Science Editor Sarah Braner just watched the video of the Perseverance Rover landing and oh my god. Oh my god. ROVER ON MARS. ROVER ON MARS. Unfollow me now. DID YOU SEE THE SKYCRANE?!?!? Also, events – none of which, unfortunately, are about ROVER ON MARS. Do better, Columbia.

Before you continue, some required viewing:


Global Virtual Bootcamp: Neuroscience of Consciousness

  • Monday, February 22, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, link here
  • “Learn about the new seven-week program, Global Virtual Bootcamp (GVB) on Neuroscience of Consciousness! This exciting new program will consist of virtual visits and interactions with 6 different laboratories in Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, France). Weekly activities include PIs talks, hands-on data analysis sessions with post-docs, and lab meetings. The program will cumulate in final project on “Best Practices in Neuroscience of Consciousness research” that may be submit to a peer-reviewed Journal. In this information session you will hear from the Faculty Director and learn more about this new opportunity.”

A Conversation with Bill Gates: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, link here
  • In this urgent, authoritative book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical–and accessible–plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe. Join us for a conversation with Bill about his new book, what he’s learned about this complex and far-reaching challenge, and why he remains hopeful that we can overcome climate change. Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, will moderate the discussion.

COVID-19 and Vaccine Updates

  • Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, link here
  • “Each session will include up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccines and availability, as well as information on how we are engaging with faculty, staff, and students. Presentations will be followed by a live question-and-answer session.”

Anti-Racism Speaker Series: Amadou Gaye, PhD, MSc

  • Thursday, February 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, link here
  • “The event will feature Amadou Gaye, PhD, a Staff Scientist at the National Human Genome Research. His lecture, titled “Omics Study of Social Disadvantage in African Americans: How Adverse Conditions Get Under the Skin,” will be held virtually. Dr. Gaye completed his PhD in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Leicester in the UK. In 2014, Dr. Gaye started work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is currently Staff Scientist in Gary H. Gibbons, PhD, Lab. The lab is comprised of an interdisciplinary group that investigates the effects of genetic, environmental, and social determinants on cardiovascular disease mortality and morbidity.”

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