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February 2018

Michael N. Shadlen – How the Brain Decides, Thinks, and Creates

February 7, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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What was once the purview of psychology and philosophy is now a staple of biomedical science. And by elucidating the underlying neural mechanisms that make all this possible, Dr. Shadlen hopes to identify new strategies to confront the neurological and psychiatric disorders that impair cognitive function.

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Decision Trees and Branching Dendrites

February 12, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Lawrence Weschler, writer; Carl Schoonover, Postdoctoral Fellow, Axel Lab, Columbia University; and Beth Campbell, artist, will ponder the way branching patterns keep appearing at different scales and in different guises, from the dendrites of Cajal’s neurons to the decision trees in Campbell’s work.

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Three Point Stance: Embodying the Politics and Pleasures of Football and Basketball

February 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 300, 32 Waverly Place
New York, NY United States
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Featuring NYU’s Noel Anderson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art & Art Professions (Steinhardt); Pato Hebert, Associate Arts Professor, Art & Public Policy (TSOA); and Daniel P. Perl, Professor of Neuropathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, this conversation will examine the materiality and aesthetic forms of football and basketball to address the paradoxical mixture of elegance, ferocity, normative masculinity, highly ritualized style, racial identity, and trauma that characterize both games.

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Film Screening: Cajal and Contemporary Neuroscience

February 15, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY United States
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This screening features two documentary films: Santiago Ramón y Cajal—Las mariposas del alma (Butterflies of the Soul), directed by Ana Martínez for Televisión Española, 2006, 59 min. (with English subtitles); and Bluebrain Year 7, brief excerpts from an ongoing project directed by Noah Hutton, which follows neuroscience research around the world, including Henry Markram’s ambitious Blue Brain Project in Switzerland. With commentary by Noah Hutton and Benjamin Ehrlich, author of a forthcoming biography of Cajal.

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Rodolfo Llinás – Cajal and the Enchanted Loom

February 16, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South
New York, NY United States
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Rodolfo Llinás, Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor, University Professor, and Chairman Emeritus of Neuroscience & Physiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, will examine the historical development of imaging of the nervous system, and the interpretation of the images observed, from Cajal’s time to the present day.

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Jeremy Ward – Science in the Media, a Neoinstitutionnalist Approach: Diversity and Boundary-making in the French Coverage of the 2009 Pandemic Flu Vaccine’s Safety

February 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Knox Hall, Room 501D, 606 W 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This workshop series is primarily designed to assist advanced graduate students with their ongoing research projects. The workshop aims to expose participants to original approaches to social studies of science and technology, but also to expose students to solutions to common challenges of academic work.

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Beauty Is Truth, Truth Beauty: Practical Aesthetics in Diagnostic Imaging

February 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 300, 32 Waverly Place
New York, NY United States
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Speakers will focus on the cross-fertilization of science and art in the form of CAT scans, MRIs. And 3-D imaging, and in their re-purposing by artists. Moderated by Tom Drysdale, Associate Professor, with speakers Caitlin Berrigan,  Associate Arts Professor, both of Photography & Imaging (TSOA); John G. Golfinos, Neurosurgeon and Researcher, and Chair of Neurosurgery; and Timothy Shepherd, Diagnostic Radiologist, both of NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Ahmed Ragab – ‘House for King and Slave’: Patients and Medical Practice in the Medieval Islamic Hospital

February 26, 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 in different stages of health and disease. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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

February 28, 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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Darrin M. McMahon – Lighting the Enlightenment: Public Illumination in Paris in the Siècle des Lumières

February 28, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
La Maison Française, NYU, 16 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Is it a coincidence that the first city in Europe to publicly illuminate its streets was also a capital of the Enlightenment? Is there, in fact, a relationship between actual illumination and enlightenment as a cultural and intellectual phenomenon? This talk will explore those questions through an examination of public lighting in Paris in the siècle des lumières, seeking to show that the concerted effort to shed light on dark streets provides a vivid illustration of the Enlightenment in practice.

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