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February 2018

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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March 2018

Luke DuBois – Sex, Lies, and Data Mining

March 1, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Prentis Hall, 632 W. 125th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” Luke DuBois' work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his projects reveal the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information.

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Visual Storytelling Lab

March 4, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Genspace, 140 32nd Street, #Suite 108
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
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Through a mix of drawing activities and laboratory experimentation, this workshop investigates the potential of comics as a format for science communication.

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Evidence and Theory in Neuroscience – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

March 5, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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This seminar, organized by Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, will explore the relationship between theory and evidence in the field of neuroscience. The speakers will provide their perspectives from a wide range of fields and disciplines including neurology, psychiatry, philosophy, and economics.

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Drawing Workshop at Grey Art Gallery: Picturing the Brain

March 7, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East
New York, NY United States
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In this hands-on workshop, participants will follow in Cajal’s footsteps, viewing brain-tissue samples through microscopes and rendering what they see. Led by Heather McKellar, Senior Manager of Education and Outreach Program, Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health.

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Dan Hirschman – The Stylized Facts of Inequality

March 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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Margaret S. Livingstone: What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain

March 20, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU, Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East
New York, NY United States
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In this lecture, Margaret S. Livingstone, Takeda Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, will examine how major works of art provide insight into how we see, how artists have figured out how our brains extract relevant information about faces and objects, and why learning disabilities may be associated with artistic talent.

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Fifth Annual Humanities Institute Symposium: Plant Intelligence

March 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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What is Plant Intelligence? Current advances in research shed new light on the remarkable interior life of plants. German forester Peter Wohlleben and Italian plant physiologist Stefano Mancuso explore the question of plant intelligence using biological evidence to challenge our common perception of plants and nature.

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Eric Himmel – Santiago Ramón y Cajal: The Artist as Scientist

March 22, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 300, 32 Waverly Place
New York, NY United States
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Eric Himmel, Editor-in-Chief of Abrams Books and Beautiful Brain catalogue essayist, will trace Cajal’s path from a failed provincial artist through his midlife encounter with neuroscience—which inspired his revolutionary drawings based in new forms and new concepts.

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