacy.

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Michael J. Barany – Invidious Comparisons: International Politics, the Fields Medal, and the Past, Present, and Future of Mathematics, 1936-1966

October 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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First presented in 1936, the Fields Medal quickly became one of mathematicians' most prestigious, famous, and in some cases notorious prizes. Because its deliberations are confidential, we know very little about the early Fields Medals. This talk will analyze newly discovered letters from the 1950 and 1958 Fields Medal committees.

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CANCELLED Angela Yu – Computational Modeling of Human Face Processing

October 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Dr. Angela Yu will discuss their recent work using a statistical framework (the Active Appearance Model, AMM) to model human face processing.

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Kristopher Hult – The Economics of Precision Medicine and Disparities in Health

October 12, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension, 1200 Amsterdam Ave
New York , NY 10027 United States
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754 Schermerhorn Extension 1200 Amsterdam Ave Speaker: Kristopher Hult, Economist at Charles River Associates and University of Chicago Precision medicine has the potential to have a significant impact on health by improving how doctors and patients select treatments, improving a patient's understanding of the risk of serious side effects, and creating new treatments. In this talk, Kristopher Hult discusses the economics of precision medicine and how its potential value compares to other forms of medical innovation. He also discusses who…

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Pious Technologies and Secular Designs

October 13, 1:00 pm - October 14, 6:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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From laboratories and corporate workspaces modeled on chapels to rocket engines and skyscrapers designed to “touch the face of God,” this workshop will present a series of case studies that invite historians of modernity to better see the gods in the buildings, spaces, cities, technologies, machines and bodies where religion had apparently ceased to operate. Conference will take place from Oct 13-14.

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Nathan A. Fox – The Effects of Adversity on Brain and Behavioral Development: Lessons from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project

October 14, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Columbia University School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York City, 10027 United States
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Dr. Nathan A. Fox addresses in this talk is what happens to brain and behavior when a young child is deprived of key experiences during critical periods of brain development. 

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Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Inventions of the Soul

October 16, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. In this talk, Jesús R. Velasco will offer an idea of the importance of this science of the soul, its interdisciplinarity, and some of its theoretical issues.

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David N. Schwartz – How Fermi Became Fermi

October 23, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Pupin Hall, Room 428, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Drawing on research undertaken in preparation for his forthcoming biography of Fermi, “The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age” (Basic Books, December 5, 2017) David N. Schwartz will discuss the development of Fermi as a physicist.

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Jason Fagone – Poet, Codebreaker, Nazi Hunter: The Puzzle-Solving Adventures of Elizebeth Smith Friedman

October 25, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Computer Science 453, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Journalist Jason Fagone visits to share stories from his just-published book about Elizebeth Smith Friedman, THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES, and to discuss the life of this remarkable, pioneering woman at the root of American intelligence.

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