Welcome back to Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly roundup of science events happening around campus. As always, email science@bwog.com if you want your event featured.

Burgundian Black: Re-Working Early Modern Colour Technologies

  • Monday, March 21, 2022. 11 am to 12:30 pm.
  • Online, YouTube livestream.
  • The history of a vital black dye during the Renaissance and understanding its synthesis with a modern lens. “An open-access work of multimedia scholarship exploring the significance and production of black dyes and pigments in the Burgundian-Habsburg Netherlands.” More information here.

Hybrid Seminar – Richard Pomeranz

  • Monday, March 21, 2022. 12 pm.
  • 601 Fairchild, Zoom. Email Columbia Biology department for line.
  • A talk following research after “the unexpected discovery that Polq exhibits robust reverse transcriptase activity like HIV RT, and promotes RNA-templated DNA repair in mammalian cells. The structural and molecular basis of Polq RT activity will be presented as well as drug development research targeting this enzyme as a next generation precision medicine target.” More information here.

World Water Day!

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 12 to 8 pm.
  • The Event Oval, The Diana Center, and online.
  • Half a day of workshops and lectures about the importance of water! Talks range from sustainability at Barnard to water’s imperative function in the global sphere. This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act of 1972. More information here

Data for Good Seminar: Mayank Varia 

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 3 to 4 pm.
  • Online, Zoom livestream. Register here.
  • “Research on cryptographically protected data science and its social, legal, and public policy impacts… describ[ing] the design of scalable and flexible systems for protecting data analysis, as well as the deployment of empowering and equitable systems for specific analytics that benefit society while respecting personal privacy.” More information here.

Pablo Suarez – Creative Communications for a Changing Climate

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 4 to 6 pm.
  • Garden Room, Faculty House. Register here.
  • “Focusing on disasters, climate and development initiatives carried out in collaboration with Columbia’s climate experts and other partners, hear about recent innovations in how to engage in serious-yet-fun, fruitful conversations about what we know and what we can do.” More information here.

The Complex Sex Lives of Flowering Plants

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 7 pm.
  • Mathematics 312.
  • A Frontiers of Science Spotlight series lecture. “Plants cannot move in search of partners for sexual reproduction as animals do. To overcome their immobility, flowering plants have evolved an astonishing variety of strategies for ensuring reproductive success.”

Jimena Canales – Science and the History of Non-Existent Things

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022. 6 to 7:30 pm.
  • Online. Register here.
  • “Discovery, either when considered as a process of uncovering or of creation, involves the bringing into existence of the new. What does not or does not yet exist plays a predominant role in science and technology. What do scientists look for and how does their way of searching influence what they find?” More information here.

Ainissa Ramirez – The Alchemy of Us: How Technology Shaped Society

  • Friday, March 25, 2022. 1 to 2 pm.
  • Online. YouTube livestream.
  • Materials science and social impact! “How did simple materials and the inventions they enabled help shape society? This event shows how everyday inventions influenced language, politics, and even our bodies.” More information here.

The Usual: A Bird trapped in A Vacuum, silly. via Bwarchives