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:

  • CRISPR Biology and Technology: The Future of Genome Editing, A Conversation Between Jennifer Doudna (UCSF) and Hank Greely (Stanford)
    • Wednesday, May 1, 11:30am, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, Click here to register
    • Editor’s Note: This talk is definitely worth seeing. Along with Dr. Charpentier, Dr. Doudna was the first scientist to develop the CRISPR-Cas9 system as a versatile tool of genetic engineering, arguably the most powerful biological advance in the history of the discipline.
    • “Current research is exploring the diversity of CRISPR-Cas systems in microbes and developing genome editing for biomedical and agricultural applications. I will also discuss the ethical and societal implications of genome editing.”
  • Autism, Gender, and the Law
    • Monday, April 29, 6:15-8:30pm, Fayerweather Room 513, Click here to register
    • “Using case studies and relevant literature, this seminar will focus on the consequences of gender biases on the perceptions and practices of legal and forensic officers who interact with young children with ASD in the context of forensic interviews.”
  • Sounds and Images in Byzantium
    • Monday, April 29, 6-8pm, Schermerhorn Room 612, Click here for more information
    • “The authors will present acoustical measurements and chant recordings in eight of Thessaloniki’s Byzantine churches in order to identify connections among church architecture, monumental decoration, chant performance and composition, acoustics and psychoacoustics.”

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

  • “Coping with environmental change: integrating behavior and mechanism,” Department of Biological Sciences Seminar by Dustin Rubinstein
    • Monday, April 29, 12pm, 601 Fairchild, Click here for more information
    • “If organisms are to persist in the face of climate change, they must be able to deal not only with increasing temperatures, but also greater climatic variation. Using superb starlings (Lamprotornis superbus), I will explore the behavioral, physiological, and molecular mechanisms that underlie adaptive plasticity and environmental coping in a species that has evolved in a naturally unpredictable environment.”
  • Emerging Technologies Consortium – Google@Columbia: Powering Google Earth
    • Friday, May 3, 12-1:30pm, Milbank Hall Room 328, Click here to register
    • “Google Product Managers, Gopal Shah and Patrik Blohmé, will present how Google built one of the world’s most comprehensive, photorealistic representations of the planet.”

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