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 anything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

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

  • Travis Feldler: Exploring the Role of Virtual Reality in Creating Immersive Learning Environments
    • Thursday, April 25, 4-6pm, Jerome L. Greene Science Center, Click here to register
    • “Virtual Reality technology (VR) has a unique ability to immerse the viewer in experiences that can enrich learning environments in remarkable ways with many describing the technology as an empathy machine and the new frontier of learning. This event will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about how we use this technology to drive education initiatives. ”
  • A Dinner With Dr. Beverly Watkins, Hosted by the Center for Science and Society
    • Friday, April 26, 6pm, Click here to register
    • “Dr. Watkins is a Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology at NYU and former Columbia College student. Her research focuses on reducing health disparities at the community level. Her areas of specialization are Minority Aging, Environmental Health Disparities, Community-Academic Collaboration, and Mixed-Methods research.”
  • Music of the Spheres, Hosted by Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach
    • Friday, April 26, 8pm, Pupin Hall, Click here for more information
    • “These are free lectures at a public level followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). No reservations are needed. Lectures are 30 minutes, stargazing lasts 90 minutes.”

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

  • Deconstructing p53 Pathways in Developmental Syndromes and Cancer Suppression, by Laura Attardi (Stanford)
    • Monday, April 22, 12pm, 601 Fairchild, Click here for more information
    • “In our work, we strive to deconstruct the mechanisms through which the p53 transcription factor suppresses cancer. We use integrated genetic, genomic, cell biological and biochemical approaches to define the transcriptional networks through which p53 acts.”
  • Energy, Development, and Climate Change: How Development Successes Are Fundamentally Altering the Global Energy Landscape
    • Tuesday, April 23, 1-2pm, IAB Room 404, Click here to register
    • “Today, more than half of the world’s energy is being consumed in developing countries where there are over 6 billion energy consumers… How these countries use energy to raise the standards of living of their populations will not only determine their own development but will have global implications, notably on the effort to address climate change.”
  • Precision Medicine and Society Inaugural Conference
    • Wednesday/Thursday, April 24-25, 8:30am-5pm, Faculty House, Click here to register
    • “Precision Medicine: Its Impact on Patients, Providers, and Public Health. Click the link for the schedule of presentations and panels.”

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