Welcome back to Science Fair! As always, email braner@bwog.com if you want your event featured. Also, get your flu shot!

All week: Flu Fair @ Lerner Hall

  • Mondays: 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays: 9 am to 5 pm, Fridays: 7 am to 3 pm
  • Lerner Hall
  • “Columbia Health is hosting a walk-in flu vaccine event from October 4 through October 29, 2021, at Lerner Hall auditorium. Eligible affiliates only need their CUID. No appointments are needed… Barnard and CUIMC affiliates should contact their respective campuses for flu vaccine opportunities.”

Is science communication really worse than it was 100 years ago?

  • Monday, October 11, 2021, 1 to 2 pm
  • Online event, link here
  • “A special buckle-up session of Andy Revkin’s Thriving Online webcast series… Randy Olson jettisoned a tenured professorship in marine biology for L.A. film school and moviemaking. But the worsening capacity of scientists and media to engage the public drew him to apply Hollywood insights to science communication. The result is a string of popular books, workshops and training sessions showing how to find narratives that connect your data and knowledge with the public or policymakers in ways that can help shape smarter steps toward climate action and sustainability impact.”

Diversity in Computing: Dr. Casey Fiesler (Colorado-Boulder) on Lessons Towards Ethical Tech

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6 to 7 pm
  • Online event, link here
  • “Hardly a day passes without a new technology ethics scandal—from privacy violations on social media platform to biased algorithms to controversial data collection for training facial recognition systems. In computing practice and research, good intentions sometimes still lead to negative consequences. This talk describes three lessons from my research that inform ethical practices in studying, building, and teaching about technology: (1) empirical work towards best practices for research ethics in data science, including understanding possible harms from data collected without consent; (2) ethical debt (as a parallel to technical debt) in technology design and research as the precursor to the types of unintended consequences that underlay ethical controversies; and (3) the importance of empowering everyone to not just create but to critique technology.”

Cognitive Neuroscience at Barnard: Exploring the Human Mind

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 5 to 6 pm
  • Hybrid event, link here
  • “Join President Sian Leah Beilock for a panel discussion with two new hires in our Neuroscience and Behavior Department: BJ Casey and Alex White. President Beilock is an expert on the cognitive neuroscience of learning and performance under stress. Dr. Casey studies a wide range of topics related to the developing adolescent brain, and Dr. White’s research is about visual perception and reading… These three scientists will explain what cognitive neuroscience is—and what it is not. They will also discuss the promises and challenges of their unique blend of disciplines for expanding our understanding of development, learning, and performance.”

A Conversation on Health Equity and Inclusion with Dr. Vincent Ramos

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Online event, link here
  • “College of Dental Medicine’s Office of Access, Equity & Inclusion, School of Nursing’s Diversity & Cultural Affairs, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons’ Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, and CUIMC Human Resources Department Presents: A Conversation with Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos. This session will focus on Academic Health System Partnerships to Reduce Latino Community Mistrust and Enhance Meaningful Community Engagement.”

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