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Science Fair: Astronaut Edition

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.

For anyone, related-majors and non-majors alike:

  • “Molecular Death, Desire, and Redface Reincarnation: Indigenous Appropriateness in the USA and Canada” with Kim Tallbear (University of Alberta)
    • Event information: Tuesday, February 19, 5-7pm, Schermerhorn Extension Room 754, click here for more information
    • Event details: This talk traces discourses of indigenous life, death, and vanishing as they unfold in genome science and other cultural fields in which indigeneity is consumed for the benefit of settler-colonial society… This talk attends to dominant definitions and representations of indigeneity that privilege individual human ancestry, history, and agency over indigenous collectivity co-constituted with other-than-human relations in place.
  • Magill Lecture with Jamey Barbas
    • Event information: Wednesday, February 20, 6-8pm, Schapiro CEPSR Davis Auditorium, register at the link
    • Event details: Jamey Barbas ’81BC, ’83SEAS, is project manager of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo bridge. The Magill Lecture in Science, Technology and the Arts was established to be an ongoing exploration of the synergy between art and science and a celebration of the pioneers who bridge the gap between artistic and scientific endeavors. Hors-d’oeuvres will be served.
  • Extreme Engineering with Douglas H. Wheelock (Astronaut), Hosted by Columbia Space Initiative
    • Event Information: Thursday, February 21, 6:30-8:30pm, Schapiro CEPSR Davis Auditorium, click here for more information
    • Event details: Come hear from Douglas H. Wheelock, an astronaut who was was selected by NASA in 1998. The retired Colonel has accumulated more than 178 days in space.

Intended for more advanced students of the given subject (but still open to all interested students):

  • “Mitochondria: An Intercellular Brain?” Seminar with Martin Picard, Columbia University
    • Event information: Monday, February 18, 12pm, 601 Fairchild, click here for more info
    • Event details: Positioned at the helm of cellular metabolism, mitochondria perform a number of biochemical and signaling functions that orchestrate gene expression and animal behavior. Recent evidence suggests that similar to neurons functionally embedded within neural networks, mitochondria sense, integrate, and signal information.
  • “Anomalies in ambient and supercooled water: is there a second critical point lurking nearby?” Colloquium with Jim Skinner, University of Chicago
    • Event information: Thursday, February 21, 4:30-5:30pm, 209 Havemeyer, click here for more information/
    • Event details: “In this talk I will explore possible microscopic and thermodynamic origins of anomalies [in the properties of liquid water], present experimental, simulation, and theoretical evidence for the presence of a liquid-liquid critical point in deeply supercooled water, and argue that this critical point.”

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