Now that Science Editor Sarah Braner has been freed from MSNBC’s clutches, we’re thrilled to welcome you back to this week’s slightly delayed edition of Science Fair! Sure is nice to think that science might matter after all. As always, if you want your event featured email!

Data Orchestration is the New Compute: Computer Architecture for the Post-Moore Era (Lecture by Joel Emer)

  • Monday, November 9, 11:40 am to 12:40 pm, click here for more information
  • About the speaker: “…I believe that the biggest challenge in evolving hardware architectures in the post-Moore era lies in striking the right balance between preserving broad programmability and enhancing efficiency. In this talk, I will discuss how we have approached that challenge by focusing on the aspects of the hardware that gives the most leverage to improve efficiency and by providing an abstraction that makes it possible to compile to the new hardware. More specifically, since data movement has become the dominant consumer of energy, I will describe structures that facilitate “data orchestration” that reduce and optimize data movement. I also will describe abstractions that are intended to make it possible to compile high-level programs to these new hardware structures.”

Ethics and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Allocation of Medical Resources (Lecture by Robert Klitzman, hosted by the Columbia University Bioethics Society)

  • Wednesday, November 10, 7 pm to 8 pm, click here for more information
  • “Please join us this Wednesday Nov. 11 from 7 pm to 8 pm EST as Dr. Robert Klitzman will be discussing the ethical challenges that medical professionals face when allocating limited resources to patients, such as ventilators and PPE, in the context of the current pandemic.”

Election 2020: What Can Public Health Do Now?

  • Thursday, November 12, 4 pm to 5:15 pm, click here for more information
  • “Join Mailman Faculty for a discussion regarding the implications of ‘the most important election of our time.’ Michael Sparer, JD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Management, will moderate the conversation focusing on the most prevalent public health issues right now: COVID-19, Health Inequity, Environmental & Climate Policy, Reproductive Health, and the Affordable Care Act.”

Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal x Society of Physics Students Research Showcase

  • Friday, November 13, 11 am, click here for more information
  • “Join CUSJ and SPS to hear about some amazing undergraduate physics research being done at Columbia!SPS president Aidan Reddy will present the paper he published in CUSJ Volume 14 titled “Characterization & Correction of Self-Absorption Distortion in XANES”.SPS member and CUSJ editor Aswath Suryanarayanan will present his work on “The Cosmic X-ray Background.”

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