We are BACK with Science Fair, your guide to all things science happening in the Zoomiverse. If you want your event featured email science@bwog.com! We’d love to hear from you. Please. I’m so lonely.

“Under Water: Coastal Fragility and Our Rising Seas

  • Monday, October 26, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, click here for more information
  • “By 2100, sea levels are predicted to rise by at least two feet, and possibly much more, threatening coastal communities around the globe. Join us online for a for a conversation with Maureen Raymo and George Deodatis about what we know about melting glaciers, rising oceans, and how we can protect our coastlines.”

“Changing Lenses: Justice in the Eyes of Science and the People Impacted

  • Monday, October 26, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, click here for more information
  • “This seminar will consider the contribution of science and the expertise of people directly impacted by the criminal justice system in formulating new approaches to justice. The intent is to generate an agenda for innovative action in education, research, and policy engagement. The speakers will discuss concrete examples of different approaches: seminars in which prosecutors and incarcerated students collaborate on implementable policy proposals (notably, the “Inside Criminal Justice” seminar); the use of neuroscience and psychology research to develop legal arguments for restorative and rehabilitative rather than retributive justice; the application of neuroscience- and psychology-based understanding of human behavior and behavior change to inform legal practice and public policy.”

“Data For Good: Bin Yu, UC Berkeley”

  • Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, click here for more information
  • “Veridical data science aims at responsible, reliable, reproducible, and transparent data analysis and decision-making. Predictability, computability, and stability (PCS) are three core principles towards veridical data science. They embed the scientific principles of prediction and replication in data-driven decision making while recognizing the central role of computation. Based on these principles, the PCS framework consists of a workflow and documentation (in R Markdown or Jupyter Notebook) for the entire data science life cycle from problem formulation, data collection, data cleaning to modeling and data result interpretation and conclusions… Employing the PCS framework in causal inference and analyzing data from clincial trial VIGOR, we developed staDISC for stable discovery of interpretable subgroups via calibration for precision medicine. The sugroups discovered by staDISC using the VIGOR data is validated to a good extent with the APPROVe study.”

“The Intersections Of Climate Change & Race: Does Addressing Climate Change Mean Addressing Racism?

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, click here for more information
  • “The climate crisis disproportionately impacts marginalized populations, many of whom may be displaced or forced to migrate, because of years of unequal access to opportunities and gaps in human rights. The COVID-19 pandemic, George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing protests for racial justice – coming on the heels of one another – equally demonstrate the impacts of two very different crises that have disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) because of systemic unequal access to opportunities, a link Climate Refugees made in an Op-Ed on race and asylum. Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights’ report on Climate Change and Poverty, revealed developing countries will bear 75 percent of the financial costs and losses associated with the climate crisis, despite contributing only 10 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, creating a situation in which those in extreme poverty now also live in extreme weather. The report warned of increasing divisions as well, the risk of a ‘climate apartheid’, where the wealthy escape the negative impacts of climate change, leaving impacts to be borne by disproportionate groups ostracized by divisions, including race. In the U.S., people of color are far more likely to live near pollutants, Black communities face higher risks from air pollution, and Black mothers are most affected by pregnancy risks associated with climate change, linking race, even more than poverty, to environmental pollutants, something long stated by environmental justice and indigenous rights activists.”

“The Dean’s Seminar Series on Chronic Disease: Priorities in COVID-19 Vaccination”

  • Thursday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, click here for more information
  • About the lecture series: “This seminar series focuses on one of today’s greatest public health challenges: the global epidemic of chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and the pandemic of obesity. To foster discussion and innovation across the Mailman community on key questions such as the role of prevention and health preservation, how to reduce disparities, determining which policies and interventions will be most impactful and at what points in the life-course, and how to set goals and measure progress, the School offers talks by thought leaders outside of and among the Mailman School faculty.”

“Navigating the Political Matrix,” Hosted by Columbia Science Review

  • Thursday, October 29, 7:00 – 9:30 PM, click here for more information
  • “The 2020 presidential election is right around the corner! But with all the talk of politics, have you ever wondered how exactly the math adds up to declare winners of elections or how exactly politicians are able to sway huge populations? If so, come check out our two part event: “Navigating the Political Matrix” to answer these questions and more! We will tackle the mathematics behind how our voting system is structured, featuring Statistician Dr. Andrew Gelman, Data Specialist Hannah Wheelen, and Professor of Mathematics and of Statistical Science Dr. Jonathan Christopher Mattingly. In our second part of the event, we will dive into the psychological and biological factors that influence the population to shift their views in response to politics. Our featured panelists are: Political Scientist Dr. John Hibbing, Social Psychologist Dr. Daniel Yudkin, Professor of Political Psychology Dr. Micheal Millburn, and Neuropolitical Scientist Dr. Liya Yu. Join us on October 29th – let’s get ready to vote smart!”

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