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March 2017

Cancer Across Cultures: Defining Disease in Integrative Oncology

March 9, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Fayerweather 513, Columbia University As cancer types grow increasingly diverse, so do their forms of treatment. Drawing on therapies that emerged in parts of China and India, physicians render diseases legible through what is often described as “integrative medicine.” And with increasing patient demand, integrative physicians have likewise turned their attention to developing innovative approaches to cancer treatment, recovery, and prevention. Yet, among classical medical systems in South Asia and East Asia, “cancer” as a disease category did not exist.…

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Jackie Scully – Precision Medicine, Embodiment, Self & Disability

March 9, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge (Room 701), 435 W 116th
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Speaker: Jackie Scully, Newcastle University This event is part of the Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative’s series, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture. As a form of genomic science, precision medicine holds out the promise of new classifications of bodily anomaly (including disease and disability) and new possibilities for intervention and normalization. Its advocates argue that it will lead to improvements in the efficacy, efficiency and economy of healthcare services provision. Beyond its practical impact, however, the transition to precision medicine is…

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Nancy Tomes – Nuisance or Necessity? Historical Perspectives on the “Informed” Patient

March 9, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, 701 West 168th St, Hammer Health Sciences Building
New York, 10032 United States
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Drawing on her latest book, Dr. Nancy Tomes will put the current debates over the value of “medical Googlers” in historical perspective.

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Neuroculture-Neuroscience and the Law: Are We There Yet?

March 9, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch College
New York, NY United States
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Engelman Recital Hall Baruch College, CUNY Jed S. Rakoff, Columbia Law School Jennifer Mangels, Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York In the past decades, cognitive neuroscience has enabled a more complex study of how brain processes relate to mental states. The law interprets mental states, particularly intentions, to determine whether a person will live freely or in the custody of the state. Is cognitive neuroscience ready to help the…

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Understanding Urban Habitats

March 13, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Avenue, History Lounge (Room 5114)
New York,
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Ecology has historically focused on natural environments, but scientists are increasingly turning their attention to understanding urban ecosystems. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities — and the heightened risks associated with climate change, green spaces, and flooding — studying urban habitats offers keys to design and planning that can help cities work better. Charles Vörösmarty, director of the Environmental Sciences Initiative at the GC’s Advanced Science Research Center, moderates a panel of CUNY experts in this growing field, including Deborah Balk, Peter Groffman, Peter Marcotullio, and Andrew Reinmann.

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Infectious Madness, the Well Curve and the Microbial Roots of Mental Disturbance

March 15, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York,
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From offended gods to broken taboos to schizophrenogenic mothers, mankind has long been enmeshed in what neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky calls the “primordial muck” of mental-illness etiology. Today, armed with clearer insights and better tools, we are undergoing a paradigm shift that acknowledges the key role of our microbial fellow passengers in forging our mental health. In this talk, based on her book Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness, Harriet Washington traces the history, culture and some disturbing contemporary manifestations of this ‘infection connection."

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Mahsa Shabani – Improving the Governance of Genomic Data Access for Research Purposes: The Case of Data Access Committees

March 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room #6205, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10032 United States
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To ensure authorized access to genomic data, access review by data access committees (DACs) has been utilized as one potential solution. Based on the findings of interview studies with members of DACs based in North America, Europe and Australia, I discuss the core elements to be integrated into the fabric of access review by both established and emerging DACs, in order to foster fair, efficient, and responsible access to genomic datasets.

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From the Faculty Lounge: Smell and Taste

March 21, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sulzberger Parlor, 3009 Broadway, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Experience the liberal arts in action with “From the Faculty Lounge”—a series of interdisciplinary conversations featuring Barnard faculty who share intersecting interests. Our series continues with a thought-provoking dialogue between Alexandra Horowitz, professor of psychology and author of The New York Times bestseller, Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into and World of Smell, and John Glendinning, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology whose current research focuses on taste in animals. Join us to discover new ways to think about taste, smell, and the other senses in animals and to understand their impact across a surprisingly large array of behaviors and processes.

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Keywords: Justice – Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversation

March 23, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Butler Library, Room 203, 535 W 114th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Keywords programs draw participants together from a wide range of disciplinary homes in order to explore the various ways we think about fundamental critical/theoretical ideas and to generate new vocabularies and new methodologies.

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New York City and the Chronic Disease Movement in Interwar America

March 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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The New York Academy of Medicine 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street New York, NY 10029 George Weisz, Cotton-Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at McGill University After World War I, the United States became the first nation to transform chronic diseases into a major political issue. Many nations were concerned with specific diseases like cancer but the U.S. was unique in seeing all communicable diseases as a single problem that required a coordinated social response. The heart of…

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