Is this Mars or Utah?

We’re back with Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly curated list of interesting STEM-related talks, symposiums, and events happening on campus. For science and non-science majors alike, our list will bring you events that will satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

  • “Science and Capitalism: Entangled Histories”
    • Event information: Monday, November 12, 6:15-8pm, Heyman Center for the Humanities, more info at the link
    • Event description: “[The talk explores] an array of tangled nodes at the science/capitalism nexus, spanning from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, from Nevada to Central Asia to Japan, from microbiology to industrial psychology to public health.”
  • Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health Lecture (Speaker: Dr. Julio Frenk, University of Miami)
    • Event information: Wednesday, November 14, 4-5:30pm, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center Room 201, reserve free ticket at the link
    • Event description: “Every two years, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health presents the field’s most prestigious award, the Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health, to an individual who has made a transformational contribution in the field of public health.”
  • “Getting A Head Start: The Developing Brain and the Importance of Early Experiences” (Speaker: Dr. Nim Tottenham, Columbia)
    • Event information: Thursday, November 15, 6:30-8:30pm, Pulitzer Hall, reserve free ticket at the link
    • Event description: “[Dr. Tottenham’s] research examines brain development underlying emotional behavior in humans. Her research has highlighted fundamental changes in brain circuitry across development and the powerful role that early experiences, such as caregiving and stress, have on the construction of these circuits.”
  • “The Signatures of Other Civilizations” presented by Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach
    • Event Information: Friday, November 16, 7pm, Pupin Hall, more info at the link
    • Event description: “When we look at the stars, it’s natural to wonder who else might inhabit the cosmos… I’ll discuss some of the ideas put forward to look for our neighbors, what limits we have to date from such efforts, and what the future holds for this new field of astronomy.”

mars landscape via nasa