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Science Fair: Cute Lab Mice 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:

  • A Discussion on Literature, Law, and the Right to Die with Jared Stark (Eckerd College)
    • Event Information: Monday, March 4, 6:30-8pm, Heyman Center Common Room, Click here for more information
    • Event Details: Jared Stark takes up these timely questions by testing predominant legal understandings of assisted suicide and euthanasia against literary reflections on modern death from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries… Stark’s wide-ranging discussion sheds critical light on the disquieting bioethical and biopolitical dilemmas raised by contemporary forms of medical technology and legal agency
  • New York City Women in Tech: A Conversation with Dean Mary Boyce and Ursula Burns
    • Event Information: Tuesday, March 5, 5:45-8:30pm, The Forum at Columbia University (605 W 125 St), RSVP at link
    • Event Details: Please join Columbia Engineering, New York City Women in Tech (NYC WIT), and She Opened the Door for a conversation with Ursula Burns ’82 SEAS, CEO of VEON and former CEO of Xerox, and Mary C. Boyce, Dean of Columbia Engineering. The conversation will be moderated by Janet Paskin ’00 JRN, Bloomberg’s workforce and management editor.
  • Studying Curiosity in Animals
    • Event Information: Wednesday, March 6, 4-6pm, Jerome L Greene Science Center 8th Floor, Click here for more information
    • Event Details: Students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and all who are interested are invited to participate in discussions about approaches to the study of curiosity and its neural mechanisms. Topics include: “Do mice desire to know? Studying curiosity-based decisions in mice,” “Measurement of exploration in mice,” and more.

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

  • “Translation affects mRNA stability in higher organisms” Biology Department Seminar, presented by Ariel Bazzini (Stowers Institute)
    • Event Information: Monday, March 4, 12pm, 601 Fairchild, Click here for more information
    • Event Details: “Messenger RNA (mRNA) degradation and mRNA translation represent two fundamental steps in the regulation of gene expression… We want to elucidate how translation affects mRNA stability, dissect the molecular mechanism, define the relation with other post-transcriptional pathways (microRNA and m6A) and discover novel post-transcriptional mechanisms affecting mRNA stability and translation.”
  • “Bioinspired Asymmetric Catalysis” Chemistry Department Arun Guthikonda Lecture, presented by Helma Wennemers (ETH Zurich)
    • Event Information: Thursday, March 7, 4:30-5:30pm, 209 Havemeyer, Click here for more information
    • Event Details: “In nature, proteins fulfill manifold different functions and are crucial as, for example, enzymes or templates for the controlled formation of structural components such as bones. The Wennemers group is intrigued by the question whether also peptides with significantly lower molecular weights compared to proteins can fulfill functions for which nature evolved large macromolecules.”

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